I have often reflected upon the new vistas that reading opened to me. I knew right there in prison that reading had changed forever the course of my life. As I see it today, the ability to read awoke in me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.
— Malcom X

FREADom Behind Bars is a Kansas City-based not-for-profit whose mission is to provide quality reading material to those who are incarcerated. We believe a love of reading encourages the pursuit of self-knowledge and leads to breaking the chains of poverty, violence, oppression, prejudice, injustice and abuse. Reading can open minds to new worlds, new possibilities, new ways of thinking.

FBB relies on donations from the community in order to provide books to prisons and jails, who do not have budgets to spend tax-payer money on things like books for inmates.

Urgyen Machik delivers books to Johnson County Detention Center.

Urgyen Machik delivers books to Johnson County Detention Center.

Books your high school English teacher would be proud you have read!

Books your high school English teacher would be proud you have read!

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