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Holiday Donation Drive for Women in Cook County Jail

Please support this initiative by Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer. Your thoughtfulness will help women in difficult circumstances during the holidays and beyond.

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Maya Schenwar’s book, “Locked Down, Locked Out”, is out today!

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We’re delighted to share this message from Maya, a good friend of Chicago Books to Women in Prison:

Hope you are all having a wonderful fall. As many of you know, for the last couple of years, I have been writing a book. And now, bizarrely, it actually exists! It’s called Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better, and it is out TODAY (coincidentally, my birthday)!

If you buy it today or anytime during the coming week, I’ll be donating my royalties to Marissa Alexander’s Legal Defense Fund. (Marissa is a Florida survivor of domestic violence who is facing 60 years in prison for firing a warning shot at the wall, to defend herself against her abusive husband.)

So, I have a couple of birthday wishes. I’m hoping you can take these steps, in exchange for my undying love and admiration, which you already have, but still:

1. Buy the book!

You can do that here: amazon.com/Locked-Down-Out-Prison-Doesnt/dp/1626562695
Or here: powells.com/biblio/9781626562691
Or here: womenandchildrenfirst.com/book/9781626562691

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“The End of Juvenile Prison” — Book Talk & Discussion — Sat., Sept. 13 in Evanston

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In her new book, Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison, award-winning journalist and advocate Nell Bernstein presents a critical look at the juvenile justice system. Continue reading ‘“The End of Juvenile Prison” — Book Talk & Discussion — Sat., Sept. 13 in Evanston’

We Made The Paper!

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The University of Chicago Alumni Magazine supplement, The Core, has published several features about one of our founders, Arline Welty. The Core featured a nice interview as well as a funny online supplement about our “Least Wanted” books. Check them out here:
Interview with The Core:
Link to our “Arline Welty’s Least Wanted” Supplement:
One of the things we’re hoping for with this publicity is to attract more volunteers and resources. In that spirit we invite you to contribute to our postage fund, which is our #1 operating cost- we spend about $10,000 on postage each year and can use all the help we can get! (Click the “Get Involved” navigation link to help us out!)

CBWP Is Now On Twitter!

Our volunteers are now tweeting about CBWP and our work! Follow us: @ChicagoBWP


IMPORTANT: Learn more before donating books
Please check with us before organizing a book drive or putting together a donation of more than a few books from your own library. We are well stocked and storage space is limited.

4,592 packages so far in 2018!

That’s 4,267 packages of books and 325 blank journals to incarcerated women across the country. Big thanks to all our supporters—we couldn’t do it without you! (updated December 9, 2018)

Help us get the most wanted books!

Learn what we’re looking for now

• Shop our Amazon wish list (feel free to buy from the list at other stores)

Donate money quickly and easily

Or send your check or money order to 4511 N. Hermitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60640. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your gift may be tax-deductible.

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