News: Prison and Books – August 2023
At the same time that Prison Legal News is reporting “Florida Tops the Nation for Number of Books Banned in Prisons” – Guardian is reporting that Florida’s teachers could be sent to prison, and banned from reading the same criminalized-books they taught: “Florida teachers forced to remove or cover up books to avoid felony charges.”
The Books Through Bars Project is co-founded by Lakeith Amir-Sharif and Joel Chaffee, and ships books to prisoners in all states, concentrating on Florida.
To request a book, please print, complete and mail our
Book Request Form
complete & submit our Google Form here
btb [at] handoutzine [dot] com
if you need a paper form sent you
Restrictions and Release Date
Facility restrictions on books (if known):
Approximate Release Date:
Book Request (choose at least 3, some subjects may be out of stock)
Culture – African
Culture – African American
Culture – Asian
Culture – Latin America
Culture – Native America
Fiction – Classics
Fiction – Current/General
Fiction – Historical
Fiction – Mysteries
Fiction – Science Fiction
Fiction – Urban Fiction
Fiction – Westerns
Film and Television
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans
GED Study Materials
History – American
History – Ancient
History – European
History – World
Self Help – Addiction
Self Help – Death and Dying
Self Help – General
Self Help – Parenting
Self Help – Relationships
Self Help – Sexual Abuse
Self Help – Therapy
How the Books Through Bars Project works
The books are gifts to the person receiving them. They do not need to be returned to the Book Program.
There is no charge for the books.
We provide books to individual prisoners. We do not provide books to libraries or to administrators.
We do not have a catalog, offer pen-pal services, or maintain a mailing list.
We fill requests as soon as possible. What is available depends on what is donated and what is in stock when we fulfill the request.
Our Books Through Bars Project is run by our friend Sharif, and we ship books to prisoners in all states.