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
For the first time since records have been kept, BTP has received fewer letters than the year before. BTP received 13,566 letters in 2012 compared to 14,914 in 2011. For BTP it is a welcome breather as it has been incredibly difficult to keep up with the constantly growing numbers of requests. One thing that … Continue reading 2012 Letter Total
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/#
Books to Prisoners is one of 12 Seattle nonprofits recognized for the Seattle Foundation's "Light a Fire" awards.
The Producer of the new documentary 'Music From the Big House' is donating $2 to BTP for every copy sold. The movie had a national tour during the summer of 2012, but if you didn't get to see it, buy it now and help out BTP in the process. Find out more at the film's … Continue reading Music From the Big House
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