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Alcatraz Library (2008)

The caged area at Alcatraz that once held a library with over 15,000 books. Literate inmates reportedly read 75 to 100 books per year. According to a Federal Bureau of Prisons brochure, philosophical authors were particularly popular, but censors excluded any materials with “sexual, violent, or criminal references.” Inmates did not have access to the stacks; they requested books that the staff brought to their cells.


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