The writing on this site was collected through letters from inmates in the Illinois correctional system from the Urbana-Champaign Books to Prisoners program.
UC Books to Prisoners, a project of the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, accepts book request letters from Illinois inmates, finds books that meet their needs, and sends the books and a letter to the prisoners
The organization does this to address the poor selection of books available in many prisons, to let prisoners know they are not for- gotten, to remind us that prisoners are part of the community, to encourage literacy, to share enthusiasm for literature, and to educate ourselves and the public about life in prison
For more information, or to volunteer with Books to Prisoners writing letters please visit the website at http://www.books2prisoners.org.
This website is the supplement to a print Zine which was put together in Spring of 2011, through a learning through inquiry class at the University of Illinois, partnered with Books to Prisoners.