by Rebecca Carlson Pensacola State College Jun 20, 2016
68% of inmates return to prison within three years of being released, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Many of these repeat offenders lack the education or skills needed to effectively integrate back into society.
One local bookstore is determined to help inmates reach their fullest potential while behind bars; which is why this week the spotlight is on Open Books Bookstore and Prison Book Project.
This non-profit organization, located at 1040 N. Guillemard Street in Pensacola, is completely operated by volunteers. Open 7 days a week from 12-5 p.m., the bookstore also houses the Prison Book Project; sending thousands of donated books to prisoners within the Florida prison system.