The Nova Scotia government is expanding the availability of literacy programs in provincial correctional facilities.
An initiative of the Justice Department will see libraries in the Antigonish, Amherst and Burnside institutions expand their book inventories with new additions. The new purchases are part of an effort to expand the Adopt-a-Library program.
More than just giving inmates something new to read, Justice Minister Ross Landry believes the program will increase crime prevention efforts.
Illiteracy is often indicated as a leading cause of poverty and a gateway to criminal behavior. Landry says programs such as Adopt-a-Library help address this root cause of crime and thereby bring down crime rates.