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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

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


Athens Books to Prisoners serves OH only

P.O. Box 45, Rutland, OH 45775

Big House Books (serving MS) 
PO box 55586 Jackson, MS 39296 

Books Behind Bars serves NJ

PO Box 2611, Wildwood NJ 08260


Books Beyond Bars  (serves NY only) 

Mail: 120 Wall St., Floor 29, NYC NY 10005


Books Through Bars (PA, NJ, NY, DE, MD, VA) 
Mail: 4722 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143


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

Books To Prisoners (Seattle) serves all states

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

Books to Prisoners Olympia 

Only accepts requests from BtP Seattle


Books to Prisoners Spokane 
Only accepts requests from BtP Seattle

Books to Prisons serves AL, TX

PO Box 130699, Birmingham AL 35213


BTP Vancouver serves Canada only 
P.O. Box 78005, 1755 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5N 5W1,


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

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 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


Inside Books Project serves TX only; no county jails

PO Box 301029, Austin TX 78703


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


Liberation Library (serving IL youth) 
Mail: In These Times, 2040 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647


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

Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners serves AR, AL, LA
Mail: 3157 Gentilly Blvd #141, New Orleans, LA 70122


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

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

PO Box 1324, Bloomington IN 47402


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

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

Box 1524, Durham NC 27702


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


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

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


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

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


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

Prison Books Project serves NY

PO Box 132, Beacon NY 12508


Prison Library Project serves all states
Mail: 915 West Foothill Blvd #128, Claremont, CA 91711

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

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


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


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

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

Rogue Liberation Library serves CA, NV, OR, TX state prisons and Fed prisons nationwide
PO Box 524, Ashland, OR 97520

Tranzmission Prison Book Project (prioritizes LGBTQ) 
PO Box 1874, Asheville, NC 28802

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

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


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

Virginia Tech Prison Book Project serves VA
Only accepts requests from the Appalachian Prison Book Project


Wisconsin Books To Prisoners (only WI)
1202 Williamson St, Suite 1, Madison, WI 53703


Women’s Prison Book Project serves cis and trans women

3751 17th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407

X Books serves GA only

PO Box 93351, Atlanta GA 30377

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 |
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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