Cyntoia Brown Lands Book Deal After Prison Release

Cyntoia Brown Lands Book Deal After Prison Release

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Announced on Monday, Cyntoia Brown will team up with Atria Books to tell her gripping and haunting story. Brown was granted clemency at the beginning of the year and is set to be released today. Driven by a desire to help victims of abuse everywhere, she’s eager to begin the next chapter of her life.   Image Via ABC News A victim of child sex trafficking, Brown was convicted of murdering a forty-three year old man who used her as a pawn. Originally, Brown was sentenced to fifty-one years to life before her case gained national attention and supporters began …

Book’Em is Restocking Pennsylvania’s Prison Libraries

Book’Em is Restocking Pennsylvania’s Prison Libraries

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Pittsburgh’s Book’Em was created in 2000 when its founder, Etta Cetera, decided to do something about the nearly non-existent educational opportunities that U.S. prisons afford their inmates. Under-stocked libraries and convoluted book request systems make it difficult for prisoners who are trying to self-educate. Cetera started Book’Em to increase prisoners’ access to books, and after years of overwhelming community support, Book’Em has served approximately 33,000 prisoners throughout the state of Pennsylvania.   image via Book’em   Whether prisoners read in order to improve their understanding of the world or simply just to pass time, books have always held a special …

7 Famous Books Written While The Authors Were in Prison!

7 Famous Books Written While The Authors Were in Prison!

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You can write a book anywhere! In the park, at your desk, in your bed, or even in jail.   That took a dark turn, but what did you expect when you clicked on this article? Heck, honestly, why did you click on this article? Are you going to jail? I’m not here to judge, I’m just here to encourage you to write a good book while you’re on the inside For inspiration, you future/current convict, let’s look at seven authors turned prisoners/prisoners turned authors who gave us seven great literary works!   7. Le Morte d’ Arthur by Thomas …

U.S. Prisons Ban Books Critical of Criminal Justice System

U.S. Prisons Ban Books Critical of Criminal Justice System

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For a country intent on the loosest possible definitions of free speech, one of our most marginalized populations is subject to an insidious degree of censorship. The United States—the world leader in incarceration, imprisoning 2.2 million at this very moment—is fixated on free speech, but we favor the adjective over the verb. Prisons throughout the country are banning books that disagree with the racial disparity in U.S. prisons, the prison-industrial complex, and other incisive critiques of mass incarceration. And some are banning books altogether: one Georgia jail recently imposed a ban on all books, excluding only religious texts. Louisiana has …