An inmate book donation project based in Kansas City

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What book changed your life? We want to send it to inmates.

Free Thought sends life-changing literature to inmates in pre-trial detention facilities, across the Midwest. Our focus includes ICE detainees and juvenile inmates. All pre-trial detainees are innocent, as they are awaiting resolution of their case.

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A Small yet Profound Gesture

Our favorite books transport us to an alternate reality...

The data reflects the power of literary edification. Education has been shown to invert recidivism rates. Providing bibliotherapy behind bars turns time into growth.

Pre-trial = Innocent

The presumption of innocence is an international human right...

Although every inmate should have access to life-changing literature, our focus is on pre-trial inmates. Those in pre-trial detention are awaiting resolution of their case: dismissal, plea, or trial. Their presumed innocence is a bedrock of the U.S.' legal process and written in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 11(1).

Design Books

“You think your pain and heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read”

James Baldwin


Contact Free Thought

2711 Troost Avenue Kansas City, MO, 64109

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