About PARC

PARC LogoPARC is a prison abolitionist group committed to exposing and challenging all forms of institutionalized racism, sexism, able-ism, heterosexism, and classism, specifically within the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC). PARC believes in building strategies and tactics that build safety in our 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, ex-prisoners, their friends and families. We also work with teachers and activists on many prison issues. This work includes building action networks and materials that expose the continuing neglect and outright torture of more than 2 million people imprisoned within the USA; as well as the 5+ million who are under some form of surveillance and control by the so-called justice system. We are fully funded by individual donations and foundations.  Donate to PARC here.

Our Goals

  • To expose the prison system in the U.S. as an engine of race war and genocide that all people of conscience must work to dismantle;
  • To expose that prisons kill, through the exposure of prisoners to toxics, environmental hazards, and medical neglect; 
  • To support a moratorium on prison construction and a fight against the War on Drugs, the War on Immigrants, the War on Crime, and the use of prison slave labor; 
  • To expose the institutionalization of torture as it is practiced by the U.S. at home and abroad; *To build awareness of prison issues outside the U.S. and international solidarity with political prisoners and peoples resisting U.S. aggression;
  • To inspire and motivate people to take positive action against the mass-incarceration system and for prisoners' human and civil rights;
  • To provide practical support to activists who are taking such action.

How to Request a Directory

Please write to request a directory at:

Prison Activist Resource Center
PO Box 70447
Oakland, CA 94612

We are not a law office. We cannot provide legal advice. Please do not send us original documents.

We are always looking for partners to support our work. If you are an organization and would like to partner with us to distribute the PARC directory, contact us via email at prisonactivist@gmail.com.

Our Partners

PARC works with books-to-prisoner organizations throughout the country and other advocacy organizations to distribute our directory. We can mail boxes of 300 newsprint directories at cost. Check out our partner organizations: