You’re not allowed to wear red. When I tell people this, their first response is, “Oh, it will get the prisoners all riled up.” Because they are like bulls? For real? No, it’s because the prison uniforms are red.

  • You never, ever forget for even one second that you are in a jail.

  • Some of the inmates are so young it breaks your heart.

This is written by a Pittsburgh librarian who teaches classes in prison. One of the ways we, personally, can alleaviate the inequities of The New Jim Crow is to support education in prison. As the writer says, most prisons no longer have the goal of rehabilitation.

Click here for a list of books that tell about it. (After all, this is a librarian’s blog!)