Free Write

I never knew that there was a Prison Book Program until another inmate overheard my conversation of not being able to find a certain book in our prison library. He gave me an address and explained that [the books from the Prison Book Program] are donated books at no cost to the inmate and there was a possibility I could find the book(s) I was looking for.

An inmate can either do positive or negative time during incarceration. If the inmate chooses negative time, he/she will complete incarceration and leave the same way they cam in, not making any changes. If the inmate chooses positive time, he/she will take advantage of education, cognitive skills, self-help, and spiritual or religious programs to make changes and improve their life. Unfortunately, there isn’t always books available to help the inmate gain the knowledge needed to make these positive changes.

Dictionaries [are important] because you cannot checkout a dictionary out of the prison library. A lot of reading, writing, and studying is done during lock-down time and in the inmates’ living area. There is several reasons why prisoners need a dictionary. There are inmates who are enrolled in Mandatory Literacy education program, trying to learn eighth grade-level education, and a dictionary can build his/her vocabulary. This is also the first time for many inmates to have to write to family and friends, and they use the dictionary during writing for correct spelling, to be understood, and to avoid embarrassment. I personally, as well as others, use a dictionary for definition of words when working on college correspondence classes.

I am grateful that there is a Prison Book Program available when needed. It is also nice to know that there are individuals who care enough to donate or contribute to this program. Who knows? This book program could be that one place for an inmate to find information to encourage [his/her] change so they can be successful when re-entering into society.

Written by Ruben C.
Located in ASP-Kingman, Arizona

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.

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 $5.60. 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


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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