Libraries Respond: Services to Incarcerated People and Ex-Offenders

Library services for the incarcerated provide opportunities for reading and access to information for adults and juveniles confined to federal, state and county institutions and to facilities operated by private, for-profit contractors. In 2008, well over 2 million Americans either convicted of a crime or awaiting trial were held in prisons, detention centers, jails, juvenile halls, work camps, forensic facilities or hospitals for the criminally insane. An unknown number of non-citizens convicted of crimes or waiting to be deported were confined by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency in county jails or in privately operated detention centers.

As ex-offenders return to their home communities, they need library and information services designed to assist in their successful readjustment to society - and to ameliorate the impact of their confinement.

Serving Incarcerated People & Ex-Offenders: ALA Resources

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