Posted on June 3, 2022 at 1:20 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

It won't come as a surprise that prison officials in a US state are limiting inmates' reading material.

But what, exactly, the Michigan Department of Corrections objects to currently might catch you off-guard: dictionaries.

Specifically, Spanish- and Swahili-language dictionaries.

A spokesman explained to NPR that the concern is that inmates could all learn an obscure language and then communicate with each other about contraband or planned violence.

Two inmates who spoke with NPR cited, of course, different reasons for wanting access to these materials.

One Spanish-speaker doesn't speak or write English very well, so his ability to navigate legal services is limited.

Another man says he simply wants to learn Swahili, a widely used African language, as a means to better himself.

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