Ways of Escape: Books in Prison
Reading Journey Into The Whirlwind, Eugenia Semyonovna Ginzburg's classic account of her years in Soviet prisons and labor camps, I read of her boundless gratitude for books and reading, when they were available to her. I thought of my best thank-you note ever, which I received from an inmate at the Leon County Detention Center when I ran the bookmobile program. 1084 pages, he says! I am pretty sure that I had brought him Atlas Shrugged.
In the same vein, there was this story on prison libraries today on NPR's Weekend Edition-