Inside the fence, the Prison Library is often the lifeline for prisoners who need information for their cases and for transition back into their communities. Most inmates say they never go to the public libraries when they are in the community. Yet they have children who attend schools and other family members who would benefit from the range of services in the libraries.
At the Maryland Library Association Conference in Ocean City in May, I will be one of the presenters for a workshop that will encourage public librarians to promote their services to soon to be released inmates and to ex offenders.
Title of the workshop is:
Returning Residents: Libraries and the Information Needs of Ex-Offenders.
My co presenters will be an employer of ex offenders and an ex offender who has successfully transitioned back to society and is working with at risk youths.
I will be highlighting the great model from Hennepin County Library FREEDOM TICKET
Some of the sites featured will include:
- · http://wdr.doleta.gov/research/FullText_Documents/Preparing_for_Life_Beyond_Prison_Walls_The_Literacy_of_Incarcerated_Adults_Near_Release.p
- National Resource Center
- Sites for housing, drug addiction, job hunt, family relations, community resources., etc