Since 1999, DC Books to Prisons has provided free books to individual prisoners. We also develop and support prison libraries. Our work is done solely by concerned volunteers on donated time and resources.
In 2009, the program expanded to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where four to five volunteers raise funds, collect books, and meet in donated space to answer prisoners' requests.
Yearly, between the two sites, we send more than 6,000 packages to prisoners with around 250 from Alabama and the rest from DC. These packages go to prisoners in over 600 prisons in the United States. We serve state and federal prisoners in 34 states, and federal prisoners in Arizona. With the exception of DC residents in federal prisons, we do not serve inmates in CT, FL, IL, MA, ME, MI, NH, NJ, NY, OR, PA, RI, VT, WA, or WI.