Prison libraries in the Rhône-Alpes region

The programme to promote cultural development in prisons in the Rhône-Alpes region, run by ARALD (Agence Rhône-Alpes pour le livre et la documentation), is part of a 1997 partnership between the Regional Cultural Affairs Department and the Prison Services Department for the Rhône-Alpes and Auvergne regions. In terms of library provision, the developments resulting from ARALD’s policy of promoting partnerships between rehabilitation and probation services and cultural services providers, particularly libraries at the level of the municipality and département, require further consolidation. Resources remain insufficient and existing partnerships could be called into question due to the planned opening of three new prisons in the near future.