Resources: Books, Magazines, and Publishers

PARC corresponds with and mails a directory of these resources to prisoners, their friends and family members. We are often the first point of contact for people to connect with prisoners' rights organizations, community organizations, prison literature and arts projects, family and visiting resources, health care and legal resources, parole and pre-release resources, and the prison abolition movement.


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Pathfinder Press

Pathfinder Press is a publisher whic carries books on the works of revolutionary and working class leaders, in many different languages. Prisoners receive a 50% discount off the cover price, with a flat rate of $2.75 for shipping and handling per order (one or more titles). Write for a free catalog. Serves people internationally.

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PM Press

PM Press carries counter-culture, anti-prison, and similar titles including The Prison-Industrial Complex and the Global Economy, Let Freedom Ring: A Collection of Documents from the Movements to Free U.S. Political Prisoners, and more. Prisoners receive a 50% discount. Write for a free catalog. Check your selection against the prison's contraband list as many political books are banned. Serves nationally.

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Prison Book Program

National books to prisoners organization. Offers a free 6-page “National Prisoner Resource List,” and a free resource list for LGBTQ. Does not send books or any other materials to any jails. Books may be delayed up to 4 to 6 months. Allows two book shipments per year.  Serves people nationally EXCEPT CA, IL, MD, MI, NV, and TX, as well as some other individual prisons. Expect delays due to covid.

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Prison Books Collective Publishing and Distribution

The Prison Books Collective is a Chapel Hill, NC-based anti-prison group that sends books to prisoners in Alabama and North Carolina, maintains an extensive radical ‘zine catalog, widely distributes a monthly poster promoting political prisoner support, and publishes prisoners’ art and writing. Sends books to Alabama and North Carolina only; zines everywhere. May be delays due to covid.

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Prisoner Express

Prisoner Express News is published every six months and sent free of charge to incarcerated individuals throughout the United States. They are also available for download online. PE also sends books and educational packets as available. Prisoner Express has ongoing programs in creative writing, chess, meditation, journaling and art. Sends to people nationally.


Books, Magazines, and Publishers, Free Books Programs
Prisoners Literature Project

The Prisoners Literature Project is an all-volunteer grassroots organization that sends free books to prisoners across the U.S. Please request types of books, not specific titles. They do not carry Christian books or legal texts. Please limit requests to once per year, and be patient while they try to find books to match your requests. Inform them of any book restrictions at your prison. PLP is one of PARC's partners - ask them for your next copy of the PARC directory! Serves people nationally except Texas.

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Read Between the Bars

Grassroots collective in Tucson that originated in March 2007 sending free books. Serves people in Arizona only. May be closed due to covid.

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RedBird Books-to-Prisoners

RedBird Books-to-Prisoners is dedicated to providing Ohio prisoners with free books and reading materials. Send requests by subject. Only sends to Ohio. May be delays due to covid.

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Rogue Liberation Library

Rogue Liberation Library believes in the right to read and that books are tools for liberation. This all-volunteer, nonprofit organization is located in Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley. They do not send legal materials. They provide educational and recreational reading materials in multiple subject areas. Request books by subject, not specific titles. Limit requests to once every three months. List prison book restrictions if known. Books are sent free of charge to people in most federal prisons; and state prisons (no jails) in OR, CA, ID, TX and NV only.

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San Quentin News

San Quentin News is a 20-page monthly newsletter written, edited, and produced by prisoners incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison. The SQ News encourages prisoners, staff, or others outside the institution to submit articles, poems, artwork and letters to the editor for possible inclusion. To receive a mailed copy of the SQ News, send $1.61 in postage. This process should be repeated every month for each new edition.

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