Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Justice & Legal


1306 HANCOCK STQUINCY, MA 02169 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Prison Book Program is a grassroots organization that exists for one purpose--to send free books to people who are incarcerated. We’ve been doing it since 1972. Books are crucial to the political, spiritual, and educational development of all people. Most prisons do not allow family and friends to send books into prisons. They must come from a bookstore, publisher, online retailer or a program like ours. We fulfill over 10,000 book requests every year. The reading interests of the people we serve mirror the general population with a few exceptions. Our recipients say that books offer escape, entertainment, and practical information.


We host in-person volunteer sessions, where incoming requests are processed, books are selected for each requestor, and book packages are assembled and prepared for mailing. We also have volunteers who do remote work from home, managing social media, maintaining wish lists, processing mail, keeping lists and spreadsheets up to date, and procuring high-quality used and donated books from library book sales and other sources.


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