300 Incarcerated People to Judge New US Literary Award

A jury of 300 incarcerated people serving sentences across six states will decide who wins the Inside literary prize, the first major US book award to be judged exclusively by incarcerated people, Olivia Empson reports for The Guardian. The Inside literary prize was launched by Freedom Reads, the National Book Foundation and the Center for Justice Innovation. Over the next few months, 25 judges will be provided copies of the four books, each covering a range of subjects or themes. Freedom Reads will also give every facility’s library an extra set for general circulation, enabling other prisoners and correctional staff to be involved with the initiative. The four books put forward were chosen by a selection committee of incarcerated readers, writers, and librarians. No initiative like this has previously existed in the US and the winner will be announced in June 2024. 

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