The Prisoner’s Literature Project (PLP) is a grassroots effort to supply prisoners in the United States with books free of charge. It began more than 30 years ago in the back of Bound Together Books, an anarchist book store at 1369 Haight Street, and it’s still going strong.
Though prisoners are allowed to have books inside, they are not allowed to have individuals mail them books. Friends and family are tasked with buying books brand new from a distributor that will ship to the prison. An expensive venture, this is still better than those who don’t have anyone on the outside to send them anything. Prison libraries, unfortunately, are stocked with little more than overused paperbacks and oftentimes prisoners are given access to these books as a privilege rather than a matter of course.
Up steps the Prisoner’s Literature Project. Prisoners can write and request specific titles or genres and PLP answers by sending books as they come in.
Run by volunteers, the PLP is run by volunteers and funded by donations. All the books are donated and the postage costs are covered by donations, as well.
If you would like to donate your time, your money or old or new books, stop by Bound Together and let them know.
The Prisoners Literature Project
Bound Together Bookstore