Women

  • Action 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 families. Runs action center and produces newsletter "The Fire Inside".

  • 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 libraries. Possible to request books in Spanish.

  • Chicago 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."

  • Free 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 Sciences.

  • 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 - 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 quarterly newsletter.

  • Michigan Battered 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 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. 

  • Redeem-Her - 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 Pre-Release Services.

  • 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.

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