ERIC Number: ED174869
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Information Needs and Reading Interests of Adult Prisoners.
The reading interests and information needs of adult prisoners were investigated. Questionnaires were completed by 314 residents of three New Mexico prisons, 290 men and 24 women, representing 20% of the total male incarcerated population and 41% of the total female incarcerated population. Background information generally revealed that the prisoners tended to be young and criminally unsophisticated; and highly represented by Hispanic individuals, high school dropouts, and substance abusers. Results indicated that: (1) information about getting more schooling or job training was the primary need; (2) as a group, males expressed considerable concern for managing their lives more successfully; (3) as a group, women were less interested in all types of information and only considered understanding the law to be important; (4) more women than men wanted information on getting along with others; (5) for men, best sellers and adventure stories were preferred fiction subjects, and people and places were the preferred non-fiction subjects; and (6) for women, romances and adventure stories were preferred fiction subjects and prison/prisoner literature and humor were the preferred non-fiction subjects. (Author/HLM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Mexico State Library, Santa Fe.
Identifiers: New Mexico