Ban Violent Books from Prison Libraries, Urges Connecticut State Senator | American Libraries Magazine
October 14, 2010 § Leave a comment
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?