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FREE Prisoner Resource List

RESOURCES FOR PRISONERS

Free Books and Newsletters # 1 – 13

Pen Pals # 14 – 19

Meditation Resources # 20 – 28

In addition to the list provided on the following pages, Source Point Global Outreach provides a free 29-page Resource Directory for Prisoners. This directory provides correspondence courses for many religions and spiritual traditions, legal support, pen pals and more. Most organizations in the directory offer their services, books and literature free of charge to prisoners. To request a copy, write to:

Naljor Prison Dharma PO Box 628 Mount Shasta, CA 96067

Web address: http://sourcepointglobaloutreach.org/naljor-prison-dharma-service/

FREE BOOKS (BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE FOR ALL U.S. STATES UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED)

Guidelines:

• Let these organizations know the book restrictions in the prison where you are incarcerated: maximum amount of books they allow to be received at one time? Does the prison accept used books or new only? Paperbacks only?

• List only the subjects or types of books of interest. Books are often donated and change every week.  Distributors do their best to send something close to what you ask for. Requests by title or author are often challenging to fulfill.

• Please write clearly — especially your name, ID number, and address. Include all this info on both the envelope and in your letter.

1. Beehive Books Behind Bars (Serves WA, OR, CA, ID, NV, AZ, UT, MT, WY, CO, NM prisons only)

Weller Book Works

607 Trolley Square

Salt Lake City, UT 84102

• BBB matches book requests from prisoners to books that have been donated to them.

2. The Prison Library Project

c/o The Claremont Forum

915-C W. Foothill Blvd, PMB 128

Claremont, CA 91711

• The Prison Library Project mails over 15,000 packages of books each year to inmates as well as boxes of books to prison librarians, educators and chaplains.

3. Prisoners Literature Project (PLP) (Serves all of the US except Texas prisons)

c/o Bound Together Bookstore

1369 Haight Street

San Francisco, CA 94117

• Limit requests to once a year; Takes 2-4 months to respond to requests;

• PLP does not have the following kinds of books: law books and legal guides; romances; horror; Bibles and Christian literature

4. Bellingham Books To Prisoners (BBTP)

PO Box 1254

Bellingham, WA 98227

• BBTP are partnered with Seattle Books To Prisoners. Last year over 7,000 books were sent to

prisoners.

5. DC Books to Prisons

PO Box 34190

Washington, DC 20043-4190

• Provides free books to prisoners throughout the US and supports local prison libraries.

• List subjects of interest. DC Books to Prisons also make available thousands of “zines,” small

booklets on contemporary political subjects like race, gender, direct action, and popular history.

6. LGBT Books to Prisoners (Serves LGBTQ prisoners in all states except TX)

426 W. Gilman Street

Madison, WI 53703

• Sends books and other educational materials to LGBTQ-identified prisoners across the U.S. Each

package contains 3-5 books, educational materials, and LGBTQ resources.

• 25,000 books have been sent to people in prison for each of the last two years.

7. NYC Books through Bars (Serves all US states except: AL, FL, LA, MA, MI,

c/o Bluestockings Bookstore MS, NC, OH, PA with a priority to NY prisons)

172 Allen Street

New York, NY 10002

• They match requests from prisoners to the books they have available.

8. Prisoners Literature Project (Serves all US states except: OR, MA TX)

c/o Bound Together Books

1369 Haight Street

San Francisco, CA 94117

• Working with Bound Together Books, PLP ships hundreds of books to prisoners every week.

9. Providence Books through Bars

42 Lenox Avenue

Providence, RI 02907-1910

• Since the number one requested book is a dictionary, PBB tries to send out as many as they can

as well as thesauruses and reference books; provide requests for as many types of books as

possible.

10. Women’s Prison Book Project (Serves all US states except: CT, FL, IL, IN, MA, MI, MS, OH, OR, PA)

c/o Boneshaker Books

2002 23rd Ave S

Minneapolis MN 55404

• Provides women and transgender persons in prison with free reading materials covering a wide

range of topics from law and education (dictionaries, GED, etc.) to fiction, politics, history, and

women’s health.

Religious Resources

11. Bible Truth Publishers

59 Industrial Road

Addison, IL 60101

• Supplies free Bibles in English and Spanish to prisoners

12. Chapel Library

2603 West Wright Street

Pensacola, Florida 32505

• Offers free Christian literature including study courses and Bibles

• Available in tracts, booklets, paperbacks and audio tapes

13. Prison Fellowship

44180 Riverside Parkway,

Lansdowne, VA 20176

• Publishes Inside Journal® a quarterly publication of Prison Fellowship that is distributed inside

corrections facilities.

• Written specifically for incarcerated men and women, in both English and Spanish.

PEN PAL PROGRAMS

14. Human Rights Pen Pals

1301 Clay Street

P.O. Box 71378

Oakland, CA 94612

• Provides educational and supportive correspondence between people in solitary confinement

and supporters outside the prison walls.

15. Lifelines to Solitary

c/o Solitary Watch

PO Box 11374

Washington, DC 20008

• Solitary Watch provides support to people in prisons living in isolation, through its Lifelines to

Solitary project. Through personalized letters and quarterly newsletters, they keep in touch with

more than 3,000 people in solitary confinement across the country.

• Write to Solitary Watch to request a pen pal and newsletter.

16. Unitarian Universalist Association

CLF Letter Writing Prison Ministry

25 Beacon Street

Boston, MA 02108

• Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF), a part of the Unitarian Universalists, provides ministry

and correspondence to those who are isolated. The CLF Letter Writing Ministry matches

prisoner members with non-incarcerated Unitarian Universalist’s for an exchange of friendly

letters on topics of mutual interest.

• All letter writers (prisoners and “free-world”) agree to the same guidelines, which emphasize

that our program is not intended for romantic, legal-aid or financial/gift interactions. Contact

the address above to request a pen pal.

17. FFUP (Forum for Understanding Prisons)

29631 Wild Rose Drive

Blue River, WI 53518

• Write directly to FFUP Pen Pals to request a pen pal volunteer.

• Provide some information on your background and the areas of interest for which you would

like to correspond.

18. National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms

P.O. Box 66301

Washington, DC 20035

• Write directly to NCPCF to request a pen pal volunteer.

Meditation Resources

19. The Human Kindness Foundation / The Prison Ashram Project

PO Box 61619

Durham, NC 27715

• Provides free books mostly written by one of its founders, Bo Lozoff, offering spiritual guidance

and support. The most well-known of these books are: We’re All Doing Time and Deep and

Simple.

• Offers a free newsletter sent three times a year called “A Little Good News” providing spiritual

support for the incarcerated.

20. Prison Mindfulness Institute

11 S. Angell St. #303

Providence, RI 02906

• Organizes a pen pal program between prisoners and meditation volunteer.

21. Prison Mindfulness Institute and Prison Dharma Network

11 S. Angell St. #303

Providence, RI 02906

• PMI provides books and resources on Mindfulness and Meditation through their “Books Behind

Bars” program.

• PDN offers a support network in the practice of contemplative disciplines, with an emphasis

on sitting meditation practice. Offers the principles and practices of Buddhist teachings.

22. Buddhist Peace Fellowship

PO Box 3470

Berkeley, CA 94703

• BPF’s programs, publications, and practice groups link Buddhist teachings of wisdom and

compassion with progressive social change.

• Offers free meditation information and a newsletter.

23. Siddha Yoga Meditation Prison Project

P.O.Box 99140

Emeryville, CA 94622

Provides the Siddha Yoga Home Study Course to inmates upon request.

Lessons are received monthly and are available in Spanish translation.

A free newsletter, study course and resource guide are also provided.

24. Mindfulness Peace Project | Solitary Confinement

6800 N. 79th St, Ste. 200

Niwot, CO 80503

You might pass this on to a chaplain or psychologist:

• A mindfulness program broadcasted into isolation units (in the CO DOC).

• Provides channels for education and spiritual instruction as well.

Solitary Top Level

25. Liberation Prison Project

PO Box 33036

Raleigh, NC 27636

• Offers spiritual advice and teachings through letters, books and various materials to people in

prison interested in exploring, studying and practicing Buddhism.

26. Ratna Prison Initiative

1507 Pine St.

Boulder, Co 80302

• Provides mindfulness meditation instruction through correspondence relationships

• Provides free books on Buddhism to inmates.

27. Prison Contemplative Fellowship

Contemplative Outreach, Ltd.

10 Park Place, 2nd Floor, Suite B

Butler, New Jersey 07405

• Teaches Centering Prayer, a receptive method of silent prayer. It is not meant to replace other kinds

of prayer. Programs offer varying degrees of instruction, guided practice and study. Christian

orientation, however can be used by anyone.

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