An act of compassion and enlightenment
We believe a simple act of compassion and empathy such as receiving a book from a stranger goes a long way during these times.
According to Dr David Lewis, a neuropsychologist at Mindlab International in Sussex, England, reading as little as six minutes a day can reduce stress levels by 60% by reducing your heart rate, easing muscle tension and altering your state of mind. Through personally speaking to prisoners who have been recipients of books, they have expressed how they have long lost contact with their loved ones on the outside and have felt forgotten, especially during these times.
Majority of prisoners incarcerated will be released at some point in their lifetime with very few acts of compassion shown to them. The goal of this program is to provide escapism through books and encourage mental through acts of compassion from strangers.
A huge goal for this program is to help these inmates explore their individuality and unmet interests by communicating with their loved ones to send books based on their personal paths and curiosities.
Through social media and word of mouth, we are able to connect directly with friends and loved ones of inmates to find out the individual interests and reading requests of inmates so that our handcrafted community can send brand new paperback books directly to those incarcerated. This is a touch we find many prison book programs don’t have the capacity to foster- individuality.
America makes up 5% of the World’s population but holds a quarter of the world’s prisoners.
We have grown a community of volunteers to buy and send books to the incarcerated in this peer-to-peer based book system. We assign an inmate’s information to a volunteer to send a new book straight from a digital vendor such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble’s website. By going through a vendor, all personal information of the sender is protected and never shared with the recipient.
1 in every 3 black boys, 1 in every 6 latinos, 1 in every 17 whites will go to jail or prison in their lifetime.