Social Justice Center

Wisconsin Books to Prisoners

Wisconsin Books to Prisoners is an all volunteer non-profit organization that was founded in the Fall of 2006 that sends books free of charge to prisoners in Wisconsin.


WBTP compensates for the antiquated condition of prison libraries and for deficiencies in educational programs for prisoners. By sending books to those in prison, WBTP hopes to foster a love of reading and encourage the pursuit of knowledge.

Since their founding in the Fall of 2006, WBTP has sent books to thousands of prisoners across WI and in dozens of other states.  


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Prisoners write directly to WBTP requesting books, typically looking for specific topics or authors. Volunteers meet weekly to read letters, select books from the BTP library, wrap and mail packages.  

Nearly every study on corrections recommends reading as a productive way for prisoners to occupy time behind bars and to prepare for re-entry into society. WBTP not only serves as an open door to a universe of information, but helps to reduce recidivism.  



How You Can Help


Donate. Books and supplies are always needed! Check out brochures and online for specifics.

Contribute. All monetary donations go to postage and purchase of dictionaries. It costs roughly $3.50 to send a package of 3 books to a prisoner.