FRED A. WINN
FOR THE LEAST OF THESE
Reflections of a Prison Librarian
The title of this book is taken from the 25th Chapter of the New Testament Book of Matthews, and much like the title, the manuscript has two parts. The first part consists of my experiences as a Law Librarian in a correctional setting, narrated from a Christian perspective. The book covers the range of human emotions, triumph, defeat, hurt, pain, and bitter disappointment.
The second part of the manuscript considers the fact that the percentage of incarcerated black and brown men of color far exceeds their numbers in our society.
My goal in writing this book is to issue a ‘Wake up’ call to my fellow members of the Faith Community for the need to carefully examine and comply this the words of Christ in the 25th Chapter of the Book of Matthews in dealing with “The Least of These.”
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Fred A. Winn
My name is Fred Winn. I was born in the San Francisco Bay Area and lived there for the first three decades of my life. Although my immediate family was small, my father’s parents had over forty grandchildren. We all went to church. I thought this was normal. I thought everyone had forty or so first cousins and their parents that worshiped together. Although I still hold to the teaching I received in my youth, I do not self-identify as an evangelical.
I studied Library and Information Science at the University of California at Berkeley. In the mid-1980s, I accepted a Senior Librarian Position with the California Department of Corrections in Monterey County. I left the familiar Frisco Bay for the California Central Coast, exchanging the known for the unknown, and stayed for nearly 25 years.
As the librarian at Central Facility, I was responsible for maintaining the court-mandated law collection and the general and college collections for the inmate population. Most of the inmates entering the library had minimal library experience before coming to prison. I found it professionally rewarding to provide much-needed services for this underserved group.