I have been volunteering at our local minimum security women's correctional center for more than a decade. I speak to a career class monthly and larger special events a couple times each year, including bi-annual "re-entry" programs for ladies about to be released. Whenever I speak, I am always asked "What books should we be reading?" I always make suggestions, knowing that the inmates may not have access to the titles until released. There is a library, but it doesn't offer as much as the librarian would like.
My solution? I plan to donate some books and have asked others for local financial donations so I can increase the number of titles and copies of certain books. God has already given this some wings, but I am praying for something BIG to come from my efforts.
Has anyone else ever done something like this? Any ideas? Any specific titles you would suggest? (I have quite a few pegged already, but if I get financial support from others who knows what is possible?) Any titles specifically geared toward women with which I might not be familiar?
By the way, CDs are NOT allowed. They are considered weapons as they are easily broken into sharp pieces.
And I encourage others to initiate similar efforts near you. Much more rehabilitation (transformation, really) goes on in well-run minimum-security prisons than most people expect. These are great women of all ages. I care a great deal about them and want to do all I can to help them live the life they've always wanted.