Friday, July 07, 2017

Off the Shelf

Books Behind Bars: 12 Outstanding Works of Prison Lit
In the fall of 2011, I was given the profound opportunity to participate in an internship reading and critiquing the writing of inmates. This experience deeply affected me, leading to my continued dedication to prison education and belief in the power of books and writing to change lives. Below are some of my favorite pieces of prison lit, some written by inmates themselves, some by teachers who have been brave enough to cross the thresholds of America’s prisons. They serve as a stark reminder of the realities of prison life, giving a voice to an often otherwise-forgotten population.

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