Because Reading is a Basic Human Right
  • Petitioned A.T. Wall, Director

This petition was delivered to:

Rhode Island Adult Correctional Institution (ACI)
A.T. Wall, Director
Rhode Island Governor
President of the United States
Rhode Island State Senate
Rhode Island State House
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

Because Reading is a Basic Human Right

    1. Raymond Grenier
    2. Petition by

      Raymond Grenier

      Woonsocket, RI

The ONLY proven method to combat recidivism is through education.

In most cases it is the lack of education that got them locked up in the first place. Our prison Book Program is a way of contributing to a safer place for our children and a more stable home life for the children of prisoners being released. Our pioneering IMPACT program, exclusive to, is where our true strength lies.

The US Dept. of Education has determined that: of the 2000 inmates released from prison every day, more than half of them have less than an eight grade education; they do not have the educational skill that they need to succeed in legitimate employment.

Books are crucial to the political, spiritual and educational development of all people. Disadvantage has shackled the lives of nearly all of the over 2 million  people currently in our nation’s “Corrections” system. Prison educational programs have been drastically cut and most prisoners cannot afford to buy their own books. Most facilities do not allow family and friends to send books into prisons (including the ACI); they must come from a distributor, such as a bookstore, publisher or prison book program.


“Lock ‘em up and throw away the key;” the mantra of many. Yet, over 70% of incarcerated Americans are guilty of non-violent crimes. Untold numbers have been demonized and thrown behind bars for wrongful accusations. “The land of the free“ has developed into a nation which accounts for 25% of the world‘s estimated nine-million-plus prisoners, even though the U.S. represents only about five percent of the world’s population.

Throwing our hands up serves only to contribute to perpetuating a cycle of infringement and incarceration.

Don't let the ACI pull a fast one. Tell A.T. Wall to allow Providence Books Through Bars in, Because Reading is a Basic Human Right.
Raymond Grenier, President/Director and the ProvidenceBTB volunteer staff

Recent signatures


    1. Success!

      Raymond Grenier
      Petition Organizer

      The ACI has agreed to accept our books at the Intake Service Center!!!!!!!!!!!! We have details to work out which should be settled relatively soon. This is a huge step for our organization and our community. We'll now be able to supply reading materials to hundreds of local inmates AND without incurring postage costs.

      The article which will appear in the Providence Journal will be posted here and sent to all our signers. THANKS a million for supporting us!!

    2. AT Wall has agreed to meet with us!

      Raymond Grenier
      Petition Organizer

      We have a meeting set next week with ACI Director A.T. Wall, the two ACI librarians and other DOC staff members. The Providence Journal has asked that we inform them of the outcome -- that's a given. OUR PETITION must continue until the powers that be sign on the proverbial dotted line.

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. Decision-maker Raymond Hull responds:

      Raymond Hull

      yes, "Its the right thing to do".

    5. 200 down - ??? to go

      Raymond Grenier
      Petition Organizer

      We're on our way but there's a long road ahead. If we let the ACI win then were saying "inmate exploitation is OK with us." Please spread the word. WE CAN DO THIS!

    6. We're off to a great start!

      Raymond Grenier
      Petition Organizer

      You get 2 & they get 2 & they get 2 etc.

      If everyone who has signed our petition: Because Reading is a Basic Human Right
      gets just 2 more we’ll reach 9,801 signatures in 4 weeks.

      We would have 88,209 by July 3- just in time to celebrate independence.

      One month later - during the first week of August - we would total OVER 7 MILLION-

      All you need to do is post our petition on Facebook, email or IM friends.
      Imagine if we each got 3 or 4 others to sign---Imagine the impact that millions of signatures would have on the recipients to our responses:

      The President of the United States
      The U.S. Senate
      The U.S. House of Representatives
      The Governor of RI
      The RI State Senate
      The RI State House
      Rhode Island Adult Correctional Institution (ACI) (A.T. Wall, Director)

      Word of mouth is still the most powerful way to gain support for any online campaign. So, if you can, your help would be invaluable to this crucial cause.

    7. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Melody Martin LUBBOCK, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      Books have always been an important part of my life. My children turned out to be geniuses; part heredity, but greatly from the love of and use of books on a daily basis--we turned to them for everything: answers, entertainment, standard learning--everything. The World Book Encyclopedia was my son's favorite collection. Too smart for his own good! Variety and choice are key to learning. However, as a mother and an educator, I believe a FEW restrictions are necessary in an institution of this type--or anywhere. But this should still present plenty of appropriate material for a well-rounded, pleasurable education. Good Luck!

    • Leo Dubay NORWOOD, MA
      • about 2 years ago

      Education is a right that should not be denied.

    • Charlotte Alger HINGHAM, MA
      • about 2 years ago

      There is no better investment you can make than in people. Education has the power to transform individuals and by extension, society. Providing free books to prisoners allows them education, identity, and self-determination.

    • William B. Palazzo COVENTRY, RI
      • over 2 years ago

      I guess the Democrats want to keep everyone STUPID. They may smarten up and vote for a Republican. Then where nwould the RI General Assembly be?

    • dona colson AMARILLO, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      because books are important tool in education


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