We have distributed over 35,000 books to prisoners through this project since 1989. Prisoners send us a constant flow of thank you letters telling us how even one book has radically changed their life. For most prisoners, books are the only access they have to dharma teachings. All books donated are donated to us by people like you.
“During my time in prison, like most prisoners, I’ve done a lot of reflecting on my life. Like anyone else, in prison or out, I’ve had high and low points, pleasure and pain. But one thing that’s remained constant since my teens is loneliness.” ~Prisoner Tommy M.
Map of U.S. Prisons Served
A map of many of the prisons we have served through our Books Behind Bars Project:
View U.S. Prisoners Served by PMI in a larger map
Family Members If you are a family member of a prisoner who would like books, please use this contact form to send us an email.
Books Behind Bars for Chaplains and Prison Libraries PMI also provides bulk shipments of books on meditation, Buddhism, and other contemplative practices and teachings from the world’s great faith and wisdom traditions to prison chaplains and prison libraries. If you are a chaplain or prison librarian and would like us to send you books, please use this contact form to send us a message.
Paperbacks only please!
Prisons do not accept these items.