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Media advisory: Books Beyond Bars marks Prisoners’ Justice Day with public panel

HALIFAX–To mark Prisoners’ Justice Day, August 10, Books Beyond Bars will hold a panel discussion tomorrow featuring people who have experienced incarceration.

What: Prisoners’ Justice Day Panel 

Date: August 10, 2020

Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Where: Corner of Spring Garden Rd. and Grafton St.

In front of the Old Spring Garden Library

Each year on August 10, people who are incarcerated, their friends and families, and prisoner justice advocates, mark Prisoners’ Justice Day in honour of people who have died in prison and to bring attention to issues facing people who are incarcerated. 

Prisoners’ Justice Day was first recognized on August 10, 1975, when prisoners at Millhaven Maximum Security Prison held a one day hunger strike and refused to work in honour of fellow inmate Edward Nalon who bled to death in the segregation unit at Millhaven on August 10 the previous year. 

Books Beyond Bars is a local initiative that goes into the women’s section of the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Burnside twice monthly to improve access to books, writing, and literature for incarcerated women. We visit the women’s prisons in Nova Scotia to break down barriers between women who are caught in an unjust system and those of us on the outside involved with prison justice issues.