Mission & Values

Our Mission

Prison Book Program mails books to people in prison to support their educational, vocational and personal development and to help them avoid returning to prison after their release. We also aim to provide a quality volunteer experience that introduces citizens to issues surrounding the American prison system and the role of education in reforming it.

Statement of Values

Here at Prison Book Program, we want to create an environment that is fun, informative, and above all, respectful. As an organization, we recognize and promote respect for:

Reading – Providing free books fosters improved reading and literacy skills — a most basic human skill.
Education – Literacy enables prisoners to further their education, which reduces recidivism.
Space – We take excellent care of the space provided to us by the historic United First Parish Church of Quincy.
Prisoners – We strive to provide a view of the realities of the prison experience through the letters, poetry and art of our prisoner patrons.
Each Other – PBP fosters a respectful and supportive environment in order to ensure positive volunteer experiences.
Circumstances – We make no judgments about the past actions of our prisoner patrons, but rather respect and applaud their self-improvement efforts.
Time – PBP operates exclusively on the efforts of volunteers, and we respect our volunteers’ time, which is well-spent advancing the mission of the organization.