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The Prison Library as an Agent of Rehabilitative Change (web course)

October 7, 2019

Many prisoners regret their criminal behavior and resolve to change their ways. Few places in the prison offer a more exciting opportunity to get inmates invested in lasting rehabilitative change than the prison library, yet many Departments of Correction undervalue the changed-based potential of both library and Librarian as vital pieces of the rehabilitative puzzle.

Ways to advocate for the library as a program environment (as opposed to being a simple management tool) will be discussed. Library-based programs such as consequential thinking, book discussions, writing-as-therapy, humor-as-therapy in the correctional environment, and the respectful treatment of women wll be examined. The instructor will also share examples of course materials, curricula, and post-program data analysis.