Face it. Prison life is boring.
Fortunately, there are volunteer organizations–throughout the U. S.–that provide free books to make the long hours of an inmate’s day pass more productively.
A few things to remember:
- Some programs allow only inmates to request books; others permit requests from family or friends.
- Several organizations serve specific states or regions; while others send books to any U.S. prison.
- Certain states ( CA, IL, MD, MI, NV, TX) or prisons do not participate in free book programs. Check with your local prison.
- Books include topics such as GED preparation, dictionaries, books by and about people of color, African-American, Mexican, and Puerto Rican history, legal, self-help, Spanish, and novels.
- Some programs require you to fill out a request form; while, some accept letters.
Check these out:
Books to Prisoners (serves prisons throughout U.S.)
c/o Left Bank Books
92 Pike Street, Box A
Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 622-0195
Prison Book Program (serves prisons throughout U.S.)
c/o Lucy Parsons Bookstore
1306 Hancock Street, Suite 100 Quincy, MA 02169 (617) 423-3298 NOTE: Visit http://www.prisonbookprogram.org for a listing of “Other Books-to-Prisoners Programs” under Resources.)
Women’s Prison Book Project c/o Boneshaker Books 2002 23rd Ave. S Minneapolis, MN 55404 No phone provided (Visit http://www.wpbp.org)
To restate the United Negro College Fund’s motto: A(n) (inmate’s)…”mind is a terrible thing to waste.”