Prisoners Literature Project

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PLP at Bay Area Book Fest – come say hi!

Prisoners Literature Project will have a space once again at the Bay Area Book Fest in downtown Berkeley on April 28th and 29th.

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PLP session this (Easter) Sunday – and every Wed/Sun this year!

Just confirming that the Prisoners Literature Project will have its regular volunteer session this Sunday, April 1st (Easter Sunday!) from 2pm to 6pm. More info…


New art from grateful prisoners!

We’ve been sending out a lot of ‘how to draw’ guides to prisoners recently by request – here’s some neat thank-you pictures we received last week! More info…


A thank you poem to remember!

Here’s a wonderful ‘thank you’ poem from a grateful prisoner. It’s addressed to Prisoners Literature Project & sister bookstore Bound Together Books, which is the address prisoners have to mail to get a reply from us! 

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PLP’s regular Sunday volunteering hours now 2pm to 6pm!

Apologies for the back and forth on this, but the Prisoners Literature Project’s open Sunday volunteering hours are now 2pm to 6pm, starting Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 going forwards.

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Special PLP session: come help us on MLK Jr. Day (Jan 15th!)

ANNOUNCE: the Prisoners Literature Project will be holding a special book picking/packing session on MLK Jr. Day (Monday, January 15th!) from 10am to 5pm.

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New York’s pilot program blocks ‘books to prisoners’ programs

New York State is piloting a program which only allows a few prison-industrial complex ‘approved vendors’ – which have a limited, unhelpful set of full-priced books – to send packages to prisoners. More info…


New art from grateful inmates to the PLP

As the Prisoners Literature Project powers through the rest of 2017, we wanted to highlight a couple of new pieces of art recently sent in to us. More info…


PLP volunteer sessions: still running through the holiday!

Our volunteer sessions are running all the way through the holiday, including Xmas Eve and New Year’s Eve (both Sundays!) and Wednesday 27th, for anyone who’d like to come and help us pick/pack books for prisoners. More info…


Thanks for #GivingTuesday, keep PLP in mind at year-end!

We just wanted to thank everybody for your amazing response to our GivingTuesday campaign – we met our matching goal, thanks to you all! More info…



About the Prisoners Literature Project

The Prisoners Literature Project is an all-volunteer grassroots group that sends hundreds of free book packages to needy prisoners in the United States every month.

Please consider donating to the PLP or volunteering your time (if you live in the Bay Area, CA!) to help us answer letters from prisoners who write us from all over the United States.

Prisoners – want books?

Mailing address for U.S. prisoner book requests: Prisoner Literature Project c/o Bound Together Books 1369 Haight St San Francisco, CA 94117 There's more info here on what else prisoners need to include with their requests.