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At correctional camps like the one I’m at where there is so little to do, we call it “doing dead time”. There are only a few things we have to pass the time here, TV, exercise, a job, and reading. Thanks to programs which donate books to inmates, we get to escape from prison in the pages of a story or expand our mind to prepare us for the day we get out with knowledge through education books, dictionaries and spiritual books.
First of all, I’d like to ‘thank you’ for all the books your organization has sent me. The books have been a great help and I’m learning more and more as I read. Thank you for helping me better myself with the knowledge and wisdom from books. Your program is wonderful.
I would like to start by saying thanks to the Prison Book Program. Thank you for sending resources to prisoners! I would like you to know how much this program and others like it are appreciated by people like myself. It is one of the best feelings you can get in prison. The feeling that someone cares.
I am a 58 year old white male doing 20 flat years in a Louisiana prison. I came from a very dysfunctional home in Kentucky. I started out life more or less as a functional illiterate child with very little education. Somehow, I did manage to get a 8th grade education. It was years later that I realized that I need more education in order to survive in the “real world”. I learned that having a good education meant having a good job and a place in life itself.
Prison is an environment that can either help us grow intellectually or fall farther away from learning. Prisoners therefore have a choice, read and learn, maintain a former way of thinking, or digress farther away from learning.