LGBT Books to Prisoners is a donation-funded, volunteer-run organization based in Madison, WI that sends books and other educational materials, free of charge, to incarcerated LGBTQ people across the United States. We have been doing this for nearly 10 years and have sent books to more than 6,000 people in that time. In 2015, we sent 3,042 packages of books with your support.
LGBT Books to Prisoners will use this grant to purchase education and development books, particularly LGBTQ-friendly and focused books, to meet the requests from LGBTQ people in prison. These are vital materials to people in prison, especially as education and training programs in jails and prisons have been cut across the country, meaning that book programs and other nonprofit organizations are left filling key training and reintegration roles. Since 95 percent of people in prison will be released back into communities across the country, having education and professional skills to thrive upon their return is an important step towards ending the cycles of incarceration that plague the LGBTQ community.