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Hennepin County Library County Home School Collection Development Policy

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1. The scope of the collection will restrict only those materials that present a threat to the security of the institution and/or the advancement of treatment programs. The materials listed below have been deemed by HCL staff as a threat to security or interfering with the advancement of treatment programs, and thus will not be brought onto the campus by HCL staff, by volunteers engaged by the HCHS, or by family members of HCHS residents.

2. The responsibility of monitoring the materials referenced herein primarily rests with HCHS staff. However, HCL, DCC, and Epsilon staff is expected to be vigilant in ensuring that such materials are not allowed into the school or other areas of the facility.

3. If DCC staff wishes to have materials prohibited for all residents, they should fill out the appropriate form and send to Robert Schroedl. The reconsideration form will be sent to Patrick Jones at the library who will gather information about the materials in question. He will convene a meeting of a representative from Epsilon and DCC. This group of three will decide if the material should be retained or removed from HCHS. Materials will only be restricted upon completion of the Request for Reconsideration form process.

4. HCL staff will not distribute any publication or materials determined to be detrimental to the security, good order, or discipline of the HCHS. Publications which may not be distributed include but are not limited to those which meet one of the following criteria: (a) they depict or describe procedures for the construction or use of weapons, ammunition, bombs or incendiary devices; (b) they depict, encourage, or describe methods of escape from correctional facilities, or contains blueprints, drawings or similar descriptions of the same; (c) they depict or describe procedures for the brewing of alcoholic beverages, or the manufacture of drugs; (d) they are written in code; (e) they depict, describe or encourage activities which may lead to the use of physical violence or group disruption; (f) they encourage or instruct in the commission of criminal activity; (g) they contain sexually explicit material which by its nature or content pose a threat to the security, good order, or discipline of the HCHS; (h) homophobic, pornographic, obscene or sexually explicit material or other visual depictions that are harmful to students; (i) materials that use obscene, abusive, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, inflammatory, threatening, disrespectful, or sexually explicit language; (j) materials that use language or images that are inappropriate in the education setting or disruptive to the educational process; (k) information or materials that could cause damage or danger of disruption to the educational process; (l) materials that use language or images that advocate violence or discrimination toward other people (hate literature) or that may constitute harassment or discrimination or create a serious danger of violence in the facility; (m) materials depicting martial arts; and (n) materials depicting tattooing.

5. Books and materials requested that are not on the approved list, or have not been previously barred by the HCL, will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis prior to being distributed to residents of the HCHS.

6. Residents cottage 2 may receive magazines that are on the approved reading list. Residents in Cottage 4 are prohibited from any magazine with heavy sexual or violent content, and any book featuring murder, rape, or overt sexual content. Residents in other Cottages may not receive comic books or magazines.

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