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Browse Prison Literature at Cayuga Community College Library

DATE: 06-24-2003

The Bourke Memorial Library at Cayuga Community College is featuring a book display this summer called “Within Prison Walls and More.” Drawing on the College’s extensive criminal justice and local history collections the library compiled material ranging from historic to newly published.

Locally authored titles include Lucien Lombardo’s Guards Imprisoned; John Miskell’s Why Auburn: The Relationship Between Auburn and the Prison; and Thomas Mott Osborne’s Within Prison Walls: Being a Narrative of Personal Experience during a Week of Voluntary Confinement in the State Prison at Auburn, New York. Also on display are unique prison photos from the Ormie King collection of local news clippings and memorabilia.

The library’s noted criminal justice collection supports the College’s degree and certificate programs in criminal justice, and receives special funding from the Coordinated Collection Development Aid program of the New York State Library. Available to the public at the College’s Auburn campus, the display is offered in tandem with a summer exhibit on the Auburn Correctional Facility at the Cayuga Museum.

Cayuga County residents are welcome to visit the College library, and can get library cards to borrow publications. Cayuga Community College is a two-year community college sponsored by Cayuga County and the State University of New York (SUNY). The College’s main campus is in the city of Auburn, and its Fulton Center extension is in Oswego County.