Federal Prison Bureau drops religious book purge.

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The Federal Bureau of Prisons will return most of the religious books yanked from prison chapel libraries earlier this year after pressure from Congress, clergy and advocacy groups.

In the spring, the bureau ordered the removal of all reading materials from prison chapel libraries that were not included on an agency-created list of acceptable literature. After The New York Times and other media reported on the purge, three prisoners lodged a lawsuit against the policy and critics urged the bureau to rescind it.

The Times said in late September that the bureau would return most of the materials to the libraries, but would continue working on ways to exclude reading materials that could incite violence.

"The bureau will begin immediately to return to chapel libraries materials that were...

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