The following organizations will send books to individuals in IL prisons:

Books to Prisoners
Box 515, Urbana IL 61803

Chicago Books to Women in Prison

The following organizations will send books and other materials to individuals in prisons nationwide:

NYC Books Through Bars
Address: 4722 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143, United States
Phone:(215) 727-8170

Prisoner Express
Address: 127 Anabel Taylor Hall – Cornell University – Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: (607) 255-6486

Women’s Prison Book Project (Women and Transgender persons only)
Address: Women’s Prison Book Project, c/o Boneshaker Books,
2002 23rd  Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
E-mail Address:

DC Prison Book Project
Address: DC Books to Prisons, PO Box 34190, Washington, DC 20043-4190
E-mail Address:

Prison Library Project
Address: 586 West First Street, Claremont, CA 91711
Phone: (909) 626-3066

Prisoners Literature Project
Address: Prisoners Literature Project, c/o Bound Together Books, 1369 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117


PEN Prison Writing Program
In addition to sponsoring annual writing award competitions, they will send a free Handbook for Writers in Prison upon request.
Address: PEN Writing Awards for Prisoners
PEN American Center
588 Broadway, Suite 303
New York, NY 10012
Phone Number: (212) 334-1660

They accept submissions of art, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from incarcerated individuals ideals.

Iron City Magazine
They publish material from people in prison. Submissions may be emailed to or mailed to PO Box 370, Tempe, AZ 85280

Prisons Foundation
They will publish, for free, books written by people in prison. They do not censor in any way.
1600 K St NW # 501  Washington, DC 20006
(202)- 393-1511

Stands for “Reaching Inside Prisons with Purpose and Love.” Will write to any individual in prison, with special concern for those connected to Champaign County.
1213 Hagan St Champaign, IL 61866

Black and Pink
Pen pal program for LGBTQ individuals and their allies.
614 Columbia Rd, Dorchester, MA 02125

Tranzmission Prison Books
Sends books and resources to LGBTQ individuals and runs a pen pal program.
67 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville, NC 28801


John Howard Association of Illinois
Independently monitors prisons, policies, and practices and advances reforms to achieve a fair, humane, and effective criminal justice system in IL.

All of Us or None
Fighting for the rights of formerly and currently incarcerated people.

Cabrini Green Legal Aid
Legal aid for criminal and civil matters.

Storycatchers Theatre
Works with youth in the juvenile justice system.

Anti-violence organization based in Chicago. “We believe in the transformative power of stories.”

Lists of Useful Resources

Prison Book Program National Resource List