Letters for the Inside: Making Information Accessible to All

Letters for the InsideCan you research song lyrics? How about surf online encyclopedias for the answers to questions about countries, animals, or cultures? If somebody asked you to find some information about university applications or career options, would you be able to?

If the answer is yes, then you might be a prime candidate to volunteer with the SFU Public Interest Research Group’s initiative called Letters for the Inside.

The goal of this initiative is to make information accessible to all by responding to information requests from Canadian prisoners. Here’s how the SFPIRG’s website describes Letters for the Inside:

LFTI “aims to increase prisoners’ access to the information that they require for a better quality of life on the inside. In addition to providing requested information, LFTI aims to reduce the stigmas associated with prisoners, as well as build bridges between those on the inside and the wider community.”

Sound like something you would be interested in? There is no set amount of time to volunteer, and you work at your own pace. In addition to working for a good cause, you’ll get to hone your research skills and learn interesting and useful facts and information as you go along.

Remember the day Wikipedia was blacked out? For some prisoners, each and every day is like this.

To be the link between prisoners and information, email letters@sfpirg.ca.

by Megan Mulder