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Jail Reads Sends Books

Apr 18th, 2018 | Category: Featured Articles

A generous donor gave Texas Jail Project funds to start a pilot project to provide quality books free of charge—mostly in educational and self-help categories—to small and medium-sized jails. So far, 23 jails have signed up for Jail Reads, and four have declined. The books must be soft cover and shipped directly from the publisher or Amazon, to a jail administrator or staffer. The goal for this pilot program is to ship books to 30 jails.

For the most part, the Jail Reads program focuses on counties with low income levels, where the county provides only enough funds for basic necessities in the jail. The 245 county jails in Texas are not required to have a library like state prisons are. And many people do not have families who can afford to order books for them, so our program is especially important to inmates who are indigent.

Experience has taught us that good reading helps incarcerated people improve their reading and literacy skills at the same time that they gain information and support.


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1 Comment
Adam Gomez
3 years ago

Hello this is a great initiative, we would like participate in this venture. Can someone please advise me on the process.

Adam Gomez- Chaplain