In the United States, 53% of males and 39% of females are re-incarcerated after they're released from prison. The recidivism rate for inmates who read in prison drops to 20% (couple that with a GED, and only 4-5% of inmates return, but our fucked up prison system is a post for another time). So Becky decided to drop a box of Jeannette Walls' The Glass Castle at a women's detention center in downtown Miami.
It was all razor wire and defeat, smaller and dingier than it looks from the highway (you drive past it all the time on I-95), but that's no reason not to deliver books with a smile.
We gave the books to Counselor Dixon, pictured here fully embarrassed at having her picture taken.
This visit led to Books & Books giving more books to Miami prisons (well, to Becky giving more books in Books & Books' name). Since World Book Night, she's gotten several calls from people at other correctional facilities. "You're the lady who gives books away, right?" they ask. It's a nice rep to have.
|"This is going to be so awesome - wheeeeee!"|
|"Snurf. Snurf." "Grrr..."|