Aid to Inmate Mothers -
AIM provides services to Alabama's incarcerated
women with emphasis on enhancing personal growth and strengthening the
bonds between inmate mothers and their children.
Better People's mission is to dramatically reduce
recidivism in the Portland metropolitan area.
Columbia Legal Services, Institutions Project
The Institutions Project represents people confined
in Washington's jails, prisons, juvenile detention facilities, mental
health facilities, and facilities for people with developmental
disabilities. This work has focused on conditions of confinement,
discrimination, sentencing and placement, alternatives to
institutionalization, and access to courts, as well as issues related to
rehabilitation, re-entry, and reductions in recidivism.
Information, resources, contacts, and support to
individuals, families, defense attorneys, treatment providers, and
professionals who work with issues of sexual abuse and its prevention.
Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM)
Chapters in almost 30 states. Write for newsletter
and list of publications, including info on Booker and Fanfan decisions. Also
provides amicus briefs.
Families to Amend California's Three Strikes
FACTS works to amend California's Three Strikes law
to target violent
felonies only. Quarterly newsletter (by donation).
Print return address
exactly if you want a response. Flyers printed in
English and Spanish.
The Fortune Society
The Fortune Society is a not-for-profit
organization dedicated to educating the public about prisons, criminal
justice issues and the root causes of crime. They also help ex-offenders
and at-risk youth break the cycle of crime and incarceration through a
broad range of services. Also publishes the Fortune News, which is free
International Community Corrections Association
Publishes the ICCA Journal on Community Corrections, as well as various newsletters. Also puts out a
of residential programs every 3-4 years. Provides
Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners
Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners provides
civil and family law legal services to both male and female prisoners
incarcerated in Minnesota correctional facilities. LAMP does not handle
appeals for inmates to contest their convictions. Additionally, the
William Mitchell College of Law has established a secondary clinic, the
Reentry Clinic that serves female prisoners in Minnesota who are nearing
their release dates.
NAACP National Prison Project
Works on ex-felon re-enfranchisement and racial
within the criminal justice system as well as
incarcerated with a vehicle of empowerment through
the formation of Prison Branches.
National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered
The Clearinghouse works with battered women charged
with killing their abusers, women who have been coerced into criminal
activity, and women who have been charged with a crime as a result of
"failing to protect" their children from their batterer's violence
and/or abuse. The Clearinghouse does not provide direct representation
to battered women charged with crimes, but rather provides information
and resources to defense teams at any stage of the legal process in an
effort to increase the likelihood of a better -- and more just -- outcome.
We accept collect calls from incarcerated battered women.
The Osborne Association
The Osborne Association offers opportunities for
individuals who have been in conflict with the law to transform their
lives through innovative, effective, and replicable programs that serve
the community by reducing crime and its human and economic costs.
Services limited to New York prisoners and their families. Write for
list of programs and services.
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.
Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project
The Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project (PILP)
seeks to deliver civil legal services to the institutional population in
Pennsylvania. PILP was created and designed to meet the needs of low
income residents of Pennsylvania prisons, jails, hospitals, and state
Prison Place -
Started by an ex-prisoner, this website is a place
for friends and families of those on the inside
to communicate and support each other.
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
The Sentencing Project
Write for list of publications & prices.
"Publications on drug policy,
voting rights, juvenile justice, sentencing law and
disparities, and women prisoners." Free download on
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
Visions for Prisons: Peace in Prison Project
VFP sponsors volunteers around the world and offers
prison volunteers training.
They also promote a prison non-violence program.
offers a meditation
instruction service in Spanish.