Committee for Women in Prison - Working to bring fairness and
equity into the criminal justice system and to shift the focus to
treatment and restorative justice. We educate the public, develop
new legislation, implement new programs, and build resources for
incarcerated women. Advocates for the humane and compassionate
treatment of all incarcerated women everywhere. We work for the
release of all women who pose no danger to society, including those
who are unjustly imprisoned. We strive to eliminate the
over-reliance on incarceration, and to develop sane and sensible
alternatives to imprisonment.
Aid to Children of Imprisoned Mothers, Inc. (AIM)
An advocacy group for incarcerated mothers. AIM can
provide helpful information for all women in prison who have children
but can only provide social services in the Atlanta area.
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.
Battered Women's Justice Project
We provide assistance and information to battered
women charged with crimes and to their defense teams. We do not provide
direct legal representation. Women in prison can subscribe to our
newsletter "Double Time" for free.
California Coalition for Women Prisoners
- CCWP raises public consciousness
about the cruel and inhumane conditions under which women in prison
live and advocates for positive changes. We promote the leadership
of and give voice to women prisoners, former prisoners, and their
Runs action center and produces newsletter "The
Center on Wrongful Convictions - Women's Project
The Women's Project of the Center on Wrongful
Convictions focuses both on litigation aimed at exonerating women in
prison for crimes they did not commit and on public education aimed at
raising awareness of the factors that lead to their convictions.
Chicago Books to Women in Prison
- Chicago Books to Women in Prison is
a volunteer collective working to distribute books free of charge to
women in prison nationwide. We are dedicated to offering women
behind bars the opportunity for self-empowerment, education, and
entertainment that reading provides. Incarcerated women send us
their requests for books directly. We attempt to furnish the
requested materials from our stock of donated books. We send three
books in each package. We also furnish books directly to prison
to request books in Spanish.
Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers - CLAIM provides legal
and educational services to maintain the bond between imprisoned
mothers and their children. CLAIM advocates for policies and
programs that benefit families of imprisoned mothers and reduce
incarceration of women and girls.
Free Battered Women
"In California, the majority of women prisoners are
survivors of domestic violence; some are doing time for defending
themselves and their children, or were forced to confess to crimes. Join
the movement to free battered women from prison."
Battered Women - FBW seeks to end the re-victimization of
incarcerated survivors of domestic violence as part of the movement
for racial justice and the struggle to resist all forms of intimate
partner violence against women and transgender people. We achieve
this through community organizing, parole advocacy, public
education, media campaigns, and policy work.
Freedom Education Project Puget Sound
FEPPS is a nonprofit that benefits women prisoners
by offering pre-college and college classes in the Washington
Corrections Center for Women. Participating students must already have a
high school diploma or GED. Degrees offered: Associate of Arts and
Girl Scouts Beyond Bars - Instituted in 1992 through a
partnership with the National Institute of Justice, Girl Scouts
Beyond Bars provides girls an opportunity to visit their
incarcerated mothers weekly to monthly and take part in
mother/daughter Girl Scout troop meetings.
Justice Now - Our mission is to
end violence against women and stop imprisonment by providing legal
services and supporting prisoner organizing efforts that promote
health and justice; working with prisoners, their families and
community members on political education and mobilization campaigns;
building coalitions to create safety for women and individual
accountability without relying on the punishment system; and
training the next generation of activists and lawyers committed to
working for social justice.
Focuses soley on the needs of women prisoners. They
work on alternative sentencing, document human rights abuses in prison,
and their Building a World without Prisons project (works with women
prisoners to get their words and art in the media).
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.
Keeping the Faith: The Prison Project
Keeping the Faith - The Prison Project serves women
in Washington state prisons through dance, expository writing, visual
art and performance. This program serves hundreds of women in prison as
well as offering their incarcerated peers in the audience a chance to
discuss topics relating to their own lives after each performance.
International Association of Sufism Prison Project
A program of the IAS; also runs the Sufi Women
Organization Prison Program. Correspondence opportunities and a
Women's Clemency Project - Volunteer group working to identify,
interview, select and oversee the preparation and filing of clemency
petitions for women in Michigan prisons who have been convicted of
murder, but who acted in self-defense of an abuser.
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.
Redeem-Her, a New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation, is an inmate and
ex-offender directed, self-help, social services organization.
Redeem-Her has its roots inside the confines of the Edna Mahan
Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton, New Jersey. It was
birthed there by inmates who were bold enough to forge a new
direction in a place where one is expected only to follow
directions; by women who sought to change the culture of the
institution to one of cooperation, community, and service.
The Sentencing Project
"Publications on drug policy, voting rights,
juvenile justice, sentencing law and policy, racial disparities, and
women prisoners." Free download on website.
Write for list of publications & prices.
Women's Prison Association (New York)
WPA offers a range of services aimed at helping
women in the New York City area. Their direct service network is
organized in three broad areas; Residential and Family Services; Reentry
Services; and neighborhood-based services. Within these program areas,
WPA offers Alternatives to Incarceration, Family Reunification
Assistance and Family Support Services, Reentry Case Management,
Assistance and Support, and Jail- and Prison-Based Education and
Women's Prison Book Project
Women's Prison Book Project (WPBP) provides women in prison with free reading materials covering a
wide range of topics from law and education (dictionaries, GED, etc.) to
fiction, politics, history, and women's health. Women prisoners only and
no jail requests. WPBP also has a free resource guide for women and
trans prisoners and a newsletter which publishes prisoner articles.