Goodreads Voice: The Prison Library Project

By Goodreads Staff | Published Feb 28, 2011 03:32PM

Doug Wallace, PLP director
The Prison Library Project provides free reading material to the incarcerated nationwide, most of whom have little or no access to books. Funding for prison educational programs is often limited, so the PLP works to fill the gap, spurred by the belief that exposure to reading leads to greater personal growth and rehabilitation. The nonprofit, which is mostly staffed by volunteers, mails more than 30,000 books, magazines, and audio tapes each year to libraries and inmates in 600 prisons, jails, and detention centers throughout the United States. Every $3 contribution sends a book to a prisoner.



Tags: 2011-march and do-good

Comments (showing 1-5 of 5) (5 new)

dateDown_arrow    newest »

message 1: by Debbie (new)

Debbie I think this is a great program. I understand that prison is about punishing the people that have done bad, or terrible things, but I also believe trying to educate prisoners, and I believe in rehabilitation. I am not speaking of murders or people that have done terible things to children, but there are others incarcerated that can be helped. These are the ones that I speak of.


Erin ~ (It's October, time for creepy books) I agree with the above...educational books can be great tools here, and beyond that, fiction and fantasy can help with encouragement and refreshing escape from hard times for those in stressful, difficult situations. This is true especially for prisons, orphanages, and military bases. There is also the organization which donates books to prisons http://www.bookstoprisoners.net/, many of the prisons due to budget have had to cut out their libraries and this can help.


message 3: by Aicap (new)

Aicap Aifap We recently received some inmate mail to our old address which was referred by the Prison Library Project and would like to make them aware of our new address which is as follows:
AICAP AIFAP
c/o NMB Inc.
Dept. 51
Toronto, Canada M5R 2E3
Thank you!
http://www.angelfire.com/mi2/aicap
http://ca.groups.yahoo.com/group/aica...


message 4: by Lesley (new)

Lesley I think this is great. It can be educational but also teach them to use their imagination and see the world through books. Reading is a great past time and I think this would help be a positive past time for them.


message 5: by Bao (new)

Bao Hellow,
I am a prison librarian. I always have been actively searching for more reading materials for the inmates at my facilities. I am wondering if you know any more resouces to get free books for prison libraries?
thanks


back to top