Leap of Faith Martial Arts Sponsors Book Drive for Local Inmates | Release
With a number of community service and fundraising events under their multi-colored belts, the Leap of Faith Martial Arts Team has launched a new service project: collecting books for inmates at the Leap of Faith’s detention center. county of Lyon.
The idea for the project came from Leap of Faith instructor Madelynne Douglas, who also works at the Lyon County Detention Center as a detention officer. Douglas said the COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for inmates, who already have limited contact with visitors.
“All they have are basically books and TV,” she said. “I just noticed it was something they could get more of; they always ask for book swaps in all units and of course we clean the books as they move from unit to unit. “
Douglas said she brought up the idea of keeping a collection of books for the detention center to other Leap of Faith instructors, who agreed it was a good idea, but there was some hesitation.
“At first we didn’t know how the community viewed the prison and it’s not always something people want to talk about,” she said. “But, I think this is a population that is often ignored and, as a detention officer, my job is to be neutral protection for these people. I think it’s a great teaching time for our kids to hear about people who are in prison and not think of them as ‘bad people’. “
Douglas said, when she talks to kids who come to Leap of Faith Martial Arts about her work, she reframe the comments of her “working with bad guys” to reduce the automatic negative response.
She hopes the book drive will help reframe some of the negative response as well.
“As someone who works directly with this population all the time, obviously people haven’t made the best possible choices, but we can’t expect anything to get better if we don’t work. not with this population, ”said Douglas. “So as a community as a whole, as a county town, if we just want to ignore this population, how can we expect it to improve? How do we expect mass incarceration to change, or how do we expect to make the world a better place when someone commits a crime? “
Douglas said the only guideline for book donations is that they must be pocket-sized. The books will be searched and disinfected upon arrival at the prison, then distributed. She said books for adult readers are the best, but they can be of any genre – fiction, documentary, mystery, thriller, western, history, sci-fi, self-help, religious and more. again.
Books can be dropped off anytime at E: 24/7 Gym, 622 Merchant St., where Leap of Faith Martial Arts is located. If you want to give the books directly to the staff at Leap of Faith, Douglas said classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
“There is so much more to a person than just the ‘criminal’ part,” said Douglas. “My job is to keep them safe, and so I’m also keeping this person safe inside to give them a chance to do what’s next.”
Those with questions about collecting books can call Leap of Faith Martial Arts at 785-422-5973.