BCFI's 2015 Member Survey
 

85% reported the book club improved their reading skills;

90% reported the book club improved their communication skills;

93% of respondents reported the book clubs could help to prevent them from reoffending;

86% of respondents see the book clubs as a place to participate in civil discussion and hear new points of view.

“The Book Club is an enormous source of intellectual and social – sometimes even spiritual – inspiration to both myself and the many others who attend. It is an oasis we get one day a month. I have watched men in that group realize their potential to analyze and reflect that I don’t know if they even realized they had.”
Member at Collins Bay Medium Institution

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“This is the first book I have read from start to finish.” 
Member at Bowden Institution

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“It is nice to be part of something that allows for a form of escape from the typical “day-to-day” prison life and apply some brains for a change.”
Member at Stony Mountain Institution

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“I've stopped watching TV because books have engaged me in a way that TV never could: it stretches my mind and it makes me think more deeply.”                              Member at Stony Mountain Institution

 

“It has opened up a whole new world to me.” 
Member at Collins Bay Institution

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“The book club is deeply humanizing.” 
Member at Beaver Creek Medium Institution

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“The book club has opened me to a whole new world of reading and taken me out of my comfort zone. It even inspired me to start writing again.” 
Member at Bowden Institution

The book club “allows us to share our opinions and interpretations on morals, values, and thoughts on subjects in the books.” 
Member at Stony Mountain Institution

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“When you’re reading books, you realize that the world’s not all about you. You’re not the only one going through these trials and tribulations. You get to have a little empathy for other people. The book club is a good way to meet the right sort of people. Cause I find that the people that read a lot, they’re never in trouble.” 
Member at Beaver Creek Institution