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The lifers book club: Of mice and men, hopes and regrets at the Limon prison

The lifers book club: Of mice and men, hopes and regrets at the Limon prison | Prison and Libraries | Scoop.it
The prisoners report to the officer at the desk, then head into a room awash in sunlight in the visitation area of the Limon Correctional Facility. They murmur soft greetings to each other, squint in...
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Prison Libraries Help Inmates Get Over The Fence: Reducing Barriers to Reentry

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How Literature Could Help Criminal Offenders

How Literature Could Help Criminal Offenders | Prison and Libraries | Scoop.it
By Sandy Atwood “The link between academic failure and delinquency, violence, and crime is welded to reading failure.” – Michael Brunner, Retarding America: The Imprisonment of Potential. As a Rese...
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A Guide to Prison Libraries

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By Jeffrey Roe Most people intending to become librarians often have strong memories associated with their school libraries and the people who worked in them. Those memories are likely what draws s...
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Library services to incarcerated adults: What exists and what we can do to move forward

Abstract Incarcerated adults are a special population whose information needs and information use environment are undeniably unique to the population. In thoroughly examining the Information Transf...
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A Library for Those With Plenty of Time to Read

A Library for Those With Plenty of Time to Read | Prison and Libraries | Scoop.it
At Rikers Island, books of every taste for inmates, guided by, among others, Joe Halderman, David Letterman's one-time tormentor.
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Family and Corrections Network

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The National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated

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Library Services to Adult Prisoners in the US by Glennor Shirley

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, October 21, 2013 7:56 AM

Prison Library and Information Services a noble idea to keep prisoners intouch with the outside world.

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Library Standards for Adult Correctional Institutions | Assn. of Specialized & Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)

Excerpt from Library Standards for Adult Correctional Institutions, an ASCLA publication.
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Reading and prison libraries

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Prison Libraries and Reading Culture

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What do Prisoners Read? Prison Libraries and Collection Development

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Prison and Libraries: Public Service Inside and Out

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Libraries in Prisons

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Prison Library Offers A Place To Escape : NPR

Prison Library Offers A Place To Escape : NPR | Prison and Libraries | Scoop.it
Some 1,700 residents of the Jessup Correctional Institution in Maryland make very good use of their library.
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Prison libraries - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Prison libraries are provided in many prisons. Reading materials and information are provided in almost all federal and state correctional facilities in the United States (Lehmann, 2011, p. 490). Libraries in federal prisons are controlled by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Department of Justice, while libraries in the states are controlled by each state’s own department of corrections (Lehmann, p. 490). Many local jails also provide library services through partnerships with local public libraries and community organizations (Lehmann, p. 490).

America has had prison libraries since 1790 (Rubin, 1973, p. 3). The first state prison library was established in 1802 (Rubin, p. 3). At the beginning of the 19th century prisons were usually operated by the clergy.[1] The purpose of the library was to increase religious devotion and modify behaviour.[1]

In 1870, during the Progressive Period and Prison Reform Movement, the Prison Congress began calling for rehabilitation of convicts instead of retribution, and education and rewards for good behaviour.[1] The library was seen as an incentive and only contained items which furthered the reformative goals of the prison.[2] The first manual for prison libraries was published by the ALA in 1915>[3]

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