We have always sent free books to prisoners. In the 90s, we sent dozens of copies of our book on weight training, Getting Stronger, by Bill Pearl, to any prisoners who wrote us. Eventually, many prisons decided to eliminate gyms, so requests for this book tapered off. In recent years we’ve been getting requests for our building books. One came in today from a federal correctional institution in Butner, North Carolina; some excerpts:
“…you were kind enough to send me your latest books on Small Homes, Tiny Homes, and Tiny Homes on the Move. As a result I spent most of my time drafting very small homes of my own… Then a little over a month ago, I was awakened at 3 AM and told that I had a court date and was taken into the federal system, and I lost the books in the process… Anyway I’m not working because of my health right now so again I’m asking you, please send me some of Lloyd’s books so that I don’t go out of my mind with boredom. They give me such inspiration and I’ve written many of the builders, trading letters with them about designs…”
We sent him three books, with a note telling him to let us know if they were received, and we will send a couple more. Many prisoners have told us that after they read the books, they put them in the prison libraries so other inmates have access to them.
The offer is still open to anyone in prison. Any prisoner can write us and we’ll send whatever book(s) are requested, free of charge. Or, if you know anyone in prison, let them know. The fitness books can help them stay in shape (Stretching, by Bob Anderson is especially good), and the building books give them ideas for what they might do when they are released.