About Us

The Prison Book Project is a small, secular group based in North Hadley in western Massachusetts. We opened our doors in 1998 for the purpose of providing free reading materials to the millions of individuals imprisoned in the United States.

A partnership with Food For Thought Books enables us to send books into prisons. Our work space is currently located at the North Hadley Congregational Church, but we have shared space with The Performance Project and First Churches in Northampton in past years.

We receive approximately 200 letters each month from men and women in New England and Texas prisons interested in receiving reading materials. We meet 2-3 Sundays each month from 1:00pm to 4:00pm to answer these letters from our inventory of donated books. During work sessions we usually run a three- to four-month backlog of as-yet-to-be-answered letters. Participation by greater numbers of drop-in individual volunteers and larger groups interested in one-time volunteer experiences enables us to reduce this backlog.

Since we've been open, we have organized and hosted public events about prison issues, published newsletters of prisoner art and writing, attended community service fairs, been featured in newspaper articles and radio shows, hosted exhibits of prisoner art, and taught a high school curriculum on prison issues. Our intentions for all of the activities in which we participate are to

  • Recruit additional drop-in and returning volunteers
  • Identify new sources of donated books
  • Garner individual financial contributions
  • Communicate our belief that the mass imprisonment of people and the prison industrial complex are not solutions to crime
Read our mission statement


Contact Information

Address: Prison Book Project
P.O. Box 396
Amherst, MA 01004
Email:

prisonbookproject@riseup.net

Phone: Leave a message for us at AFSC: (413) 584-8975

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