On October 10th we celebrated the 40th anniversary of Books to Prisoners with the Opening Night Celebration of the Social Justice Film Festival. The film screened was Mothers of Bedford, a feature length documentary, which followed five women incarcerated in the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility looking at their lives through the lens of motherhood. This … Continue reading Mothers of Bedford
Books to Prisoners will be honored as one of 12 Seattle-area non-profits selected for the first annual "Light a Fire" Award. sponsored by the Seattle Foundation and Seattle Met Magazine. The awards dinner is November 14 at Canlis Restaurant. For more information and tickets: http://lightafireseattle.eventbrite.com/#
Good news! A private donor has offered a new two-to-one challenge grant. Any donation made to BTP this month will be double-matched by our donor up to $7500. This means that a donation of $10 through our website "Donations" page (or by snail mail) will mean $30 to BTP, a donation of $100 will mean $300.
On September 9th 2012 BTP held its second Community Cafe in the home of volunteer Emily. Attendees were treated to lovely views of Lake Washington and delicious food, all in a good cause. Volunteers gathered ingredients, cooked, and served a feast including a mushroom and cheese strata, enchiladas and tofu scramble.
Why does sending books to prisoners matter? Find out in "Reading through a Whole Sentence," a two part July article about Books to Prisoners in the University of Washington Daily.
In a new study, the investigative journalism group ProPublica reports on the shocking growth of the private detention industry. More than half of Louisiana’s 40,000 inmates are housed in prisons run by sheriffs or private companies as part of a broader financial incentive scheme. The detention business goes beyond just criminal prisoners. Nearly half of … Continue reading The U.S.’s growing for-profit detention system
Last week I saw the Hollywood film "Bernie." It's based on a true story of a Texas man who kills his companion and is convicted and remains incarcerated in an East Texas prison. Overall, I enjoyed the movie, as it does a good job of depicting what life is like in a small East Texas … Continue reading No lunch for Texas prisoners
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
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.