American Bible Society
Free bibles including large print and study guides.
They can arrange with a chaplain to have books sent if necessary. Will
send books in Spanish upon request.
Compassion Works For All
Provides monthly Dharma Friends newsletters; a
one-page Reentry Guide; a list of sources of free books for prisoners;
and a list of Buddhist and other spiritual books and resources. Also
encourages prisoners contribute to a book about what led them to prison
that is shared with juvenile offenders, many of whom have no men in
their lives to offer cautionary advice.
Dharma Companions is an ecumenical Buddhist group
that offers ways for inmates to find peace with themselves and others.
Volunteers help inmates explore meditation and contemplation and discuss
aspects of Buddhist philosophy and ethics through correspondence. We
also share books and articles with inmates, providing information about
current practice as well as classic texts. We also help prisons connect
to a broader set of secular education programs. We do not seek to
recruit or convert inmates, but rather to answer questions and provide
support for people already interested in Buddhist practice. Write for
Dismas Ministry -
Focuses primarily on a spiritual approach with inmates who want to
understand and strengthen their relationship with God. Provides
bible and faith study materials, a prayer book for inmates, and free
Catholic bibles. Supports victims of crime by creating an awareness
of their needs in the community by providing literature about
victims' needs and resources for their care, special prayer services
for victims in which they can find support from the faith community
and mutual encouragement from their fellow victims.
International Association of Sufism Prison Project
A program of the IAS; also runs the Sufi Women
Prison Program. Correspondence opportunities and a
International Bible Society
Prisoners may receive free of the Bible (English or
Spanish) and a booklet for women or men. No large print copies.
Jewish Prisoners Assistance Foundation
Publishes The Scroll, free weekly newsletter for
Paulist Evangelization Ministries - Prison Ministries serves the
spiritual and religious needs of Catholic inmates in prison as well
as other inmates seeking to know about the Catholic faith and way of
life. Service through the chaplains and volunteers ministering in
correctional facilities who receive the Bibles, newsletters, prayer
cards, and other Catholic religious materials supplied for use in
their work. Materials available at no cost in both English and
Prison Ashram Project
The Human Kindness Foundation's (HKF) Prison-Ashram
Project sends free books to inmates all over the world, with most of
their materials written by the late Bo Lozoff. HKF stresses a way of
life based upon three common principles taught by the great sages of all
religions: Simple living, a dedication to service, and a commitment to
personal spiritual practice. Write for their newsletter and list of
Prison Fellowship partners with local churches
across the country to minister to prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their
families. Publishes a variety of prisoner support literature including
their Guide to Prison Survival.
SYDA Foundation Yoga Prison Project
SYDA Foundation Siddha Yoga Meditation Prison Project
The Prison Project is dedicated to disseminating the Siddha Yoga teachings and practices
to incarcerated individuals. Sends free monthly newsletter and Home Study Course to
prisoners. Siddha Yoga teaches that within each of us, behind the mind, body, and ego,
is a divine power called the Self. We meditate to harmonize our actions, thoughts and
words with this power. Over 5,000 students in 1500 prisons are currently enrolled.
Also available in Spanish.
P.O. Box 99140
Emeryville, CA. 94662