Banned Books 2020 – Chokehold: Policing Black Men

Marshall University does not ban books! The information is provided to let people know what has been banned/challenged elsewhere.


The Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) informed the publisher of the book, which was authored by a former prosecutor, that the book would no longer be allowed in Arizona prisons. Following a 2019 decision by the Arizona Supreme Court that found the ADC had unconstitutionally violated prisoner rights through the previous censorship of books on sexual themes, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) challenged the censorship of Chokehold. While the book calls for significant change in the criminal justice system, it does not threaten “to disrupt the facility’s ability to maintain security and order,” stated the ACLU. The ADC said it will review the ACLU request.

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Last updated

August 12, 2020