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.

Athens Books to Prisoners
30 1st ST Athens, OH 45701 |
Sends free books to prisoners in Ohio upon request.

Appalachian Prison Book Project
351 Spruce St. Morgantown, WV 26507 |
Provides educational opportunities and resources to people incarcerated in the six-state Appalachian region. They send books to imprisoned people, host book clubs in prison facilities, fight for educational opportunities behind bars, and publish incarcerated authors and artists.

Big House Books
133 Millsaps Ave Jackson, MS 39296 |
A non-profit, volunteer organization that sends free books by request to prisoners in Mississippi correctional facilities in order to promote literacy and be a vehicle of change for prison reform.

Books for Prisoners c/o Groundwork Books
0323 Student Center La Jolla, CA 92037 |
A non-profit, volunteer organization that sends free books by request to prisoners in Mississippi correctional facilities in order to promote literacy and be a vehicle of change for prison reform.

1040 N. Guillemard St. Pensacola, FL 32501 | | 850.453.6774
Sends books to prisoners in Florida upon request.


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.


Black and Pink: Black & Pink is an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and “free world” allies who support eachother. 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.