New jail library will give Warren County inmates regular access to books

Mark Mulholland
Created: April 21, 2021 07:52 PM

LAKE GEORGE - Reading will soon be part of rehabilitation at the Warren County Jail. After 10 years without a library, the jail will have a steady stream of books to offer inmates.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Department says a library will offer inmates something constructive and productive to do with their time It all started with a Queensbury family trying to make a difference.

It's been a decade since Warren County Jail inmates have had access to books. Restoring the jail library has been the goal of Sheriff Jim LaFarr since he took office about a year and a half ago, but COVID put that idea on the shelf.

Then he got a call from Robin Larkin and her daughter, Darby. Darby is an intern with a counseling center that works with inmates. She noticed that inmates who were doing better behind bars had access to books from family and friends, and those who weren't doing well weren't reading.

The Larkins are avid readers because of the habits instilled by their mom and grandmother, Marie Schneider, who passed away in 2020. So they asked if they could donate books to start a jail library in memory of Marie. The sheriff calls it a no-brainer.

Learn about how many books have been donated so far by watching the video of Mark Mulholland’s story.

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