Inside Books Project
“Based in central Austin, the Inside Books Project (IBP) is an all volunteer, non-profit organization sending free books and educational materials to people in prison in the state of Texas. Inside Books works to promote reading, literacy and education among incarcerated individuals and to educate the general public on issues of incarceration. A wide range of studies agree that in-prison education reduces the likelihood of a prisoner committing another crime after his or her release.”*
Members at the University of Texas Austin chapter regularly volunteer at Inside Books Project’s donated library. They read the letters from the inmates and find a book similar to what they requested. They write a letter back and package up the book to send to the inmate.
Catherine Harris, the VP of Community Service at the University of Texas Austin Chapter, found out about the Inside Books Project and introduced it to the chapter. They have continued to volunteer with the organization on a regular basis because the members really enjoyed it and felt like it was a way to be able to directly make a difference in someone’s life.
For more information on the University of Texas Austin Chapter, click here.
*Quote taken from the Inside Books Project’s website. Click here to find out more.