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Coming to the conference? Please bring books to donate to the Florida Prison system

September 23, 2013

A few weeks ago, we ran a blog post about why illiteracy sucks so much. One of the biggest ways illiteracy sucks is in terms of its relationship to crime. According to the Nevada Department of Corrections:

  • Seventy percent of prisoners fall into the lowest two levels of literacy.
  • More than 85% of juveniles involved in juvenile court proceedings are functionally illiterate and more than 60% of prison inmates are also functionally illiterate.
  • Inmates who get literacy help have a recidivism level of 16%, as opposed to 70% of those who don’t receive help.

As part of the effort do use our resources to make the world around us better, we’re asking you to bring any gently used books to donate to the Florida prison system. Donations of books won’t end illiteracy in prisons, but they might help those who are housed build their reading skills and find ways to stay out of the system after they’re released.

At the conference, we’ll have locations where you can bring your donations, which will be sent to the prison system for use by inmates. We’ll provide more information as we move closer to the conference. Even a few books will help.



  1. September 24, 2013 3:23 pm

    This is a great idea! I’ve been looking for a good home for my well-loved books and now I’ve found one. Where do I park my truck?

    • Chris Hamilton permalink
      September 25, 2013 5:23 am

      Just bring your truck to the conference!

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