U.S. Dept. of Justice, National Institute of Corrections, Offender Workforce Development Division. (2007). Career Resource Centers [CD-ROM].
This interactive resource includes a training program for career center clerks, which teaches them how to help offenders make a successful transition to work after they leave a correctional facility. It provides a complete breakdown of resources needed for a career center, career guide to industries, computerized interest profiler (self-assessment), and more than 180 career related videos. Source is a bit dated for its Occupational Outlook Handbook and Career Guide to industries, both of which are 2004-2005.
Tobin, P., & Massachusetts. (1985). The Higher Education Prison Program: The first ten years. Boston: Massachusetts Dept. of Correction.
Although a dated report, this report assesses a 10 year time period where the University of Massachusetts provided higher education classes in Massachusetts prisons. Enrollment trends were noted, as well as the characteristics of those enrolling, together with other trends and developments. This report is a valuable tool for comparing prison education in the 1970s and ’80s.
Sweeney, J. (2012). Literacy: A way out for at-risk youth. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.
This book looks at providing literacy services to youths at juvenile detention centers and their relationship to librarianship. The book also provides a brief history of juvenile detention, juvenile justice as it is currently, a description of library services in detention centers and its unique challenges, and the possibilities for intellectual and social growth for at-risk youth. It includes an excellent set of appendices for model policies, resources, and references.
Winn, M. T. (2011). Girl time: Literacy, Justice, and the school-to-prison pipeline. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
The author writes about her experiences working with young female inmates. The girls participated in “Girl Time,” a program that conducts playwriting and performance workshops in youth detention centers. The book has a great bibliography of recent sources about crime, literacy, and the issues that disaffected girls face in school. This book is part of the Teaching for Social Justice series.
Osborne Association. (1949). Instructional materials for adult prisoners: An annotated bibliography: Part 1 — English. New York, NY: Osborne Association.
This annotated bibliography is the first in a planned series of lists of textbooks and other instructional materials for adult inmates in correctional institutions. This bibliography offers a historical perspective on instructional materials due to its 1949 publication date. The list of materials is broken down by level of reading difficulty into beginner, intermediate, and advanced. No other bibliographies in the series appear to have been printed or at least no longer exist.
MacCormick, A. H. (1931). The education of adult prisoners: A survey and a program. New York, NY: J. J. Little and Ives Company.
This book is a study of educational and library work in American prisons for adults and a suggested program, which could be adopted as a standard for prisons across the country. The work serves as a historical perspective on prison education since it was published in 1931. It includes several excellent additional sources including aids for prison librarians, a suggested list of textbooks, and additional readings. The author was the assistant director of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons at the time and performed the study through a Carnegie grant.
Trounstine, J. (2001). Shakespeare behind bars: The power of drama in a women’s prison. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press.
This memoir recounts the author’s work teaching six inmates during her 10-years at Framingham Women’s Prison in Massachusetts. The book is movingly written and offers the author’s opinion on ways to help female offenders return to society or at least improve their lives in prison. There is an updated version written in 2004 with a new forward.