APBP is taking on our next big challenge: creating and supporting credit-bearing college courses for incarcerated students. And we need your help.
Our organization began in 2004 with a handful of books being mailed into prisons. Word spread. More volunteers signed up. More donors gave. As of 2019, our growing organization of volunteers has sent more than 30,000 books—from textbooks to dictionaries to novels—to people in prisons and jails in Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Higher Education Behind Bars
A few years ago, we branched out with book clubs in men’s and women’s prisons where we’ve met remarkable thinkers, readers, writers, and artists.
Now, we are planning to build a college-in-prison program as well as offer five scholarships for formerly incarcerated people. Why? Because we are convinced that higher education has a critical role to play in moving our country away from mass incarceration.
Support the Appalachian Prison Book Project
At APBP, we rely on donations and volunteers to provide books and educational opportunities to people on the inside. Get involved today to help us continue challenging mass incarceration, and help us reach our $50,000 fundraising goal by contributing to our GoFundMe.