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Partnership helps provide incarcerated teens with books

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For the last four months, two organizations have been working in the Bronx to make sure incarcerated teens have access to books.

Mia Abrahams works with Friends of Island Academy, which helps 17-year-olds at Horizons Juvenile Detention Center. She says the incarcerated teens were requesting many books that they couldn’t provide.

They then partnered with Boogie Down Books, a self-described "bookstore without walls."

In May, they formed "Books 2 Jails." The groups came up with an online wish list of about 70 books, requested by the teens or recommended by their mentors.

So far, members of the community have purchased more than 160 copies of those titles on the wish list.

The partnership hopes to grow in the future with book clubs, author visits and more books.

 

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