By Christopher Zoukis
While I know you must be tired of hearing about the FCI Petersburg Education Department being closed — trust me, the inmates of FCI Petersburg are tired of it, too — but it is closed yet again. In fact, it has been closed for most of the day. While we should be used to this sort of disrespectful treatment, lack of notice, and loss of class time and legal research time, each additional instance when it is closed is like an additional slap in the face to those who yearn for the school doors to be unchained, and for knowledge to be accessible and allowed at FCI Petersburg. A closed library serves no one.
I’m sad to report that the FCI Petersburg Education Department is closed more and more these days. The culture of failure is thus reinforced. In fact, a portion of the leisure library was closed from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM for a shakedown. Then, the entire Education Department was closed from 12:40 PM until 2:00 PM (plus the normal 10:30 AM to 12:40 PM closure) for an additional shakedown. But I can assert that it is not being searched for contraband tonight because all of the lights are off and no one is home. It was also closed last Thursday night (again, no lights and no one to unlock the door). One is left to wonder if the administration of the FCI Petersburg Education Department even wants the inmate population to frequent their establishment of alleged learning. God knows that the incarcerated students of FCI Petersburg want to learn, but if no one is there to unlock the door, no learning can take place.