Baker & Taylor Fulfillment Services
Since March 2012, The Lighthouse for Recovery Ministries has provided free books to prisoners in the state
of Alabama. We also develop and support local prison libraries. Our work is done solely by concerned volunteers on donated time and resources. Unlike some programs we do not limit requests for books to a particular geographic area or demographic group; therefore, we receive a tremendous number of requests.
Why We Are Needed
The U.S. has less than five percent of the world’s population, yet more than 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. Nearly one percent of American adults are incarcerated; the highest rate in the world. However, many prisoners have little access to books or educational material. Usually, prisoners are not allowed to receive books from friends or family. While some prisons have libraries, many do not. Of prisons that do, access and selection can be extremely limited. Programs like ours are one of the few options available to prisoners seeking books.