Prison Resources

Human Kindness Foundation

Human Kindness Foundation provides free books and newsletters about interfaith spirituality to individuals who are incarcerated and to prison/jail staff members. We also send free books in quantity to facilities in the U.S. for use in their libraries or programs.

To request free books for yourself or others, please send the complete name and mailing address to

Below, you will find links to some other helpful resources, including our guide for people who want to begin volunteering inside a prison or jail. For a much more extensive national resource list covering all types of services, go to

The books we currently have available for free:

  • We’re All Doing Time, by Bo Lozoff (also available in Spanish)
  • Lineage & Other Stories, by Bo Lozoff
  • The Untethered Soul, by Michael Singer
  • Just Another Spiritual Book, by Bo Lozoff
  • Deep & Simple, by Bo Lozoff (also available in Spanish)
  • Finding Freedom: Writings from Death Row, by Jarvis Jay Masters
  • Nine Paths to Forgiveness: Understanding Ourselves and Others, by Chris Canfield
  • Finding God Within: Contemplative Prayer for Prisoners, by Chaplain Ray Leonardini (also available in Spanish)

Alternatives to Violence Project

AVP-USA is an association of community, school and prison-based groups offering experiential workshops in personal growth, community development and creative conflict management.

Prison Yoga Project

PYP offers two yoga books, Yoga: A Path for Healing and Recovery and Freedom from the Inside: A Woman’s Yoga Practice Guide, free to those who are incarcerated. 

The Engaged Zen Foundation

EZF is a great Buddhist prison ministry.

Families Against Mandatory Minimums

FAMM is a wonderful organization working to reform unfair sentencing laws.


Lionheart offers the book Houses of Healing, part of the National Emotional Literacy Project for Prisoners.

Prison Activist Resource Center

The Prison Activist Resource Center provides support and assistance to groups and individuals working to reform the prison system.

Prison Mindfulness Institute

The Prison Mindfulness Institute (formerly Prison Dharma Network) is a nonsectarian, contemplative support organization for people in prisons and prison dharma volunteers.

Prison Phoenix Trust

The Prison Phoenix Trust is our sister organization in the United Kingdom. They do beautiful work spreading meditation and yoga throughout the British prison system.

Prison Volunteer Guide

If you are interested in volunteering inside prisons, we highly recommend reading this manual first, written by HKF Board Member, Chris Canfield. You can read it by clicking the link below.

Sacred Gates: Bringing Mindfulness to Prisons, A Volunteer’s Guide

Project Return

Project Return is a group that works with people who are, or used to be incarcerated using education, skills training, counseling and other programs to try and reduce the recidivism rate.

Contemplative Outreach

CO is a spiritual network of individuals and small faith communities committed to living the contemplative dimension of the Gospel, especially using the practice of Centering Prayer. They offer free instruction to people who are incarcerated.