Our work emanates from two interconnected premises: education is a basic human right, and engaging the community in educational justice efforts is a requisite component to building sustainable restorative justice models.
What happens to the books that we mail to incarcerated people? They are loved, cherished, shared, and read until they fall apart.
Across the United States, prisons and jails have passed legislation that replaces physical correspondence with digitally scanned or photocopied replicas.
Prisons and jails across the country have started offering “free” electronic tablets to people behind bars. But these devices contain hidden costs.
Since 2004, we have mailed over 65,000 books.
100 imprisoned people and 27 volunteers have participated in our book clubs.
30 incarcerated students have earned WVU college credit.
We’ve hosted 25+ wrapping parties for community volunteer groups.
But don’t just take it from us. Hear what our friends on the inside have to say about our work.
While the Appalachian Prison Book Project is not under the umbrella of West Virginia University (WVU), we have a long-standing history with the University. West Virginia University is home to many of our dedicated volunteers and generous donors—the downtown campus…
Volunteers are a vital part of how we send books to people in prison. Learn more about what is looks like to volunteer with APBP.
This year, APBP is celebrating pride by uplifting some great writings and work from and about iconic figures in the LGBTQ+ community who have been affected by incarceration.
Thank you for providing books directly to prisoners free of charge. Yours is a great service, especially for those whose library’s collection is meager, outdated, or otherwise inadequate and who simply do not have the funds to buy books out of their own pockets.
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity. You have indeed put some sunshine in my rather drab life imprisoned as I am here on Death Row.
In many ways this [book club] and your time/effort have been an emotional and intellectual lifeline for me.