Social Support

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 to prisoners.

  • National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women - 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.

  • 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.

  • The Sentencing Project - Write for list of publications & prices. "Publications on drug policy, voting rights, juvenile justice, sentencing law and policy, racial disparities, and women prisoners." Free download on website.

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