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
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: email@example.com
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
OTHER LITERARY RESOURCES
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to PO Box 370, Tempe, AZ 85280
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
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
ADVOCACY AND SUPPORT
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.
Works with youth in the juvenile justice system.
Anti-violence organization based in Chicago. “We believe in the transformative power of stories.”