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‘The Art of War’ and Amy Schumer’s memoir are among many books banned in US prisons. Here’s why

AP National Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — A new study from PEN America finds that tens of thousands of books are banned or restricted by U.S. prisons. Marquis said that the most common official reasons for bans are security and sexual content, terms that can apply to a very wide range of titles. Michigan’s list includes Elmore Leonard’s thriller “Cuba Libre,” set during the Spanish-American War. It was cited as a “Threat to the order/security of institution.” Amy Schumer’s memoir “The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo” was flagged by Florida officials for both sexual content and security concerns. Michigan says it has created a committee to review its banned book list to see whether the titles should remain restricted.

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