Big House Books is a non-profit, volunteer organization that sends free books by request to prisoners in Mississippi correctional facilities in order to promote literacy and be a vehicle of change for prison reform.
We were fortunate to be discovered by Collin & Kendra of the Do Good Project- a newlywed couple who decided to drop everything and spend a year traveling the country, discovering organizations and initiatives that are making the world a better place.
It was a pleasure to be able to sit down and have a long form conversation about the BHB story, and we hope you enjoy it.
You can also support inmates by volunteering (safely, separately) and donating (money or books)
We have a lot of requests for: • Adult coloring books • Fantasy novels • Greg Isles • Danielle Steele • James Patterson • Book on Wicca, spells, and astrology • Bibles and study bibles • Horror/paranormal • Techincal books (heavy machinery, farming, trade skills) • Manga • Astrology • True Crime • Composition books
We received this drawing, titled, ” A Prisoner’s Point of View,” in a letter today. For folks behind bars, nightmarish scenes aren’t relegated to Halloween. Help us send books to people like this artist by making a donation today.
Did you know that we are always in need of composition books? We typically buy them at Dollar Tree, but this time of year brings awesome sales! They are currently just 50 cents at Walmart. You can help by donating funds or composition books!
Kelsey saw a bunch of cars parked outside our space today and was asking if he could wash cars. One of our volunteers asked if he could vacuum the inside after they dropped off some books at the thrift store across the street.
“Are you giving those books away? I love books. Can I look through them first?”
We told him about our mission and his eyes got wide. “Oh my God, I just got out of Parchman. I can’t believe I’m meeting you guys!” Kelsey had received books from us on the inside.
Kelsey is starting a car detailing business and is currently at a halfway house. We asked him to pick out all the books he wanted from the shelves. Here’s what he chose.