I have a personal connection to the Inside Books Project mission and I would be happy to share with any of you what I know about why this mission is so important and how much more critical this need is as a result of COVID-19.
I hope to raise enough money to send books to at least 750 people incarcerated in Texas prisons.
It costs as little as $3 to send out a package of donated books, so a $30 donation would help send books to 10 people! Please donate as much as you can, but know that any amount will make a difference.
Inside Books Project has no paid staff, so all donations go directly to support the mission and are tax-deductible.
--About Inside Books Project
Inside Books Project is an Austin-based organization that sends free books and educational materials to prisoners in Texas. Inside Books is the only books-to-prisoners program in Texas and works to promote reading, literacy, and education among incarcerated individuals and to educate the general public on issues of incarceration.
Inside Books Project believes that every prisoner has the right to quality reading and educational materials, and that reading, learning, and self-expression are invaluable opportunities that are too often denied to Texas inmates. Cuts to prison education programs and libraries continue to highlight the emphasis on punishment over rehabilitation. The benefits of literacy in inmates’ post-incarceration lives are well-documented, and evidence points to a beneficial relationship between additional reading and increased literacy.
In 2019, Inside Books Project received more than 25,000 requests for books and, over the past 20 years, has sent nearly half a million free books to inmates in Texas.
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