-- The removal of religious texts from prison libraries: it is being reported that, in response to pressure from religious groups, items that had not been on the list of approved texts created by the Bureau of Prisons will be returned to the library shelves from which they were taken. Due to criticism from such groups as Republican lawmakers and liberal Christians, it has been decided to return these books that had originally been removed due to potential threats to incite violence amongst inmates.
Even though these items are being returned, it is not assured that all of these previously “banned” items will remain permanently on the libraries’ shelves. The Bureau of Prisons continues to work on a list of religious items approved for prison libraries. Until such a list is completed, the items will reportedly be returned starting immediately.