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Tavanell Dodd ’21 at Antioch’s Prison Justice Library

For my current co-op, I decided to work with the Antioch College Prison Justice Initiative (PJI) on their Prison Justice Library project. The PJI was founded in 2014 by Dr. Emily Steinmetz along with Antioch students and other faculty, and works to uplift people impacted by incarceration and to start a dialogue about the criminal justice system’s impacts.

Here at the Prison Justice Library, we send books and zines to people who are incarcerated all over the country. We receive over fifty letters weekly from people all over who are requesting reading material. One of the main goals is to get as many letters filled as possible. While doing my co-op here, I work 10 hours a week to get as much done as I can. Something that I have noticed is that we lack volunteers (you can get involved here) so letters pile up weekly.

I enjoy working here because I am doing something to help others. I know for a fact that I want to help people, so working at the Prison Justice Library gives me an idea of what it’s like doing something for a good cause.

Photo credit: Dennie Eagleson

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My main goal is to graduate college and become a social worker. I grew up in Philadelphia were I witnessed kids go through traumatic experiences. I at one point in my life experienced a traumatic experience. Therefore that motivated me to want to pursue a career in social work so I can help adolescent kids. I enjoy helping others, I admire the fact that I have the power to put a smile on someone's face.

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