Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group

Student Funded. Student Led. Student Directed.

Letters for the Inside

Prisoner Reading a Book

Letters for the Inside (LFTI) is a nationally-recognized project where student researchers respond to research requests from prisoners. The aim of LFTI is to increase inmates' access to information, and by doing so seeks to provide a better quality of life on the inside and also to assist in inmate transitions back to the community. In addition to providing requested information, LFTI aims to reduce the stigmas associated with prisoners, as well as build bridges between those on the inside and the wider community.

If you are interested in learning more about the history of the LFTI project click here to read an article by Megan Bronson, the founder of LFTI.

Become a volunteer and respond to letters with requests from prisoners on a variety of topics. Requests vary from song lyrics to health issues to educational opportunities. Full training is provided.

Become a Student Researcher

SFU students have amazing access to information through the internet and library services - put them to use by becoming a research assistant to someone on the inside. There is no minimum time commitment to volunteer with the project and most of the work can be done from home. Interested? Email to schedule a 45-minute orientation.

Volunteers, check out our Resources for Researchers for help with completing your research requests.

Prisoner With a Research Request?

Send a letter detailing the request to:

Letters For The Inside
TC 326, SFU
Burnaby, BC
Coast Salish Territory
V5A 1S6