The Hinda Institute has initiated a lending library which ships selected books through prison libraries to 18 correctional institutions within the Illinois Department of corrections. 

Currently, the library has over 141 books. Now that the process is in place, we are hoping to expand our program. Many of our clients have limited or no access to books and almost no access to computers.

  • Books help our clients connect with their heritage and the broader community, develop spiritually, ethically, and emotionally within a Jewish cultural context.
  • Books help our clients to acquire literacy skills in order to find a job and transition back into society. Books help our clients to better identify their needs and set goals.
  • Books are one way to reach out to inmates to help ease their isolation and involve them in meaningful intellectual pursuits.  
  • Books assist our clients to develop life and social skills, manage relationships, find alternatives, develop as humans and potentially reintegrate successfully into society.

Thought-provoking study effects a shift in an inmate's ability to direct and channel their energies in positive ways, which in turn enhances an inmate's overall sense of personal responsibility, with beneficial results for the individual, the prison environment, and ultimately for society.

Help us by donating funds for books or the library in honor of a loved one.  
Contact our office for more information.