Chicago Books to Women in Prison in the Welles Park Bulldog News

As the Ravenswood corridor continues to garner attention for its industrial warehouses converted into lofts for booming technology start-ups, one office in a renovated building is home to a collective dedicated to helping people whose futures are bleak, regardless of any potential upturn in the economy.

Every Sunday afternoon, the volunteers of Chicago Books to Women in Prison meet at 4001 North Ravenswood, just north of Irving Park Road. They open letters from female prisoners across the country, look for three used paperback books that match each request, and package them for shipping to women in desperate need of something with which to bide their time.

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4,719 packages so far in 2019

Last year we sent 4,852 packages to women and trans people locked up across the country—nearly 13,500 books and composition books in all. Big thanks to all our supporters because we couldn’t do it without you! (updated December 2, 2019)

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