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Other Organizations

Prison Book Programs

Current as of February 2024

Appalachian Prison Book Project (KY, MD, OH, TN, VA, WV)
P.O. Box 601, Morgantown, WV 26507 
appalachianpbp@gmail.com

Asheville Prison Book Program (serving NC, SC)
Mail: c/o Downtown Books and News 67 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville, NC 28801
ashevilleprisonbooks@gmail.com

 

Athens Books to Prisoners serves OH only

P.O. Box 45, Rutland, OH 45775

athensbooks2prisoners@gmail.com

Big House Books (serving MS) 
PO box 55586 Jackson, MS 39296 
bighousebooksms@gmail.com 

Books Behind Bars serves NJ

PO Box 2611, Wildwood NJ 08260

info@booksbehindbarsnj.com

 

Books Beyond Bars  (serves NY only) 

Mail: 120 Wall St., Floor 29, NYC NY 10005
booksbeyondbarsny@gmail.com

 

Books Through Bars (PA, NJ, NY, DE, MD, VA) 
Mail: 4722 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143 
info@booksthroughbars.org

 

Books Through Bars NYC serving NY is the priority; everywhere else EXCEPT AL, FL, LA, MA, MI, MS, NC, and OH
Mail: c/o Bluestockings Bookstore 116 Suffolk Street, New York, NY. 10002
info@booksthroughbarsnyc.org

Books To Prisoners (Seattle) serves all states

92 Pike St., Box 'A', Seattle WA 98101

bookstoprisoners@live.com

Books to Prisoners Olympia 

Only accepts requests from BtP Seattle

olybtp@gmail.com

 

Books to Prisoners Spokane 
Only accepts requests from BtP Seattle
bookstoprisonersspokane@gmail.com

Books to Prisons serves AL, TX

PO Box 130699, Birmingham AL 35213

givebookstoprisons@gmail.com

 

BTP Vancouver serves Canada only 
P.O. Box 78005, 1755 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5N 5W1
bookstoprisoners.bc@gmail.com, books@prisonjustice.ca/

 

Chicago Books to Women in Prison serving women's state prisons in AZ, AL, AR, CA, CT, FL, IL, IN, KY, MS, TN, VT, WA; all women in Federal prisons, and trans women being housed in men's prisons everywhere.
Mail: c/o RFUMC, 4511 N. Hermitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60640 
chicagobwp@gmail.com

D.C. Books To Prisons (none to: CT, FL, IL, MA, ME, MI, NH, NJ, NY, OR, PA, RI, VT, WA, or WI)
P.O. Box 34190, Washington D.C., 20043
btopdc@gmail.com

 

Great Falls Books Through Bars priority is TX, CA; serves everywhere else EXCEPT AZ, CT, ID, IN, LA, MA, ME, MS, PA, WI, jails
PO Box 391, Greenfield, MA 01302 
gfbooksthroughbars@riseup.net

 

Inside Books Project serves TX only; no county jails

PO Box 301029, Austin TX 78703 
insidebooksproject@gmail.com

 

LGBT Books to Prisoners (serving LGBT except in TX)
Mail: c/o Social Justice Center Incubator, 1202 Williamson St, Suite 1, Madison, WI 53703 
lgbtbookstoprisoners@gmail.com

 

Liberation Library (serving IL youth) 
Mail: In These Times, 2040 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
liberationlibraryil@gmail.com

 

Lopez Island Books to Prisoners (WA and AK) 
PO Box 327, Lopez Island, WA 98261

lopezislandbtp@gmail.com

Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners serves AR, AL, LA
Mail: 3157 Gentilly Blvd #141, New Orleans, LA 70122
books2prisoners@gmail.com

 

Midwest Books to Prisoners priority to Midwestern states
Mail: Quimby’s Bookstore, 1321 North Milwaukee Ave. PMB #460, Chicago, IL 60622
midwestb2p@gmail.com

Midwest Pages to Prisoners serves AR, IA, IN, KS, ND, OK, SD

PO Box 1324, Bloomington IN 47402

mwpp@pagestoprisoners.org

 

Missouri Prison Books serves all Midwestern states
Requests: C/O Subterranean Books, 6271 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63130

Office: 438 N. Skinker, St. Louis MO 63130
moprisonbooks@gmail.com

North Carolina Women's Prison Book Project serves women in NC

Box 1524, Durham NC 27702

ncwomensprisonbooks@gmail.com

 

Open Books Collective (serves FL only) 
Mail: 1040 N. Guillemard St., Pensacola, FL 32501
openbookspcola@riseup.net

 

Open Door Books aka Books To Prisoners Montreal  serves mostly Canada
Mail: c/o QPIRG Concordia, 1455 de Maisonneuve O, Montreal, H3G 1M8, Canada 
bookstoprisoners@gmail.com

Pages for Individuals in Prison serves CA only

Requests through the Prison Library Project only

Instagram: pip.hrb.ucsb

 

Pittsburgh Prison Book Project (only PA)
Mail: P.O. Box 71357, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 
pghprisonbookproject@gmail.com

 

Portland Books To Prisoners 
Affiliate of BTP (Seattle) 
P.O. Box 11222, Portland OR 97211
pdxbookstoprisoners@riseup.net

Prison Book Program serves all states EXCEPT CA, MI, TX, where they serve Federal prisons only.
Mail: c/o Lucy Parsons Book Store, 1306 Hancock Street, Suite 100, Quincy, MA 02169

info@prisonbookprogram.org

 

Prison Books Collective Publishing and Distribution serves AL, men in NC, Feds in AL, KY, MD, NC, TN, VA, and WV; zines to anywhere
P.O. Box 625, Carrboro, NC 27510 
prisonbooks@gmail.com

Prison Books Project serves NY

PO Box 132, Beacon NY 12508

info@prisonbooksproject.org

 

Prison Library Project serves all states
Mail: 915 West Foothill Blvd #128, Claremont, CA 91711 
plp@claremontforum.org

Prisoner Correspondence Project serves Queer & trans people in US/Canada

Mail: c/o QPIRG Concordia, 1455 de Maisonneuve O, Montreal, H3G 1M8, Canada

info@prisonercorrespondenceproject.com

 

Prisoners Literature Project (does not serve TX)
Mail: Bound Together Books, 1369 Haight St, S.F., CA 94117 
Prisonlit@gmail.com

 

Providence Books Through Bars serves all states EXCEPT AL, AR, FL, ID, IL, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MS, NC, NE, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, WA, or WI.

Mail: c/o Paper Nautilus Books, 19 S. Angell St., Providence RI 02906

providencebtb@gmail.com

Read Between the Bars (AZ only)
P.O. Box 44014, Tucson, AZ, 85733-4014
readbetweenthebars@gmail.com

 

Redbird Books To Prisoners (prioritizes OH)
c/o Red Bird Books P.O. Box 10599, Columbus OH 43201
redbirdbookstoprisoners@gmail.com

Rogue Liberation Library serves CA, NV, OR, TX state prisons and Fed prisons nationwide
PO Box 524, Ashland, OR 97520
rogueliberationlibary@gmail.com

Tranzmission Prison Book Project (prioritizes LGBTQ) 
PO Box 1874, Asheville, NC 28802
tranzmissionprisonproject@gmail.com

UC Davis Books to Prisons serves CA, FL, NY, OR, PA, TX

CSI Box #157, 1 Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616

davisbookstoprisons@protonmail.com

 

Urbana Champaign Books To Prisoners (IL only)
Box 515, Urbana, IL 61803

contact@books2prisoners.org

Virginia Tech Prison Book Project serves VA
Only accepts requests from the Appalachian Prison Book Project
bbritt@vt.edu

 

Wisconsin Books To Prisoners (only WI)
1202 Williamson St, Suite 1, Madison, WI 53703
wisconsinbookstoprisoners@gmail.com

 

Women’s Prison Book Project serves cis and trans women

3751 17th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407 
womensprisonbookproject@gmail.com

X Books serves GA only

PO Box 93351, Atlanta GA 30377

xbooks13@gmail.com

Legal Organizations

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.

Prison Legal News: An independent 36-page monthly publication that provides a cutting edge review and analysis of prisoner rights, court rulings, and news about prison issues.

Prison Activist Resource Center
PO Box 339, Berkeley, CA 94701 | (510) 893-4648 | parc@prisonactivist.org
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.

Pen Pal Programs

Black and Pink: Black & Pink is an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and “free world” allies who support each other. B&P offers a free monthly newspaper as well as a robust pen-pal program that matches LGBTQ people who are incarcerated with their peers on the outside.

CellPals!: A general-purpose internet-based prison pen pal organization.

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.

Other Organizations

Justice Arts Coalition: The Justice Arts Coalition (JAC) unites teaching artists, arts advocates, incarcerated artists and their loved ones in an effort to build and support a common agenda and provide a unique voice in public dialogue around the intersection of the arts and justice.

University Beyond Bars: University Beyond Bars empowers prisoners to fulfill their potential through communities of higher learning that transcend prison walls.

Free Bird Publishers: We provide inmate services, prisoner publications, education for inmates, prisoner services, and other products for the incarcerated. We also offer self-publishing services to inmates and their loved ones.

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.

American Prison Writing Archive: The mission of the APWA is to override preexisting notions of prisons and incarcerated people, with first-person accounts by those who live and work in the criminal justice system.

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.

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