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BYOND BOOKS was founded in 2016 by Timika Barnes who saw a need to restore the family structure between justice involved individuals and their families. BYOND BOOKS exists to serve all those affected by crime and incarceration and to see lives and communities restored in and out of prison—one transformed life at a time.


Our Services

BYOND BOOKS works to restore America’s criminal justice system and those it affects. We help men and women replace the cycle of brokenness that landed them in prison. We advocate for justice reform and activate grassroot networks to do the same. We equip incarcerated individuals with the literature they need to help build the skills they will need to return to society. We care for prisoners’ families and help strengthen the bond between children and their parents who are behind bars through literacy and personalized gifts.

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Inmate Services

BYOND BOOKS offers a catalog that is made specifically for inmates within the DOC, FCI, and FDC, included in our catalog is books, magazines, photo book rates, along with our special services for inmates at a discounted rate.


BYOND BOOKS offers a vast selection of books for incarcerated individuals. Orders can be made by inmates or family members of inmates.


BYOND BOOKS advocates for a more restorative approach to justice that advances proportional punishment, constructive corrections culture, and second chances.

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