The purpose of the campaign is to raise money to purchase books from an approved list for the Alexander Maconochie Centre library. The Alexander Maconochie Centre, located just south of Canberra City on the Monaro Highway, emphasises rehabilitation, compliance with human rights principles and adherence to the Healthy Prison Concept. Contrary to popular opinion, people who are incarcerated are voracious readers of classic literature, philosophy and psychology.
The campaign is a partnership between Gillian Beaumont Legal, the ANU Law Students' Society and the Law Reform and Social Justice Program at the ANU College of Law. The aims of the campaign are to improve access to diverse literature for prisoners at the Alexander Maconochie Centre and to increase community awareness about what prisoners read; in this regard, the campaign will help raise awareness in the community that the kinds of books enjoyed by prisoners and people on remand are as widely varying in theme and content as in any community, and that the impact of the right book on those incarcerated can be profound.