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
assistance and referrals, including family
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
SFSU program for formerly incarcerated people to
enroll in college.
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
St. Patrick Friary -
Group counseling provided at Attica, Wyoming,
Collins, Orleans, Albion,
Groveland, Gowanda and Rochester prisons.
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
are only available in Boise Idaho.