Resource Directory

Books Through Bars

We believe a society of social and economic inequality leads to a cycle of crime and incarceration. We work to reverse the dehumanizing effects excessive punishment inflicts upon individuals, families and communities. Books Through Bars sends quality reading material to prisoners and encourages creative dialogue on the criminal justice system, thereby educating those living inside and outside of prison walls.

Changing Lives Through Literature

An alternative sentencing program based on the power of literature to transform lives through reading and group discussion. This visionary approach has proven itself as a successful alternative to traditional sentencing methods and has been implemented throughout the United States and the world.

Correctional Education Association

The Correctional Education Association (CEA), founded in 1945, is a non-profit, professional association serving educators and administrators who provide services to students in correctional settings. The CEA is the largest affiliate of the American Correctional Association.

Correctional Education Association

Provides the Prisoners' Guerrilla Handbook to Correspondence Programs In the United States and Canada: High School, Vocational, Paralegal and College Courses.

DC Books to Prisons Project

DC Books to Prisons Project collects used books and ships them free of cost to prisoners nationwide. Please include as much information about property and mailroom restictions as possible when requesting books. Book requests are restricted to those who cannot afford to purchase their own books; $50 or less in prison account, and no more than one request every six months.

Inmate Life Skills

We provide inmates with a correspondence program for our evidence based cognitive life skills curriculum which culminates with the inmate receiving a certificate of completion.

Jail Library Group

Our mission is to provide educational, recreational and community resource reading materials to the residents of the jail facilities in Dane County, Wisconsin. The Jail Library Group is dedicated to meeting the educational, recreational and community resource reading needs of the jail residents.


Motheread, Inc. is a nationally acclaimed private, non-profit organization that combines the teaching of literacy skills with child development and family empowerment issues. Parents and children learn to use the power of language to discover more about themselves, their families, and their communities.

Ohio University

Correspondence courses for the Incarcerated. Independent and Distance Learning is open to all who can benefit from it, and formal admission to the university is not required for enrollment. Admission to IDL programs, however, does not constitute admission to Ohio University or any of its degree programs. You may enroll for courses at any time during the year.

Prison Book Program

The Prison Book Program has been supplying individuals and groups of prisoners with quality reading material since 1972. We believe that literacy and access to reading materials are crucial for the personal, spiritual and political development of all people. With 2 million people locked up in our nation's federal and state prisons and local jails, and with educational programming being drastically cut, the need for our services has never been greater. Education is the only tool proven to help prevent people from returning to prison again and again.

Prison Education Blogs

Christopher Zoukis is an Adult Continuing Education teacher who is also a prisoner at FCI Petersburg. These are his blogs dealing with educating his fellow prisoners.


Our goal at is to increase education in prisons because it is proven to reduce recidivism, it is better for our economy and it is better for our families and our community overall.

Prison Libraries Group of Clip

The Prison Libraries Group serves the interest of all members concerned with the provision of library services to prison communities. The Group is committed to improving the quality of the service while raising the profile of prison libraries.

Stillwater Prison Literacy Project

This site provides an account based on the personal experiences of Thorwald (Tory) Esbensen, MicroEd's President and Instructional Designer. For three years, Mr. Esbensen conducted a project at Minnesota's maximum security prison in Stillwater. Its purpose was to teach illiterate prisoners to read. He wrote and donated all the software for this project, and one of his sons, who is president of his own computer company, donated the hardware.

The Correctional Education Company

The Correctional Education company, founded by Errol Craig Sull in 1990, produces correctional educational materials and programs that are used extensively in correctional institutions and community organizations throughout the United States.

The Prison Foundation

The Prisons Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC that promotes the arts and education in prison as well as alternatives to incarceration.