The National Prison Book Program provides prisoners with free reading materials. Our aim is to provide books to prisoners and enhance prison library and educational services. Unfortunately many prisons cannot keep up with the demand for educational resources and books, we provide these materials to improve the lives and communities of prisoners to greatly reduce the likelihood of their return to the prison system. Our aim is to create a safer community and a more humane prison environment.
The Australian Prison Foundation, a non-profit organisation, started the program in 2009. It has been assisted and supported by a range of organisations.
Donations must be in good condition. Typically, books that are over 25 years old cannot be used, as they are often outdated or in poor condition. We can use most non-fiction and fiction in new or very good condition.
The following subjects and genres are in demand:
The number of prisoners that we can help is limited only by the number of books we have and our ability to pay the postage to mail the books.
Due to limited storage space and strict prison regulations, we cannot accept the following types of books.