VIEWS & OPINIONS OF INMATES ON PRISON LIBRARY IN COIMBATORE

Abstract

Author(s): K. TAMILMANI

Prison libraries play an important role in self-improvement for inmates. The libraries also help in providing legal information for helping file petitions in courts. In Tamil Nadu there are Eight Central Prisons for confining causal offenders one Central Prison for habitual offenders and three Special Prisons for Women, one Borstal School for Young Offenders (Aged 18 to 25 years). The study was carried out in three places I. Central Prison, Coimbatore. II. Female Annexure Central Prison, Coimbatore. III. Borstal School, Pollachi. The Central Prison & Female Annexure Central Prison is located in Coimbatore & the Borstal school is located in Pollachi. Questionnaire method followed to collect the data, out of 900 literate inmates the questionnaire was circulated to the inmates who use library resources. Approximately 200 of inmates use library regularly, a total of 133 (66.5%) responses received. The present study indicates that the inmates are utilizing the library well.

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