Prisoners Literature Project

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

January 2018  |  Published in 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.)

Latest News
Double your impact for Independent Bookstore Day 2024!
Apr 2024

Independent Bookstore Day 2024 is your big opportunity to support local booksellers and stock up on new selections for yourself — and once again, for PLP as well.


What kinds of books do people ask for?
Apr 2024

The most common requests are for genre fiction (thrillers, romance, sci-fi/fantasy, etc), self-help, business, drawing, graphic novels, science, GED material, exercise, almanacs and so much more. Here is a sample of letters that volunteers responded to recently.