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Lewes Prison library simply the best

The Argus: Lewes Prison Lewes Prison

A prison library has been named the best in the country.

Staff at Lewes Prison have been told that they have won the first ever Prison Library of the Year Award.

They were praised for helping inmates to learn to read and for using books to steer offenders away from crime.

The prison will now receive books and audio books to help stock its shelves, while staff and orderlies alike will receive certificates.

The award is run by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals’ Prison Libararies Group.

A statement from the group’s judges said: “We felt that the team at HMP Lewes provide a broad range of library activity which contributes positively to the prison’s reducing re-offending strategy as well as providing prisoners with the opportunity to increase their literacy skills, discover the joy and importance of reading for pleasure and prepare for life outside of prison.

“Their participation in Storybook Dads and their Family Time initiative help prisoners to maintain links with their children whilst in prison. The library team has worked hard to provide a welcoming and inclusive library service which is an integral element of the prison regime at HMP Lewes.”

Simon Hughes, of East Sussex County Council, said: “Figures show that literacy is a significant issue in prisons with the majority of inmates having difficulty with basic literacy skills.

“Our team at HMP Lewes do an excellent job in difficult circumstances and help prisoners to enjoy literature and equip themselves for a more positive future. This award is richly deserved.”

Sue Wilkinson, of the Prison Libraries Group, said: “The judges felt that the entry from HMP Lewes showed an innovative and inclusive approach to service provision and a real commitment to embedding the library service in the daily life of the prison.”

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8:19am Sat 10 Nov 12

greeg2 says...

Another pointless stupid award dished out by people who should actually have known better than to come up with it in the first place.
Another pointless stupid award dished out by people who should actually have known better than to come up with it in the first place. greeg2
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9:17am Sat 10 Nov 12

redwing says...

What do you think about the prison library scheme though?
What do you think about the prison library scheme though? redwing
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9:52am Sat 10 Nov 12

Tallywhacker says...

It's a good idea. I think they should also have waiter service while they sit and read with cream teas every hour. Possibly 4 or 5 course meals would help as well. In fact instead of serving a sentence of time it should be a sentence of weight. Shop lifting you have to increase your weight by say 3 stone, burglary your body mass by 50%. After all who wants fit crims coming out all the time? Nope, lard them up while inside and then see how many windows they squeeze through, or how far they can run to escape. Sorry son until you hit 20 son you stay....after dinner mint sir..go on, just one more...
It's a good idea. I think they should also have waiter service while they sit and read with cream teas every hour. Possibly 4 or 5 course meals would help as well. In fact instead of serving a sentence of time it should be a sentence of weight. Shop lifting you have to increase your weight by say 3 stone, burglary your body mass by 50%. After all who wants fit crims coming out all the time? Nope, lard them up while inside and then see how many windows they squeeze through, or how far they can run to escape. Sorry son until you hit 20 son you stay....after dinner mint sir..go on, just one more... Tallywhacker
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12:23pm Sat 10 Nov 12

elephantsandowls says...

I can't believe how epoofaced people are on here. This seems to reduce offending, I hope everyone agrees that is a good thing.

On another note, this is also to reason why short sentences are useless for REPEAT offenders. No one will learn anything at all during 4 weeks in prison.

At the third offence, the sentence needs to be substantial.

Obviously in an ideal world people would learn basic reading skills in primary school.....
I can't believe how epoofaced people are on here. This seems to reduce offending, I hope everyone agrees that is a good thing. On another note, this is also to reason why short sentences are useless for REPEAT offenders. No one will learn anything at all during 4 weeks in prison. At the third offence, the sentence needs to be substantial. Obviously in an ideal world people would learn basic reading skills in primary school..... elephantsandowls
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12:52pm Sat 10 Nov 12

menowhere says...

please donate the books to my local library that seems to be missing the latest titles due to budget cuts and hang the guilty :)
please donate the books to my local library that seems to be missing the latest titles due to budget cuts and hang the guilty :) menowhere
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4:57pm Sat 10 Nov 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

At the third offence the sentence needs to be substantial.
Oh so it's ok to rob two old ladies then only get a proper sentence the third time.
At the third offence the sentence needs to be substantial. Oh so it's ok to rob two old ladies then only get a proper sentence the third time. Maxwell's Ghost
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12:50pm Sun 11 Nov 12

Somethingsarejustwrong says...

Why provide an extensive collection of books to these people.

Surely the only reads should be based on learning to:-

Respect others and their property
Understand what the laws of the land are

When, oh when will people wake up and do the right thing and make prison something to avoid?
Why provide an extensive collection of books to these people. Surely the only reads should be based on learning to:- Respect others and their property Understand what the laws of the land are When, oh when will people wake up and do the right thing and make prison something to avoid? Somethingsarejustwrong
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