Parsons School of Design students collaborated with the New York Public library to design better book carts to serve incarcerated readers. The carts are intended to facilitate easy browsing. The partnership has produced four carts that will be used at places like Rikers Island and the Manhattan Detention complex....more
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Seattle-based program Books to Prison helps to give literature to Seattle’s inmates, and it is changing lives. Encountering different narratives through books can have a lasting effect.
For prisoners, books are more than entertainment; books provide the tools to help them make sense of their lives and circumstances....more
Driving onto Angola’s grounds in early October, hay bales dot flat green fields and quaint white barns rise in their midst. Fountains spew from the placid rectangles of designer catfish ponds. If we didn’t know we were entering a state penitentiary, we might think we were on a plantation or a golf course,...more
The authors of Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives From Women’s Prisons compare stories gathered for the book with last month’s report by Rashida Manjoo, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women. The bottom line: women in prisons face rape and abuse by guards, error-ridden medical care, and, in many states, shackling during labor....more