Christia Mercer: Reading gives people in prison hope. But some states want to take their books away.

We should be encouraging reading behind bars, given the nexus of illiteracy, criminal actions and high recidivism rates,

Jan.25.2018 / 9:57 AM ET

My students, occupants of the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center, had only just begun to settle into the semester when the prison went into lockdown in September 2017. For 12 days, MDC’s roughly 1,750 occupants were locked inside their cells, eating and defecating in their own little cages, some without the chance to shower.

What did my students do during those grimy days of confinement?

 

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