Our Programs

For current & former

inmates in the US

2nd Chance seeks to provide the proper tools for change for incarcerated Muslims. Our initiatives aim to promote awareness of the true teachings of Islam through the moral and ethics teachings of the Noble Prophet (ṣ) and his divine household (ʿa) in our program. One of our main initiatives is to send Islamic books at no cost on topics such as beliefs, ethics, morality, and history. The aim is for these books to be used as a tool for self-development and reform.

Our program helps inmates evolve into leaders, build good habits and achieve social reform, producing citizens who are able to actively help their communities, and promote awareness of the true teachings of Islam by teaching the morals and ethics of the Noble Prophet (ṣ) and his divine household (ʿa).

We have regular correspondence with inmates through letters and send them Islamic books and curriculum guides. We hear their reflections and stories and personally tailor the books we send to their needs and interests. We also send our quarterly magazine known as Ṣirāṭ Link, postcards on Islamic holidays, and an annual calendar with prayer times.


For families of current

& former inmates

2nd Chance Books is proud to launch our new Family Program! Family members of current and former inmates can join to receive complimentary titles from our partner organization, Al-Kisa Foundation

We are only serving youth (0-17) for now. InshāʾAllāh, we are working on expanding the program in the future. Adults can access our Ṣirāt Link magazine under the Free Resources tab. If you are interested in learning more about Islam, we recommend visiting Islamicbeliefs.com for begining materials or Al-Islam.org for advanced ones. Islamic Beliefs also has religious scholars available for consultation.

InshāʾAllāh, the goal of this program is to help connect incarcerated Muslims with their families and to share books with those in need. We hope to support families’ education and their interest in Islam. If you would like to be part of this effort, you can sponsor an inmate here! Sponsorship includes an inmate’s curriculum books, annual calendar, quarterly magazines, prayer items, and the books sent to their families. Learn more

For correctional

chaplains in the US

Chaplains are crucial allies in our mission of bringing Shīʿah Islam to incarcerated individuals. As a chaplain, you have a unique opportunity to provide spiritual guidance and support to those in need within the prison community.

By getting involved, you can help us bridge the gap and ensure that inmates have access to the religious resources and counsel they require. Your expertise and dedication will play a vital role in uplifting and empowering incarcerated individuals on their spiritual journey. Join us as a chaplain and make a lasting impact within the prison community, helping to create an inclusive and supportive environment for individuals seeking connection and growth.

Together, let’s bring positive change through the power of faith.

Email us at admin@2ndchancebooks.org

Hear from our inmates

“I always think of the hardships and trials the Ahlul Bayt (ʿa) went through and I know there is absolutely nothing I can go through that they haven’t been through or worse, and so I stand firm…If it wasn’t for Imām al-Kāẓim (ʿa) when I did extensive time in lock up, I wouldn’t have made it…I just thought about how hard he had it and yet he saw the blessing in his solitude, and so I did the same.” – (M.M., South Carolina)

“I just want to say thank you for the books…2nd Chance sent to me and the many other inmates that you assist. No words can express the gratitude and appreciation that we are feeling. You guys are true Shīʿah working for Allah (swt) and keeping the Imāmate alive by spreading tablīgh and daʿwah to the oppressed and marginalized. My prayers and duʿās are with you everyday.” – (A.J.S., California)

“I am thankful for the help, knowledge and concern the 2nd Chance organization has rendered to me over the past several years. I make duʿāʾ on my behalf that this trend would continue, inshāʾAllāh. Your help and support through books, advice, tafsīr and Qurʾān, and other forms of excellent Shīʿah material has been monumental all throughout the process of my betterment. And as a result, your organization has been instrumental in raising my personal level of Islamic knowledge to a higher degree. May Allah (swt) continue to bless and support the 2nd Chance organization’s goals and endeavors.” – (L.T., New York)