Lire pour en Sortir

Rehabilitation through reading


One third of the prison population does not pass the tests for basic knowledge, the mastery of which is essential for any reintegration project. Lire pour en Sortir, a charity under the French law of 1901 recognized as being of general interest, aims to place reading and writing at the heart of the reintegration project for prisoners.
Since 2014, it has federated a large community of writers, publishers, independent booksellers and volunteers. It has been sponsored since 2019 by Leila Slimani, author and 2016 Goncourt Prize winner.

The charity implements various programs and activities including:

1. A personalized reading program: the detainee is offered the book she has chosen. He or she is accompanied during the reading of the book by a volunteer met individually every week. At the end of the reading, the detainee writes a book report and can start a new reading cycle. This program allows for an application for remission of sentences through certificates of participation that are completed by the charity.

2. Cultural activities in the form of meetings with authors, writing workshops and read-alouds

3. The development of the reading offer within prison libraries through the direct management of libraries or through donations of new or recent books.

In 2021, the charity will offer a new reading program aimed at parents in detention.

Thanks to the extension of the benefit of additional sentence reductions to cultural activities since July 2014, Lire pour en Sortir, at the initiative of the amendment of the code of criminal procedure, has initiated an innovative process of cultural reintegration of detainees. After the houses of culture, the prisons of culture are opening.

The charity received an award in 2017 from the Fondation la France s'Engage for the social impact of its project.

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partner prisons in metropolitan France and overseas


beneficiaries of the personalized reading program


books donated to prison libraries


completed reading cards

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