Books to Prisoners is one of 12 Seattle nonprofits recognized for the Seattle Foundation's "Light a Fire" awards.
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.
“You open up these letters and read, ‘I’m in solitary confinement 23 hours a day; I like these kinds of books.' When you get these letters, you can really sense the kind of isolation they feel.”
"Some people believe prison is only about punishment and should be as bad as possible, But if you believe prison is supposed to rehabilitate, then sending books is a way to empower people so they're not just affected by the other prisoners around them, but are getting positive external influences as well."