Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Prison Censor?

Test yourself against the pros.

For those doing time in prison, books and magazines can be a refuge, a civilizing influence and a source of skills that might help make them employable citizens when they get out. To those who run the prisons, the wrong books and magazines can seem a source of disorder and danger.

It’s not hard to imagine why prison officials would deny an inmate a copy of “How to Beat Up Anybody.” Or “The Soldier of Fortune Guide to How to Disappear and Never be Found.” And surely the inmate who sent away for “The CIA Lockpicking Manual” knew he was pressing his luck.

But it’s less obvious why the authorities would ban “The 4-Hour Chef,” “The Illustrated Bible” and “The Big Book of Solitaire.”

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