Action Committee for Women in Prison - Advocates for the humane
and compassionate treatment of all incarcerated women; Collaborates
with other organizations dedicated to reforming the criminal justice
system; Works for the release of individual women prisoners who pose
no danger to society; Informs and educates the public; Promotes a
shift of focus from punishment to rehabilitation and restorative
Anarchist Black Cross Chicago
Write for their "ABC Information and Resources
Guide" (available for download on their website). Contains essays on the
politics of the ABC and addresses for local chapters that do prisoner
Broken Chains -
Support network for inmates in Texas prisons and their families.
- Unauthorized Federal Prison Manual - Survival guide focused on
prisoners' rights, federal prison system, and leading criminal
California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement
CFASC is dedicated to stopping the inhumane
treatment of prisoners within the California penal system, especially
those held in solitary confinement. Their ultimate goal is to end the
use of solitary confinement, with short-term goals to reduce the use of
solitary confinement and to insist on due process and fairness. CFASC
supports the five core demands put forth by the Pelican Bay Hunger
Chaplaincy - The Chaplaincy Program helps the Correctional
Service of Canada to meet national and international commitments
with respect to the promotion of religious rights and obligations of
offenders. The Program is administered by CSC's Chaplaincy Division,
which serves as liaison between CSC and the various faith
communities in Canada that are represented on the Interfaith
committee on Chaplaincy.
Canadian Federal Inmates - A website was created for the purpose
of providing Canadian Federal Inmates' and their Families' with a
means of communication to the outside world, this to assist Canadian
Federal Inmates' to access rehabilitation within the system and to
expose any incidents / situations contrary to this statutory right!
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.
California Prison Focus -
Resources and project provided by groups working for prisoners'
rights, alternatives to incarceration, prisoner support and prison
Chicken Soup for the
Prisoner's Soul - co-author Tom Lagana
Correctional Association of New York
Founded in 1844, the Correctional Association of
New York (CA) is an independent non-profit organization that advocates
for a more humane and effective criminal justice system and a more just
and equitable society. CA has three working projects: the Women in
Prison Project, the Prison Visiting Project, and the Juvenile Justice
Derechos.org - Work
includes the socialization of human rights related information and
analysis through the internet and other media, the promotion of
prosecutions of human rights violators and the support of local
human rights NGOs and activists.
Consulting Services - Whether you're rich, poor, old, young,
famous or an average Joe, Dr. Prison wants to give you the know-how
to get through prison. Dr. Prison knows prison life, not as a mere
spectator like a lawyer or judge, but as someone who has served
extensive time in several prisons. Dr. Prison's consultation is not
based on some "prison logic" from television or movies, but personal
experience with enduring all facets of prison life. The information,
knowledge, and educated advice from Dr. Prison will not merely give
you confidence; it WILL save your life. Recently, Martha Stewart
made it through a 5-month prison sentence with flying colors thanks
to a consultation service like this. With the help of Dr. Prison,
you too can survive prison and get back to your life. Knowledge is
Education Justice Project
The mission of the Education Justice Project (EJG)
is to build a model college-in-prison program that demonstrates the
positive impacts of higher education upon incarcerated people, their
families, the communities from which they come, and society as a whole.
EJP offers education programs to students incarcerated at Danville
Friends Outside provides services and support to
visitors at each California State Prison. The primary purpose of the
Visitor Centers is to remove barriers to visiting in order to encourage
visits and thereby support family and community unification. Visitor
Centers are located outside the prison walls, but on prison grounds, and
usually adjacent to the visitor parking lots. Visitor Centers provide
childcare, transportation, information and resources, and a restful and
welcoming place to stop for a moment before and after visits. Write for
Hrweb.org - Human Rights Web
- includes history of the human rights movement, information on
prisoners of conscience, and more.
Watch - BEYOND REASON: The Death Penalty and Offenders with
Inside Circle Foundation
- ICF, a not-for-profit organization created by inmates and
ex-convicts, is dedicated to the personal growth of men in prison.
The immediate goal is a reduction of prison violence and lower
recidivism when inmates parole. The long-term goal is to let these
men heal, and achieve meaningful lives. Contributions to ICF are
deductible for US and California tax purposes.
The Insight Prison Project
The Insight Prison Project (IPP) has been on a
mission to foster insight and lasting behavioral change by prisoners in
California correctional systems, by providing them with rehabilitative
tools and programs conducted by crime victims, community volunteers and
prisoners themselves. Today, IPP provides services to prisoners and
parolees in 12 California prisons, 3 county jail facilities, several
re-entry programs and other venues.
Jews in Prison - Every
faith group is represented in the prison population and each group
has its specific needs and associated problems. Some of these
problems are not necessarily unique to a particular faith group. The
goal of this web site is to attempt to provide support before,
during, and after incarceration to both the Jewish inmates and their
families and friends. By providing this forum for communication, our
prayer and hope is that the pain of incarceration for all concerned
will be eased. As it says in Proverbs, chapter 12, verse 25;
"Problems of the heart you should speak." The commentaries explain
that by speaking with others it makes the problems that much easier.
Jubilee Campaign -
Jubilee Campaign USA promotes the human rights and religious liberty
of ethnic and religious minorities in countries which imprison,
terrorize or otherwise oppress them. We advocate the release of
prisoners of conscience and the change of laws as necessary to
effect these purposes. Jubilee also advocates against the
exploitation of children, paying particular attention to the sex
industry in Asia.
Justice For All - Justice
for All provides non-profit support services to California
prisoners, families & attorneys. We strive for a society in which
prisons would not be needed and could not be justified. In order to
counter the institutions which devalue the human spirit, we must
organize and agitate on every level, and in every arena.
Lansing Correctional Facility Program
Donnelly College is proud to offer an on-site
Associate Degree program to the inmates of the Lansing Correctional
Facility in Lansing, Kansas. As a Catholic institution, we believe this
program has a truly Christian aim to assist prisoners and directly
complements our school's founding mission to provide education and
community services with personal concern for the needs and abilities of
each student, especially those who might not otherwise be served.
The Legal Action Center - The
only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States
whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with
histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to
advocate for sound public policies in these areas.
Legal Aid Society Prisoner's Rights Project
The Prisoner's Rights Project (PRP) protects and
enforces the legal rights of New York City and New York State prisoners
through litigation, advice, and assistance to individual prisoners. PRP
does not deal with prisoners' criminal cases or sentences or matters
related to parole.
Maoist International Movement
MIM is a revolutionary anti-imperialist group
fighting criminal injustice, helping prisoners
to organize and educate themselves. Sends
books to prisoners, and offers prisoners free
subscription to our newspaper MIM Notes.
Middle Ground Prison Reform
Working for Arizona's prisoners and their families
since 1983. Main areas of activity are: 1) public education about the
need for criminal justice reform 2) legislative advocacy on behalf of
prisoners and their visitors 3) litigation to protect and define the
rights and responsibilities of prisoners and their supporters 4)
referral to community resources for ex-offenders. Spanish-speaking
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund -
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund is America's legal
counsel on issues of race. Through advocacy and litigation, LDF
focuses on issues of education, voter protection, economic justice
and criminal justice. We encourage students to embark on careers in
the public interest through scholarship and internship programs. LDF
pursues racial justice to move our nation toward a society that
fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.
American Rights Fund - Founded in 1970, the Native American
Rights Fund (NARF) is the oldest and largest nonprofit law firm
dedicated to asserting and defending the rights of Indian tribes,
organizations and individuals nationwide.
The National Alliance for the
Mentally Ill - NAMI is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help,
support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and
friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as
schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder,
obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorders.
The National Coalition to Free the
Angola 3 - The National Coalition to Free the Angola 3 was
formed in 1998 to find justice for three innocent and wrongfully
convicted men locked down at Angola, the Louisiana State
Penitentiary, for nearly three decades.
Nevada C.U.R.E. - We are a
support and advocacy group of individuals whose life has been
negatively affected by Nevada's criminal justice system. We offer
compassionate caring and information to help inmates, their
families, and friends navigate the system.
The New Jersey Institute for Social
Justice - The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice is a
Newark-based urban research and advocacy organization dedicated to
the advancement of New Jersey's urban areas and residents. The
programs of the Institute are concentrated in four areas: 1)
Expanding access to economic opportunity for low-income and minority
residents of Newark and other urban areas in the state; 2) Promoting
local, regional and state government that is effective, equitable
and accountable to the concerns of urban residents and their
communities; 3) Ensuring the civil rights and other basic
entitlements of minorities and low-income individuals in the state;
and 4) Highlighting the interdependence between urban and suburban
areas as a means to produce more effective and sustainable public
New York State Prisoner Justice Coalition
Publishes the New York State Prisoner Justice
Network Directory, a free 16 page directory of New York justice and
prisoner support organizations.
NJ Office of the Corrections Ombudsman
The Office of the Corrections Ombudsman provides a
mechanism for the continuing resolution of issues, problems or
complaints of state sentenced prisoners within New Jersey's Correctional
System regarding their living conditions and treatment.
Ohio University College Program for the
Degrees offered: Associates in Arts, Science,
Applied Business, and Individualized Studies; Bachelor of Specialized
Studies. Programs Offered: Two study formats are currently available for
CPI students: Correspondence Courses and Course Credit by Examination.
Offered to inmates in the following Ohio institutions: Rush City, Moose
Lake, Lino Lakes, and St. Cloud.
- The People Aligned to Replace Injustice and Cruelty with Knowledge
(PATRICK) Crusade is a human rights organization dedicated to the
protection of human rights for all people. We believe human rights
should be real for everyone simply because they are human beings.
The PATRICK Crusade consists of a group of people committed to
making a peaceful change in the policies and procedures that direct
the actions of those responsible for operating our courts and our
State and Federal prison systems. Our efforts are directed at
educating those who are unaware of the injustices and human rights
abuses that occur in these systems everyday all across the country.
The PATRICK CRUSADE is aware, from firsthand experience, of the
extent and viciousness of these abuses.
Partnership for Safety & Justice
Advocacy group focused on changing public safety
policy in Oregon only. Publishes newsletter and Prisoner Support
Directory for Oregon prisoners.
Pennsylvania Prison Society - Founded in 1787, The Pennsylvania
Prison Society is a social justice organization that advocates on
behalf of prisoners, formerly incarcerated individuals and their
families. Headquartered in Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Prison
Society operates through a network of statewide chapters.
Prisoners - A Blog for Inmates - This blog is a place where
inmates can express themselves and communicate in some fashion with
the outside world. Please use this site as a reference for people to
find inmates to write to, as all of these entries are genuine and
Activist Resource Center - PARC is a prison abolitionist group
committed to exposing and challenging the institutionalized racism
of the prison industrial complex. We are also committed to
developing and practicing anti-oppression as individuals and in our
organization. PARC believes in strategies and tactics that build
safety in oppressed communities without reliance on the police or
the PIC. We produce a directory that is free to prisoners upon
request, and seek to work in solidarity with prisoners, formerly
incarcerated people, their friends and families. We also work with
teachers and activists on prison issues. This work includes building
action networks and materials that expose human rights violations.
Prison Arts Coalition - The Prison Arts Coalition (PAC) is an
independent space providing information and resources for people
creating art in and around the American criminal justice system.
Prisoner Assistant - Prisoner Assistant is a financial concierge
company designed exclusively for prisoners. It is the first and only
company of its kind. Prisoner Assistant is a leader in
Rehabilitation and Re-entry planning services for those incarcerated
in the United States. They go well beyond the traditional approach
of theoretical education and marginal preparation. They empower the
prisoner, and allow them to take control of the direction of their
lives. Prisoner Assistant takes a unique approach to assisting
prisoners. At the heart of their service is a bank account for each
of their clients. This gives the prisoner the freedom to manage
their finances and teaches financial responsibility. They then
provide a full range of professional services geared toward
rehabilitation and re-entry planning. These services include, but
are not limited to, Banking and Finance, Virtual Office, Prisoner
Concierge, Graphic Design, Social Media, Credit Building and
Prisoner Express - The Prisoner Express program, sponsored by
the Durland Alternatives Library, promotes rehabilitation by
offering inmates information, education and the opportunity for
creative self-expression in a public forum. Participation in this
program fosters self-exploration, enrichment and knowledge. The
Durland Alternatives Library has a number of ongoing programs as
parts of its Prisoners Express project. Incarceration is an
expensive proposition for taxpayers. Since the prison system is
lacking the tools to ensure the effective rehabilitation of inmates,
our program is designed to aid men and women wishing to improve
themselves and to offer an outlet for their creativity.
Girlfriends and Partners - PWGP has a worldwide network of
members and mentors to help support those with imprisoned partners.
Prisoner Visitation and Support
Prisoner Visitation and Support (PVS) is a
nationwide visitation that has 300 volunteers across the U.S. who visit
federal and military prisoners. Their goal is to visit any prisoner who
wishes to receive a visit and has access to all prisons and prisoners in
the federal and military prison systems. The PVS volunteers visit once a
month, with limited visiting services for Spanish-speaking prisoners.
Prison Fellowship partners with local churches
across the country to minister to prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their
families. Publishes a variety of prisoner support literature including
their Guide to Prison Survival.
Justice: Brotherhood Report - Since 2001, this has been the
website for a report on racism at a medium-security prison in
Indiana: "The Brotherhood: Racism and Intimidation among Prison
Staff at the Indiana Correctional Facility-Putnamville." By clicking
on the Brotherhood Report link, you can read the entire
report, including the epilogue and appendices. We are now in the
process of building a new website devoted to oversight of the
Indiana prison system.
Prison Legal Services of Michigan
Provides the inmates of the Michigan Department of
Corrections with advice for dealing with legal issues and materials with
which they may aid themselves.
Prison of Peace -
Prison of Peace is a non-profit organization, established in 2010,
in order to reduce violence and promote peaceful conflict resolution
among prison inmates. Peacemaking, mediating, mentoring, training.
Prison Reformer -
News and resources on the prison industrial complex.
Prisontalk.com - A
highly visited website with many ongoing discussions on prison
Project for Older Prisoners
Law students interview and evaluate older and
geriatric inmates (55+) in obtaining parole or other forms of release
from incarceration. POPS also runs a "Books for Crooks" program to help
build prison libraries. The project serves prisoners in DC, MD, MI, NC
- 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
South Dakota Prisoner Support Group
Their purpose is to provide support to prisoners in
jails and prisons and their families, and to prevent abuse of
incarcerated men, woman and children. Offers referrals, links, websites,
information, news, as well as share their own experiences and problems,
in regards to incarcerated family members/friends. No legal advice
TGI Justice Project - The
Transgender, Gender Variant and Intersex (TGI) Justice Project's
mission is to challenge and end the human rights abuses committed
against transgender, gender variant/genderqueer and intersex (TGI)
people in California prisons and beyond.
Unchained Books is a small group in Fort Collins,
Colorado committed to prisoner support. Our primary focus is collecting
donated books and making them available free to people imprisoned in
Colorado. In addition to our book project, we also write letters to
political prisoners and work on periodic individual prisoner support in
the form of fundraising, outreach, and building community awareness
about specific legal struggles. Below is a list of prisons in Colorado
that currently accept books sent to inmates from Unchained Books:
Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility (state); Crowley County
Correctional Facility (private); Federal Correctional Institution at
Florence (federal); Federal Correctional Institution at Englewood
(federal); High Plains Correctional Facility (state); Kit Carson
Correctional Center (private); La Vista Correctional Facility (state);
Rifle Correctional Center (state); and San Carlos Correctional Facility
Voices.con - The Voices.con website provides a free monthly
newsletter written by term-to-life prisoners. The newsletter and
website offer a wide range of useful information to prisoners, their
families, and other interested parties. Our primary mission is to
help long term prisoners and those who are challenging the wrongful
denial of parole.