Ban Violent Books from Prison Libraries, Urges Connecticut State Senator | American Libraries Magazine

October 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

Ban Violent Books from Prison Libraries, Urges Connecticut State Senator | American Libraries Magazine.

The idea of limiting inmates’ reading material reminds me of the late 19th century notion amongst librarians that individuals could be “improved” through proper reading choices. It seems a little ridiculous to think that because a person reads a novel about a violent crime, he is more likely to commit on in the future. I’d dare say that if that person is likely to commit a violent crime, he’ll do it no matter what he’s read in the last year (or ten).

I wonder if the Berkeley County Detention Center has done any studies to see if their policy has reduced crime committed by recently released inmates. I doubt it.

What do you think about limiting the reading material of inmates?

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