Prisoners Literature Project

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

January 2018  |  Published in Announcements, Latest News

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.

There’s more information via this Buzzfeed article. Let’s publicize why this is a terrible idea and non-profits like us should still be able to send much-needed books to prisoners:

(NOTE: Looks like NY just added another vendor which has more books – as noted here – but the problem remains that non-profits will no longer be able to send books in for free, and most inmates can’t afford full-priced books.)

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