Why A Former LA County Jail Staffer Is Bringing Books To Jails
I LOVE books. When I was a little girl, my heart would light up every time my mom would bring me something new to read. Books have always been at my disposal and it’s great that I don’t have to go too far in Los Angeles to find a library or bookstore to pursue something new.
Bringing Books To Incarcerated People
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But for one group in Los Angeles County, books are extremely hard to come by: people who are incarcerated. Why? The L.A. County jail system doesn’t have an official library system.
One woman is on a mission to change that. My colleague Emily Elena Dugdale wrote about how a mental health clinician turned public school counselor is going back to her old stomping grounds to provide books for those incarcerated in the jails. Her name is Ahmanise Sanati.
This isn’t her first rodeo though.
She worked in L.A. County’s Twin Towers Correctional Facility for over a decade, and helped to get books on every floor of that jail. But when she left that job, the effort to put books in the hands of people fell apart, despite evidence that the availability of books in jails and prisons can help people learn to read and reduce recidivism. The ability to read can also help boost mental health.
Read more about Sanati’s efforts to bring books to incarcerated people and what still needs to be done. If you are interested in donating to this effort, contact Sanati on Instagram @ahmanise.
Or for more information, check out Emily’s story here.
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