Inside Books Project is a community-based volunteer organization that has been sending free books and educational materials to people in prison in Texas since 1998. Inside Books is the only books-to-prisoners program in Texas, where over 140,000 people are incarcerated.
Inside Books Project works to promote reading, literacy, and education among incarcerated individuals and to educate the general public on issues of incarceration. We believe that every prisoner has a right to quality reading materials, and that learning and self-expression are invaluable opportunities that are too often denied to Texas inmates.
In addition, Inside Books Project has completed a completely updated 28 page Resource Guide that offers legal, educational, health, LGBT, immigration, religious and educational resources for inmates and their families. This Resource Guide is offered free on our website. Inside Books Project is fundraising with Amplify Austin to print and ship thousands of these resource guides to inmates nationwide.
Impact StatementInside Books Project has operated continuously for 15 years as an Austin-based community focused all-volunteer, non-profit organization. With support from our donors and volunteers, Inside Books Project has achieved the following:
- Sent over a quarter million free books to inmates in Texas.
- Achieved the status of an independent 501c3 non-profit organization.
- Produced the Inside Books Project Resource Guide with legal, educational, health, religious, LGBT, and pre-release resources for inmates and their loved ones. The Resource Guide is offered for free both electronically and in print and is sent directly to prisoners nationwide
Needs StatementInside Books Project is raising funds for three primary purposes :
1) Pay for postage to send free books and educational material to inmates in Texas. Inside Books Project is raising funds to ensure that inmates receive free books and educational materials up to four times per year.
2) Purchase soft-cover dictionaries to send directly to Texas prisoners. Dictionaries are one of the most commonly requested items and are always needed, especially for inmates seeking to further their education.
3) Cover printing costs to mass produce the Inside Books Project Resource Guide with legal, educational, health, religious, LGBT, and pre-release resources for inmates and their loved ones. The Resource Guide is offered for free on IBP's website, and thousands of these Resource Guides are printed and sent for free to inmates nationwide. Inside Books Project is raising funds to print 5,000 of these guides for distribution to inmates nationwide. The Resource Guide can be seen on the IBP website : http://insidebooksproject.org/resource-guide/
"These wonderful, humble people are providing an incredible service for inmates that helps us know were aren't alone and that helps us better ourselves so that one day give back to society. Thank you, IBP, for doing what so many others won't." - Richard D, inmate in Texas
"When I was told about the Inside Books Project, I did not write straight away. I had my doubts; but when I did write, the time it took was so short I had not really expected someone that didn't know me to really help me. They did. And the doubts I had in myself kinda hurt, cause someone did care enough to take the time out of their day to give to someone they did not know at all. I guess I could say their faith in change of a person has renewed my faith in myself. Thanks to you all at Inside Books." - Johnny M, inmate in Texas