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NCJ Number: 43856 Find in a Library
Title: DE-PROGRAMMING PRISON LIBRARIES
Journal: SPECIAL LIBRARIES  Volume:68  Issue:9  Dated:(SEPTEMBER 1977)  Pages:293-298
Author(s): R M BARONE
Corporate Author: Special Libraries Assoc
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Special Libraries Assoc
New York, NY 10003
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE CONTENTION THAT PRISON LIBRARIES ARE JUSTIFIED BY THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE REHABILITATION OF OFFENDERS IS EXAMINED CRITICALLY.
Abstract: MANY REPORTS DESCRIBE PRISON LIBRARIES AND SPECIALIZED GROUP READING PROGRAMS AS IF THEY ALL WERE WORKING SUCCESSFULLY TOWARD THE GOAL OF REHABILITATION. THE AMERICAN CORRECTIONAL ASSOCIATION (ACA) HOLDS THAT THE LIBRARY IS ESSENTIAL TO REHABILITATION AND THAT PRISON LIBRARIES SHOULD PROVIDE ONLY THOSE MATERIALS WHICH HAVE 'POSITIVE VALUE.' HOWEVER, PRISON LIBRARY PROGRAMS USUALLY LACK ADEQUATE BUDGETS, FACILITIES, PERSONNEL, AND ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT. THE ACA CLAIM THAT EFFECTIVE REHABILITATION PROGRAMS ARE IMPOSSIBLE WITHOUT PRISON LIBRARIES IS DISPUTED BY THE FACT THAT REHABILITATION PROGRAMS CAN AND OFTEN DO FUNCTION WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF LIBRARIES. SHORTCOMINGS ARE POINTED OUT OF AN EXPERIMENT WHICH CONCLUDED THAT BIBLIOTHERAPY CAN PROVE EFFECTIVE IN CHANGING THE ATTITUDES OF INMATES. IT IS ARGUED THAT THE EXISTENCE OF PRISON LIBRARIES IS JUSTIFIED BY THE PRISONERS' RIGHT TO READ RATHER THAN BY ANY REHABILITATIVE FUNCTION. IMPLICATIONS OF A SHIFT TOWARD A MORE INCLUSIVE, LESS PROGRAMMATIC EMPHASIS FOR PRISON LIBRARIES ARE CONSIDERED. A LIST OF REFERENCES IS INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): Correctional facilities; Inmate Programs; Libraries; Prisoner's rights; Rehabilitation
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