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Testimonial from an Inmate: Feature in The New Yorker

Books still matter. This powerful testimonial from Robert Rose, a Sing Sing inmate speaks for itself. Featured in The New Yorker, below is a quote from the piece, but, we encourage you to read the full article here.

“Robert Rose, a Sing Sing inmate who is serving twenty-five years to life for murder, said that a family member recently sent him “Anger,” by the Vietnamese Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh, purchased on Amazon. The Web site allows Rose’s family to order books for him and send him the bill, which he can then pay for through his prison disbursement account. In response to questions I sent him through Bianca Tylek, he told me, “I usually take a few hours a day to read.” Rose is allowed to keep a maximum of twenty-five books in his cell, and likes to sit on his bed and read when his unit is quiet, either early in the morning or late at night. Books help reconnect him to society, he said. He just finished “Design(ing) Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life,” by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, a 2016 book that is supposed to prepare readers for making decisions in their education and career. Rose had a different goal. “I was using it to prepare for release,” he said.”