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06:02 pm: Nap Next

Last night I watched TV and finished off the tapes. The second episode of No Ordinary Family was also good -- they're finding out some of the problems of having superpowers. I read the paper and got to bed to read at 2:15am. I went right to sleep at 6am and woke up at 2:21pm, so that's good. Unfortunately, I'm falling asleep now (made some odd mistakes today) and I'm going to come back to read LJ and ML later.

The ACLU is suing a South Carolina jail because they only allow their prisoners to read a paperback bible. A company is trying to send info about how to manage being in the prison, how to handle being out, etc., and none of their material is accepted. They were told that the jail doesn't have a library, but that would certainly be easy; I'm sure there would be lots of donors.

In Richmond VA, we're having the largest Tea Party convention so far -- 2000 people -- plus our top three elected officials.

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Date:October 8th, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
Getting material for a prison library would be the easy part. (Though not that easy. Prison libraries tend to be rather under-resourced. People would mostly rather donate to and fund libraries for people they think deserve it.) You also need space to put the material and someone (preferably someone who knows what they're doing, ideally someone qualified) to organise it, manage the conditions under which it's used, keep the collection up-to-date when stuff gets worn or damaged or goes missing, etc. Depending on the prison there may be security considerations of allowing visits to the library (or even visits of the library bookcart to the prisoners). If the library also includes access to online resources then that's extra stuff to manage and also additional security implications.

I do think all prisons should have libraries: it's vital for rehabilitation. But the costs aren't trivial and too many places balk at them.
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Date:October 9th, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
I don't know how many inmates they have, but there'd probably have to be more than one of any book. I'm not sure it has to be as organized as a regular library (my grandmother ran a library when she was a missionary in Cebu City, and her skills were running hotels and restaurants, what she was really doing there), I know some jails have volunteers to straighten things up once a week or so, or well-behaved inmates run it.
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Date:October 9th, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC)
I should see if the first episodes ate available on the web.
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