Library Services to People Experiencing the Carceral System and Those Reentering

Does your library prioritize lifelong learning and promoting literacy? If so, then it’s time to bring those initiatives to patrons who are incarcerated. Low literacy is linked to incarceration and recidivism while access to higher education has been shown to reduce recidivism by 43%. Even so, in Oregon only 6% of the prison budget is dedicated to education! Libraries can play a crucial role in increasing equity and dismantling mass incarceration by providing adults and youths in custody access to books, information, literacy programs, and by forming community partnerships that remove barriers for those recently released.

Recording of streamed presentation.  Click here to view.

Speakers: Jody Redifer, Trevor Walraven, Enrique Rivera

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