I am 18 years old and I’ve been incarcerated since I was 16. I made a huge mistake. But I’ve been working on fixing it. I obtained my GED in 2018. I want to thank you for what you do. There needs to be more people like you in the world. Now I’m going to tell you how books changed my life. Since being incarcerated, I only want to read. I’ve gained knowledge from nonfiction and have been astounded by works of fiction. Reading takes me out of my prison setting and keeps me out of trouble. When I was out, I was hot-headed and always getting into something. Then I got locked up and discovered these things with a cover and pages with words that tell a story called “books.” These mysterious books have calmed me down and taught me new angles in life. We need books in our lives. Thank you for being there.

Written by A prisoner in Lake City, FL

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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