PRESS RELEASE – There is a thriving library programme at the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) where inmates are allowed to borrow books, read and discuss their reading material in a group setting.
Bordelais Programmes Manager Casilda Severin says the response from inmates have been very positive however the institution would like to encourage the public to donate books to the institution. This, she says, will add diversity to the library’s stock of books while sustaining the interest among the inmates.
As a rehabilitation tool, the library provides access to a wide range of written material that can help inmates improve their literacy skills or keep existing skills sharp. It also provides them with the opportunity to pass the time productively.
Inmates who use the library are found to have higher literacy levels than their counterparts who never took advantage of the library’s collections. This may be due to inmates with higher literacy levels being more inclined to take advantage of library resources, but others may use the library to improve poor literacy levels, as overall education and reading proficiency tend to be low among prison populations.
Persons who are interested in donating books to the BCF are asked to contact the facility to learn more about the procedure for doing so.