Resources

PARC corresponds with and mails a directory of these resources to prisoners, their friends and family members. We are often the first point of contact for people to connect with prisoners' rights organizations, community organizations, prison literature and arts projects, family and visiting resources, health care and legal resources, parole and pre-release resources, and the prison abolition movement.

Download a PDF copy of the 2017 Resource Guide.

Resource Category
Antioch College Books to Prisoners Project

Antioch College Books to Prisoners Project is a newly formed group committed to developing discourse and action related to incarceration and the criminal “justice” system. They provide free books and zines to incarcerated people in the US.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
A Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual

A Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual (10th Ed, 2014, 1288 pages, $30) is a handbook of legal rights and procedures designed to inform prisoners of their rights and how use to judicial process to secure these rights on both the federal and state level, with an emphasis on New York State law. The additional Immigration & Consular Access Supplement (102 pages) contains information about the immigration law consequences of criminal convictions for people who are not U.S. Citizens. The JLM is $30 if shipped directly to prisoners; $105 for all others. The Supplement is $5 for prisoners, $22 for all others. Please note the JLM is available free by individual chapter if downloaded from the above-listed website by an outside source, printed out, and mailed to the prisoner.  Prisoners may also directly order up to three chapters of the 9th Edition of JLM for free. Please note that the 9th Edition was published in 2011 and is not the most recent edition, thus it may contain information that is out of date and no longer accurate. To obtain the order form for the three free chapters, send a pre-addressed stamped envelope to the above address. The 11th edition of the JLM is due out in 2017.


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
Abolitionist Law Center

The Abolitionist Law Center (ALC) is a public interest law firm inspired by the struggle of political and politicized prisoners, and organized for the purpose of abolishing class and race based mass incarceration in the United States. To accomplish this goal, the ALC engages in litigation on behalf of people whose human rights have been violated in prison, produces educational programs to inform the general public about the evils of mass incarceration, and works to develop a mass movement against the American penal system by building alliances and nurturing solidarity across social divisions.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Pennsylvania
ACLU National Prison Project

The ACLU National Prison Project (NPP) handles class action lawsuits to ensure that conditions of confinement in prisons, jails, and other places of detention are constitutional. The NPP does not handle cases on behalf of individual prisoners and does not assist individual prisoners with their criminal cases or post-conviction matters. The NPP no longer responds to letters for copies of resource materials, and instead makes these materials available only through their website.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project

The ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project advocates for pregnant women while incarcerated to receive the reproductive health services that are needed. Prisoners can write to them for a “Know Your Rights” fact sheet.


Women's Organizations and Resources
Action Committee for Women in Prison

The Action Committee for Women in Prison advocates for the humane and compassionate treatment of all incarcerated women everywhere, and works for the release of all women who are unjustly imprisoned, including individual women prisoners who pose no danger to society. They also strive to reduce the over reliance on incarceration by shifting the focus from punishment to rehabilitation and restorative justice. The group was started by Gloria Killian, who was exonerated in 2002 and released from prison after serving more than 16 years on a sentence of 32 years-to-life for a crime she did not commit.


Women's Organizations and Resources
Actual Innocence Clinic

Students at the University of Texas School of Law screen and investigate claims by inmates that they are actually innocent of the offenses for which they are incarcerated. The program accepts cases of actual innocence in Texas, including DNA and non-DNA cases, with no sentence requirements.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Texas
Adams State University Prison College Program

Adams State University has a long history of offering print-based correspondence courses to incarcerated students in all states. The following undergraduate correspondence courses are offered: Anthropology, Art, Business, Counseling, Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, English, Geology, Health Care Administration, History, History/Government, Philosophy, Human Performance & Physical Education, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women's Studies. In addition, the following graduate degrees are available: Associate of Arts-Business emphasis, Associate of Science-Business emphasis, Bachelor of Arts-Business Administration, Bachelor of Science-Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts-Sociology, Bachelor of Arts-English/Liberal Arts, Bachelor of Arts-Interdisciplinary Studies, Bachelor of Arts-Political Science, and Bachelor of Arts-History. Write for their packet of information.


Higher Education
Adopt An Inmate

Adopt an Inmate is a nonprofit volunteer organization that seeks to create extended family for inmates by matching them with adopters. Their website is a comprehensive source of tools and resources needed to advocate for inmates. They welcome stories, poems, artwork, and book reviews by both inmates and their advocates. Their blog page features a rotating "Welcome" banner provided by inmates. Include a pre-addressed stamped envelope to submit an inmate name for adoption, or artwork (including a "welcome" banner), stories, poems or book reviews.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
AFSC Michigan Criminal Justice Program

AFSC's Michigan Criminal Justice Program advocates for over 1,500 Michigan prisoners and their families each year, building an "advocacy network" throughout the state. The program encourages dialogue among prisoners and the general public, and works for humane reform of the criminal justice system and for the rights of prisoners. Michigan prisoners may contact the program at 734-761-9796.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Michigan
AFSC Prison Watch Project

The AFSC Prison Watch Project has published the Fifth Edition of the Survivors Manual: Surviving in Solitary, by Bonnie Kerness (2012, 94 pages), which is free to prisoners and $3 for all others. This book is a powerful collection of voices from solitary, as people currently or formerly held in isolation vividly describe their conditions and their daily lives. The collection also includes artwork and poetry.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Aid to Inmate Mothers

Aid to Inmate Mothers provides services to Alabama’s incarcerated women with emphasis on enhancing personal growth and strengthening the bonds between inmate mothers and their children.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Alabama
AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania

The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania is a nonprofit public-interest law firm providing free legal assistance to people living with HIV and AIDS, including PA prisoners. English and Spanish spoken.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Pennsylvania
Alaska Innocence Project

The Alaska Innocence Project provides legal, educational, and charitable services to identify and exonerate individuals who have been wrongfully convicted in the state of Alaska.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Alaska
Aleph Institute

The Aleph Institute is a non-profit Jewish organization dedicated to assisting and caring for the wellbeing of members of specific populations that are isolated from the regular community, including prisoners and people institutionalized or at risk of incarceration due to mental illness or addictions. Aleph addresses their religious, educational, and spiritual needs, advocates and lobbies for their civil and religious rights, and provides support to their families at home left to fend for themselves. Jewish prisoners may write to receive free books, regular monthly literature, holiday offerings, and family programs.


Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources
All of Us or None

All of Us or None is a national organizing initiative of prisoners and former prisoners to combat the many forms of discrimination that prisoners face upon release. They do not answer letters from prisoners, but rather are active in several local and national campaigns, including BAN THE BOX, a movement to end job discrimination based on felony convictions.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Amnesty International

Amnesty International compiles information about prisoner torture, beatings, rape, etc. to include in reports about U.S. prison conditions; also works on death penalty issues. May not respond to individual letters.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Anthroposophical Prison Outreach Project

Do you, as a prisoner, feel that there must be some meaning in your prison experience that is still to be discovered? Or that you can give it meaning? If so, you might be interested in Anthroposophy — the path from the spirit in man to the spirit in the universe. Anthroposophy embraces a spiritual view of the human being and cosmos, but its emphasis is on knowing, not faith. It is a path in which the human heart and hand, and especially our capacity for thinking, are essential. You may write to receive an initial package of literature containing a booklet titled Self-Development In The Penitentiary, as well as other articles and meditation exercises.


Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources
Appalachian Prison Book Project

The Appalachian Prison Book Project provides books to prisoners in the Appalachian region only; KY, MD, OH, TN, VA, & WV.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Arizona Justice Project

The Arizona Justice Project accepts both DNA and non-DNA cases and represents indigent Arizona prisoners whose claims of innocence have gone unheeded. They also conduct post-conviction DNA testing in cases of forcible rape, murder, and non-negligent homicide cases, shaken baby syndrome and arson and other cases where the testing might demonstrate actual innocence.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Arizona
Ashland University

Ashland University serves over 1,000 incarcerated students annually with college curriculum.  The programs are offered to adult prisoners in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, and juvenile prisoners in the Ohio Department of Youth Services.  A recent emphasis has been placed on the development and delivery of online courses for the correctional programs which do not require live internet access.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Ohio
Athens Books to Prisoners

Athens Books to Prisoners is a volunteer run organization that sends free books to prisoners in Ohio upon request.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Ohio
Back to School: A Guide to Continuing Your Education after Prison

The Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI) of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice provides the 63-page Back to School: A Guide to Continuing Your Education after Prison (2015 revision), which is available at no charge. The guide provides step-by-step instructions on getting ready and applying to educational programs after release from prison. It also covers internet basics, resumes, financial aid, transferring credits, obtaining necessary documents, and the various educational programs to choose from. The PRI has other publications available; ask for their list of research and publications.


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
Bard Prison Initiative

The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) creates the opportunity for incarcerated men and women at Bayview, Eastern, Elmira, Green Haven, and Woodbourne Correctional Facilities to earn a Bard College degree while serving their sentences. BPI enrolls nearly 300 incarcerated men and women across a full spectrum of academic disciplines, and offers over 60 courses each semester.


People in select New York State prisons may apply and are selected based on their ambition and willingness to work hard. To apply, one must have a high school diploma or its equivalent. Admission to BPI is highly competitive — typically there are ten applications for each available spot. Many gain admission after more than one application. The admissions process involves both a written exam and a personal interview.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
Battling the Administration: An Inmate’s Guide to a Successful Lawsuit

Battling the Administration (David J. Meister, April 2014, 566 pages, $34.95 +$5 S&H) is a self-help manual that guides readers through the complex U.S. civil court system, teaches them how to pursue a lawsuit in the face of the constraints imposed by incarceration, and enables a successful outcome for the prisoner's civil rights lawsuit. The book includes extensive case-law citations and advice on organizing, investigating and prosecuting a case. Know your civil rights and how to defend them in court.


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
Black and Pink

Black and Pink is a volunteer organization that lists LGBTQ on a pen-pal website, distributes a monthly newsletter of primarily queer/trans prisoner writing, and advocates for specific prisoner needs when possible while also working to abolish the Prison Industrial Complex as a whole. May not timely respond to letters. In addition to Mass headquarters, has chapters in Boise, Buffalo, Chicago, Denver, New Orleans, NYC, San Diego, and San Francisco.


LGBT Organizations and Resources
Blackstone Career Institute

Blackstone’s accredited Paralegal Certificate Program enables students to learn about the law and the paralegal field by studying at their own pace and at their facility. It is reasonably priced, can be completed in less than a year and provides information that can be put into practice while incarcerated and once released. No computers, proctors, or facility instructors are required. Soft-covered books and materials are used for ease of entry into most institutions. Their Paralegal certificate program includes the 900 clock hours of coursework needed to sit for the Accredited Legal Professional (ALP) exam and/or the Professional Paralegal (PP) certification, or the Certified Legal Assistant/Certified Paralegal (CLA/CP) exam.


Higher Education
Book 'Em

Book 'Em is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that sends free educational books and quality reading material to prisoners in Pennsylvania only. Prisoners may request books by subject.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Pennsylvania
Books Through Bars

Sends free books to individual prisoners only in DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, & WV. Request by topic (not exact title or author), and provide several areas of interest if possible. Please wait a few months after receiving books before requesting again.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Books to Prisoners

Books to Prisoners provides free books to prisoners nationwide. Request by subject; very few religious or legal materials. Does not ship to prisons that require all books sent be new. No male California requests.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Boston University Prison Education Program

Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Interdisciplinary Studies. Programs include accounting, English composition, Latin, biology, sociology, marketing, acting, and language courses in Spanish, French, and Greek and more. Offered for prisoners incarcerated at MCI Norfolk (men’s facility) and MCI Framingham (women’s facility) only.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Massachusetts
California Coalition for Women Prisoners

CCWP is a grassroots social justice organization, with members inside and outside prison, that challenges the institutional violence imposed on women, transgender people, and communities of color by the prison industrial complex (PIC). The struggle for racial and gender justice is central to dismantling the PIC and CCWP prioritizes the leadership of the people, families, and communities most impacted in building this movement. CCWP also visits women prisoners in CA and produces a newsletter “The Fire Inside,” free to women prisoners.


Women's Organizations and Resources, California
California Coalition for Women Prisoners

CCWP is a grassroots social justice organization, with members inside and outside prison, that challenges the institutional violence imposed on women, transgender people, and communities of color by the prison industrial complex. CCWP also visits women prisoners in CA and produces a newsletter The Fire Inside, free to women prisoners.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement

CFASC is dedicated to stopping the inhumane treatment of prisoners within the California penal system, especially those held in solitary confinement. Their ultimate goal is to end the use of solitary confinement, with short-term goals to reduce the use of solitary confinement and to insist on due process and fairness. CFASC supports the five core demands put forth by the Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
California Innocence Project

The California Innocence Project (CIP) only accepts cases where the conviction occurred in the following Southern California counties: Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura. The CIP does not limit its review process to DNA cases.  They also review cases that may involve witness recantations, changes in science, government misconduct, or ineffective assistance of counsel – so long as there is evidence of innocence in support of the claim.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
California Lifer Newsletter

California Lifer Newsletter (CLN) is a comprehensive newsletter published six times per year, with reviews of the latest published and unpublished state and federal cases concerning parole issues, parole board news, legislation and articles on prison, parole and correctional issues of interest to prisoners and their families. Each issue contains 50 - 70 pages. Subscriptions to CLN for prisoners are $35 (or 100 stamps) per year (back issues are $7 or 25 stamps each); for non-prisoners the subscription rate is $90 per year.


 


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
California Prison Focus

California Prison Focus (CPF) is a human rights and civil rights group that investigates conditions in the California SHUs (control/isolation units), organizes and advocates for prisoners' rights, and provides self-help legal materials. Their quarterly newspaper, Prison Focus, is distributed free to SHU prisoners, $6 a year to other prisoners, and $20 a year to former prisoners, their family members, activists, and friends of CPF


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
California State Prisoner's Handbook

The California State Prisoners Handbook (Heather MacKay & Prison Law Office, 4th Ed, 2008, 1100 pages), is $40 if shipped directly to prisoners or parolees, $182 for all others (including the 2014 supplement). All orders include sales tax and shipping. The Handbook discusses in detail the laws governing prisoner rights and the policies and practices of the CDCR. The Handbook also includes numerous sample forms and model pleadings. The 17 chapters cover: Administrative Appeals, Rights of Prisoners, Classification and Transfers, Determinate Sentences, Time Credits and Release Dates, Life Prisoners, Disciplinary Violations and Segregation, Medical and Mental Health Care, Detainers and Extradition, Early and Temporary Releases and Special Prison Programs, Parole, MDO and SVP Commitments, Workers Compensation and Other Benefits, Immigration Issues for Noncitizen Prisoners, Writs of Habeas Corpus and Mandate, Federal Civil Rights and State Tort Law Actions, Direct Appeals of Convictions, Legal Research and Writing. PLEASE NOTE: This book is offered to prisoners and parolees at a special subsidized price. Those who are not a prisoner or parolee (or are not purchasing the book for shipping directly to a prisoner or parolee) must pay the regular price. Note: This book has not been updated since the 2014 supplement.


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
California's Parole Suitability Hearing Support

Community guidance and support for California's incarcerated and their loved ones specifically in preparing for upcoming Parole Suitability Hearings.  Members will review hearing transcripts from past parole board hearings and provide suggestions on how to improve performance before the Board. California residents only.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Campaign to End the Death Penalty

A national grassroots abolitionist organization that works with prisoners, family members and organizers. Their publication “The New Abolitionist,” is now available only online.


Death Penalty Resources
Center for Constitutional Rights

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change and dedicated to advancing and protecting constitutional rights. CCR recently litigated the Ashker v Governor challenge to solitary confinement in CA. May not respond to individual letters.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Center for Health Justice

CHJ serves prisoners in the Los Angeles County Jails and throughout CA, and also provides a free national prisoner HIV prevention & treatment hotline service that accepts collect calls from inmates during regular business hours (Monday-Friday 8 to 3pm, PT). Their hotline provides general HIV treatment and prevention information, support for callers who are ill or newly diagnosed HIV+, and advocacy support regarding medical care, medications, or other health related issues inside the jails and prisons across the country. CHJ also provides the following publications for prisoners: HepC Inside and HIV Inside. Write for further information about their services or to obtain a copy of their publications.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Center on Wrongful Convictions

The Center on Wrongful Convictions accepts cases of actual innocence in the United States, both DNA and non-DNA Cases. Will consider arson and shaken baby syndrome cases. No sentence requirements. All requests must come directly from the person seeking representation.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Center on Wrongful Convictions - Women's Project

The Center of Wrongful Convictions Women's Project monitors potential cases of wrongfully convicted women across the country, facilitates the sharing of information about such cases, and educates the public about relevant issues. They consider cases in which he person seeking assistance must be in no way responsible for the crimes of which she was convicted, and the trial must be completed and have resulted in a conviction and sentence.


Women's Organizations and Resources
Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth

The Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth (CWCY) is the only innocence project in the country that focuses exclusively on individuals who were convicted or accused of crimes when they were adolescents or younger. The CWCY is dedicated to identifying, investigating, and litigating credible innocence claims of wrongfully convicted young people and preventing future wrongful convictions.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Centerforce

Centerforce is one of few agencies in the U.S. to offer a continuum of services for individuals and families during incarceration, reentry and after release. They are headquartered in San Quentin and provide direct services to prisoners in Santa Rita Jail and four state prisons. In addition, Centerforce provides direct services to communities and families of the incarcerated in Oakland, San Francisco, the Bay Area Counties, and Fresno and Madera Counties. Centerforce also specializes in providing health and family supportive services to incarcerated men and women and those reentering their communities of origin after incarceration. May not respond to individual letters.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Centurion Ministries, Inc.

Centurion Ministries is an advocacy and investigative organization that considers cases of factual innocence primarily in murder and rape cases carrying life or death sentences, but other cases of factual innocence may be considered. They do not take on accidental death, self-defense cases, or cases where the defendant had any involvement in the crime. Prisoners fitting the above criteria may send a letter (four pages or less) outlining the facts of the case, with a summary including the following points: what you were convicted of; brief description of the crime; why were you arrested and taken to trial; what evidence was used to convict you; and what evidence there is that points toward your innocence.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Chicago Books to Women in Prison

Chicago Books to Women in Prison is an all-volunteer, donation-funded 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that distributes paperback books (including Spanish books) free of charge to incarcerated women nationwide, including transwomen in men's prisons. They do not send books to jails outside of Cook County, IL. They send three books in a package. Please provide several options of genre or subject matter. 


Women's Organizations and Resources
Chicago Innocence Center

As investigative journalists, the Chicago Innocence Center primarily explores and exposes cases involving murder (but not exclusively) in which the inmate is facing life in prison or (outside but nearby Illinois) the death penalty. For CIC to consider the case, the inmate must claim actual innocence, not, for example, self-defense or ‘I was there but didn’t do it.’ We seek cases of “pure innocence.” Unlike law-based innocence projects, CIC only looks into cases where there is no DNA evidence available. To have the CIC consider a case, please contact them.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Illinois
Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE)

CURE organizes prisoners, their families and other concerned citizens to achieve reforms in the criminal-justice system, and has a presence in 24 states. Write for complete listing or addresses of state chapters.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Coalition for Prisoners’ Rights Newsletter

Coalition for Prisoners’ Rights publishes a monthly newsletter with news about prisoners nationwide and is free to prisoners who send an SASE. They also have a variety of prisoner resource lists available. Back issues from 2009 are online at http://realcostofprisons.org/coalition.html.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition

CCJRC publishes prisoner information guides, a free quarterly newsletter, and a 200-page reentry guide for parolees in Colorado titled Getting On After Getting Out: A Re-entry Guide for Colorado ("Go Guide").  This book provides extensive information to help people prepare for release and successfully reintegrate back into their families and communities.  The cost is $10 + $3 S&H.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Colorado
Columbia Legal Services

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.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Washington
Coming Home Directory

The Coming Home Reentry Resource Directory (2015) is a 129-page compilation of services available to ex-offenders returning to or living in communities in Greater Boston. The Directory presents important information for ex-offenders, corrections practitioners and policymakers, as well as those with an interest in accessing services for ex-offenders, including their families and friends, volunteers and other service providers.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Massachusetts
Committee for Public Counsel Services Innocence Program

The CPCS Innocence Program aims to identify and litigate new trial motions on behalf of indigent Massachusetts state defendants who are actually innocent of the crimes of which they have been convicted. They review and litigate both DNA and non-DNA based innocence claims, with special attention to cases involving eyewitness identification evidence, false confessions, and flawed or invalidated forensic science testimony.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Massachusetts
Community Alliance on Prisons

A coalition that focuses on alternatives to incarceration, prison reform legislative issues, community education, and effective interventions for Hawaii’s non-violent offenders. CAP’s goal is to educate the community on best practices and proven strategies for criminal justice and to involve the greater community in these issues.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Hawaii
Compassion Works For All

Provides monthly Dharma Friends newsletters, and also the following resource lists; Personal Health and Nutrition, 12 Step and Buddhism, Buddhist Resources, Christian Spiritual Resources, Hindu and Yoga Spiritual Resources, Other Spiritual and Psychological Healing Resources, Todd Fletcher's Buddhist Resource List, Ani Tendron's Recommended Buddhist Readings.


Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources
Connecticut Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Connecticut; DNA and non-DNA cases. Sentence must include at least a ten year period of incarceration and be no less than five years from estimated release date. There must be some new evidence in the case which would establish innocence.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Connecticut
Connections 2017

The NYPL's Correctional Library Services publishes Connections 2017 (314 pages), an annual guide and directory of resources in New York City available to help people when they are leaving correctional facilities. The guidebook is free to those incarcerated in New York State prisons and local jails, with mailed copies prioritized for soon-to-be-released individuals. A Spanish translation of the 2015 edition is available as a PDF file only. Spanish speakers who are incarcerated can request up to 40 printed pages at a time of Conexiones 2015, to be sent via mail. Aquí encontrará una traducción al español disponible como un archivo PDF. Personas que están encarceladas pueden solicitar hasta 40 páginas impresas de "Conexiones 2015" a la vez (que se enviarán por carta), escribiendo a: NYPL Correctional Services, 445 Fifth Ave, NY, NY 10016.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
Cornell Prison Education Program

The Cornell Prison Education Program brings together Cornell faculty and graduate students to teach a free college-level liberal arts curriculum to a select group of inmates at Auburn Correctional Facility and Cayuga Correctional Facility.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
Correctional Association of New York

Founded in 1844, the Correctional Association of New York (CA) is an independent non-profit organization that advocates for a more humane and effective criminal justice system and a more just and equitable society. CA has several working projects, including the Coalition for Women Prisoners, the Drop the Rock Coalition (downsizing the prison system), Release Aging Poeple in Prison Campaign, and the Juvenile Justice Coalition.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
Critical Resistance

Critical Resistance (CR) seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes everyone safe. CR also publishes “The Abolitionist," once a year, which is free to prisoners.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
CURE Life-Long

Publishes a quarterly newspaper covering prisoners with sentences of 25 years to life. Prisoner’s rate is $5 per year.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
CURE-SORT

CURE-SORT (Sex Offenders Restored through Treatment) has information, resources, contacts, and support to individuals, families, defense attorneys, treatment providers, and professionals who work with issues of sexual abuse and its prevention.  CURE-SORT is an issue chapter of Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE).


Rehabilitation / Nonviolence Programs
DC Books to Prisoners

Request reading material by prioritized subjects and please list prison restrictions if known. Books shipped to all states except CA, CT, FL, IL, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, VT, WA, & WI. Please wait 5 months between requests.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Death Penalty Information Center

DPIC focuses on disseminating studies and reports related to the death penalty to the news media and general public covering subjects such as race, innocence, politicization, costs of the death penalty, and more. Most of their publications are freely downloadable from their website, or available for a small fee in printed format. Request a copy of their “Resource Order Form,” and also a current list of their publications.


Death Penalty Resources
Denver Anarchist Black Cross

The Denver Anarchist Black Cross exists to contribute to the defense of social movements, both internally and externally, working against oppression everywhere. Questions, concerns, comments, ideas, and/or wishes to collaborate or participate, please contact Denver ABC at the above address.


Newsletters and Magazines
Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund

Assistance is generally limited to providing basic disability civil rights informational materials and referrals, with attention to CDCR state prisoners. DREDF does not provide assistance with individual disability benefits applications or denial of Social Security Disability benefits.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Disability Rights Texas

Advocacy for disabled people in Texas, including those in some correctional facilities. Write for handout: Disability Discrimination in Correctional Facilities, or Suing a Government Entity for an Injury.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Texas
East Bay Prisoner Support

Sends free anarchist and other literature to prisoners in CA, AZ, NM, TX, UT and NV. Sends zines to queer, trans and women prisoners in any state. Write to receive a catalog.


LGBT Organizations and Resources
Education Justice Project

The Education Justice Project (EJP) publishes Mapping Your Future: A Guide to Successful Reentry (2016-17 Ed), a 188-page reentry guide which is free for Illinois prisoners. The guide identifies things to do prior to release and provides a list of resources for after release.The EJP also offers college level classes, writing programs, and reading groups for students incarcerated at Danville Correctional Center.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Illinois
Edward R. Hamilton Books

Vendor of overstock and bargain books, some hardbound and others paperbound (type of binding listed in catalogs). Sends out free book catalogs, organized by the following subject areas: Arts & Education; Fiction; Healthy Living; History; Home & Garden; Biography; Cookbooks; Military History; Craft/Needlecrafts; Science & Nature; New Arrivals; and Bargain Books.


Books and Magazines - Vendors and Publishers
Edwin Gould Services for Children

Sponsors the Incarcerated Mothers Program, a specially designed preventive program that addresses the needs of mothers parenting their children from prison in New York with the goal of preventing foster care placement by assisting women and their children during and after the time of arrest; court; jail; and as they return to the community. IMP provides advocacy, foster care prevention, counseling, and vocational training, and also offers prison-based parenting groups serving fathers.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
Equal Justice Initiative

The Equal Justice Initiative provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system. They litigate on behalf of condemned prisoners, juvenile offenders, people wrongly convicted or charged with violent crimes, poor people denied effective representation, and others whose trials are marked by racial bias or prosecutorial misconduct.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Ex-Offender Re-Entry Services Guide

The 23-page Ex-Offender Re-Entry Services Guide (2016) has been designed to enhance and expand services to ex-offenders in Idaho, and assist in their re-entry into the State's work force.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Idaho
Exoneree Diaries

Exoneree Diaries: The Fight for Innocence, Independence, and Identity (Alison Flowers, 2016, $17.95 +$2.50 S&H, use coupon code EXONEREE40 for a 40% discount -$10.77+2.50, TOTAL=$13.02). Through intimate portraits of four exonerated prisoners, investigative journalist Alison Flowers explores what happens to innocent people when the state flings open the jailhouse door and tosses them back, empty-handed, into the unknown. From the front lines of the wrongful conviction capital of the United States—Cook County, Illinois—Flowers recounts profoundly human stories of reclaiming life, overcoming adversity, and searching for purpose after exoneration. As she tells each exoneree's powerful story, Flowers vividly shows that release from prison, though sometimes joyous and hopeful, is not a Hollywood ending-or an ending at all. Rather, an exoneree's first unshackled steps are the beginning of a new journey full of turmoil and uncertainty. Flowers also sheds new light on the collateral damage of wrongful convictions on families and communities, challenging deeper problems of mass incarceration and the criminal justice system.


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
Families Against Mandatory Minimums

FAMM is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization fighting for fair and proportionate sentencing laws that allow judicial discretion while maintaining public safety, and primarily advocates for state and federal sentencing reform. May not timely respond to letters.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Family Law Project

Wisconsin Law students work under experienced family law attorneys to provide information and represent prison inmates and caregivers in their family law matters including divorces, paternity actions, child support modifications, child placement, visitation and guardianship.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Wisconsin
Federal Prison Handbook

The Federal Prison Handbook (Christopher Zoukis, 2016, 491 pages, $49.95 +$6 S&H) is the definitive guide to surviving incarceration in a federal prison. This handbook teaches individuals facing incarceration, prisoners who are already inside, and their friends and family everything they need to know to protect themselves and their rights. The thorough information was compiled by someone who has first-hand experience with the federal prison system, as Zoukis is an advocate currently serving time at a federal prison. His insider’s view of this unknown world guides inmates through the mental stresses of confinement. Importantly, this text provides detailed instructions on how prisoners can protect their rights. Importantly, this text provides detailed instructions on how prisoners can protect their rights. The author is a college-educated prisoner who has fought extensively to preserve his rights and the rights of other prisoners.


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
Federal Receiver - J. Clark Kelso

In 2002, California settled a class-action lawsuit by agreeing to reform their medical care system, and the federal court appointed a federal Receiver to oversee the reform process. The receiver’s job is to bring the level of medical care in California prisons to a standard which no longer violates the U.S. Constitution. Prisoner patients under the control of the CDCR and their families may write to the above address with concerns about health care issues (except for mental health, dental, or substance abuse and treatment).


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Florida Institutional Legal Services

FILS serves people who are institutionalized in Florida. FILS publishes the Florida Parental Rights Manual for Incarcerated Parents and their Families (2008) 106 pages, which is available for download from their website or may be obtained by writing the above address. 


State Based Organizations and Resources, Florida
Florida Justice Institute

The Florida Justice Institute (FJI) is a public interest law firm that conducts civil rights litigation and advocacy in the areas of prisoners’ rights, housing discrimination, disability discrimination, and other areas impacting the poor and disenfranchised. This includes cases for persons currently or formerly incarcerated in a Florida prison or jail involving mistreatment while incarcerated, or involving the conditions of the facility. Does not assist with criminal law cases or habeas corpus petitions.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Florida
Forever Family, Inc.

Forever Family is an advocacy group for incarcerated parents which provides helpful information for all parents in prison who have children, but can only provide social services in the Atlanta area.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Georgia
Fortune Society

The Fortune Society’s vision is to create a world where all who are incarcerated or formerly incarcerated can become positive, contributing members of society. They do this through a holistic, one-stop model of service provision. Their continuum of care, informed and implemented by professionals with cultural backgrounds and life experiences similar to those of their clients, helps ensure each client's success. The Fortune Society serves approximately 4,500 men and women annually via three primary New York City-area locations: their service center in Long Island City, and both the Fortune Academy and Castle Gardens in West Harlem. Also publishes the Fortune News twice per year, which is free to those incarcerated in NY.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
Freebird Publishers

Freebird Publishers offers prisoner publications including titles such as Inmate Shopper, Cell Chef Cookbook, Life With A Record, Start Thinking Outside Prison, and other books, guides, newsletters, collectible artwork photos, greeting cards, and niche items created for and by incarcerated individuals. Send for their packet of color brochures, and include a pre-addresses stamped envelope for faster service.


Books and Magazines - Vendors and Publishers
Freedom Education Project Puget Sound

The FEPPS program offers a rigorous college program inside the Washington Corrections Center for Women leading to an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree. The cclasses are taught by professors from the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma Community College, Evergreen State College, University of Washington, and Pacific Lutheran University.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Washington
Friends and Family of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children

Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children is a grassroots membership-based organization working to transform the systems that put children at risk of prison. Through empowerment, leadership development, and training they strive to keep children from going to prison and support those who have and their families. From the street level to the state level, from meeting rooms to the state capitol, they are working to build a society based on the principles of racial justice, human rights, and full participation through our tireless fight for justice for youth.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Louisiana
Friends Committee on Legislation of California

Quaker founded group that advocates and lobbies for CA state laws that are just, compassionate, and respectful of the inherent worth of every person. They publish a free quarterly periodical, the FCLCA Newsletter, which keeps track of pending legislation.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Friends Outside

Friends Outside provides services and support to visitors at each California State Prison, and are located outside the prison walls but on prison grounds (usually adjacent to the visitor parking lots). Visitor Centers provide childcare, transportation, information and resources, and a restful and welcoming place to stop for a moment before and after visits. Does not usually respond to letters.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Georgetown Law Journal Annual Review of Criminal Procedure

The Georgetown Law Journal Annual Review of Criminal Procedure (ARCP) 45th Ed, July 2016, 1000+ pages) is $25 if shipped directly to prisoners, $85 for all others. The ARCP provides readers with objective, concise and accurate overview of criminal procedure and recent case-law decisions in the United States Supreme Court and each of the 12 Federal Circuit Courts. The $25 discounted rate is only honored for orders sent directly to correctional facilities. Refunds are not available. Orders are shipped USPS, so please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. Tax must be included if shipping to DC (5.75%), VA (5.0%), MD (6%), NY (7.0%), TN (7% state & 2.25% local) and PA (6.0% or 7.0% if sent to Philadelphia or Allegheny County.)


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
Georgia Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Georgia and Alabama; DNA and non-DNA cases; will consider arson and shaken baby syndrome cases; no sentence requirements.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Georgia
Georgia Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Georgia and Alabama; DNA and non-DNA cases; will consider arson and shaken baby syndrome cases; no sentence requirements.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Alabama
GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)

Through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy and education, GLAD works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status and sexual orientation. As part of this work, GLAD handles legal issues involving GLBTQ and HIV positive prisoners.  Will refer out non-New England prison issues. Also has a New England centered resource guide.


LGBT Organizations and Resources
Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project

The Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project provides direct in-person service to indigent inmates, advocates for prisoners charged with violating prison regulations, represents prisoners at the Parole Board and disciplinary hearings, provides research assistance for domestic post-conviction, reviews civil rights arguments, and offers other services to prisoners. Because this program is university-affiliated, it may not be staffed during transitional periods in the academic schedule.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Massachusetts
Hastings Women’s Law Journal

Since 1989, the Hastings Women's Law Journal has provided a forum for voices outside the traditional scope of legal academic scholarship. They offer and maintain an inclusive space for feminism, race theory, queer theory, multi-culturalism, animal rights, disability rights, language rights, international human rights, criminal defendants' rights and human rights of people in prison, among others. They are actively seeking submissions from women in prison about their experiences. Contact them for further info.


Women's Organizations and Resources
Hawai'i Innocence Project

Accepts cases from prisoners who are currently incarcerated, serving a lengthy sentence, convicted in Hawai'i, have a credible claim of factual innocence of the crime(s), and evidence potentially exists which could support the claim of factual innocence.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Hawaii
Haymarket Books

Haymarket Books is a nonprofit, radical book distributor and publisher, a project of the Center for Economic Research and Social Change. They believe that activists need to take ideas, history, and politics into the many struggles for social justice today. The books they offer reflect their values. Write for a copy of their catalog (discounts for prisoners).


Books and Magazines - Vendors and Publishers
Hearts on a Wire

A group of trans and gender variant people building a movement for gender self-determination, racial and economic justice, and an end to policing and imprisoning our communities. Offers a free newsletter to incarcerated and detained people. Write to be added to their mailing list.


LGBT Organizations and Resources
Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf (HEARD)

HEARD is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that provides advocacy services for deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind inmates across the nation. HEARD’s mission is to promote equal access to the justice and legal system for deaf defendants, detainees, prisoners, and returned citizens. HEARD created and maintains the only national database of deaf and deaf-blind prisoners and is the only organization that focuses on correcting and preventing wrongful conviction of deaf people. May not timely respond to letters.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Hepatitis C Support Project

HCSP’s mission is to provide unbiased information, support, and advocacy to all communities affected by HCV. They offer 12 separate fact sheets on HepC, available on request,


Health Care / AIDS / Hep C Resources
Hour Children

Mission is to support incarcerated mothers and their children. Provides resources and services outside and inside New York state prisons only. Also provides services in Spanish (también ofrece servicios en español).


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison

College courses are offered to prisoners at Fishkill, Sing Sing and Sullivan Correctional Facilities for Men and Taconic Correctional Facility for Women, with the following degrees offered: Associates Degree in Liberal Arts, Associate and Bachelor’s Degrees in Behavioral Science, and Bachelor Degree in Organizational Management.  And to ensure a successful transition to life after prison, Hudson Link partners with re­entry organizations to provide supportive services for their alumni. The Hudson Link Alumni Office also provides job readiness skills including resume writing, job search assistance, interview attire, laptops, professional mentoring and internship opportunities.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
Human Rights Coalition

The Human Rights Coalition (HRC) advocates for abolishment of solitary confinement in Pennsylvania prisons. They also publish the HRC Legal Pamphlet Series, other pamphlets and information letters, and the “PA Prison Directory Action Guide” (2009) (too many pages for them to print & mail, but available for download on their website).


State Based Organizations and Resources, Pennsylvania
Idaho Innocence Project

Idaho prisoners with at least 5 years remaining on their sentence must write a letter directly for assistance, clearly stating his or her innocence. The project accepts only post-conviction cases from prisoners who do not currently have legal counsel.  They will respond to the letter and let the prisoner know if any further information is needed before making a decision about their case.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Idaho
Illinois Innocence Project

Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in Illinois; DNA and non-DNA cases; eight or more years left to serve. The prisoner must be seeking to establish his/her actual innocence of the crime(s). The following factors are considered: absence of physical evidence, reliability of eye witnesses, identification of alternative suspects, police or prosecutorial misconduct and inconsistency of the nature of the crime as compared to the background of the prisoner.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Illinois
Inmate Magazine Service

Magazine subscription service for prisoners.  Offers specials such as 3 full year subscriptions for $15 an.d 6 for $20.  Write for their order form.


Books and Magazines - Vendors and Publishers
Inmate Shopper

Inmate Shopper (Fall/Winter 2016-17, 325 pages) is America's largest book of resources for inmate's services plus many other sections of reading and entertainment. Inmate Shopper reviews and rates many of the businesses that service inmates. Their business directory has hundreds of listings for gift shops, catalogs to order, photo sellers, personal assistants, magazine & book sellers and many more. Added sections include Segments From the Arts (writers, poetry, art, music), Criminal Justice News, Entertainment, Sports Schedules, Centerfold (non-nude) and more. Published twice a year with new content in each issue. Order online, phone, email or send a payment for $24.99 (includes priority shipping & tracking) to the above address. Accepts JPay and Corrlinks at Diane@FreebirdPublishers.com. MoneyGram also accepted.


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
InmateMags.com

InmateMags.com provides single issues and monthly subscriptions for almost 2000 different magazines. Send $3, or ten 49¢ or Forever stamps for their full 56-page catalog. With it you’ll receive a $3 coupon good for $3 off your first order. Orders may also be called in or placed online by family or friends, who can also establish deposit accounts for prisoners who may then directly submit orders by mail.


Books and Magazines - Vendors and Publishers
Innocence and Justice Clinic

Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in North Carolina; DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements.


State Based Organizations and Resources, North Carolina
Innocence and Justice Project

Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in New Mexico; DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New Mexico
Innocence Matters

A very small number of post-conviction cases are accepted where Innocence Matters assumes the role of the lead lawyer, but only if the following criteria are met: the defendant is indigent; the accused is factually innocent and willing to submit to and pass a polygraph exam; case originates in Los Angeles County; he or she has already been rejected by a California Innocence Project; and Innocence Matters is not already at capacity. To be considered for Direct Post-Conviction Representation, send a letter to the above address.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Innocence Project

The Innocence Project only accepts cases on post-conviction appeal in which DNA testing can prove innocence. If the case does not involve biological evidence or DNA, check to see if there is another program that provides broader legal and investigative assistance. No cases accepted from AZ, CA, IL, MI, OH, WA, or WI.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Innocence Project at the UVA School of Law

The Innocence Project at the UVA School of Law will consider accepting cases of wrongful convictions if three criteria are met: (1) the inmate must have been convicted of a crime in Virginia, (2) the conviction must be final, and (3) the inmate is actually innocent of the crime of which he or she was convicted. If those three criteria are met, their decision whether or not to accept the case will be based upon the likelihood of being able to prove innocence, the availability of legal remedies, and their current caseload. To be considered, send a letter requesting their application packet.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Virginia
Innocence Project New Orleans

Accepts cases of factual innocence from Louisiana; must be serving a life sentence or a near-life sentence with at least 10 years left to be served; direct appeal has been denied; cannot afford an attorney; is not serving a sentence on another conviction.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Louisiana
Innocence Project New Orleans

Accepts cases of factual innocence from Louisiana or the following south Mississippi counties (Adams, Amite, Claiborne, Clarke, Copiah, Covington, Forrest, Franklin, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marion, Pearl River, Perry, Pike, Simpson, Smith, Stone, Walthall, Wayne, Wilkinson); must be serving a life sentence or a near-life sentence with at least 10 years left to be served; direct appeal has been denied; cannot afford an attorney; is not serving a sentence on another conviction.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Mississippi
Innocence Project Northwest

In order to qualify for representation, a prisoner must: Be wrongly convicted of crimes in Washington; be unable to afford counsel; no longer have the right to appointed counsel; have completed the direct appeals process; have at least three years of prison time remaining to be served; have a claim of actual innocence that can be proven through DNA testing or other newly discovered evidence; and have no involvement in the crime whatsoever.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Washington
Innocence Project of Florida

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Florida; DNA and Non-DNA Cases including arson and shaken baby syndrome cases. No sentence requirements. Does not accept federal cases or cases on direct appeal.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Florida
Innocence Project of Iowa

Cases that the organization is most likely to accept include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following: cases wherein scientific evidence may be used to exonerate the prisoner of the crime; cases that arise out of mistaken eyewitness identification; cases that arise out of false confessions;  cases that arise out of police, prosecutorial, or judicial neglect or misconduct; cases that arise out of unreliable scientific methods, tests, or procedures; cases that arise out of false witness testimony; and cases that arise out of egregious defense counsel neglect or misconduct.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Iowa
Innocence Project of Minnesota

The Minnesota Innocence Project investigates claims of wrongful conviction from prisoners convicted of crimes in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota where DNA or other overwhelming evidence of innocence is present.


State Based Organizations and Resources, South Dakota
Innocence Project of Minnesota

The Minnesota Innocence Project investigates claims of wrongful conviction from prisoners convicted of crimes in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota where DNA or other overwhelming evidence of innocence is present.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Minnesota
Innocence Project of Minnesota

The Minnesota Innocence Project investigates claims of wrongful conviction from prisoners convicted of crimes in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota where DNA or other overwhelming evidence of innocence is present.


State Based Organizations and Resources, North Dakota
Innocence Project of Texas

The Innocence Project of Texas can only review cases that meet the following tests: The prisoner is claiming actual innocence; the conviction is a felony which took place in a Texas state court; and all direct appeals have been completed.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Texas
Inside Books Project

Sends free books and literature to prisoners in Texas only. Also sends a very informative prisoner resource guide free to prisoners in all states. Send two stamps, or pre-addressed stamped envelope containing two stamps for a copy of their resource guide.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Texas
Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program

Since 2007, University of Oregon has taught three Inside-Out Classes through the Clark Honors College at the Oregon State Penitentiary. Courses are taught in an integrated classroom with outside students (from the Honors College) and inside students (who are incarcerated at Oregon State Penitentiary).


State Based Organizations and Resources, Oregon
Islamic Society of North America

Sends Qurans and other introductory books on Islamic study to prison libraries and inmates. Ability to send books depends on the prison’s policies. No catalog available; write to receive books.


Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources
Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook

The Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook (5th Ed, 2010, 158 pages, free) published jointly by the National Lawyers Guild and the Center for Constitutional Rights, explains how a prisoner can start a lawsuit in federal court to fight against mistreatment and bad conditions in prison. To receive a paperbound copy, mail a request to the above address. Please note the Handbook is also available downloaded from their website (http://jailhouselaw.org/) by an outside source, printed out, and mailed to the prisoner. List of chapter headings: (1) Introduction; (2) Your Legal Options; (3) Your Rights in Prison; (4) Structuring Your Lawsuit; (5) How to Start Your Lawsuit; (6) Legal System & Research; (7) The Legal System and Legal Research; and 12 appendices. Donations of $2 (or more) help offset postage and shipping and are greatly appreciated.


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization

Offers limited legal services to CT federal and state prisoners, including parole-related litigation, post-conviction, habeas corpus, prison conditions, and direct referrals. Publishes Connecticut Prisoners' Rights, which includes a guide to resources for prisoners and ex-offenders, $4 if able to pay. Because this program is university-affiliated, it may not be staffed during transitional periods in the academic schedule.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Connecticut
Jewish Prisoner Services International

JPSI is a Jewish chaplaincy organization that strives to fulfill the Talmudic obligation of all Jews being responsible for each other, along with other religious mandates of their faith. JPSI strives to insure that Jewish prisoners are permitted to practice their faith by providing the advocacy and religious materials to further that goal. They are limited to assisting Jewish prisoners and their families only.


Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources
John Howard Association of Illinois

The John Howard Association (JHA) is the only independent prison monitor in Illinois, and visits over a dozen prisons per year. They then write reports about prison conditions which are provided to prisoners and the public upon request. JHA also advocates for reforms like sentencing credits and more resources for prison programs. Write to JHA for further details and to request copies of statutes, court decisions, forms, IDOC rules, etc.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Illinois
Just Detention International

Formerly called Stop Prisoner Rape, JDI seeks to end sexual violence against prisoners. JDI provides information and advocacy on sexual abuse and exploitation of prisoners including support and advice for victims and targets of both sexes including information on psychological and health consequences, legal action, and survivor options. Prisoners may communicate confidentially with SPR using legal mail, addressing correspondence to Ms. Cynthia Totten, Esq., Bar #199266, at the above address. JDI also publishes the Resource Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse Behind Bars, which offers resources for survivors who are still incarcerated, those who have been released, and loved ones on the outside who are searching for ways to help.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
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 women's healthcare access, and offer assistance with compassionate release. Their collect call line (for women inside) is 510-832-4357, 1pm-4pm, Tuesday-Friday.


Women's Organizations and Resources
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.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Washington
Kentucky Innocence Project

In order to qualify for services from the Kentucky Innocence Project, prospective clients should meet the following criteria: a Kentucky conviction & incarceration; a minimum ten-year sentence; a minimum of three years until eligible to go before the parole board or if parole has been deferred, a minimum of three years to the next appearance before the parole board; new evidence of innocence discovered since the conviction which can be investigated; and a claim of actual innocence.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Kentucky
Korey Wise Innocence Project at Colorado Law

The Korey Wise Innocence Project (fKWIP) will not take cases in which the defendant already has a lawyer, or is entitled to a lawyer at state expense. The KWIP will take a case only where there is a genuine and provable claim of innocence. The KWIP gets involved only when the traditional methods of appealing a conviction have failed. Only Colorado cases arising in Colorado will be accepted (state and federal). Write for a copy of the KWIP evaluation criteria.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Colorado
Lambda Legal

Lambda Legal carries out its legal work principally through test cases selected for the likelihood of their success in establishing positive legal precedents that will affect LGBT people and those affected by HIV. Lambda Legal recently represented a trans prisoner successfully in a lawsuit against the Texas prison system.


LGBT Organizations and Resources
Lansing Correctional Facility Program

Donnelly College offers an on-site Associate Degree program to prisoners at the Lansing Correctional Facility. As a Catholic institution, this program has a Christian aim to assist prisoners and directly complements the school’s founding mission “to provide education and community services with personal concern for the needs and abilities of each student, especially those who might not otherwise be served.”


State Based Organizations and Resources, Kansas
Legal Action Center

The Legal Action Center’s mission is to assist New York state residents to fight discrimination against those with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas. Write for list of publications.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
Legal Aid Society Prisoner's Rights Project

The Prisoner’s Rights Project (PRP) protects and enforces the legal rights of New York City and New York State prisoners through litigation, advice, and assistance to individual prisoners. PRP does not deal with prisoners’ criminal cases or sentences or matters related to parole.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners

Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners (LAMP) provides civil representation to indigent persons incarcerated in Minnesota. Students at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law represent clients from interview through any trial. Cases include domestic relations, imprisonment-related matters (institutional grievances, parole, and detainers), and the full range of other civil problems including debtor-creditor, wills, contracts, torts, and civil rights issues. LAMP does not handle appeals for inmates to contest their convictions.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Minnesota
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

LSPC publishes manuals, reports, fact sheets and pamphlets for CA prisoners in the following areas: Family Matters (guardianship, visitation, pregnancy); Reentry Services; Prison Conditions (isolation and other), and Proposition 47. They also publish A Manual on SSI/SSDI for Prisoners and Their Advocates.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Lesbian and Gay Insurrection

LAGAI is a grassroots organization doing direct action and education for radical social change from a queer perspective. Produces the bimonthly newspaper “ULTRAVIOLET,” which is free to prisoners.


LGBT Organizations and Resources
Lewisburg Prison Project

The Lewisburg Prison Project (LPP) counsels and assists prisoners who write to LPP when prisoners encounter treatment perceived as illegal or unfair. Their geographic coverage area includes four federal institutions (Allenwood, Lewisburg, McKean, and Schuylkill), 11 PA state prisons, and 34 county jails in the middle district of PA. LPP also distributes publications to prisoners nationwide at a nominal fee. A partial list of their Legal Bulletins includes the following titles: Legal Research, Religious Rights, First Amendment, Access to Courts, Exhausting Administrative Remedies, Disciplinary Hearings, Racial/Religious Discrimination, Assaults, and Medical Rights. LPP also distributes the Prisoners' Rights Handbook (2009, 142 pages) as well as other legal information by mail. Send an SASE for full list of available publications.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
LGBT Books to Prisoners

Volunteer run organization that sends books and other educational materials, free of charge, to LGBT-identified people in prison across the US. Will send books in Spanish if available (enviar libros en Español si está disponible).


LGBT Organizations and Resources
Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners

Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners provides free books to women prisoners in any state, as well as to male prisoners in these four states only: AL, AR, MS, and LA. Letters from Louisiana and women prisoners are given priority, with all other letters answered in the order received.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Loyola Law School's Project for the Innocent

Loyola Law School’s Project for the Innocent is dedicated to the exoneration of the wrongfully convicted. If after a thorough investigation of a case, a true claim of innocence is provable, clinic students will help draft a habeas petition so that the case can be litigated in court. The Project is only able to represent inmates from the state of California who claim factual innocence, have exhausted all their appeals, and are no longer represented by an attorney.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Maine State Prison College Program

Program sponsored by University College at Rockland College offers Associates and Bachelor's Degrees.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Maine
Maoist Internationalist Ministry of Prisons

Maoist Internationalist Ministry of Prisons (MIM) is a revolutionary antiimperialist group fighting criminal injustice, helping prisoners to organize and educate themselves. Sends books to prisoners, and offers prisoners a free subscription to their newspaper Under Lock & Key. Write to MIM for a free prisoner subscription. May not timely respond to letters.


Newsletters and Magazines
McKinney Wrongful Conviction Clinic

Students represent indigent clients seeking relief from wrongful Indiana convictions in state post-conviction and/or federal habeas corpus proceedings. State cases are accepted in cooperation with the Office of the State Public Defender. Accepts cases of actual innocence; DNA and Non-DNA Cases; will consider arson, Shaken Baby Syndrome, and child abuse cases.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Indiana
Medill Justice Project

The Medill Justice Project investigates potentially wrongful murder convictions. To be considered, a case must meet all of the following criteria: The crime must have taken place in the United States; the charges must include murder; the case must have been heard by the state appellate court and the conviction must have been affirmed; and the prisoner must be claiming actual innocence.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Mettanokit Outreach

Mettanokit is a non-profit learning center and service organization working for a more human society based on the old values of cooperation and equality and the closeness and caring found in our elder tribal societies. Part of their program is offering Native circles in prisons, with 10 of these circles currently in New England prisons. Description of these may be found in the book Ending Violent Crime. Descriptions of the Native American traditions that provide an understanding for much of this work may be found in the book Return to Creation. Write for further information and list of books for sale.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New Hampshire
Michigan Innocence Clinic

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Michigan; non-DNA cases only; no sentence requirements. The prisoner must not be currently represented by counsel and the crime and conviction must have occurred in Michigan.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Michigan
Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in state or federal courts in DC, MD, and VA; DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements; arson and shaken baby syndrome cases; may consider child abuse cases.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Maryland
Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in state or federal courts in DC, MD, and VA; DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements; arson and shaken baby syndrome cases; may consider child abuse cases.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Virginia
Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in state or federal courts in MD, VA, and DC; DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements; arson and shaken baby syndrome cases; may consider child abuse cases.


State Based Organizations and Resources, District Of Columbia
Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in state or federal courts in DC, MD, & VA; DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements; arson and shaken baby syndrome cases; may consider child abuse cases.


State Based Organizations and Resources, District Of Columbia
Middle Ground Prison Reform

Middle Ground Prison Reform has been working for Arizona's prisoners and their families since 1983. Their main areas of activity are: 1) public education about the need for criminal justice reform 2) legislative advocacy on behalf of prisoners and their visitors 3) litigation to protect and define the rights and responsibilities of prisoners and their supporters 4) referral to community resources for ex-offenders. They do not publish a hard copy newsletter. Instead, they encourage friends and family of prisoners to visit their website and download and mail copies of pertinent information inside to prisoners.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Arizona
Midwest Books to Prisoners

Midwest Books to Prisoners is staffed by volunteers who collect book donations, read letters, pack packages and solicit donations. Books are sent to prisoners in the following states: IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, OH, ND, SD & WI.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Midwest Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in AR, IA, KS, MO, and NE; must have more than 10 years left to serve on his/her sentence, and/or the applicant must register as a sex offender; is not currently represented by an attorney; and has NOT received the death penalty.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Missouri
Midwest Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in AR, IA, KS, MO, and NE; must have more than 10 years left to serve on his/her sentence, and/or the applicant must register as a sex offender; is not currently represented by an attorney; and has NOT received the death penalty.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Nebraska
Midwest Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in AR, IA, KS, MO, and NE; have more than 10 years left to serve on his/her sentence, and/or the applicant must register as a sex offender; is not currently represented by an attorney; and has NOT received the death penalty.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Kansas
Midwest Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in AR, IA, KS, MO, and NE; must have more than 10 years left to serve on his/her sentence, and/or the applicant must register as a sex offender; is not currently represented by an attorney; and has NOT received the death penalty.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Iowa
Midwest Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in AR, IA, KS, MO, and NE; must have more than 10 years left to serve on his/her sentence, and/or the applicant must register as a sex offender; is not currently represented by an attorney; and has NOT received the death penalty.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Arkansas
Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project

Midwest Pages to Prisoners provides free books to prisoners in these nine Midwest states only: IA, IN, KS, MN, MO, ND, NE, OK, & SD.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Mississippi Innocence Project

The Project currently accepts applications for legal representation from prisoners convicted in Mississippi who believe that they may have a claim of actual innocence.  The Project only reviews cases from central and north Mississippi counties-excluding 30 south Mississippi counties served by the Innocence Project New Orleans (see LOUISIANA listing). The Project only accepts application requests directly from prisoners and only by mail.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Mississippi
Mississippi Reentry Guide

This 196-page Mississippi Reentry Guide is intended to provide essential information and resources about services to ex-offenders and those that support them. Their goal is to ensure that those leaving incarceration will have an easier and more successful transition back into their community. Write to the above address for a copy.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Mississippi
Montana Innocence Project

Accepts DNA and non-DNA cases. Prisoners must have been convicted of a felony crime in a Montana state or federal court; must have completed trial, sentencing and direct appeals; must not currently be represented by an attorney. Priority is given to cases where convincing and corroborating evidence can establish actual innocence.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Montana
NAACP Legal Defense Fund

NAACP Legal Defense Fund Is a non-profit law firm which deals only with cases of obvious race discrimination and affecting broad classes of people. They also handle a small number of capital defense and life without parole cases. Does not timely respond to individual prisoner letters.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Narcotics Anonymous

NA publishes a wide variety of materials concerning drug addiction and recovery, some of which are expressly produced for persons currently incarcerated, including Behind the Walls. También ofrece literatura en español, incluyendo Entre Rejas.


Rehabilitation / Nonviolence Programs
National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women

The Clearinghouse assists defense teams on cases involving domestic violence survivors charged with crimes related to their abuse. They do not provide direct legal representation or advice or any social services, 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. A very small nonprofit organization, they do what they can to answer requests for assistance promptly, but responding to letters may take a long time, so it's best to call. They accept collect calls from incarcerated battered women, and have Spanish-speakers on staff (personas que hablan español en el personal).


Women's Organizations and Resources
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

Publishes “Lifelines,” a quarterly newspaper about what’s going on in the struggle for death penalty abolition. They do not offer legal resources.


Death Penalty Resources
National Jericho Movement

National Jericho Movement is a political prisoner support group working to free all Political Prisoners. May not respond to letters.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
National Lawyers Guild Prison Law Project

The NLG helps publish the Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook on bringing civil rights claims alleging violation of constitutional rights in prison or jail. NLG does not provide lawyers or legal assistance, but does provide free membership for jailhouse lawyers. May not timely respond to letters.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Navajo Nation Corrections Project

A pioneer in the realm of prisoner advocacy, the Navajo Nation Corrections Project promotes Native inmates' dignity and recovery through access to civil rights and culturally appropriate religious rites.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Nebraska Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Nebraska; DNA cases only; will consider arson, shaken baby syndrome and child abuse cases (with DNA); no sentence requirements.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Nebraska
New England Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, and  VT in which the prisoner has a claim of factual innocence; no time requirement DNA and non-DNA cases; will consider arson and shaken baby syndrome cases; may consider child abuse cases.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Connecticut
New England Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, and  VT in which the prisoner has a claim of factual innocence; no time requirement DNA and non-DNA cases; will consider arson and shaken baby syndrome cases; may consider child abuse cases.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Rhode Island
New England Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, and  VT in which the prisoner has a claim of factual innocence; no time requirement; DNA and non-DNA cases; will consider arson and shaken baby syndrome cases; may consider child abuse cases.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New Hampshire
New England Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, and  VT in which the prisoner has a claim of factual innocence; no time requirement; DNA and non-DNA cases; will consider arson and shaken baby syndrome cases; may consider child abuse cases.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Maine
New England Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, and  VT in which the prisoner has a claim of factual innocence; no time requirement; DNA and non-DNA cases; will consider arson and shaken baby syndrome cases; may consider child abuse cases.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Massachusetts
New England Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, and  VT in which the prisoner has a claim of factual innocence; no time requirement; DNA and non-DNA cases; will consider arson and shaken baby syndrome cases; may consider child abuse cases.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Vermont
New York State Prisoner Justice Coalition

Publishes the New York State Prisoner Justice Network Directory, a free 16-page directory of over 100 New York justice and prisoner support organizations.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
News & Letters

News & Letters is a Marxist-Humanist newspaper published by the News and Letters Committees, an organization of Marxist-Humanists who stand for the abolition of capitalism, whether in its private property or state property form. It is published bi-monthly, and features articles by prisoners and others on the prison struggle. Free to prisoners.


Newsletters and Magazines
NJ Office of the Corrections Ombudsman

The Office of the Corrections Ombudsman provides a mechanism for the continuing resolution of issues, problems or complaints of state sentenced prisoners within New Jersey's Correctional System regarding their living conditions and treatment. Prisoners in NJ institutions may call the Ombudsman toll-free at 555-555-5555.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New Jersey
North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence

Accepts cases of actual innocence in North Carolina; DNA and non-DNA cases; will consider arson and shaken baby syndrome cases, and may consider child abuse cases; typically limit to those in custody, but exceptions are made.


State Based Organizations and Resources, North Carolina
North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission

The North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission was created by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2006 and is charged with providing an independent and balanced truth-seeking forum for credible post-conviction claims of innocence in North Carolina. The Commission is separate from the appeals process. A person exonerated by the Commission process is declared innocent and cannot be retried again.


State Based Organizations and Resources, North Carolina
North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services

NCPLS provides legal assistance to prisoners in the North Carolina Department of Correction ranging from advice about prisoner’s legal rights to representation in litigation in state and federal court. Cases are accepted based on referrals from attorneys as well as direct requests from prisoners or individuals acting on behalf of prisoners incapable of requesting legal assistance. The organization is divided into three teams of attorneys and paralegals: Post-Conviction, Civil, and Support Services.


State Based Organizations and Resources, North Carolina
Northeastern University Prisoners' Rights Clinic

This Northeastern University program represents state prisoners in Eastern Mass. in parole revocation, disciplinary, and classification hearings. Because this program is university-affiliated, it may not be staffed during transitional periods in the academic schedule.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Massachusetts
Northern California Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Northern and Central CA; DNA and non-DNA; case three or more years left to serve. The applicant must have been convicted in CA state court of a serious felony or a three-strikes sentence. Will consider shaken baby syndrome, police misconduct, ineffective counsel, fire investigation, firearms and fingerprint analysis, false confessions, prosecutorial misconduct, and death penalty issues.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
NYC Books Through Bars

Specializes in political and history books, as well as literary fiction and other educational books with a priority for New York prisoners. Does not send religious literature. Fills requests from all states except AL, FL, LA, MA, MI, MS, NC, PA, OH & WI.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Oakland City University Prison Ministries Projects

Educational opportunities offered to inmates in the following Indiana facilities: Branchville Correctional Facility, Madison Correctional Facility, Miami Correctional Facility, Rockville Correctional Facility, Newcastle Correctional Facility and Indiana Women’s Prison. Degrees Offered: Associates and Bachelor's Degrees. Programs Offered: Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts, Food Service Mgt, Heating/Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Welding, Horticulture, Computer Technology, Business Administration, Human Services.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Indiana
Office of the Public Defender

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Delaware; DNA cases only.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Delaware
Office on Returning Citizen Affairs

The Mayor's Office on Returning Citizen Affairs mission is to provide zealous advocacy, high-quality services, and up-to-date useful information for the empowerment of previously incarcerated persons in order to create a productive and supportive environment where persons may thrive, prosper and contribute to the social, political and economic development of self, family, and community. Publishes a 13-page guide, DC Reentry Resources.


State Based Organizations and Resources, District Of Columbia
Ohio Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Ohio; DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Ohio
Ohio University Correctional Education

Since 1974, Ohio University’s Correctional Education has provided an opportunity for incarcerated students in all states to study through print-based courses, to earn college credit, and work toward an Ohio University degree. Degrees offered: Associate in Applied Business, Associate in Arts, Associate in Individualized Studies, Associate in Science, Bachelor of Specialized Studies, and Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies. Write for a copy of the Student Inquiry Packet.


Higher Education
Ohio University Southern - Legal Studies

Ohio University Southern provides the following noncredit Legal Studies Certificate Courses to incarcerated students in all states, in a text-based format: Paralegal Certificate; Advanced Paralegal Certificate (requires the Paralegal Certificate); Alternative Dispute Resolution; Legal Investigation; Legal Secretary; and Victim Advocacy.


Higher Education
Oklahoma Innocence Project

The Oklahoma Innocence Project accepts cases of actual innocence in Oklahoma; DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Oklahoma
Oregon Innocence Project

The Oregon Innocence Project's mission is to exonerate the innocent, educate and train law students, and promote legal reforms aimed at preventing wrongful convictions.They provide free legal assistance to inmates convicted in an Oregon court who assert factual innocence, and where there is the possibility of proving innocence.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Oregon
Pace Post-Conviction Project

Law school students at Pace University investigate cases of actual innocence from Westchester County and New York City; DNA and non-DNA cases.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
Palmetto Innocence Project

The purpose of the Palmetto Innocence Project is to provide charitable pro bono legal assistance to prisoners convicted of serious crimes in South Carolina where cognizable claims of actual innocence or contentions of serious injustice in the criminal process exist.


State Based Organizations and Resources, South Carolina
Partnership for Safety & Justice

Advocacy group focused on changing public safety policy in Oregon only. Publishes newsletter and Prisoner Support Directory (2014) for Oregon prisoners.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Oregon
Pathfinder Press

Pathfinder Press carries books on the works of revolutionary and working class leaders, in English, Spanish, French, Farsi, Arabic, Swedish, Greek, Chinese, Russian, and Indonesian. Prisoners receive a 50% discount off the cover price, with a flat rate of $2.75 for shipping and handling per order (one or more titles). Write for a free catalog.


Books and Magazines - Vendors and Publishers
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.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Oregon
Paul Brunton Philosophic Foundation Prison Project

Offers nonsectarian books What is Karma? and Meditations for People in Crisis free to US prisoners.


Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources
Pen Prison Writing Program

Founded in 1971, the PEN Prison Writing Program believes in the restorative, rehabilitative power of writing and provides hundreds of prisoners across the country with skilled writing teachers and audiences for their work. It provides a place for prisoners to express themselves freely and encourages the use of the written word as a legitimate form of power. PEN's Prison Writing Program sponsors an annual writing contest, publishes the free book Handbook for Writers In Prison, provides one-on-one mentoring to prisoners, conducts workshops, and seeks to promote prisoners' work publicly through literary publications and readings.


Prison Writing / Arts Programs
Pennsylvania Innocence Project

The Pennsylvania Innocence Project only takes on cases from factually innocent individuals who have been wrongfully convicted and exhausted their appeals. The Project takes on cases with or without DNA evidence, and will consider arson, shaken baby syndrome, and child abuse cases.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project

PILP seeks to deliver civil legal services to the institutional population in Pennsylvania, and was created and designed to meet the needs of low income residents of PA prisons, jails, hospitals, and state centers. PILP also publishes (or provides) free copies of the following publications: Prisoners' Rights Handbook, 2013, 104 pages; A Guide to Correctional Law Decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States & the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 104 pgs; 2013-2015 Criminal Justice Advocacy & Support Directory, 98 pages; A Guide to Services for PA Inmates, Victims of Crime, and Their Families; How to Change Your Name - A Self-Help Guide, 33 pages; The Grandparents' Guide to Custody & Visitation in PA; Jailhouse Lawyer's Handbook, 152 pages; and Compassionate Release In Pennsylvania.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Prison Society

The Pennsylvania Prison Society was founded in 1787 to fight the harsh corporal punishments of the day, and has continued to fight against mistreatment and warehousing of prisoners for the past 230 years. Their present advocacy includes promoting prison visiting, and the publishing of “Graterfriends,” a monthly publication that allows prisoners and residents to voice their opinions and concerns about criminal justice issues ($3.00 for an annual prisoner subscription). They also distribute several fact sheets, including the following pahphlets: Programs & Services Flyer (April 2016); Ban The Box (Feb 2016); Expungement (Feb 2016); Obamacare & Medicaid (July 2014); Prisoner Reentry Network (Spring 2014); The Effects of Parental Incarceration on Children; Incarcerated Women: The Whole Truth; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); and Prisoner Voting Rights (PA). Write for further information.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Pennsylvania
People’s Law Office

The People’s Law Office fights for justice for people in Illinois who have been tortured or physically abused, wrongfully arrested or convicted, unfairly sentenced to death, or targeted as a result of their political beliefs or organizing efforts on behalf of movements struggling for justice and liberation.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Illinois
PM Press

PM Press carries counter-culture, anti-prison, and similar titles including The Prison-Industrial Complex and the Global Economy, The Debt Resisters’ Operations Manual, and Until the Rulers Obey. Prisoners receive a 50% discount. Write for a free catalog.


Books and Magazines - Vendors and Publishers
Prison Ashram Project

The Human Kindness Foundation's (HKF) Prison-Ashram Project sends free books to inmates all over the world, with most of their materials written by the late Bo Lozoff. HKF stresses a way of life based upon three common principles taught by the great sages of all religions: Simple living, a dedication to service, and a commitment to personal spiritual practice. Write for their newsletter and list of available books.


Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources
Prison Book Program

Sends books to prisoners in all states except CA, IL, MD, MI, NV, and TX. Offers a free 6-page “National Prisoner Resource List,” and a free resource list for LGBTQ. Does not send books or any other materials to any jails. Books may be delayed up to 4 to 6 months. Allows two book shipments per year.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Prison Book Project

The Prison Book Project currently sends around 10,000 books each year to indigent prisoners in Florida prisons, and serves approximately 2,600 prisoners each year.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Florida
Prison Books Collective

The Prison Books Collective is a Chapel Hill, NC-based anti-prison group that sends books to prisoners in Alabama and North Carolina only, maintains an extensive radical ‘zine catalog, widely distributes a monthly poster promoting political prisoner support, and publishes prisoners’ art and writing.


State Based Organizations and Resources, North Carolina
Prison Books Collective

The Prison Books Collective is a Chapel Hill, NC-based anti-prison group that sends books to prisoners in Alabama and North Carolina only, maintains an extensive radical ‘zine catalog, widely distributes a monthly poster promoting political prisoner support, and publishes prisoners’ art and writing.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Alabama
Prison Creative Arts Project

The Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) facilitates fine arts, creative writing, and theatre workshops in juvenile detention centers and prisons in Michigan. PCAP also organizes an annual art exhibit by Michigan prisoners, with all income going back to the artists. PCAP also publishes an annual journal of creative writing by Michigan prisoners.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Michigan
Prison Education Guide

Prison Education Guide (Christopher Zoukis, 2016, 280 pages, $49.95 + $6 S&H) is the most comprehensive guide to correspondence programs for prisoners available today. This exceptional book provides the reader with step-by-step instructions to find the right educational program, enroll in courses and complete classes to meet their academic goals. It is perfect for the incarcerated student who lacks Internet access or the ability to attend education classes in person. Prison Education Guide includes a detailed analysis of the quality, cost, and course offerings of all college correspondence programs available to prisoners. In a time when so many academic opportunities in prisons have been eliminated, this book is an invaluable reentry tool for prisoners who seek to further their education while incarcerated, and to help them prepare for life and work following their release.


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
Prison Health News

Prison Health News is a quarterly newsletter and health resource. Their newsletter is published four times a year for people in prison and strives to lift up the voices, experience and expertise of currently and formerly incarcerated people. They respond to all types of health questions from people in prisons and jails everywhere in the United States. Write to them for a free subscription or with health questions. Past issues are downloadable from the website.


Health Care / AIDS / Hep C Resources
Prison Justice League

The Prison Justice League (PJL) amplifies the voices of prisoners and their loved ones to end mass incarceration in Texas.  They address the needs of prisoners in Texas, challenge institutions of punishment and hold them accountable for their actions, and serve as a voice for prisoners and the communities most affected by the criminal justice system. Texas prisoners can reach PJL by legal mail at: PJL, Special Legal Counsel Brian McGiverin, 2221 Hancock, Drive, Austin, TX 78756.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Texas
Prison Law Office

The Prison law Office litigates and monitors class action lawsuits regarding medical care, mental health care, and disabled access for prisoners in California only. Also distributes self-help legal material on a number of topics. Write for list of available publications. Se habla Español.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Prison Legal News

Prison Legal News (PLN) is a 72-page monthly journal covering prison related news, summaries of recent case-law decisions affecting prisoners, and analysis from across the country. A one-year subscription is $30 for prisoners, $35 for individuals and $90 for lawyers and institutions. Single copies of current or back issues are $5. PLN also sells many books related to prison issues; write for a copy of their book list.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Prison Lives

Prison Lives offers several comprehensive, regularly updated publications, and direct prisoner assistance services. Book titles include their annual Prisoner Education Guide, Prisoner Resource Guide, and their quarterly Prisoner Entertainment Guide. Prison Lives also provides prisoner assistance services including internet research, paralegal work, typing, scanning, graphic design, book publishing, email, and other custom services. Write to request one of their informational brochures: Prisoner Guides; Prisoner Assistance Services; or Book Publishing.


Books and Magazines - Vendors and Publishers
Prison Mindfulness Institute

The PMI's mission is to provide prisoners, prison staff and prison volunteers, with the most effective, evidence-based tools for rehabilitation, self-transformation, and personal & professional development. Their dual focus is on transforming individual lives as well as transforming the corrections system as a whole in order to mitigate its extremely destructive impact on families, communities and the overall social capital of our society. PMI also publishes a variety of prisoner support literature including their Guide to Prison Survival.


Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources
Prison Publications

Prison Publications has been serving prisoner's book and magazine needs in jails and prisons for almost 8 years.  They offer gently used books and discounted magazine subscriptions, with over 800 titles from which to select. To obtain a copy of the Prison Publications book/magazine catalog, write them directly, or have one ordered from their website.


Books and Magazines - Vendors and Publishers
Prison University Project

The mission of the Prison University Project is to provide excellent higher education programs to people incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison; to create a replicable model for such programs; and to stimulate public awareness and meaningful dialogue about higher education and criminal justice in California. The central goals of the College Program at San Quentin are to educate and challenge students intellectually; to prepare them to lead thoughtful and productive lives inside and outside of prison; to provide them with skills needed to obtain meaningful employment and economic stability post-release; and to prepare them to become providers, leaders, and examples for their families and communities.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Prison Yoga Project

Prison Yoga Project offers two yoga manuals written especially for people in prison. A Path for Healing and Recovery offers physical practices (asana), breathing practices (pranayama) and meditation (dyhana) to improve mental, emotional and physical well-being. The book also serves as a powerful resource for anyone trying to break free of negative behavioral patterns. A Woman’s Practice: Healing from the Heart offers a simple and clear guide for women, whether free or behind bars who wish to use yoga to help heal themselves from trauma, stress or addiction. Write for a free copy of either book.


Health Care / AIDS / Hep C Resources
PrisonArte.com

The PrisonArte website was originally started to assist artists who worked with the website owner's husband at the same facility in which he is serving a 25-year sentence. The website has now been opened up to other artists throughout the U.S. PrisonArte's application process is crucial to get to know the artist and add them to PrisonArte's website and introduce the artist to the world. PrisonArte wants people to want to buy art from YOU. They offer this online venue by collecting a very small fee on each sale. The quality of every piece is inspected and approved in order to put on PrisonArte's stamp of approval. When PrisonArte ships a piece to a customer, they are able to guarantee the quality as well as cover any expense if a customer decides they are unhappy and want to return it. To obtain the 7-page prison artist application packet, a pre-addressed stamped envelope (1 Forever stamp) must be included.


Prison Writing / Arts Programs
Prisoner Correspondence Project

PCP is a collectively run solidarity project based out of Montreal, Quebec. It coordinates a direct-correspondence program for gay, lesbian, intersex, transsexual, transgender, gendervariant, two-spirit, bisexual and queer inmates in Canada and the United States, linking them with people who are a part of these same communities outside of prison. Letters to PCP in Canada cost $1.15 in US postage. Has pen pals who speak/write French.


LGBT Organizations and Resources
Prisoner Express

Prisoner Express promotes rehabilitation by offering inmates information, education and the opportunity for creative self-expression in a public forum. Their semi-annual newsletter contains a description of various projects including poetry, essay writing, art, math, history, book club and chess programs. Prisoner Express also coordinates distance learning programs as well as a prisoner art program. Some of their distance learning programs include World History, a US History reading group,and a Math Education module.


Newsletters and Magazines
Prisoner Reentry Institute

The Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI) of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice with the mission of supporting the successful reentry of justice-involved people back into communities.  PRI regularly produces studies and publications made available for prisoners, including the Guide to Continuing Your Education after Prison.  PRI also offers higher education to prisoners in New York, such as its "Prison to College pipeline" program which offers college classes at Otisville Correctional Facility, and runs the New York Justice Corps, a higher education prep and work readiness program for justice-involved youth.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
Prisoner Reentry Network

Prisoner Reentry Network (PRN) is dedicated to promoting successful transitions from incarceration to the community, and is located in Oakland, CA. Write for their list of reentry resources. PRN also provides free copies of the Veterans Administration’s Guidebook for Incarcerated California Veterans.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Prisoner Visitation and Support

Prisoner Visitation and Support (PVS) is a nationwide visitation that has 300 volunteers across the U.S. who visit federal and military prisoners only. Their goal is to visit any federal or military prisoner who wishes to receive a visit with special priority paid to prisoners on death row, in solitary confinement, or those who are serving long sentences. The PVS volunteers visit once a month, with limited visiting services for Spanish speaking prisoners.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Prisoners Literature Project

The Prisoners Literature Project is an all-volunteer grassroots organization that sends free books to prisoners across the U.S. Please request types of books, not specific titles. They do not carry Christian books or legal texts, and do not ship to Texas prisons.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Prisoners' Legal Services of New York

PLSNY provides free legal services to New York State prisoners. Also publishes Pro Se newsletter six times per year for prisoners in New York State prisons, providing information and analysis on recent developments in prison law. To subscribe, send a subscription request with prisoner's name, DIN number, and facility to: Pro Se, 114 Prospect Street, Ithaca, NY 14850. Past issues of Pro Se from 2002-2016 are downloadable from their website.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
Prisoners' Rights Office

This section of the Vermont Office of the Defender General handles prisoners' rights cases.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Vermont
Prisoners' Self Help Litigation Manual

The Prisoners' Self-Help Litigation Manual (John Boston & Dan Manville, 4th Ed, 2010, 960 pages, $39.95 + $6 S&H) is an indispensable guide for prisoners and prisoner advocates seeking to understand the rights guaranteed to prisoners by law and how to protect those rights. Clear, comprehensive, practical advice provides prisoners with everything they need to know on conditions of confinement, civil liberties in prison, procedural due process, the legal system, how to litigate, conducting effective legal research, and writing legal documents. Written by two legal and penitentiary experts with intimate knowledge of prisoner's rights and legal aid work, authors John Boston and Daniel E. Manville strategically focus on federal constitutional law, providing prisoners and those wishing to assist them with the most important information concerning legal rights.


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts

Prisoners’ Legal Services promotes the safe, humane and lawful treatment of Massachusetts prisoners through civil rights litigation, administrative advocacy, client counseling, and outreach to policy makers and the public. Their litigation priority areas are: Health Care, including mental health care; Staff Assaults; Extreme Conditions of Confinement; and Segregation.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Massachusetts
Prisons Foundation

Prisons Foundation publishes books written by or about prisoners. Their publishing program includes all types of books or manuscripts published on their website in the exact manner submitted, with no censorship and no charge to publish a book online. The prison author retains full rights to their book, for later placement with a literary agent or commercial publisher if desired. Placing a book on their website will help bring it to the attention of agents and larger publishers. Additionally, the Foundation exhibits art by imprisoned artists at its many galleries and presents prisoner-written plays annually at the Kennedy Center.


Prison Writing / Arts Programs
Project AVARY

Project AVARY offers long-term support and enrichment for children and youth in the San Francisco Bay Area with a parent in prison or jail. The program services include a summer camp, monthly outings, leadership training, and family support. Write for further details.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Project Rebound

Project Rebound is a program to help formerly incarcerated students prepare, apply, enroll and graduate with a degree from SF State University. The program offers academic and financial counseling, peer mentoring and tutoring, and career placement. Must be formerly incarcerated; off or on parole or probation, and living in or paroling to the SF Bay Area. Write to SF State for program information.


Website: http://asi.sfsu.edu/programs/project-rebound


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ProjectReboundSFSU


Phone Number: 415-405-0954


Fax Number: 415-338-0522


Email Address: projectrebound@asi.sfsu.edu


In 2016, Project Rebound expanded to the following universities:


Project Rebound | CSU Bakersfield | 9001 Stockdale Hwy | Bakersfield, CA 93311 | 661-654-3782 | http://www.csub.edu/admissionsandaid/student_support_programs/


Project Rebound | CSU Fresno | 5241 N Maple Ave | McLane Hall, H Wing, Rm 187 | Fresno, CA 93740 | 559-278-2313 | http://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/projectrebound/index.html

Project Rebound | CSU Fullerton | 800 N State College Blvd | Fullerton, CA 92831 | 657-278-7859 | http://www.fullerton.edu/rebound

Project Rebound | CSU Los Angeles | Center for Engagement | 5151 State University Dr | Los Angeles, CA 90032 | 323-343-3380 | http://www.calstatela.edu/engagement/project-rebound

Project Rebound | CSU Sacramento | 6000 J St, MS 6085 | Sacramento, CA 95819 | 916-278-6794 | http://csus.edu/student/projectrebound


Project Rebound | CSU San Bernardino | 5500 University Parkway, FOB-242 | San Bernardino, CA 92407 | 909-537-4351 | https://www.csusb.edu/project-rebound


Project Rebound | San Diego State University | 5500 Campanile Dr, PSFA 153 | San Diego, CA | 619-594-2367 | https://www.facebook.com/pg/projectreboundsdsu


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Project Return

Project Return equips former offenders with the education, coaching, and support services necessary to gain employment and begin a new life. Project Return conducts pre-release programs in correctional facilities to prepare inmates for their release dates.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Tennessee
Protecting Your Health and Safety: A Litigation Guide For Inmates

Protecting Your Health & Safety (Robert E. Toone, 2nd Ed, 2009, 325 pages, $10 + $6 S&H) is an easy to read, plain language guide prisoners can use to identify and litigate federal civil rights claims against prison officials. Over 100 pages are dedicated to the different kinds of constitutional and statutory violations prisoners frequently encounter while incarcerated. Topics discussed include the First to Fourteenth Amendments, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Rehabilitation Act. Each issue, whether it may be First Amendment retaliation or a violation of the Equal Protection Clause, is addressed in laymen’s terms and supported by case citations from federal district courts, federal courts of appeal, and the United States Supreme Court. Difficult concepts like deliberate indifference are simplified in just seven pages, giving you what you need to know to make out a cognizable Eighth Amendment claim. Another 130 pages discuss how to write a complaint, seek in forma pauperis status, ask for appointment of counsel, respond to motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment, conduct discovery, and even present your case at trial. Even procedural issues such as exhaustion of administrative remedies are addressed, helping to avoid dismissal at the pleading stage. A glossary of commonly used legal terms is also included, along with a directory of addresses where to file a federal civil rights suit in each judicial district.


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
Providence Books Through Bars

Providence Books Through Bars is a volunteer grassroots book program that fills requests for books from prisoners nationwide. Books may be requested by subject.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Read Between the Bars

Read Between the Bars is a grassroots collective in Tucson that originated in March 2007. They focus on getting free books directly into the hands of incarcerated women and men in the state of Arizona.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Arizona
RedBird Books-to-Prisoners

RedBird Prison Abolition is a group of people in Columbus OH who want to see the prison system come to an end. The all volunteer group has no budget, substantial funding or formal mission statement. Their activities are guided by correspondence with incarcerated people because prison abolition ought to begin with the needs of those most directly affected by the system. RedBird Books-to-Prisoners is a project of RedBird Prison Abolition, dedicated to providing Ohio prisoners with free books and reading materials. Send requests by subject.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Ohio
Reentry Council of the City and County of San Francisco

The SF Reentry Council publishes a 216-page reentry resource guide entitled Getting Out and Staying Out, for prisoners returning to the San Francisco Bay area. Write to the above address for a free copy.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Reinvestigation Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence for felony convictions in Manhattan and the Bronx. The client is assigned to OAD on appeal; DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements. Cases are randomly assigned by the court, and consist of indigent defendants who were convicted in the Bronx and Manhattan. At this time, the Reinvestigation Project is not funded to accept cases that have not been assigned to the office on direct appeal.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
Rock of Ages Prison Ministry

Offers ministry outreach to prisons, schools, and the military as well as a New Testament correspondence study course through their Prisoners Bible Institute. Operates internationally.


Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources
Rocky Mountain Innocence Center

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Nevada, Wyoming or Utah; DNA and non-DNA cases; seven or more years left to serve on sentence; must be completely innocent; significant new evidence must be available to prove the prisoner’s innocence.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Nevada
Rocky Mountain Innocence Center

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Nevada, Wyoming or Utah; DNA and non-DNA cases; seven or more years left to serve on sentence; must be completely innocent; significant new evidence must be available to prove the prisoner’s innocence.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Wyoming
Rocky Mountain Innocence Center

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Nevada, Wyoming or Utah; DNA and non-DNA cases; seven or more years left to serve on sentence; must be completely innocent; significant new evidence must be available to prove the prisoner’s innocence.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Utah
Root & Rebound

Publishes the Roadmap to Reentry legal guide, a 1211-page manual written in clear, understandable language which helps people prepare for, identify, understand, and navigate reentry barriers. The guide identifies important things to do prior to release and provides a list of social service and legal resources across the state of California. Roadmap to Reentry covers ID & voting, parole & probation, housing, public benefits, court ordered debt, employment, family & children, education, understanding and cleaning up a criminal record, and legal aid & community resources. The guide is free to persons currently or formerly incarcerated in California.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
San Quentin News

San Quentin News is a 20-page monthly newsletter written, edited, and produced by prisoners incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison. The SQ News encourages prisoners, staff, or others outside the institution to submit articles, poems, artwork and letters to the editor for possible inclusion. To receive a mailed copy of the SQ News, send $1.61 in postage. This process should be repeated every month for each new edition.


Books and Magazines - Vendors and Publishers
Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos

The Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos Prison Project is dedicated to providing cultural and spiritual education, support, and hope to incarcerated individuals. The Project advocates for prison policy reform and programs that reduce recidivism, support re-entry, and reunify families.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Sentencing and Justice Reform Advocacy (SJRA) Advocate

SJRA Advocate contains useful and timely information on California prisoner and prison issues. Prisoners may obtain 6 issues (one year) of SJRA Advocate for $12 (or 25 Forever stamps), or 4 stamps for a single issue. For all others the cost is $15 for 6 issues.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Set Free Prison Ministries

Provides Bible study courses in English and Spanish to inmates and their family, free of charge, all throughout the United States. Their curriculum consists of Bible courses from the Navigators in Colorado Springs, Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and Emmaus Correspondence School in Iowa.


Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources
Slingshot Magazine

Slingshot is a quarterly, independent, radical newspaper published in the East Bay since 1988 by the Slingshot Collective. Subscriptions are free to USA prisoners.  Accepts submissions of articles, artwork, calendar items, spots to add to the radical contact list, suggestions for distribution, and thoughts about what they should be doing next.


Newsletters and Magazines
Solitary Watch

Solitary Watch works to expose and oppose the use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons and jails, and offers a free quarterly newsletter to prisoners. Solitary Watch also welcomes submissions of writing by those currently or formerly serving time in solitary. May not timely respond to letters.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
South Chicago ABC Zine Distro

Offers a wide variety of political zines at low cost to prisoners. Specializes in helping get the truth out of the gulags, in zine form. Supports prisoner initiatives such as prison labor unions. Also offers zines for women prisoners. English only.


Newsletters and Magazines
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 given.


State Based Organizations and Resources, South Dakota
Southern Center for Human Rights

The Southern Center for Human Rights provides legal representation to people facing the death penalty in Georgia and Alabama only, and also publishes a Parolee Handbook, which serves as a guide the parole consideration process for people in Georgia's prisons. SCHR also publishes The Georgia Advocacy Handbook, a 46 page manual which helps explain the hierarchy in the GDC and how to maneuver within in it. Through this handbook families and friends of people incarcerated in Georgia will learn how to become advocates and implement appropriate and effective steps to resolve problems inside Georgia prisons.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Georgia
Stanford Justice Advocacy Project

The Stanford Justice Advocacy Project represents inmates serving unjust prison sentences for minor crimes, assists released prisoners successfully reentering their communities, and advocates for fairer and more effective criminal justice policies in California and across the country.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
SYDA Foundation Yoga Prison Project

The Prison Project is dedicated to disseminating the Siddha Yoga teachings and practices to incarcerated individuals. Sends free monthly newsletter and the Siddha Yoga Home Study Course to prisoners.


Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources
Sylvia Rivera Law Project

Provides free legal services to released prisoners who are transgender, intersex, gender nonconforming people who are low-income, and/or people of color. They specialize in providing assistance on name changes, identity documents, public benefits, immigration, shelter and more. Available only in NY and surrounding areas.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
Texas Civil Rights Project

The Texas Civil Rights Project's Prisoners Rights Program works to improve conditions in Texas prisons and jails through litigation and advocacy, concentrating on cases that will have broad impact by changing a policy or creating other systemic relief.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Texas
The Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project

This program is administered by Auburn University and dedicated to bringing educational opportunities to prisoners in Alabama. The program is helping the adult prison population to gain a quality education, and also to build a relationship with learning that will continue to grow for the rest of their lives.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Alabama
The American Prison Writing Archive

The American Prison Writing Archive is an in-progress, internet-based, digital archive of non-fiction essays that offers the public first-hand testimony to the living and working conditions experienced by prisoners, prison employees, and prison volunteers. Anyone who lives, works, or volunteers inside American prisons can contribute work to the APWA. They seek authors who write with the authority that only first-person experience can bring. Non-fiction essays, based on first-hand experience, should be limited to 5,000 words (15 double-spaced pages). Clearly hand-written pages are also welcome. They charge no fees and read all writing submitted. A permissions-questionnaire MUST accompany all submissions.


Prison Writing / Arts Programs
The Angolite

The Angolite is published and edited by prisoners at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, LA. Subscriptions are $20 per year.


Books and Magazines - Vendors and Publishers
The Center for Children of Incarcerated Parents

The Center for Children of Incarcerated Parents provides services in four components. (1) The Information component includes publications and audio-visual materials free of charge to prisoners, their children and their families; and provides advice to groups of incarcerated parents and family members. (2) The Educational component provides materials and holds parent education training for parents in the criminal justice system. A correspondence course in parent education is offered free of charge to incarcerated parents. (3) The Family Reunification component has about 60 service projects to help prisoners and their children maintain a relationship. (4) The Therapeutic Component provides therapy for incarcerated mothers and their infants and young children. They also publish the following materials: Information for Families, a CCIP brochure; The Booklist for Children of Prisoners; The CCIP Family Contracts Package; What About the Kids?  An Information Sheet for Arrested Parents; Selecting a Temporary Caregiver for Your Child; and When Incarcerated Parents Lose Contract with Their Children.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
The Disciplinary Self-Help Litigation Manual

The Disciplinary Self-Help Litigation Manual (Dan Manville, 2nd Ed, 2015, 368 pages, $49.95 + $6 S&H) is designed to inform prisoners of their rights when faced with the consequences of a disciplinary hearing. This authoritative and comprehensive work educates prisoners about their rights throughout this process and helps guide them at all stages, from administrative hearing through litigation. This invaluable how-to guide offers step by step information for both state and federal prisoners and includes a 50 state analysis of relevant case law.


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
The Exoneration Initiative

Accepts cases of actual innocence in New York; DNA and non-DNA cases (specializes in non-DNA); no sentence requirements.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
The Exoneration Project

The Exoneration Project reviews cases of innocence for people who have gone to trial and were found guilty of crimes they did not commit. They consider post-conviction cases from across the nation for individuals wrongfully convicted of different types of crimes and with different sentence lengths, including cases where a defendant has served their complete sentence or plead guilty. They do not consider cases of self-defense. In order to apply for representation, the defendant must be innocent of the crime and the trial must be completed and have resulted in a conviction.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
The Habeas Citebook: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

The Habeas Citebook (Brandon Sample, 2nd Ed, 2016, 275 pages, $49.95 +$6 S&H) is a much-needed tool for prisoners who are forced to seek relief on their own. The book is thorough, but simple and readable. It starts with a well-organized listing of hundreds of different types of ineffective assistance of counsel, set forth in the form of citations to court rulings - a novel approach that not only acts as a springboard for further research but also saves the prisoner countless hours of preliminary research. The book is also practical and useful. It provides invaluable resources, including templates and forms, that explain what, when, where and how to file for habeas relief. It contains readable summaries of the relevant laws and rules and plain-English explanations of some of the inherently mystifying concepts of habeas law, such as “procedural default” and “certificates of appealability” and the “AEDPA.” It includes practical advice on what to do and what not to do on issues such as identifying and selecting the claims to be argued; seeking discovery and evidentiary hearings; and seeking the appointment of counsel. And the book consistently offers critical insights on winning court strategies.


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
The Insight Prison Project

The Insight Prison Project (IPP) offers transformational programs for prisoners and parolees, which are supported by crime victims and community volunteers. IPP currently conducts 25 weekly classes at San Quentin State Prison, involving some 300 prisoners, as well classes in 15 other prisons in California, Massachusetts, and Colorado. IPP facilitates the process of healing and integration through the development of insight and learning how to effectively process difficult emotions, both of which often lead to an awakening to one’s true self. The IPP curriculum is designed for incarcerated populations to develop insight, practice new skills while in classes, and then integrate these  skills into all aspects of their lives outside of group meetings and after leaving prison. Insight is the power of having a clear or deep perception of a situation: understanding clearly. IPP’s method for creating insight begins with awareness or self-awareness, a practice that when engaged in literally increases one’s consciousness. IPP uses three fundamental approaches for developing self-awareness.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
The Last Resort Exoneration Project

The Last Resort Exoneration Project offers free (pro bono) investigative and legal services to the convicted innocent of New Jersey who have plausible and substantial claim of actual innocence, and are willing to cooperate with requests aimed at discovering the truth. If an applicant appears to us to have a legitimate basis for claiming that he or she is factually innocent, they will undertake an independent review of the facts of the case and all surrounding circumstances.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New Jersey
The MacArthur Justice Center

The MacArthur Justice Center provides free legal representation to the indigent in the Chicago, Illinois area. They focus on wrongful convictions, fight police corruption, and address death penalty issues, to help ensure all individuals receive fair and equal treatment within the legal system, regardless of income, background or status.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Illinois
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. The Osborne Association has three locations: in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Newburgh.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
The Other Death Penalty Project

A national, grassroots, organizing campaign founded and managed by life without the possibility of parole prisoners with the goal of ending the other death penalty. Through peaceful, nonviolent activism, the Project hopes to join in the death penalty abolition movement to end ALL forms of the death penalty, including death by incarceration. Because of funding and staff restrictions the Project cannot respond by mail to each letter received.  Instead outside family and friends may print out materials from the website and mail them in.


Death Penalty Resources
The Prison Library Project

The Prison Library Project provides educational books, self-help, personal/spiritual growth, wellness, general fiction and non-fiction. Does not send books to county jails or city jails; nor to prisons in HA, ME, MI, MS, NE, NV, VA, or WI.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
The Prison Mirror

The Prison Mirror is published monthly by and for the men of the Minnesota Stillwater Correctional Facility. Subscriptions are $12. The Prison Mirror was founded in 1887 and is the oldest continuously published prison newspaper in the United States.


Books and Magazines - Vendors and Publishers
The Sentencing Project

The Sentencing Project is a national policy research and advocacy organization that works for a fair and effective criminal justice system by promoting sentencing reform and alternatives to incarceration. They produce excellent reports on topics related to sentencing policy, racial disparities, drug policy, juvenile justice and voting rights. Does not gererally respond to letters.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
The Transformative Justice Law Project

TJLP is a collective of radical lawyers, social workers, activists, and community organizers who are deeply committed to prison abolition, transformative justice, and gender self-determination. They provide free, zealous, life-affirming, and gender-affirming holistic criminal legal services to low-income and street based transgender and gender non-conforming people in Illinois (only) who are targeted by the criminal legal system.


LGBT Organizations and Resources
Thurgood Marshall School of Law Innocence Project

The project only handles claims of actual innocence typically involving DNA evidence testing, mistaken identification, or that a crime never actually occurred. Thurgood Marshall law students work directly on the project and screen cases, obtain and review case histories, investigate facts, interview involved persons, write case time lines and summaries, perform case analyses, and prepare written case evaluations and pleadings.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Texas
Tightwad Magazine

Tightwad Magazine offers a list of discounted magazines and subscriptions for prisoners, and a catalog of gifts for their loved ones. Write for a copy and mention PARC for an extra bonus coupon. Sending a pre-addressed stamped envelope speeds delivery.


Books and Magazines - Vendors and Publishers
Transgender Law Center

Transgender Law Center’s Detention Project works to end the abuses transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) people experience in prisons, jails, immigration detention, state hospitals, and other forms of detention, and at the hands of law enforcement. Write them concerning TGNC issues, or to obtain copies of their list of available reports and publications including Safety Inside: Problems Faced by Transgender Prisoners and Common Sense Solutions to Them, and Advocating for Yourself While in Custody in California. To learn more about the Detention Project, please contact Detention Project Director, Flor Bermudez.. Detention Project direct line: 510-380-8229 (Inmates and detainees can call Transgender Law Center collect at this line). Hay publicaciones en Español.


LGBT Organizations and Resources
Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex (TGI) Justice Project

The TGI Justice Project works primarily with transgender prisoners and formerly incarcerated transgender people in California, and sends out their “Stiletto Prison Newsletter” and their very informative 72-page “Still We Rise-Prison Resource Guide” to all TGI prisoners. TGI also supports TGI prisoners being released to the San Francisco Bay Area, and are part of a broader movement fighting for racial and social justice. They answer letters regularly, but expect delay.


LGBT Organizations and Resources
Tranzmission Prison Books Project

Tranzmission Prison Project is a queer- and trans-powered prison abolition organization that provides free literature and resources for incarcerated members of the LGBTQ community.  Also publishes a queer-friendly National Prison Resource List.


LGBT Organizations and Resources
Tulane University Law Library

Offers photocopies of case-law citations, law review articles, criminal procedures, etc. to prisoners incarcerated in Louisiana jails & parish or state prisons only (no federal prisoner requests). Requests should have specific case cites, docket numbers or article titles, and are limited to one per month and a maximum of 50 pages.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Louisiana
Unchained Books

Unchained Books is a small group in Fort Collins, CO committed to prisoner support. Their primary focus is collecting donated books and making them available free to people imprisoned in Colorado.  Individual prisoners request books based on subject areas and they fill requests as best as the inventory allows.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Colorado
University Beyond Bars

Prisoners who have earned their GEDs can choose from two educational pathways in UBB: a certificate pathway and a college pathway. The former offers a varied menu of not-for-credit courses; the latter offers college courses for credit through Seattle Central College, primarily at the associate degree level. UBB also offers gateway college preparatory courses in math and English and a twice monthly Arts & Lectures series open to all prisoners. The prisons served at present are the Washington State Reformatory and the Minimum Security Unit, at Monroe Complex.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Washington
University of Baltimore Innocence Project Clinic

The University of Baltimore Innocence Project Clinic seeks to identify individuals who have been convicted in Maryland state courts of crimes they did not commit and to provide them with assistance in the investigation of their claims. In appropriate cases, representation will be provided in post-trial litigation efforts to secure exonerations. Accepts cases of actual innocence in Maryland; DNA and non-DNA cases.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Maryland
University of Miami Law Innocence Clinic

The clinic handles cases involving innocent individuals incarcerated for a minimum of 10 years who have new evidence ranging from recanting witnesses to new witnesses discovered by students to prosecutorial misconduct and ineffective assistance of counsel. The clinic also accepts cases involving DNA evidence.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Florida
Upper Iowa University

Upper Iowa University offers a Self-Paced Degree Program, with courses in paper format that can be completed at a distance. The Self-Paced Paper Format is structured around written assignments and proctored exams. Associate Degrees offered: General Business, Liberal Arts, Psychology. Batchelor of Science Degrees offered: Business Administration, Management, Psychology, Public Administration (law and fire science areas), and Social Science. Undergraduate Minors: Management and Psychology.


Higher Education
Uptown People's Law Center

The Uptown People’s Law Center (UPLC) leverages the law to improve conditions in Illinois prisons. UPLC has nine pending class action cases against the Illinois Department of Corrections, including lawsuits about solitary confinement, mental health treatment, and healthcare. Illinois prisoners are encouraged to write to UPLC explaining any rights violations they have experienced, as UPLC uses these letters to track trends and inform its lawsuits. UPLC also provides prisoners with referrals to law firms under certain circumstances.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Illinois
Urbana-Champaign Books to Prisoners Project

UC Books to Prisoners is an Urbana, Illinois based project providing books at no cost by mail to inmates in state and federal prisons in Illinois as well as through two county jail libraries in Illinois.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Illinois
US Department of Justice

The Special Litigation Section works to protect civil rights in the following areas: 1) the rights of people in state or local institutions, including: jails, prisons, juvenile detention facilities, and health care facilities for persons with disabilities; 2) the rights of individuals with disabilities to receive services in their communities rather than in institutions; 3) the rights of people who interact with state or local police or sheriffs' departments; 4) the rights of youth involved in the juvenile justice system; 5) the rights of people to have safe access to reproductive health care clinics; and 6) the rights of people to practice their religion while confined in institutions. Usually responds with a form letter.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Utah Prisoner Advocate Network

Utah Prisoner Advocate Network (UPAN) assists prisoners in the UDOC to solve issues with housing, medical, and other issues (no legal). They also assist families of inmates to learn how to navigate the system on their prison journeys. UPAN also publishes a monthly newsletter free to Utah prisoners. Family and friends are encouraged to visit the UPAN website (or email UPAN), download the printable versions of their newsletters and send directly to the prisoner.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Utah
West Virginia Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in West Virginia; DNA and non-DNA cases; three or more years left to serve; will consider arson and shaken baby syndrome cases.


State Based Organizations and Resources, West Virginia
Windham School District

Windham School District (WSD) provides a variety of academic classes and Career and Technical Education to prisoners incarcerated in the TDCJ. In addition to WSD programs, the Continuing Education program offers college courses and recreational activities. WSD operates schools on 90 sites serving TDCJ, with Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s Degrees offered.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Texas
Wisconsin Books to Prisoners Project

Wisconsin Books to Prisoners is a small, all-volunteer, non-profit organization that sends books free of charge to state and federal prisoners in Wisconsin. Request by subject category.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Wisconsin
Wisconsin Innocence Project

The Wisconsin Innocence Project (WIP) is a clinical legal education program at the University of Wisconsin Law School. WIP seeks to exonerate the innocent, educate students and reform the criminal justice system by identifying and remedying the causes of wrongful convictions. WIP reviews cases where the applicant claims to be actually innocent of the crime(s) for which he or she has been convicted.  In order to challenge a conviction, there must be a significant chance that substantial new evidence may be found to support a claim of innocence. This newly discovered evidence (NDE) could be physical evidence that was not previous subjected to forensic examination, such as DNA testing.  NDE may also include non-physical evidence, such as from an eyewitness who was previously unknown or a recantation from a victim, if such a recantation is supported by other new evidence.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
WMU-Cooley Law School Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Michigan; DNA cases only; must be in custody; no time requirement. The Cooley Innocence Project is part of the Innocence Network, which has been credited with the release of over 329 wrongfully accused prisoners mainly through the use of DNA testing. As Innocence Project interns, students review case files, screen applications, investigate facts, conduct interviews, analyze cases, and represent innocent clients in court. Students assist assigned attorneys with research and pleadings for post-conviction proceedings. Click here for more information about the Cooley Innocence Project.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Michigan
Women's Prison Association

The Women's Prison Association (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.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
Women's Prison Book Project

The Women’s Prison Book Project (WPBP) provides women and transgender persons 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. Ofrecen materiales de lectura en Español.


Women's Organizations and Resources
Wrongful Conviction Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Ohio; non-DNA cases only; prisoner is serving a lengthy prison sentence; prisoner has exhausted the legal process.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Ohio