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Orange Is the New Black My Year in a Women's Prison Part 2 5

A Powerful Look at Women in Prison

The idea is that books can bring entertainment, education and self-empowerment to women whose only resources are poorly stocked prison libraries; last year, CBWP sent 3, packages of books to incarcerated women, which sounds incredible to me. I was curious to learn more about how books can help incarcerated women and how the idea for the project came about, so I emailed the president of CBWP, Vicki White. Below is our exchange, and I hope it inspires some bookish resistance to a fascist government who is averse to facts in you! How did the idea to distribute books to incarcerated women come to be and why? What was the inspiration? And while of course women and men share many life experiences and reading interests, there are differences that matter. And most incarcerated women have experienced trauma, which is linked to mental health, substance abuse, and relationship difficulties.

Coloring books are among the most requested from prisoners when they reach out to the organization, called Books to Women in Prison , said group President Vicki White. The coloring books are popular for the same reasons in prison as they are outside of it, White said: They let women relax, they reduce anxiety and they help pass the time. Can you help? About 70 percent of women in prison are parents to small children, White said. The topics of the books vary, though ones with mandala designs and inspirational quotes are popular, White said. The women who receive coloring books are responsible for getting their tool of choice, be it markers, crayons or colored pencils. Some buy them from their prison commissary or receive them from recreation programs, White said.

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Season 6 of Orange Is The New Black is upon us, and by now, faithful viewers know to expect the horrors the show's characters endure on a day-to-day basis in a women's prison, though that doesn't make them any less disturbing. Between abusive prison guards, fighting among inmates, and worries about their friends and family back home, OITNB' s prisoners also have to find ways to take basic care of their bodies and minds while on the inside, and that's the unfortunate reality for millions of women. - Chicago Books to Women in Prison CBWP addresses that need by doing exactly what its name says: sending packages of donated books to state prisons in seven states, including Illinois, and federal prisons in 12 states, plus the Cook County Jail. Last year they mailed 4, packages, around 12, books.

We distribute books free to women in prisons nationwide. See how you can help. Washington Blvd. In particular, look for us:. Kenmore Ave.

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After you read the interview, check out the links at the bottom to find out how you can contribute to this wonderful work. What is your mission? We offer women behind bars the opportunity for self-empowerment, education and entertainment that reading provides. We meet every Sunday afternoon. Volunteers open and read letters from women in prison, select three books that match each request, and write a personal note to include with each package of books or a blank journal.


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    Women's Prison Book Project

  3. Albert T. says:

    Vicki White, president of Chicago Books to Women in Prison, reads a letter sent from an incarcerated woman to the organization, which donates books to women in prisons in Illinois and across the country.

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