Expanding Library Services to People in Jails and Prisons



  • Available Until 1/1/2024
  • Class Time 1:00 PM PT
  • Duration 75 min.
  • Program Code 034



In January 2022, the San Francisco Public Library and the American Library Association received a $2 million grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation.

The grant is aimed at improving and expanding library services for incarcerated citizens both locally and nationally.

Join Berkeley Judicial Institute as we speak to representatives of SFPL’s Jail and Reentry Team Jeanie Austin and Rachel Kinnon and VCU Professor Blythe Balestrieri to find out more about the library’s ambitious plans for this grant. Judge Alexandra Robert Gordon will moderate the conversation, which will include these questions:

  • What are the most important challenges they face?
  • How will this work help better meet needs of incarcerated people?
  • How can judges and the interested public find out more about these efforts?

This course does not offer CLE credit.