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Prison Book Program

Overview

Books are crucial to the political, spiritual and educational development of all people. Education is a powerful tool that greatly reduces the chances of inmates returning to the prison system after their release. Prison educational programs have been drastically cut and most prisoners cannot afford to buy their own books. Most prisons do not allow family and friends to send books into prisons. That's where we step in to help!

Mission

Prison Book Program provides prisoners with free reading materials. With prisoners isolated in facilities that have chronically insufficient educational opportunities, we provide these materials to improve their lives and the communities they return to when released and to reduce the likelihood of their return to the prison system.

Program

The primary work of the Prison Book Program is sending books to prisoners. Prisoners simply have to send us a letter and we will send them books. We work to fill requests promptly, but we sometimes receive such a large quantity of requests that orders can be delayed up to 3 or 4 months.
Prison Book Program can rarely match requests for specific titles so it is best that people request a subject rather than specific books. Our selection is limited to what has been donated but we try to make a wide variety of books available, and we will do our best to find something that fits the interests of the prisoner.

Impact

In 2007, we were able to send books to over 8000 prisoners across the US. That's more than 16,000 books. Anectdotal evidence tells us that these books will be read by up to 25 people before they reach the end of their useful life.

Countries 

United States

States 

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Contact

1306 HANCOCK ST STE 100
QUINCY, MA 02169-5112
Phone: (617) 432-3298
www.prisonbookprogram.org
EIN: 20-3235673


Give a gift that matters: a donation in your friend's name. By providing a GED study guide and a good dictionary to one prisoner, you are giving him a chance to

Promote Literacy

Dictionary & GED Book

Prison Book Program

By providing a GED study guide and a good dictionary to one prisoner, you are giving him a chance to earn a GED, improve reading skills, find gainful employment upon release and shut the revolving door of crime and prison behind him. The community gains one more productive citizen and saves the cost of housing one more inmate.

Regular price $25.00

Give a gift that matters: a donation in your friend's name. Your gift of $25 will fund the purchase of one business start-up guide and the cost of mailing it to

Launch a Business

Business Startup Book

Prison Book Program

Your gift of $25 will fund the purchase of one business start-up guide and the cost of mailing it to a budding entrepreneur in prison. Your gift will also give him a chance to find gainful employment, become a productive member of society and in many cases, support his family.

Regular price $25.00

Give a gift that matters: a donation in your friend's name. Your gift of $75 dollars allows us to send packages of two donated books from our library to 25 pris

Send 50 Books

Books for 25 prisoners

Prison Book Program

Your gift of $75 dollars allows us to send packages of two donated books from our library to 25 prisoners - a total of 50 books. Anecdotal evidence shows that books in prison are read by up to 25 people before the end of their useful life. So for just $75 you can give the gift of literacy to nearly 1250 prisoners!

Regular price $75.00

Give a gift that matters: a donation in your friend's name. Your gift of $6 dollars allows us to send packages of two donated books from our library to two pris

Send Books

Books for 2 Prisoners

Prison Book Program

Your gift of $6 dollars allows us to send packages of two donated books from our library to two prisoners - a total of four books. Anecdotal evidence shows that books in prison are read by up to 25 people before they reach the end of their useful life. So for just $6 you can give the gift of literacy to nearly 50 prisoners!

Regular price $6.00

Give a gift that matters: a donation in your friend's name. Your gift of $60 dollars allows us to send packages of two donated books from our library to 20 pris

Send 40 Books

Books for 20 prisoners

Prison Book Program

Your gift of $60 dollars allows us to send packages of two donated books from our library to 20 prisoners - a total of 40 books. Anecdotal evidence shows that books in prison are read by up to 25 people before the end of their useful life. So for just $60 you can give the gift of literacy to nearly 1000 prisoners!

Regular price $60.00

Give a gift that matters: a donation in your friend's name. Your gift of $45 dollars allows us to send packages of two donated books from our library to 15 pris

Send 30 Books

Books for 15 prisoners

Prison Book Program

Your gift of $45 dollars allows us to send packages of two donated books from our library to 15 prisoners - a total of 30 books. Anecdotal evidence shows that books in prison are read by up to 25 people before the end of their useful life. So for just $45 you can give the gift of literacy to nearly 750 prisoners!

Regular price $45.00

Give a gift that matters: a donation in your friend's name. Your gift of $30 dollars allows us to send packages of two donated books from our library to ten pri

Send 20 Books

Books for 10 prisoners

Prison Book Program

Your gift of $30 dollars allows us to send packages of two donated books from our library to ten prisoners - a total of twenty books. Anecdotal evidence shows that books in prison are read by up to 25 people before the end of their useful life. So for just $30 you can help nearly 500 prisoners!

Regular price $30.00

Give a gift that matters: a donation in your friend's name. Your gift of $15 dollars allows us to send packages of two donated books from our library to five pr

Send 10 Books

Books for 5 prisoners

Prison Book Program

Your gift of $15 dollars allows us to send packages of two donated books from our library to five prisoners - a total of ten books. Anecdotal evidence shows that books in prison are read by up to 25 people before the end of their useful life. So for just $15 you can give the gift of literacy to nearly 250 prisoners!

Regular price $15.00