Submission on Justice Transformation

email-iconThe Canadian government is doing a review of the justice system and is seeking submissions from Canadians. Submissions are due January 31, 2018. Books Beyond Bars is submitting the following letter. We encourage you to submit as well.

Subject: Submission on Justice Transformation from Books Beyond Bars

Books Beyond Bars provides programming in the women’s section of the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility to improve access to books, writing, and literature for incarcerated women. Because we work closely with women who are incarcerated, we witness some of the effects of the current justice system on these women’s lives and the lives of the people they are connected to.

We believe that the prison system is fundamentally flawed, and does not address the systemic factors that lead to incarceration such as poverty, abuse, racism, and being criminalized for being someone who uses substances. Incarceration isolates people from their communities and families, damaging both. We believe that the prison system should be abolished and the justice systems should focus on finding ways to address conflict that are productive for communities, address the root causes of criminal behaviour, and support offenders in avoiding reoffending.

More immediately, we believe that measures need to be taken to improve conditions for incarcerated people such as eliminating solitary confinement, increasing programming to address trauma and addiction, and ensuring that transgender people’s identities are affirmed and respected.

Thank you for your consideration,
Books Beyond Bars


Requests from January 12th program

Hi Friends & Supporters, below is our list of requests from our January 12th library program. We always welcome non-spiral bound journals and sketchbooks as well & all donations can be dropped off at Venus Envy (1598 Barrington st), the Loaded Ladle (in the Dal Students’ Union Building) or our new location at Alteregos Cafe (2193 Gottingen St.). Thanks so much for your continued support!

“Dark Angel” and “The Chosen” by L.J. Smith
Shades of Vampire Series by Bella Forrest (all books except #1)
“Life With Billy” by Brian Vallee
“Hustlin Diva”, “Boss Diva” and “Gangsta Diva” by De’nesha Diamond
“Destined” by P.C Cast
“City of Glass” by Cassandra Clare
“Torn” and “Ascend” by Amanda Hocking
Anatomy for the Artist book
Wildflower Series by VC Andrews

Any books by Sista Souljah
Books about Reiki
Books about Body Language & non-verbal communication
Beginners/Basic ASL books
True Crime books
Large print instructional art books
Pregnancy/Birth/Baby books (not What to Expect when you’re Expecting books)
Books about Natural/Herbal support for pregnancy & babies
Alcoholics Anonymous books

Origami paper
Origami instructional books
Day Planners/Date books (2 requested)
Small Desk Calendars (2 requested–but please non with pictures of food that they can’t eat/access)
Non-coil bound sketchbooks (2 requested)

Requests from Dec 20th, 2017 library program

Hello BBB supporters! Here is the list of requests from our December 22nd program.

We are always grateful to accept non spiral-bound journals and notebooks.

Books can be dropped off at Venus Envy (1598 Barrington St) (The Loaded Ladle is closed for the holidays so please drop off to Venus Envy). We can also accept books via mail if you want to send a package or an online order our way! PO Box 33129, Halifax, NS B3L4T6.

Thanks for your ongoing support!

Andrews, VC – Hidden Jewel, Daughter of Light
Armstrong, Kelley – Bitten
Atwood, Margaret – newer works
Blume, Judy – Summer Sisters
Cast, PC – Destined, Hidden, Revealed (House of Night series), the Fledgling Handbook, Dragon’s Oath
Darnell, Melissa – Crave (The Clann Series)
Greenwood-Browne, Anne – Lies Beneath, Spellbound
Harris, Charlaine – True Blood Series (#2: Living Dead in Dallas, #3: Club Dead, #4: Dead to the World)
Mink, Meesha – Shameless Hoodwives, Hustle Hard
Patterson, James – newer books
Souljah, Sista – A Deeper Love Inside

General Topics:
Law books – Nova Scotia or Canadian law
Fantasy / sci-fi series similar to Harry Potter, LOTR, Game of Thrones, etc)
SARK Motivational Books
Encyclopedia-style books about anatomy, blood born diseases
True crime – with pictures
Clinician’s guide to prescription drugs
Anything by Mishka Mink, D’nisha Diamond, and Sistah Souljah

Drawing / sketch paper or pads
Origami paper
Origami instruction books
Dinosaur colouring pages