BTP's sleek, newly designed website—the site you are looking at!—went live May 22, 2012, with a small launch party to celebrate. Created by web designer Gabriel Marihugh and Roz Foster of Glo-Pilot, the site was funded by a grant from the Riverstyx Foundation. The blog format is a new feature for us, and our goal … Continue reading New BTP website goes live
Nelson Mandela was born July 18, 1918, in South Africa. He became an anti-apartheid activist initially committed to nonviolence following the example of Mahatma Gandhi. After repeated and severe violent reaction from the South African regime, he became a leader of the armed wing of the African National Congress as a last resort. In 1956 … Continue reading Prisoners Who Inspire Us: Nelson Mandela
BTP is working hard to get used books into WA prisons. In 2009 the Olympia BTP branch talked with the head of the state Department of Corrections, and persuaded him to allow us to send used books into low security prisons in WA. In 2010 we were allowed to send used books into the minimum-maximum … Continue reading BTP wins okay to send used books to Washington women’s prison
On April 29, 2012, Books to Prisoners generated a lot of interest among public health academics and policymakers when it hosted a table all day at the Western Regional International Health Conference at the University of Washington.
Today there are more than 2.2 million U.S. prisoners—nearly 25% of all the prisoners in the entire world. But privatization of prisons and shrinking state budgets have whittled prisoner access to books.