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In March 2019, the Washington State Department of Corrections (WA DOC) prohibited state prisons from accepting used books mailed to individuals, alleging that they could be used to smuggle drugs. Books to Prisoners successfully challenged this decision. Support from local media was invaluable in rallying public opinion behind incarcerated people’s right to read.

Books are a Lifeline to Prisoners, June 2017, Forward Reviews

The Freedom of Reading, October 2016, American Libraries

Criminal Justice Charity of the Week: Books to Prisoners, October 2016, Undisclosed podcast

Eric’s heroes: Bringing books and hope to those behind prison walls, October 2016, KOMO News

The banning of books in prisons: ‘It’s like living in the dark ages’, September 2016, The Guardian

By refusing to accept used books, two state prisons block inmates preparing for life on the outside, July 2014, Real Change

Short on words: Nonprofit struggles to fill prisoners’ need to read, April 2012, Real Change

When Did Used Books Become Contraband?, August 2007, Seattle Weekly