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Great Hearts Initiatives | Chicago Books to Women in Prison

Mission

Chicago Books to Women in Prison is an all-volunteer group that distributes paperback books free of charge to people incarcerated in women’s prisons nationwide. We are dedicated to offering women behind bars the opportunity for self-empowerment, education, and entertainment that reading provides.

Incarcerated women send us their requests for books directly. We match each request from our stock of thousands of donated books. We send three books in each package. Our most popular request of all time is a paperback dictionary, but we send a great variety of books every week.

Reading the letters we receive from women in prison, one begins to get a sense of the overwhelming need for projects like this one. We hear over and over that rehabilitation is not a priority and prison libraries tend to be dismal, if they exist at all.

There are many ways you can help by giving your time, books or a monetary contribution. We especially welcome money for postage, which is our largest expense.

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In addition to the books we always need, we occasionally get requests for books that are rarely donated—and that would make a significant difference to the woman making the request.
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"Literacy can change people's lives. This organization brings books to people and places that need books, especially to incarcerated women. Their dedication is amazing."

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