Post-Release

  • Centerforce - Centerforce is one of few agencies in the U.S. to offer a continuum of services for individuals and families during incarceration, reentry and after release. They are headquartered in San Quentin and provide direct services to prisoners in Santa Rita Jail and four state prisons. In addition, Centerforce provides direct services to communities and families of the incarcerated in Oakland, San Francisco, the Bay Area Counties, and Fresno and Madera Counties. Centerforce also specializes in providing health and family supportive services to incarcerated men and women and those reentering their communities of origin after incarceration. Write for further information.

  • Chris Uggen - Chris Uggen, Professor and Chair of Sociology at the University of Minnesota, studies crime, law, and deviance, especially how former prisoners manage to put their lives back together. His writing appears in American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, and Criminology and has been featured in media such as the New York Times, The Economist, and NPR. With Jeff Manza, he wrote Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy.

  • Convicts for Christ, Inc - Provides religious/spiritual counseling, emergency residential assistance and referrals, including family unification support, NA, AA, other social services. Also offers one-on-one mail counseling.

  • Edwin Gould Services for Children - The IMP is a specially designed preventive program that addresses the unique needs of mothers parenting their children from prison in New York. The main goal of the IMP is to prevent foster care placement by assisting women and their children during and after the time of arrest; court; jail; and as they return to the community. IMP provides advocacy, foster care prevention, counseling, and vocational training, and also prison-based parenting groups to serve fathers.

  • Fortune Society - Prisoners re-entry advocacy and support for prisoners in NY.

  • Hour Children, Inc. - Mission is to support incarcerated mothers and their children. Provides resources and services outside and inside New York state prisons only. Also provides services in Spanish.

  • Justice Now - Justice Now focuses on the needs of women prisoners. They work on alternative sentencing; document human rights abuses in prison; provide legal services around healthcare access, and offer assistance with compassionate release and parental rights issues.

  • Justice Watch - Works to eliminate classism and racism from prisons and opposes death penalty. Operates Garden Street Transitional House of parolees. Publishes quarterly newsletter.

  • Mettanokit Outreach - Native American circles in 9 prisons in New England. Booklet describing the program and post-prison group called Ending Violent Crime.

  • North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services - NCPLS provides legal assistance to inmates in the North Carolina Department of Correction ranging from advice about prisoner's legal rights to representation in litigation in state and federal court. Cases are accepted based on referrals from attorneys as well as direct requests from inmates or individuals acting on behalf of inmates incapable of requesting legal assistance. The organization is divided into three teams of attorneys and paralegals: Post-Conviction, Civil, and Support Services.

  • Northern California Service League - Provides job placement assistance to parolees and transitional housing for women and children.

  • Palladia Inc - Social services, transitional housing, treatment centers in NYC.

  • Pathfinders of Oregon - Pathfinders of Oregon has several successful programs in prisons and the community, including the Center for Family Success, Children's Justice Alliance, Parenting Inside Out, Pathfinder Academy, and Living in Freedom Today, an alternative to incarceration program. For Oregon prisoners only.

  • Project Rebound c/o Associated Students. Inc. - SFSU program for formerly incarcerated people to enroll in college.

  • Project Return - Project Return equips former offenders with the education, coaching, and support services necessary to gain employment and begin a new life. Pre-Release Program: Project Return conducts pre-release programs in correctional facilities to prepare inmates for their release dates. Through these programs, participants learn about Project Return's services and begin job readiness training. Reentry Program: Project Return conducts a 3-day training every week that prepares prisoners to return to their communities.

  • St. Patrick Friary - Group counseling provided at Attica, Wyoming, Collins, Orleans, Albion, Groveland, Gowanda and Rochester prisons. Post-release services include housing for parolees and job training.

  • Supportive Housing and Innovative Partnerships - Clean and sober housing, therapeutic community program, alternative to sentencing, life skills program, drop-in recovery center.  Programs are only available in Boise Idaho.

  • Sylvia Rivera Law Project - Provides free legal services to released prisoners who are transgender, intersex, gender nonconforming people who are low-income, and/or people of color. We specialize in providing assistance on name changes, identity documents, public benefits, immigration, shelter and more. Available only in NY and surrounding areas.

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