Utah Department of Corrections

Reading for the Blind


This program employs offenders at a modest wage to read aloud books in order to make audio recordings for the visual impaired among our society. Reading for the Blind is part of a broader organization: the Program for the Blind and Physically Handicapped of the Utah State Library Division. This agency serves patrons both locally and nationally.

Click here to listen to a sample reading taken from "The Wednesday Letters," by Jason F. Wright and published by Shadow Mountain.

Reading for the Blind began at the prison in 1988. It is currently housed of a new, donor-funded facility completed in 2011. The building has reading rooms, editing areas, tape duplication equipment, and repair facilities for the specialized cassette players and on-site equipment. Reading for the Blind employees read hundreds of books each year, which are then added to the State Library's collection. Some offenders continue volunteering to read books for this program at the Utah State Library even after they are released from prison.

Click here to watch a news story on the program.

Click here to read a newspaper story.