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Duke University Libraries Receives Virtual Reality Grant to “Flip Prisons”

“The Duke University Libraries have received a $52,647 grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board to help transform an abandoned prison into a sustainable farm and education center through the magic of virtual reality.“It’s not easy to visualize how an abandoned and unused prison can be repurposed to help a struggling community,” said David Stein, Duke PepsiCo Education Technology Partnership Coordinator and principal investigator for the project. “We are ‘shackled’ by our preconceived notions of what prisons can be.” (via Duke University Libraries Blogs)

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‘Extremist’ books remained in jail libraries despite warning

“Five books regarded as “extremist” by the Prison Service remained in jail libraries in England and Wales for seven months after a review called for their removal, the BBC has learnt.Two of the authors are seen as having inspired jihadists in the Arab world.Extremism academic Dr Chetan Bhatt said the presence of these books within prison libraries was “worrying”.The government said the texts had been identified as part of the Acheson review into extremism in prisons.” (via BBC News)

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Video calls in Brooklyn libraries will put inmates in touch with their families

“The Brooklyn Public Library has been awarded a grant for nearly $400,000 to place inmate video calling services in a dozen libraries, giving inmates’ friends and family members a new way to stay in contact. Often, having a loved one in prison means jumping through expensive, complicated hoops to stay in touch. A large part of the problem has been on the inmate phone industry, but increasingly, prisons and jails are turning to video calls for visitations, and have employed similar practices.” (via The Verge)

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La. man sues Va. prisons for denying literary CDs

AP – “A Louisiana man sued Virginia’s prison system Monday, claiming its policy banning him from buying a spoken word CD by a renowned British author for an inmate but allowing music and religious CDs is unconstitutional.”

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