Donate to prison libraries

From poetry readings outside Pentonville prison to dignified displays of opposition at Downing Street, our Books For Prisoners campaign activities have received huge support and made headlines across the globe.

Now we are taking the campaign a step further – by sending books to Justice Secretary Chris Grayling and asking him to pass them on to prison libraries.

We have sent a copy of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime And Punishment. Earlier this month, supporters of the campaign held up copies of the book in Parliament as they bore silent witness while Mr Grayling faced questions from the justice select committee.

Read the letter we sent with our book

If you would like to donate a book to a prison library, you can do it in one of two ways…

1) Give the book to your MP and ask them to hand it to Mr Grayling, specifying which prison you would like it to be donated to. The advantage of donating a book through your MP is that you should get a letter in response, telling you what happened to your gift.

2) Send your book directly to Mr Grayling with a letter specifying which prison you would like him to give it to. Ask him for a letter in response, telling you what happened to your gift. Write to: The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, Ministry of Justice, 102 Petty France, London, SW1H 9AJ.

If you use Twitter, before you post your book, take a photo of it and tweet: “I support @TheHowardLeague’s #booksforprisoners campaign and ask @MoJGovUK to give this book to a prison library.”

You could also post a photo of your book on Facebook.