A.R.E.’s Prison Outreach Program
New Program Initiatives
Through generous donations, the Prison Outreach Program has been able to increase outreach to two new populations: juveniles and Spanish-speaking inmates. Both of these initiatives began in 2008 and have exceeded initial expectations.
Juvenile Correctional Facilities in Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, and Georgia were sent inquiry packets which included copies of There Is a River by Thomas Sugrue and Your Life: Why It Is the Way It Is and What You Can Do About It by Bruce McArthur, along with additional program information. We are now an approved vendor in six juvenile facilities and have placed key books in more than 30 juvenile facility libraries. Future plans for this program include expansion into Juvenile Correctional Facilities in all 50 states.
The number of Spanish-speaking inmates continues to grow. Most facilities do not have a single Spanish book title in their libraries. We recently received this letter from a prisoner in Arizona:
“We have about 300 Spanish inmates here, and we have no Spanish books in the library…
there is not a budget for non-English books. Without your help the simple pleasure of reading
new books would disappear for many inmates.”
Since December 2008, Prison Outreach has provided 75+ prisoners with 300 Spanish books in 46 facilities in 16 states including Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Louisiana, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah.