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Sat Dec 28, 2013, 04:59 PM Dec 2013

In Texas, unreturned library books can mean jail time

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Call it throwing the book at the bookworms.

A Texas man who was arrested for failing to return an overdue library book ignited an online flurry of snarky comments and headlines about the Lone Star State extending its tough-on-crime bravado to books. But such cases aren't unheard of, and many communities faced with shrinking budgets and rising costs have ordinances calling for fines or even arrest warrants when library property isn't returned.

In Texas alone, the issue has cost libraries an estimated $18 million.

Jory Enck learned that the hard way. He was arrested for not returning a GED study guide that he checked out three years ago in the Central Texas community of Copperas Cove. Enck declined comment to The Associated Press, but he told the Killeen Daily Herald that he wouldn't set foot in a library again: "I think I will probably just purchase a book from Amazon."

A Texas state law took effect in September that defines the failure to return library books as theft. The law, which doesn't trump stricter community ordinances, mandates up to a $100 fine per offense.


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In Texas, unreturned library books can mean jail time (Original Post) RandySF Dec 2013 OP
They're worried about finances LumosMaxima Dec 2013 #1
This is Texas. RC Dec 2013 #2
I'm surprised reading itself isn't an offense there jberryhill Dec 2013 #3
"What're you in for?" "Overdue li...uh, bank stickup." pinboy3niner Dec 2013 #4


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1. They're worried about finances
Sat Dec 28, 2013, 05:07 PM
Dec 2013

and they think the solution to an unreturned book is to spend even more money arresting someone?

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