Reimagining the Public: Library Services to People in Jails and Prisons - Shared screen with speaker view
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I am working on a service learning group project with the tisch library that supports the Tufts University prison initiative of
We are currently not service people who are incarcerated -- but I think we need to!
I want to put together a program at my community college to assist students impacted by incarceration.
I serve approx. 1100 inmates in our county jail with library services
I have been involved with prisoner support outside of work but also did outreach to a youth facility in houston and that was my favorite work project yet!
I work with two state correctional facilities and five county jails to help provide services to their populations and to help with re-entry services.
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I participate in reentry meeting for individual recently released on parole as we as help individuals with criminal records look for work
I have been involved in the Prisoner Pen Pal program with the Church of the Larger Fellowship, and the prisoners talk often about the books they read and how they go through them so fast and don’t have enough of them - and that many are censored.
I went to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and there was a fantastic group in Urbana called Books to Prisoners that shipped books to state and federal facilities around Illinois.
Mostly I'm working with the tribal jail library to convince them to expand their collections and provide more services--not just adult basic education
Hadley from Toronto Public Library here -- We have a program where we record incarcerated parents reading stories for their children. Currently looking to expand to recently released folks as well.
I am in my first year of MLIS, i've had a few projects on prison libraries and ex-offenders. interested in focusing on this topic and population in studies and career
Knowledge of need after volunteering in a prison library
From the Tulsa City Co Library system- we provide a monthly service to the Juvenile Dentention Center and would possibly like to expand services to incarcerated adults at some point as well
I lead a team tasked with supporting patrons who have barriers. This is not a barrier that has ever been on our radar and it is a significant one
As a JD student, my focus is on public defense. I'm interested in working towards radicalizing law libraries relationships with incarcerated people, since law libraries have historically been used as a means of control rather than as a information based service or means of education.
I attend the quarterly re-entry fair at our local prison, talking about ways to connect with your community, employment, housing, technology, education, family services, etc. through the library.
Prior to my current position I worked in a forensic psychiatric hospital serving the incarcerated mentally ill patients. This was a great experience and I always felt like there was never enough I could do for them. In my current position I'll be serving incarcerated youths with technology and am interested in finding ways to provide tech skills and services to them.
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Our youth svsc dept has an MOU with MA DYS - librarians visit two facilities for court-involved young men once a month - really they're incarcerated pre-trial or being placed in other services post-trial
When I worked at Brooklyn Public Library I was involved in our library lending services on Rikers Island and at Brooklyn Detention Center. I think it was a really important part of our outreach and it's something that I'd like to learn more about. Everyone deserves access to books!
I'm just starting a new position at the Chicago Public Library so I really have not started working with this population. My 1st meeting will be in with women in January with the women in MCC; putting them in touch with our services, including a library card.
I worked at a juvenile detention court/facility before becoming a librarian. Our library system currently has VERY limited services to the jdc and adc. Recently discovered our library system is the only library system in the state to answer inmate reference questions (by mail). I attended a session at PLA years ago by NYPL and was really drawn to the work they are doing.
No experience currently - just want to learn where to start
Our academic library is supporting a new B.A. program at a local adult male correctional facility.
We provide books to a local juvenile detention center and I'd like to find other ways to work with them.
When you provide books to JDC, do you leave them there or have a back and forth circulation system?
@eryn we had a library set up at the facility
but we also brought in books from other branches
I work for the State Library in Oklahoma. I am the only person who sends books to prisons here and we have the largest incarceration rate in the nation. I also have a book club at the Mabel Basset Women's facility here.
@Eryn We bring a cart into th efacility monthly
Hadley, I remember hearing about the incarcerated parents recording stories for their kids in grad school. Such a great program!
See more here: Project Trends in US Corrections Report - https://sentencingproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Trends-in-US-Corrections.pdf
Fugitive Slave Law
The undercover story you just shared is reminiscent of the Stanford prison experiment.
for those interested: https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/cca-private-prisons-corrections-corporation-inmates-investigation-bauer/
American Prison is a great book. Very informative.
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Thank you, Kim! Librarians are always on top of it =)
Mother Jones link worked for me
image from PPI report “Arrest, Release, Repeat” - https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/repeatarrests.html
The Innocence Project
Documentary: The Prison in Twelve Landscapes
to white women calling the cops.
http://nationinside.org/campaign/prison-ecology/ there's also environmental components
More info on the thesis about librarians navigating power in prison environment, please?
that's a really important example, of the patron. Great point.
I think this is it: https://repository.library.northeastern.edu/files/neu:1905/fulltext.pdf
CAPTIVE KNOWLEDGE: CENSORSHIP AND CONTROL IN PRISON LIBRARIES, Tammi Arford: https://repository.library.northeastern.edu/files/neu:1905/fulltext.pdf
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The LexisNexis legal database used in prisons has a standalone server so that there isn't the possibility of accessing anything else on the internet -
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In Massachusetts they are beginning “compassionate release”.
Get Inside: Responsible Jail and Prison Library Service Free download to PLA members:
that sounds like a great book idea. Please don’t forget library services for the blind and print to see abled in prisons. Contact me if you wish.
Are there any political models? How are libraries educating their communities about the harm of the prison industrial complex?
To encourage library staff to prioritize library professional ethics, also consider inviting correctional library staff to public library professional development opportunities.
Great question, Myrna! Advocating for the incarcerated among the general public is so important!
Best practices for Public Libraries servicing prisons?
I'm interesting more in bringing technology programs to prisons/jails. There are public libraries that have done this successfully and I'd like to see more models of that.
Actually, inviting formerly incarcarated political activists who are focused on dismantling the prison industrial complex, (check out families for justice as healing http://justiceashealing.org/ ) to talk to library staff.
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'can only travel by thought' - wow
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Do you find you need to revise/revisit these guidelines at times?
Are you in touch with prison librarians at all? Are they a part of this system?
Leaving for lunch hour - thank you so much for presenting on this. Lots of helpful info and I'll look for any info on a recording to catch what I miss.
Leaving as well for a desk shift, thank you all for this! And thanks to everyone in the chat for so many good links.
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Can you please put the slide with Schlesselman back up?
The harm that the stereotype becoming bigger might have on the general movement to dismantle the prison industrial complex.
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can y’all send out info on the Harris county reference by mail?
Thank you. This is so helpful!
this is helpful. thank you.
Thank you so much
mcI has San Francisco public reached out to chasa I can’t remember his last name son of weather underground who’s running for district attorney? Seems like he would be a good contact for the library to facilitate equitable services to prisoners in jail inmates.
Thanks for the info!
This was one of the best webinars I've seen in a long time. You've given me a lot to think about and read and take back to my staff. Thank you so much.
This was wonderful, thank you so much!
I’d love to hear more about the article / work on all the state bans in the last few years on BTP type programs and getting books inside…
Very helpful...and affirming...thank you!
Thank you. Very informational and a lot to think about.
Thank you so much! That was great
Thank you for the master class. Lots of great info to think through. In appreciation,