Anti-Prison and Prisoner Support Groups to Check Out:
- Amplify Voices (disbanded in April 2019, still good info)
- Semo Distro – Tons of Zine Pdf Masters
- Movement to free Sundiata Acoli
- Movement to Free Mumia Abu Jamal
- Movement to Free Leonard Peltier
- Jericho Movement to Free Political Prisoners
- Anarchist Black Cross (main site)
- Denver Anarchist Black Cross
- Critical Resistance
- 4 Struggle Mag
- Prison Activist Resource Center
- Fire to the Prisons
- Solitary Watch
- North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services – Provides services to prisoners in NC, including post-conviction relief and some help with conditions
Other Prison Books Groups
Note: Prison Book Program (in MA) has an excellent list of sister groups around the country!
Groups that cover prisons Nationwide:
The following groups send books to prisoners nationwide.
- BOOKS TO PRISONERS
c/o Left Bank Books
92 Pike St., Box A
Seattle, WA 98101
The longest running project of its kind. Free books to prisoners Nationwide. Request by subject, no religious materials or legal materials. donations appreciated. Special Note – Does not ship to prisons who require all books sent to be new.
- GAINESVILLE BOOKS FOR PRISONERS
P.O. Box 12164
Gainesville, FL 32604
Covers prisoners nationwide. Accepts requests by topic of interest only.
- PROVIDENCE BOOKS THROUGH BARS
Providence Books Through Bars
c/o Paper Nautilus Books
19 South Angell Street
Providence, RI 02906
Free books to prisoners nationwide.
The following groups send books to more than one state, but not nationwide.
- Appalachian Prison Book Project
PO Box 601
Morgantown, WV 26507
Free books to people incarcerated in 6 states: Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Serve over 200 facilities in the region, processing 100+ requests per week. In addition to sending books, they also host book clubs and provide college courses to people on the inside.
- BOOKS 2 PRISONERS
1631 Elysian Fields #117
New Orleans, LA 70117
Free books to prisoners in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Alabama.
- BOOKS THROUGH BARS
4722 Baltimore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19143
Sends progressive political and educational materials at no charge to state and federal prisoners in mid-Atlantic states. Donates books directly to county jail libraries but does not accept individual requests from county jail prisoners. Request books by topic. No catalog. Donations including artwork and stamps greatly appreciated.
- BOOKS THROUGH BARS – NYC
172 Allen St
New York, NY 10002
Covers all states, EXCEPT: AL, FL, LA, MA, MI, MS, NC, PA, OH, and WI. Specializes in political and history books. Also sends literary fiction and other educational books. Does not send religious literature. Donations of stamps and cash are appreciated. If you send a money order, please make it out to the group’s fiscal sponsor, ABC No Rio.
- CHICAGO BOOKS TO WOMEN IN PRISON
4511 N. Hermitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
Free books to women prisoners in Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi and Ohio.
- DC BOOKS TO PRISONS PROJECT
PO Box 34190
Washington, DC 20043-4190
Free books to prisoners in all the US EXCEPT: New England, IL, NJ, MI, NY, OH, OR, PA, WA, WI.
- MIDWEST PAGES TO PRISONERS PROJECT
c/o Boxcar Books
408 E. 6th St.
Bloomington, IN 47408
Sends to prisoners in the following states: Arkansas, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota,Tennessee, and Wisconsin
- PORTLAND BOOKS TO PRISONERS
P.O. Box 11222
Portland, OR 97211
Sends books to state and federal prisoners in all states EXCEPT Oregon. Request by topic not author. No legal or religious requests.
- PRISON BOOK PROGRAM
1306 Hancock St. Suite 100
Quincy, MA 02169
617-423-3298 (NO collect calls)
Covers all states EXCEPT CA, MA, MD, MI, PA, or TX (except Gatesville and Huntsville). Does not offer computer books, horror, romance, textbooks, true crime, or white supremacist materials. Publishes the National Prisoner Resource List free to prisoners nationwide on request.
- PRISON BOOK PROJECT (project may be closed, 2/8/16)
c/o Food for Thought Books
P.O. Box 396
Amherst, MA 01004-0396
(413) 584-8975 ext. 208
Serves prisoners in New England states (Maine, VT, NH, MA, CT, RI) and Texas only. Request books by topics of interest, not title. No mailing list or catalogue. No hardback books.
- PRISONERS LITERATURE PROJECT
c/o Bound Together Bookstore
1369 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
No Texas requests. Request types of books-not specific titles, Stamps or donations greatly appreciated.
- THE PRISON LIBRARY PROJECT
c/o The Claremont Forum
915-C W. Foothill Blvd, PMB 128
Claremont, CA 91711
Free books on self-help, personal and spiritual growth, wellness, and metaphysical books. No law books, technical, or GED. No catalogue. Free resource guide on request. Serves all prisons EXCEPT the following: County Jails or prisons in HW, ME, MI, NE, NV, VA or to the following prisons: Angie, LA; Nashville, NC; Parchman, MS; Raleigh, NC; Salt Lake City, UT; Taylorsville, NC; Walla Walla, WA; West Liberty, KY,
- WOMEN’S PRISON BOOK PROJECT
c/o Boneshaker Books
2002 23rd Ave S
Minneapolis MN 55404
Ships to all states EXCEPT OR, MI, CO, and WV. Free books to women prisoners only. No county jail requests. Does not ship hardback books. Free resource guide for women and transgender prisoners. Encourages women and transgender prisoners to write articles for their newsletter. Write for more details.
The following prison books projects only serve one state. They are organized alphabetically by state.
- OPEN BOOKS BOOKSTORE +
PRISON BOOK PROJECT
1040 N. GUILLEMARD ST.
PENSACOLA, FL 32501
Florida only. No catalog. Will send National Prisoner Resource List.
- BIG HOUSE BOOKS
PO Box 55586
Jackson, MS 39296
- ITHACA COLLEGE BOOKS THRU BARS
c/o Ithaca College Library
PO Box 113
Ithaca NY 14817
Free books to New York state prisoners.
- INSIDE BOOKS PROJECT
c/o 12th St. Books
827 West 12th Street
Austin, TX 78701
Sends free books and literature to prisoners in Texas only. Free resource guide for Texas inmates; will send resource guide to out of state inmates if one stamp is included with request. Accepts artwork donations for their yearly prisoner art show.
- Wisconsin Books to Prisoners
1202 Williamson St. #1
Madison, WI 53703
Sends free books to people in Wisconsin prisons only.