Other Organizations

Other Organizations Helping Prisoners


Left Bank Books Collective
92 Pike Street, Box A, Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 622-0195
A dedicated supporter of Books to Prisoners. They are also Seattle’s best bookstore and a radical collective of great folks.


Prison Talk Online
A site with extensive online discussion groups for families of prisoners and prisoners including topics on sentencing, prison system news, state-by-state information, legal help, phone charges, health and medical information, employment, and emotional support.


Prison Activist Resource Center
PO Box 339, Berkeley, CA 94701
(510) 893-4648
E-mail
An excellent source for progressive and radical information on prisons and the criminal prosecution system. The project includes resources for educators and activists, and up-to-date news and analysis on issues such as the prison crisis, women prisoners, and control units. The Women’s Prison Book Project out of Minneapolis can also be contacted through this website.


Books Through Bars
4722 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19143
(215) 727-0882
Works to reverse the dehumanizing effects that excessive punishment inflicts upon individuals, families, and communities by sending reading material to prisoners and by encouraging creative dialogue about the criminal justice system.


Prison Books Program
c/o Lucy Parsons Bookstore, 1306 Hancock Street, Suite 100, Quincy, MA 02169
(617) 423-3298
Mails free books across the country and maintains the excellent National Prisoner Resource List that can be downloaded at their site.


Prison Pen Pals
A site begun by people originally working with Books Behind Bars, Prison Pen Pals seeks to find pen pals for prisoners. They also list prison libraries to which you can send magazines and other reading materials.


American Civil Liberties Union
125 Broad Street 18th Floor, New York, New York 10004-2400
Prison issues and legal and legislative updates. A possible resource for legal assistance–contact the ACLU chapter in your state.


T.E.A.C.H. (Black Prisoners’ Caucus)
Provides college-level education to prisoners at Clallam Bay (WA)
For anyone interested in supporting the BPC’s TEACH program with support or donations, please contact Dr. Gilda Sheppard or the Caucus