Two stories from Louisiana prisons: A cause for alarm and a pathway toward empowerment
Last summer, Louisiana state officials opened the high-security juvenile detention facility, the Acadiana Center for Youth in St. Martinville.
But a recent investigation into the center by ProPublica, NBC News and the Marshall Project found horrific conditions at the center, including teens held in solitary confinement for weeks at a time, shackled with leg irons during showers and little to no education provided.
The national non-profit Freedom Reads recently opened Freedom Libraries in two Louisiana prisons. The libraries are the brainchild of 2021 MacArthur Fellow Reginald Dwayne Betts, who went from being a 16-year-old sentenced to nine years in prison for a carjacking to becoming a critically-acclaimed writer and graduate of the Yale Law School.
Betts joined us to discuss the founding of Freedom Reads, and how his organization aims to empower inmates through literature.
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