Hansen: Jail librarian gives captive audience a chance to read

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Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013 12:00 am

Duck through the metal detector, breeze past the booking area where sullen men in orange jumpsuits slouch on hard plastic chairs, cruise down a fluorescent hallway dotted with surveillance cameras and protected by breakout-proof doors, turn left into an open doorway, and here is Officer Selina Sanchez, holding a Dean Koontz paperback in both hands and cradling the phone to her ear.

You are standing in what looks like any American library. Magazines on one shelf. Thrillers and sci-fi on another. A couple of comfy chairs. A couple of pleasant white-haired volunteers. On one wall, a poster of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the cut-out words, “I Have A Dream.”

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