We believe everyone deserves access to the books they want

Founded in 2016, Books Beyond Bars is the newest component of the Center for Appellate Litigation’s holistic approach to client advocacy. Our mission is to provide reading materials to indigent incarcerated individuals and to advocate for policies that support prisoners’ access to information.

about us

Our team



Brittany loves spreadsheets and a magical epics. She built BBB’s fulfillment tracker and is Assistant Managing Attorney at CAL.



Ben co-founded BBB with Molly. He is a supervising attorney at CAL and loves to make pottery, play chess, and send books to incarcerated people.



Molly is an avid reader and a supervising attorney at CAL. She and Ben co-founded BBB in November 2016 after a brief stint as officemates.


Team member

Arielle is a once-aspiring novelist who now spends her days writing briefs instead of books. She is a Supervising Attorney at CAL.


Program Coordinator

Isabelle Appleton is the Program Coordinator for Books Beyond Bars, an Assistant Editor at Bias Magazine, and an occasional writer. Originally from St. Louis, she now lives in New York City.

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