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Secret Life of the Prison Library

Avi Steinberg describes life as a prison librarian at the Suffolk County House of Correction, Massachusetts. Prisoners would run to the library as soon as they were released from their cells, but the history of prison libraries is a troubled one. On one side they are thought to be a good thing – educating and improving inmates. On the other side, people believe them to be corrupting influences, places where the wrong kind of reading material can lead to inmates being incited into violent or inappropriate behaviour. However, is it the library itself that is the improving influence rather than the books themselves?

Read the full article in the Boston Globe.


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