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Appalachian Prison Book Project

Who We Are

The Appalachian Prison Book Project (APBP) is a local nonprofit organization based in Morgantown, WV.


What We Do

We send free books to women and men imprisoned in six states in the Appalachian region. A fantastic team of volunteers responds to letters from imprisoned people who are looking for reading materials. The Project receives approximately 80 letters every week. Since 2004, we have mailed more than 17,000 books.

Many prisons lack adequate libraries, and books can be a real life line to people doing time. Studies have repeatedly shown that recidivism rates go down when people in prison have access to educational programs. APBP considers its work part of this larger social goal. We also believe that education is a human right that extends to those who are serving long terms and may not have the chance to leave prison.