aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Books for prisoners

The New York Times looks at at a makeshift library branch for inmates on Rikers Island. It seems that some people complain that prisoners shouldn’t have access to books at all, which I think is crazy. As the article points out, prisoners who are reading Harry Potter aren’t attacking each other.

The article also says, “Typically, inmates in solitary write down their book requests for Mr. Higgins to fill. “We’ve had guys just write down that ‘I want a thick book,’” he said, adding that one inmate who was overjoyed to borrow a book told Mr. Higgins that he was so bored that he had “spent the previous week counting the hairs on his arm.””

You can read the whole article here, and learn who the semi-famous (or infamous) person is who has been assigned to work at the library.

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