Should inmates be allowed access to any book of their choosing? When is censoring or limiting book choices a positive strategy and when does it have a negative impact?
These are questions corrections librarians and administrators face on a regular basis. With some proper guidelines, a method of book selection can be made in a way that helps both the offender and facility. In Judith Jorbet's article, she discusses the importance of a general reading library and ways to think about what books to offer.
Jim, Corrections.com editor
An island of support
By Judith Jordet
General reading is good too
Federal law mandates a law library (or equivalent) for inmates to access the courts, but how does the general reading library contribute to corrections? As a library coordinator at a corrections institution in Oregon, I believe a prison library is in the middle of the lake of inmate culture.
Depending on how the reading library is managed, it can be an island of healthy introspection or end up a neglected swamp discouraging success in correction programs. It is through collection development that the reading library can contribute to corrections and become a pro-social resource for inmates.
In his book, Crime and Coercion (St. Martin's Press, 2000), Mark Colin defines two major attitudes in prison management. One is punitive, insisting on obedience; the other is based on pro-social support by addressing the expressed needs of inmates to achieve the "consent of the governed." Read this week's full story.
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Thursday, January 29 - 3:00 - 4:30pm EST
Join Social Solutions for an educational webinar on the Maryland Re-Entry Partnership program for ex-offenders, with Catholic Charities of Central Maryland. REP's program manager will share how it's measuring and managing the effectiveness of its nonprofit services that helps men leaving prison make a positive transition to their neighborhoods.
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- Self-sufficiency measures implemented as indicators to preventing recidivism, a result of reassessing and refocusing program outcomes.
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You will learn how REP captures participants' progress toward achieving outcomes and tracking service delivery with ETO Software — and use this information to assess impact and to manage staff.
Women in Criminal Justice Conference
The conference is for women at all levels working in all aspects of the criminal justice field. More information.
Desert Waters Correctional Outreach Staff Wellness through Positive Leadership Conference
Date: 5/7 - 8/09
This conference will provide criminal justice professionals with evidence-based strategies that boost staff wellness, morale and performance More information.
American Jail Association 28th Annual Training Conference and Jail Expo
The Louisville Metro Department of Corrections and the Kentucky Jailer’s Association are proud to be the co-hosts for this year's conference in in Louisville, Ky. More information.
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract.'"
- Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841 - 1935) U.S. Supreme Court Justice