Prison Book Program

Filed Under: Education
1306 Hancock Street
Suite 100
Quincy, ma 02169
Phone: 617-423-3298

Prison Book Program is a nonprofit organization in Quincy, MA that sends packages of free, hand-selected books to incarcerated readers in all 50 states. Requestors write letters to us with the kinds of books they like to read, and volunteers select books from our library and package the books for the mail at our weekly volunteer sessions (typically 4 per week). We specifically welcome the expertise and insight of formerly incarcerated people and returning citizens. Our volunteer sessions are a fun, friendly way to get involved, help others, and put your knowledge about the prison and/or jail system to good use.

Anyone can sign up for a volunteer spot on our website: (click “volunteering”) or at

Service hours

We typically hold volunteer sessions four times a week, usually Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. There are fewer sessions during the summer months. Please consult our volunteer schedule online to check that a session is happening.

Other Locations

There are dozens of groups like this one across America. See the website for a list.

Requirements & Restrictions

None. We welcome all volunteers.

Waiting time
2-3 months

Our volunteer program is conducted mostly in English, but we carry books in many languages and receive requests in many languages as well. Volunteers who speak languages other than English are welcome.


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Last updated November 14, 2022


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