Friday, June 17, 2016

Enoch Pratt Free Library Writers Live

It was a real pleasure this Wednesday to introduce EPFL Writers Live Guest speaker, Mikita Brottman, author of,  Maximum Security Book Club:Reading Literature in a Men's Prison. After the presentation that was held at the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Baynard Woods, of the City Paper, moderated a lively discussion with Mikita, Vince, one of the original participants in the book club, and the audience. Baynard visited and reported on one of Mikita’s sessions in 2014. 

Vince, Baynard, Glennor, Mikita

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Maximum Security Bookclub

I have just finished reading Mikita Brottman's recently published book: Maximum Security Book Club:Reading Literature in a Men's Prison. Her honesty in describing the behaviors and reactions of the 9 men who participated in her book club at the Jessup Correctional Institute throws more light on the life of those confined to prisons, not only in Maryland but in the United States.  Great Read

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

• America’s Slave Empire

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Anonymous Donor

Acting as intermediary for a generous donor, this week I purchased and delivered over $1800.00 worth of new books to Maryland Transition Center, that was  known at Maryland Penitentiary when I worked in the prison system. I bought books on self-help, job interview techniques, fund source to start your own business, gardening, landscaping, family relations, and some leisure reading for the inmates who are transitioning back to society. Sheer pleasure for me to purchase, than to sort through donated books from well meaning persons who "cant bear to throw books away" so they clear out their deceased ancestors book shelves to donate to the "poor prisoners" then ask for receipts for tax purposes.

We should bear in mind that if we do not prepare inmates for reentry, the recidivism rate is higher, and we as tax payers pay a higher price.

Entrance to MTC- MRDCC on Right.  Inmates get classified and sent to prison from MRDCC

Unloading books with the help of inmates
L to R): MTC  Warden Solomon Hejirika; former librarian Glennor Shirley; Asst. Warden Dionne Randolph; Chief of Security Linda E. Cottie.

Inmates taking  donated books  into the  institution

Friday, March 20, 2015

Second Chance Act Solicitation

Only a few days left to apply for grant from the  Second Chance Act

The Smart Supervision program seeks to improve probation and parole success rates and reduce crime committed by those under probation and parole supervision, which would
  in turn reduce admissions to prisons and jails and save taxpayer dollars.  Make a difference!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Juvenile Incerceration

More and more we read of reports of children being taken out of school and placed in juvenile prisons for the slightest misdemeanor.  One article stated the police was called because the child did not have the correct uniform.  As a nation we must begin to protect and educate our children, not scar them for life by sending them to prison.
No Place For Kids

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Dictionaries for Prisoners

Dictionaries are among  the most requested items  from prisoners. This is important because many inmates come to prison illiterate.  The dictionaries help them with spelling, grammar, and the meaning of words when they write to family members on the outside, or as they try to get their GED.   This year, Safe Street Arts   is collecting dictionaries for indigent inmates.  Check their website at: