San Francisco Jail Library Program—A Mental Escape Hatch

The San Francisco Public Library recently began a weekly library program know as JARS, Jail and Re-entry Services. The program, which began in August, brings books into the city’s three jails adds to the meager collection of books available to inmates; most which they have read over and over.

A primary focus of the program is to provide reading materials to isolated inmates in administrative segregation and those in psychiatric or medical pods. Besides providing books, the JARS program offers assistance with job applications, resumes, training courses for commuters, digital devices, financial planning and career advancement.

Read more about this program in the October 5th edition of the San Francisco Chronicle.