Free Write

Books have given me valuable skills. My ability to write, read, and communicate ideas has improved. I no longer struggle to express myself.

Further, books are an excellent educational tool. Many of us [inmates] are not high school graduates, and have low reading skills and struggle to comprehend our G.E.D. materials, so reading is a way to improve our comprehension in classes.

I have received carpentry books, a dictionary, and a thesaurus [from the Prison Book Program]. These books are great! I’m learning a new job skill I can use once I get out [of prison]. Plus, I have increased my vocabulary.

Many inmates here also request history or language books so that we can identify with our ancestral heritage. That may be German, Spanish, or other European countries. The language skills we learn from language books can also be put on a resume.

These books are a really big help. I know that they really help me and they are not just sitting in my locker. When I finish them I share them. So, if you can, please continue to send books to me and other inmates!

Written by Kelly V
Located in Deer Ridge Correctional Institute, Oregon

Book Drop off and Volunteer Hours

Tuesdays 6:30-9:00 pm
Wednesdays 1:30-4:00 pm
Thursdays 6:30-9:00 pm
Saturdays 1:00-4:00 pm

must sign up in advance
either just before you come or weeks in advance.

Book Drop Offs
Books can be dropped off during volunteer hours. You do not need to sign up in advance, but check the sign up page to make sure we are open.


We need your support

The average cost of mailing a package of carefully selected books from our library is $5. Every gift helps fulfill our mission of supporting people in prison.

Checks can be mailed to:

Prison Book Program
c/o Lucy Parsons Bookstore
1306 Hancock Street
Suite 100
Quincy, MA 02169

All donations to PBP are fully tax deductible. Our EIN is 20-3235673.


Prison Book Program relies on the support of people like you.

Just $3 covers the average cost of mailing a package of carefully selected books from our library of donated books!

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