Prison Book Programs
[current as of 8/2022]
Appalachian Prison Book Project (KY, MD, OH, TN, VA, WV)
P.O. Box 601, Morgantown, WV 265017
Asheville Prison Book Program (serving NC, SC)
c/o Downtown Books and News 67 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville, NC 28801
Athens Books to Prisoners (serving OH)
P.O. Box 45, Rutland, OH 45775
Big House Books (serving MS)
PO box 55586 Jackson, MS 39296
Books Beyond Bars (serves NY only)
Books Through Bars (PA, NJ, NY, DE, MD, VA, WV)
4722 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143
BTB NYC (everywhere except AL, FL, LA, MA, MI, MS, NC, and OH with a priority for NY)
c/o Bluestockings Bookstore 116 Suffolk Street, New York, NY. 10002
Books to Prisoners Spokane
Only accepts requests through BTP (Seattle)
Books To Prisoners (Seattle)
92 Pike St., Box ‘A’, Seattle, WA 98101
BTP Vancouver (Canada)
P.O. Box 78005, 1755 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5N 5W1
Chicago Books to Women in Prison (women/trans in AZ, CA, FL, IL, IN, KY, MS, OH, and Feds)
Chicago Books to Women in Prison c/o RFUMC, 4511 N. Hermitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60640
Connecticut Prison Book Connection
P.O. Box 946, Rocky Hill, CT 06067-0946
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
Great Falls Books Through Bars
PO Box 391, Greenfield, MA 01302
Inside Books Project (TX only)
3106 E. 14 1/2 Street, Austin, Texas 78702
LGBT Books to Prisoners (serving LGBT except in TX)
c/o Social Justice Center Incubator, 1202 Williamson St, Suite 1, Madison, WI 53703
Liberation Library (serving IL youth)
In These Times, 2040 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Lopez Island BTP (WA and AK)
PO Box 327, Lopez Island, WA 98261
Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners (LA, MS, AR, AL, all women only)
3157 Gentilly Blvd #141, New Orleans, LA 70122
Midwest Books to Prisoners (serving: IA, IL, IN, KS, MN, WI, MI, NE, MO, ND, OH, SD)
Quimby’s Bookstore, 1321 North Milwaukee Ave. PMB #460, Chicago, IL 60622
Missouri Prison Books (only to MO)
C/O Subterranean Books, 6271 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63130
Books Behind Bars (NJ only)
Wildwood, New Jersey
Olympia Books to Prisoners
Only accepts requests through BTP (Seattle)
Open Books Collective (serves FL only)
1040 N. Guillemard St., Pensacola, FL 32501
Open Door Books aka Books To Prisoners
c/o QPIRG Concordia, 1455 de Maisonneuve O, Montreal, H3G 1M8, Canada
Pittsburgh Prison Book Project (only PA)
Street: 5125 Penn Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Mail: P.O. Box 71357, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Portland Books To Prisoners
Affiliate of BTP (Seattle)
Mail: P.O. Box 11222, Portland, OR 97211
Prison Books Collective Publishing and Distribution (serving NC, AL)
P.O. Box 625, Carrboro, NC 27510
Prison Book Program (none to: TX, CA, MI, NV, and IL)
c/o Lucy Parsons Book Store, 1306 Hancock Street, Suite 100, Quincy, MA 02169
email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org
Prison Library Project
915 West Foothill Blvd #128, Claremont, CA 91711
Prisoners Literature Project (does not serve TX)
Bound Together Books, 1369 Haight St, S.F., CA 94117
Providence Books Through Bars
65 University Avenue, Providence, RI 02906.
Read Between the Bars (AZ only)
P.O. Box 44014, Tucson, AZ, 85733-4014
Redbird Books To Prisoners (prioritizes OH)
c/o Red Bird Books P.O. Box 10599, Columbus OH 43201
email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org
Rogue Liberation Library (serving AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, OK, OR, TX, UT, WA, WY)
Mail: PO Box 524, Ashland, OR 97520
Tennessee Prison Book Project (TN)
P.O. Box 22846, 901 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37202
Tranzmission Prison Book Project (prioritizes LGBTQ)
PO Box 1874, Asheville, NC 28802
Urbana Champaign Books To Prisoners (IL only)
Box 515, Urbana, IL 61803
UC Davis Books to Prisons (CA, FL, TX)
CSI Box #157, 1 Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616
US Virgin Is /St Croix Prison Library Project (St Croix only)
9051 estate Catherine test, Christiansted, VI 00820
Wisconsin Books To Prisoners (only WI)
1202 Williamson St, Suite 1, Madison, WI 53703
Women’s Prison Book Project
3751 17th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407
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 | email@example.com
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.
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.