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 2015 Resource Guide.

Resource Category
A Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual

A Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual - 10th Ed. (JLM) 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. JLM is $30 if shipped directly to prisoners; $105 for all others. The Supplement is $5 for prisoners, $22 for all others. Please note JLM is available for free by individual chapter if downloaded from the above-listed website by an outside source, printed out, and mailed to the prisoner.  11th edition due out later this year.


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
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. Litigation is usually limited to cases involving major class actions challenging prison conditions or related matters. (Note: The NPP no longer responds to individual letters requesting copies of their Prisoner’s Assistance Directory or other resource materials. Instead, friends or family may visit their website, download and print out available materials, and mail to the prisoner.)


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
Adams State College

Programs offered: Legal Investigation Certificate Course; Legal Secretary Certificate Course; Paralegal Certificate Course. Write for catalog.


Paralegal Schools
Adams State College Prison College Program

ASU has a long history of offering printbased correspondence courses to incarcerated individuals.  Thge following undergraduate print-based 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, Associate of Science, Associate of Arts- Business emphasis, Associate of Science- Business emphasis, Bachelor of Arts- Business Administration, Bachelor of Science- Business Administration (emphasis areas: General Business, Legal Studies, Management, Marketing, or Small Business Management), Bachelor of Arts- Sociology (emphasis areas: Social Welfare or Criminology), Bachelor of Arts- English/Liberal Arts, Bachelor of Arts- Interdisciplinary Studies, Bachelor of Arts- Political Science, and Bachelor of Arts- History.


Family members wishing to request information on behalf of an incarcerated student should call, email, or instruct the student to submit a letter requesting a packet of information be mailed to them.


 


 


Paralegal Schools, State Based Organizations and Resources
Adopt An Inmate

Adopt an Inmate is a nonprofit volunteer organization that seeks to createextended family for inmates by matching them with adopters. Theirwebsite is a comprehensive source of tools and resources needed toadvocate for inmates. They welcome stories, poems, artwork, and bookreviews by both inmates and their advocates. Their blog page features arotating "Welcome" banner provided by inmates. Contact them to submitany of the following: 1) an inmate name for adoption, 2) writing or artwork(including a "welcome" banner), or 3) to volunteer as an adopter.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
AFSC Prison Watch Project

American Friends Service Committee 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

AIM 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
AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania

Provides legal services for prisoners in PA with HIV/AIDS. English and Spanish.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Alaska Innocence Project

The Alaska Innocence Project (AKIP) is an Alaska-based non-profit corporation that provides legal, educational, and charitable services to identify and exonerate individuals who have been wrongfully convicted in the state of Alaska, and to provide educational opportunities that foster a culture that champions the defense of the innocent.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Alcoholics Anonymous

Free information and brochures.   Meetings in most communities.


Rehabilitation / Nonviolence Programs
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, California
American Friends Service Committee

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.


State Based 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 letters.)


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Angel Tree, Inc

Through Angel Tree, a program of prison fellowship, your child(ren) can receive gifts at Christmas, with love, from you. Religious volunteers purchase gifts and give or send them to your loved ones, with age appropriate presentation of the gospel. Contact your prison’s chaplain to request a participation form, or write to Angel Tree directly.


Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources
Appalachian Prison Book Project

Provides books to prisoners in the Appalachian region; KY, MD, OH, TN, VA, & WV.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Arizona Justice Project

The Arizona Justice Project is primarily a volunteer-based organization that reviews and assists in cases of actual innocence or cases in which a manifest injustice has occurred. Accepts both DNA and non-DNA cases and represents indigent Arizona inmates whose claims of innocence have gone unheeded. Conducts 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
Asheville Prison Books Project

Group meets weekly to mail free reading material to inmates in facilities in GA, NC, SC, & TN. Each request is met with a package containing several books, personally selected by volunteers out of the donated library; or by the prisoner’s request if available.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Ashland University

Ashland University offers the longest continuously operating postsecondary correctional education program in the United States. Established in 1966 at the Ohio State Reformatory, the AU offerings now serve over 1,000 incarcerated students annually with college curriculum. The programs are offered to both male and female adult offenders in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, and male and female juvenile offenders in the Ohio Department of Youth Services.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Athens Books to Prisoners

Free books to prisoners in Ohio only


State Based Organizations and Resources
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 250 incarcerated men and women across a full spectrum of academic disciplines, and offers over 50 courses each semester.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Battered Women's Justice Project

They provide assistance and information to battered women charged with crimes and to their defense teams, but do not provide direct legal representation. Women in prison can subscribe to their newsletter "Double Time" for free.


Women's Organizations and Resources
Beehive Books Behind Bars

Sends books to prisoners in these western states only: AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, & WY.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Black and Pink

A volunteer organization that lists queer and transgender prisoners 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.


LGBT Organizations and Resources
Book 'Em

Volunteers meet weekly at the Thomas Merton Center to organize and prepare books to ship. Book 'Em serves prisoners from Pennsylvania only. Prisoners may request books by subject.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Books Between Bars

Books Between Bars can provide one book every 60 days to Texas prisoners who write to request it. Each request takes 7-14 days to process. The requests can be fiction, non-fiction, biography, self-help, parenting, religious, etc. Write for a copy of an application form, which needs to be filled out and sent back to Books Between Bars.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Books for Prisoners San Diego

Books for Prisoners is a non-profit, student organization at UCSD (University of California, San Diego) affiliated with Groundwork Bookstore. We send donated books (textbooks, novels, magazines, dictionaries, etc) to inmates in all states.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Books Through Bars

Either the prisoner or their family or friends can send us a letter, through the regular mail, that includes name, prisoner ID number, full address, any institution restrictions on incoming books, and types of books wanted. We send books only to individual prisoners in DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, & WV. Please 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 Through Bars-NYC

Specializes in political and history books, and also 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.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Books to Prisoners

Free books to prisoners nationwide. Request by subject, no religious or legal materials. Donations appreciated. Does not ship to prisons that require all books sent be new.


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, MCI/Framingham, & MCI/Bay State.


State Based Organizations and Resources
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 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.


California Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Southern California; DNA and nonDNA cases; requires three or more years left to serve. Focuses on cases involving shaken baby syndrome, police misconduct, ineffective counsel, fire investigation, firearms and fingerprint analysis, false confessions, prosecutorial misconduct, death penalty issues and more.


State Based Organizations and Resources
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 $30 (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 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. Write for publications list.


State Based Organizations and Resources
California State Prisoner's Handbook

The 4th edition of the California State Prisoners Handbook is $40 if shipped directly to prisoners, $182 for all others. The 2014 supplement, which is sold separately, is $15 for prisoners, $50 for all others. All orders include sales tax and shipping. The Handbook discusses in detail the laws governing prisoner rights and the policies and practices of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The 1100-page Fourth Edition also includes numerous sample forms and model pleadings. 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.


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
Campaign to End the Death Penalty

A national grassroots abolitionist organization that works with prisoners, family members and organizers. CEDP publishes a newsletter titled “The New Abolitionist,” which is provided free to prisoners.


Death Penalty Resources
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 is currently litigating the Ashker v Governor challenge to solitary confinement in CA. CCR copublishes the Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook with the National Lawyers Guild (see page 22). (May not respond to 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, Pacific Time). 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


Health Care / AIDS / Hep C Resources
Center on Wrongful Convictions

CWC will consider cases of actual innocence: The person seeking assistance must be in no way responsible for the crimes of which he or she was convicted. Post-conviction status: The trial must be completed and have resulted in a conviction and sentence. Focus on erroneous eyewitness identification, false and coerced confessions, official misconduct, inadequate legal defense, false or misleading forensic evidence and jailhouse informant testimony.


State Based 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.


The Center on Wrongful Convictions (CWC) will consider cases that meet the following criteria:


  1. A claim of actual innocence: The person seeking assistance must be in no way responsible for the crimes of which he or she was convicted.

  2. Post-conviction status: 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 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 letters.)


State Based Organizations and Resources
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 a volunteer collective that distributes paperback books free of charge to people incarcerated in women’s prisons nationwide. They are dedicated to offering women behind bars the opportunity for self-empowerment, education, and entertainment that reading provides. They send three books in each package. They also furnish books directly to prison libraries.


Women's Organizations and Resources
Chicago Innocence Project

The Chicago Innocence Project investigates cases in which prisoners may have been convicted of crimes they did not commit, with priority to murder cases that resulted in sentences of death or life without parole. CIP involves college students, community residents, private investigators and journalists in the reporting process. Does not represent clients in criminal cases, but after our investigation is completed, outside counsel may bring new evidence of innocence to court. The fundamental goal is to expose and remedy wrongdoing by the criminal justice system.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants

CURE organizes prisoners, their families and other concerned citizens to achieve reforms in the criminal-justice system, and has a presence in 40 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 postage & handling.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Colorado
Colorado Innocence Project

The CIP is not a substitute for the traditional methods of appealing a conviction. Therefore, the CIP will not take cases in which the defendant already has a lawyer, or is entitled to a lawyer at state expense. The CIP will not take a case unless there is a genuine and provable claim of innocence. The CIP 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).


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

The Program seeks to: (1) identify potentially meritorious Massachusetts innocence claims; (2) assign experienced attorneys to litigate such claims, (3) supervise and train lawyers handling innocence cases, and (4) administer funds to support post-conviction investigation, forensic consultation and testing. A case may be eligible for assistance from the CPCS Innocence Program whether or not DNA evidence might be available to establish innocence. Highest priority is given to cases involving serious felonies for which the defendant is currently serving a substantial sentence.


State Based Organizations and Resources
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.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Compassion Works For All

Provides monthly Dharma Friends newsletters; a one-page Reentry Guide; a list of sources of free books for prisoners; and a list of Buddhist and other spiritual books and resources. Also encourages prisoners contribute to a book about what led them to prison that is shared with juvenile offenders, many of whom have no men in their lives to offer cautionary advice.


Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources
Connecticut Innocence Project

Cases accepted: cases of actual innocence in Connecticut; DNA and nonDNA 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. Prisoner must be indigent.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Cornell Prison Education Program

The Cornell Prison Education Program is dedicated to supporting incarcerated persons’ academic ambitions and preparation for successful re-entry. Their work supports a regional collaboration that 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
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 three working projects: the Women in Prison Project, the Prison Visiting Project, and the Juvenile Justice Project.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Correctional Library Services

Correctional Services publishes Connections (268 pages, 2015), an annual guide and directory of resources in New York City available to help people when they are leaving correctional facilities. Connections also serves as a guide on preparing for the world of work, and is the most exhaustive re-entry guidebook in New York City. The booklet is free to those incarcerated in New York State prisons and local jails.


State Based Organizations and Resources
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 a newspaper three times a year entitled “The Abolitionist,” 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

Information, resources, contacts, and support to individuals, families, defense attorneys, treatment providers, and professionals who work with issues of sexual abuse and its prevention.  Has existing programs in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Iowa, Colorado, and Connecticut.  


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 CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT (New England), and IL, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, WA, & WI. Please wait 5 months between requests.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Death Penalty Focus

Dedicated to abolishing capital punishment through grassroots organizing, media outreach, nationwide coalition building, and education of political and civic leaders and the public about the death penalty and its alternatives. Does not offer any legal services or become involved in individual legal cases.


Death Penalty Resources
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
Dharma Companions

Dharma Companions is an ecumenical Buddhist group that offers ways for inmates to find peace with themselves and others. Volunteers help inmates explore meditation and contemplation and discuss aspects of Buddhist philosophy and ethics through correspondence. We also share books and articles with inmates, providing information about current practice as well as classic texts. We also help prisons connect to a broader set of secular education programs. We do not seek to recruit or convert inmates, but rather to answer questions and provide support for people already interested in Buddhist practice. Write for further info.


Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources
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. Do not send original supporting materials.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Disability Rights Texas

Focus area/description: Advocacy for disabled people in county jails, but not prisons, within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice system.


State Based Organizations and Resources
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 them to receive a catalog.


LGBT Organizations and Resources
Education Behind Bars,

Prison education is a concept whose time has come. Education Behind Bars is both a reference guide and a social policy title. Half of the book is dedicated to the need for prison education, its history, travails, current situation, and the refutation of arguments against it. The other half of the book is directed toward the incarcerated student with an up-to-date listing of numerous educational opportunities. Education Behind Bars is the most


comprehensive study of prison education on the market to date. One can read Education Behind Bars from cover to cover, or read only the second half which contains detailed descriptions of hundreds of available educational programs.


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
Education Justice Project

The mission of the Education Justice Project (EJG) is to build a model college-in-prison program that demonstrates the positive impacts of higher education upon incarcerated people, their families, the communities from which they come, and society as a whole. EJP offers education programs to students incarcerated at Danville Correctional Center.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Edwin Gould Services for Children

The IMP is a specially designed preventive program that addresses the unique needs of mothers parenting their children from prison in New York. The main goal of the IMP is to prevent 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 prison-based parenting groups to serve fathers.


State Based Organizations and Resources
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
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
Federal Citizen Information Center

The Federal Citizen Information Center provides US government information and services directly to the public, including the Consumer Information Catalog listing approximately 200 free and low-costpublications available from various federal agencies (covering topics such as money, health, employment, housing, federal programs,education and travel). Write for a free copy.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
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). Some patient-care issues brought to the Receiver's attention may prompt clinical investigation and action. All information provided to the Receiver is considered in implementing systemic improvements.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Florida Institutional Legal Services

FILS is the only statewide legal services program in Florida dedicated to serving people who are institutionalized. Currently, FILS is investigating the specific issues facing incarcerated parents in Florida through direct outreach, aggressive use of the Florida Sunshine laws, legal research, and limited advocacy for individual clients with compelling and representative claims. FILS publishes the Florida Parental Rights Manual for Incarcerated Parents and their Families (2009) 106 pages, which is available for download from their website or can be obtained by writing the above address.


State Based Organizations and Resources
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. FJI does not accept criminal or post-conviction cases (meaning anything related to a criminal case, including criminal appeals, sentencing motions, Rule 3.850 or 3.800 motions, clemency petitions, and habeas corpus petitions).


State Based Organizations and Resources
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
Freedom Education Project Puget Sound

FEPPS is a nonprofit that benefits women prisoners by offering precollege and college classes in the Washington Corrections Center for Women. Participating students must already have a high school diploma or GED. Degrees offered: Associate of Arts and Sciences.


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

FFLIC is a statewide membership-based organization that fights for a better life for all of Louisiana’s youth, especially those involved in or targeted by the juvenile justice system.


State Based Organizations and Resources
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
Friends Outside

Friends Outside provides services and support to visitors at each California State Prison, 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. (May not respond to letters.)


State Based Organizations and Resources
Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders

HIV and LGBT prison issues, has New England centered resource guide. Will refer out non-New England prison issues.


LGBT Organizations and Resources
Georgetown Law Journal Annual Review of Criminal Procedure

The 43rd edition of the Georgetown Law Journal Annual Review of Criminal Procedure (ARCP) 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.)


State Based Organizations and Resources
Georgia Innocence Project

GIP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals who have been convicted of crimes they did not commit. The Project works to secure post-conviction DNA testing for Georgia and Alabama inmates where DNA analysis could prove guilt or innocence and adequate DNA testing was not available at trial.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Georgia Innocence Project - Alabama Initiative

Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in Alabama; DNA cases only (but will consider all forensic evidence cases); no sentence requirements. GIP investigates only those cases in which DNA evidence not previously tested might prove innocence.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Hawai'i Innocence Project

Cases accepted for prisoners who are currently incarcerated, serving a lengthy sentence, convicted in Hawaii (although they may be incarcerated elsewhere), has a credible claim of actual, factual innocence of the crime(s) for which the person is incarcerated AND evidence potentially exists which could support the claim of factual innocence.


State Based 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. HEARD can train and correspond with wardens, corrections officers and directors of departments of corrections; and can refer cases to their network of attorneys.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Hepatitis C Support Project

Write for list of available publications, including fact sheets on HepC.


 


Health Care / AIDS / Hep C Resources
Hour Children, Inc

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.


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

Degrees offered: Associates Degree in Liberal Arts, Associate and Bachelor’s Degrees in Behavioral Science and Bachelor Degree in Organizational Management. High school diploma or GED required. Offered to prisoners at Fishkill, Sing Sing and Sullivan Correctional Facilities for Men and Taconic Correctional Facility for Women.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Human Rights Coalition

HRC advocates for abolishment of solitary confinement in Pennsylvania prisons. Publishes 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
Idaho Innocence Project

Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in Idaho and eastern Oregon; DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Illinois Innocence Project

Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in Illinois; DNA and non-DNA cases; four 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
Inmate Magazine Service

Magazine subscription service specifically for prisoners.  Offers specials such as 3 full year subscriptions fo $15 and 6 for $20.  Write for order form


Prisoner Magazine Services
Inmate Shopper

Inmate Shopper is America's largest book of resources for inmates 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) to the above address. Accepts JPay and Corrlinks at Diane@FreebirdPublishers.com. MoneyGram accepted.


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
InmateMags.com

Company provides single issues and monthly subscriptions for over 1200 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.


Prisoner Magazine Services
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
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
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
Innocence Project

Cases Accepted: cases of actual innocence in Virginia; DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Innocence Project

All cases for consideration should be mailed to the above address with a brief factual summary of the case, including the specific charges and convictions and a list of the evidence used. No other documents should be submitted for initial review. 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 California, Ohio, Washington, or Wisconsin.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Innocence Project New Orleans

Cases accepted: Prisoner must be factually innocent; convicted in Louisiana or south Mississippi; is 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. Factors taken into consideration: mistaken eyewitness identification, lying/incentivized witness testimony, false confessions/admissions, faulty or unreliable forensic science, bad lawyering (prosecution & defense).


State Based Organizations and Resources
Innocence Project New Orleans

(see LOUISIANA listing)


State Based Organizations and Resources
Innocence Project Northwest Clinic

Cases accepted: Prisoner unable to afford counsel; no longer has the right to appointed counsel; has completed the direct appeals process; has at least three years of prison time remaining to be served; has a claim of actual innocence that can be proven through DNA testing or other newly discovered evidence; and has no involvement in the crime whatsoever.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Innocence Project of Florida

Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in Florida; DNA cases only; no sentence requirements. Screens and investigate cases in which meritorious innocence claims are identified; secure DNA testing when biological evidence exists; advocate for the release of each inmate excluded from criminal responsibility by the highly critical analysis; provide transitional and aftercare services to exonerees; and advocate for necessary criminal justice reform to avoid wrongful incarcerations in the future.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Innocence Project of Iowa

Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in Iowa; DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements; preference for substantial sentences.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Innocence Project of Minnesota

(See MINNESOTA listing)


State Based Organizations and Resources
Innocence Project of Minnesota

Cases Accepted: cases of actual innocence in MN, ND and SD with DNA evidence, and non-DNA cases (MN); no sentence requirements. Considerations include eyewitness misidentification, junk science, false confessions, government misconduct, informant testimony, bad defense lawyering and other factors.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Innocence Project of Minnesota

(See MINNESOTA listing


State Based Organizations and Resources
Innocence Project of Texas

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


State Based Organizations and Resources
Inside Books Project

Sends free books and literature to prisoners in Texas only. Does not accept requests for hardcover books or bibles. Also sends a very informative prisoner resource guide free to prisoners in all states.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program

Since 2007, University of Oregon (UO) has taught three Inside-Out Classes through the Clark Honors College (CHC) 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
International Bible Society

Prisoners may receive a free copy of the Bible (English or Spanish) and a booklet for women or men. No large print copies


Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources
Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook

The Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook, 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 $2.00 in money order, or check to the above address. Please note that the Handbook is also available for free if downloaded from the above-listed websites by an outside source, printed out, and mailed in 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.


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
Jewish Prisoners Assistance Foundation

Publishes The Scroll, free weekly newsletter for Jewish prisoners.


Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources
John Howard Association of Illinois

The John Howard Association 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
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 healthcare access, and offer assistance with compassionate release and parental rights issues.


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
Kentucky Innocence Project

Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in Kentucky; DNA and nonDNA cases; minimum 10-year sentence.


State Based Organizations and Resources
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 is proud to offer an on-site Associate Degree program to the inmates of the Lansing Correctional Facility in Lansing, Kansas. 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
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 free publications.


State Based Organizations and Resources
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
Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners

Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners provides civil and family law legal services to both male and female prisoners incarcerated in Minnesota correctional facilities. LAMP does not handle appeals for inmates to contest their convictions. Additionally, the William Mitchell College of Law has established a secondary clinic, the Reentry Clinic that serves female prisoners in Minnesota who are nearing their release dates.


State Based Organizations and Resources
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
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 writes to and visits prisoners and assists them by talking to prison authorities, furnishing prisoners with appropriate legal materials, and evaluating individual cases to determine whether to represent prisoners in civil litigation. 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, 133 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

Sends books & educational info free to LGBT prisoners across the US (except Texas).


LGBT Organizations and Resources
Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners

Currently serves only the following four states: AL, AR, MS, and LA. Letters from Louisiana and women prisoners are given priority, with all other letters answered in the order received.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Maine State Prison College Program

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


State Based Organizations and Resources
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.)


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
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 no more than 250 miles from Evanston, IL; charges must include murder; the case must have been heard by the state appellate court and sentence affirmed; prisoner must claim actual innocence.


State Based 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
Michigan Innocence Clinic

Cases accepted: 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. Eyewitness misidentification, junk science, false confessions, government misconduct, jailhouse informant testimony, bad lawyering and other factors are considered.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project

Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in DC, MD, & VA; DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements; will consider arson and shaken baby syndrome cases, and may consider child abuse cases.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project

Cases accepted: DNA and non-DNA cases; substantial time left on sentence; DC, MD and VA. Factors considered: inadequate defense counsel, mistaken eyewitness identifications, false confessions, junk science and lab fraud, prisoner incentivized testimony, police and prosecutorial misconduct, lack of adequate post-conviction remedies.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Middle Ground Prison Reform

Working for Arizona's prisoners and their families since 1983. 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.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Midwest Books to Prisoners

MBP is made up of volunteers that collect book donations, read letters, pack packages and solicit donations. Books are sent to prisoners in the following states: IL, IN, IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, & WI


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Midwest Innocence Project

(see KANSAS listing)


State Based Organizations and Resources
Midwest Innocence Project

The MIP is dedicated to the investigation, litigation and exoneration of wrongfully convicted men and women in the following states: AR, KS, MO, IA and NE. Applicant must claim actual innocence, in other words, that he/she did not participate in the crime; has more than ten 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. MIP does NOT accept cases of self-defense.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Midwest Innocence Project

(see KANSAS listing)


State Based Organizations and Resources
Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project

Provides free books to prisoners in the following states only: AR, IA, IN, KS, KY, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, OK, SD, TN, & WI.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Mississippi Innocence Project

Cases Accepted: cases of actual innocence in north Mississippi and Northern Louisiana; DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Montana Innocence Project

Cases accepted: 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 or have access to a public defender. Priority is given to cases where convincing and corroborating evidence can establish actual innocence.


State Based Organizations and Resources
NAACP Legal Defense Fund Inc.

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. (May not respond to letters.)


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Narcotics Anonymous

NA publishes a wide variety of materials concerning narcotics addiction and recovery, some of which are expressly produced for individuals who are currently incarcerated (e.g. Behind the Walls).


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

The Clearinghouse works with battered women charged with killing their abusers, women who have been coerced into criminal activity, and women who have been charged with a crime as a result of "failing to protect" their children from their batterer's violence and/or abuse. The Clearinghouse does not provide direct representation to battered women charged with crimes, but rather provides information and resources to defense teams at any stage of the legal process in an effort to increase the likelihood of a better – and more just – outcome. They accept collect calls from incarcerated battered women.


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. Does 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 National Lawyers Guild (NLG) helps publish the Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook (see page 22) 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 respond to letters.)


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Navajo Nation Corrections Project

A pioneer in the realm of prisoner advocacy, the Navajo Nation Corrections Project not only promotes Native inmates' dignity and recovery through access to culturally appropriate religious rites, but also wages a passionate defense of a basic human and civil right already guaranteed to non-Native inmates' free practice of their religions.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Nebraska Innocence Project

Cases accepted must meet the following criteria: The prisoner alleges actual innocence (versus unfair treatment by the justice system); there is biological evidence such as blood or semen that can be subjected to DNA testing to prove innocence conclusively; and the prisoner is not represented by an attorney. NIP may consider non-DNA cases in which new evidence exists in the future, but currently gives priority to those with biological evidence.


State Based Organizations and Resources
New England Innocence Project

(see MASSACHUSETTS)


State Based Organizations and Resources
New England Innocence Project

(see MASSACHUSETTS)


State Based Organizations and Resources
New England Innocence Project

(see MASSACHUSETTS)


State Based Organizations and Resources
New England Innocence Project

Cases accepted: Cases adjudicated in one of the six New England states (MA, VT, RI, ME, NH and CT) in which the inmate has a claim of factual innocence; DNA and non-DNA cases; must be in custody, but no time requirement; will consider arson and shaken baby syndrome cases and may consider child abuse cases. Also will consider cases involving invalidated forensic science, false confessions, jailhouse informant testimony, police/prosecutorial misconduct and poor defense lawyering.


State Based Organizations and Resources
New England Innocence Project

(see MASSACHUSETTS)


State Based Organizations and Resources
New York State Prisoner Justice Coalition

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


State Based Organizations and Resources
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.


State Based Organizations and Resources
North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence

Criteria for accepted cases: Must have been convicted of a felony committed in North Carolina; assert a credible claim of innocence (did not commit or have any involvement in the crime); have no more rights to appeal; be currently unrepresented by an attorney; have the possibility of new evidence that was not previously presented at trial or heard in a postconviction motion; be claiming innocence for all convictions for which he/she is serving time.


State Based Organizations and Resources
North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission

The North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission is the first of its kind in the nation. The Commission was created by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2006 since then has reviewed hundreds of innocence claims and conducted multiple hearings. The Commission 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 Prisoner Legal Services

NCPLS provides legal assistance to inmates 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 inmates or individuals acting on behalf of inmates 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
Northern Arizona Justice Project

Cases Accepted: cases of actual innocence in Arizona; DNA and nonDNA cases; eight or more years left to serve; will consider arson, shaken baby syndrome and child abuse cases.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Northern California Innocence Project

Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in Northern and Central California; DNA and non-DNA; case three or more years left to serve. The inmate must have been convicted in California state court of a serious felony or a felony involving 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
NYC Jericho Movement

Jericho is a movement with the defined goal of gaining recognition that political prisoners and prisoners of war exist inside of the United States, despite the United States’ government’s continued denial. One of Jericho's current goals is to educate the public about political prisoners in US prisons, and to help win amnesty and freedom for these political prisoners.


State Based Organizations and Resources
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
Office of the Public Defender

Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in DE; DNA cases only. Write to the above address.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Ohio Innocence Project

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


State Based Organizations and Resources
Ohio University

Ohio University offers a Paralegal Certificate Course presented in a printbased format, which will properly train and qualify the student as a paralegal. Write for paralegal course brochure (and/or the University's separate 25-page correctional education packet).


Paralegal Schools
Ohio University College Program for the Incarcerated

Degrees offered: Associates in Arts, Science, Applied Business, and Individualized Studies; Bachelor of Specialized Studies. Programs Offered: Two study formats are currently available for CPI students: Correspondence Courses and Course Credit by Examination. Offered to inmates in the following Ohio institutions: Rush City, Moose Lake, Lino Lakes, and St. Cloud.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Oklahoma Innocence Project

Cases Accepted: cases of actual innocence in Oklahoma; DNA and nonDNA cases; no sentence requirements.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Our Enemies in Blue

Let's begin with the basics: violence is an inherent part of policing. The police represent the most direct means by which the state imposes its will on the citizenry. They are armed, trained, and authorized to use force. Like the possibility of arrest, the threat of violence is implicit in every police encounter. Violence, as well as the law, is what they represent. Using media reports alone, the Cato Institute's last annual study listed nearly seven thousand victims of police "misconduct" in the United States. But such stories of police brutality only scratch the surface of a national epidemic. Every year, tens of thousands are framed, blackmailed, beaten, sexually assaulted, or killed by cops. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on civil judgments and settlements annually. Individual lives, families, and communities are destroyed. In this extensively revised and updated edition of his seminal study of policing in the United States, Kristian Williams shows that police brutality isn't an anomaly, but is built into the very meaning of law enforcement in the United States. From antebellum slave patrols to today's unarmed youth being gunned down in the streets, "peace keepers" have always used force to shape behavior, repress dissent, and defend the powerful. Our Enemies in Blue is a well-researched page-turner that both makes historical sense of this legalized social pathology and maps out possible alternatives.


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
Pace Post-Conviction Project

Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in New York; DNA and nonDNA cases; no sentence requirements; will consider arson, shaken baby syndrome and child abuse cases.


State Based Organizations and Resources
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
Partnership for Safety & Justice

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


State Based Organizations and Resources
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.


Book Venders - Reduced Prisoner Rates
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
Penal Law Project

The program's primary purpose is to provide legal information and research for those held in California state prisons. Some of the legal questions addressed include issues of trial error, sentencing, parole, pardons and expungement of criminal records. Also provides inmates with information about their rights as prisoners.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Pennsylvania Innocence Project

Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in Pennsylvania: DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements; will consider arson, shaken baby syndrome, and child abuse cases.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project

The Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project (PILP) seeks to deliver civil legal services to the institutional population in Pennsylvania. PILP was created and designed to meet the needs of low income residents of Pennsylvania 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: How to Bring a Federal Lawsuit to Challenge Violations of Your Rights in Prison, 152 pages.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project

The Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project (PILP) seeks to deliver civil legal services to the institutional population in Pennsylvania. PILP was created and designed to meet the needs of low income residents of Pennsylvania 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: How to Bring a Federal Lawsuit to Challenge Violations of Your Rights in Prison, 152 pages.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Pennsylvania Prison Society

Does advocacy work, including prison visits and publishes “Graterfriends,” a monthly newsletter for people in prison which is primarily inmate guided. $5.00 for an annual prisoner subscription.


State Based Organizations and Resources
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
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 (i.e. we only carry books that we publish in our catalog).


Book Venders - Reduced Prisoner Rates
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

Offers a free 6-page “National Prisoner Resource List” and 40-page "We the People" legal primer, and a free resource list for LGBTQ prisoners. Does not send books or any other materials to any jails; or to any prisons in CA, IL, MI, NV, TX, and MD (except Cumberland, Hagerstown & Jessup), and certain individual prisons. Books may be delayed up to 4 to 6 months. Allows two book shipments per year.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Prison Book Project

Serves prisoners in New England states; CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT; and also TX. Request books by topics of interest, not title. No catalog.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Prison Book Project

Open Books is a non-profit, volunteer-run bookstore. Proceeds from the sale of books support the Prison Book Project, which sends thousands of books each year to indigent inmates in Florida prisons.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Prison Books Collective

The Prison Books Collective is a North Carolina-based anti-prison group that sends books to prisoners in the Southern states (primarily MS, AL and central & eastern NC) each month, and maintains an extensive radical 'zine catalog, widely distributes a monthly poster promoting political prisoner support, and publishes prisoners' art and writing.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
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.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Prison Health News

Newsletter published biannually written by current and former prisoners about prisoners’ health issues. Write for free subscription. Past issues from 2003-2014 are also downloadable from website.


Health Care / AIDS / Hep C Resources
Prison Law Clinic

Students provide legal services to clients incarcerated in state prison. The services require analysis and application of constitutional law, state statutory law, agency regulations, and the rules of professional responsibility. (May not respond to letters.)


State Based Organizations and Resources
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.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Prison Legal News

Prison Legal News (PLN) is a 72-page monthly journal covering prisonrelated 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. Individual 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 (several of their books are also listed on the last two pages of this directory).


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Prison Legal Services of Michigan

Provides the inmates of the Michigan Department of Corrections with advice for dealing with legal issues and materials with which they may aid themselves.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Prison Mindfulness Institute

Prison Fellowship partners with local churches across the country to minister to prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families. Publishes a variety of prisoner support literature including their Guide to Prison Survival.


Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources
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
Prison Yoga Project:

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
Prisoner Correspondence Project

Prisoner Correspondence Project (PCP) is a collectively-run initiative based out of Montreal, Quebec. It coordinates a direct-correspondence program for gay, lesbian, transsexual, transgender, gendervariant, twospirit, intersex, bisexual and queer inmates in Canada and the United States, linking these inmates with people who are a part of these same communities outside of prison. Letters to PCP in Canada cost $1.15 in US postage.


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 coordinates a pen pal program, distance learning programs, as well as a prisoner art program. Some of their newer distance learning programs include World History, a Human Development module developed by a Pittsburgh teacher, a US History reading group (reading Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States), and a Math Education module developed by an associate professor at Ithaca College. For more information, send for a free copy of the latest Prisoner Express newsletter.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
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. 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 Spanishspeaking prisoners.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Prisoners Literature Project

The Prisoners Literature Project is a grassroots organization that sends free books to prisoners in the US. Request types of books, not specific titles. No Oregon or Texas requests.


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

PLS provides free legal services to New York State prisoners. The decision to assist with any particular case depends on the issue or problem presented, the chance of success, the amount of time and resource necessary to properly assist, the office's resources, staff availability and caseload. Also publishes Pro Se newsletter six times per year for inmates 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 2003-2013 are downloadable from their website.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Prisoners' Rights Office

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


State Based Organizations and Resources
Prisoners' Self Help Litigation Manual

The 4th edition of the Prisoners' Self-Help Litigation Manual s 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. Shipping/handling for book orders from Prison Legal News is $6 total for any orders under or equal to $49.95, and free for all orders over $49.95. Mail request and check or money order payable to "Prison Legal News.”


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. Prisoners’ Legal Services Litigation Priority Areas are: Health Care, including mental health care; Staff Assaults; Extreme Conditions of Confinement; & Segregation.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Prisoner’s Rights Research Project

Indigent prisoners may write to the Project requesting an answer to a specific legal issue concerning Illinois or federal law only. Working under the co-presidents and faculty adviser, volunteers hone their research skills and gain significant insight into the corrections system by addressing questions regarding Illinois and federal law.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Prisons Foundation

Prisons Foundation publishes books written by or about prisoners. Their publishing program includes all types of books which are published on their website in the exact manner that prisoners submit them. All books on any subject are welcome. Books are not screened or censor in any way, so prisoners are free to write anything they wish. There is no charge to publish the book and no charge to anyone who wishes to read it. Plus the prisoner retains full rights to his or her book if they later wish to place it with a literary agent or commercial publisher. Publishing a book on the Prisons Foundation website is in fact a good way to bring it to the attention of agents and larger publishers.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
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. Our program services include a summer camp, monthly outings, leadership training, and family support. Write for further details.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Project for Older Prisoners

Law students interview and evaluate older and geriatric inmates (55+) in obtaining parole or other forms of release from incarceration. POPS also runs a "Books for Crooks" program to help build prison libraries. The project serves prisoners in DC, MD, MI, NC and VA.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Project Rebound

SFSU program for former prisoners to enroll in college. "From prison to empowerment, from destitution to the notion of 'restorative justice', we are here to aid those who want to help themselves and to help others." Write for details.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Project Return

Project Return equips former offenders with the education, coaching, and support services necessary to gain employment and begin a new life. Pre-Release Program: Project Return conducts pre-release programs in correctional facilities to prepare inmates for their release dates. Through these programs, participants learn about Project Return’s services and begin job readiness training.


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

Protecting Your Health & Safety 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. Shipping/handling for book orders is $6 total for any orders under $49.90, and free for all orders over $49.90. Mail request and check or money order payable to "Prison Legal News.”


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
Providence Books Through Bars

Requests are received for reading materials from inmates nationwide. Be sure to include mailing address with Prisoner ID# as well as subject matter preferences.


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
RedBird Books to Prisoners

RedBird Books-to-Prisoners is a small all-volunteer group dedicated to providing Ohio prisoners with free reading materials. Please send requests by subject.


State Based Organizations and Resources
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 area. Write to the above address for a free copy.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Reinvestigation Project

Cases accepted: 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.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Rock of Ages Prison Ministry

Free King James Bible, and correspondence course. Offers New Testament study course through their PBI.


Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources
Rocky Mountain Innocence Center

Must have been convicted of a serious felony in NV, UT, or WY, and must have more than seven years left on the prison sentence; the prisoner’s trial and direct appeals must be finished; the prisoner must be completely innocent; and significant new evidence must be available to prove the prisoner’s innocence.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Rocky Mountain Innocence Center

(see UTAH listing)


State Based Organizations and Resources
Rocky Mountain Innocence Center

(See Utah listing)


State Based Organizations and Resources
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, courtordered debt, employment, family & children, education, understanding and cleaning up a criminal record, and legal aid & community resources. The guide is free to currently and formerly incarcerated people and their loved ones.


State Based Organizations and Resources
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.


Prison Based Newsletters
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
Sentencing and Justice Reform Advocacy (SJRA) Advocate

SJRA Advocate contains useful and timely information on California prisoner and prison issues. SJRA’s goal is to publish truthful information to educate, motivate and inspire prisoners, families, the general public, lawyers, legislators and local lawmakers. Prisoners may obtain 12 issues of SJRA Advocate for $18; for all others the cost is $20. California prisoners may also pay with First Class stamps; 3 stamps for a single issue; 20 stamps for 6 issues; and 40 stamps for 12 issues.


State Based Organizations and 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. Back issues are $1.


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 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 End Press

Radical books, 50% discount for prisoners. Write for catalog.


Book Venders - Reduced Prisoner Rates
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
Spring Grass Book 'Em

Spring Grass Book 'Em is a free books-to-prisoners program that mails books to inmates nationwide (except for PA which is served by Book 'Em--same address). Request books and magazines by subject or title and/or author, or just request "any." No catalog is available and some books may be substituted for those requested due to scarcity. Please let Spring Grass Book 'Em know of any book restrictions (or changes to any restrictions), or upon transfer to a different institution.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Stanford Three Strikes Project

The Stanford Three Strikes Project is the only legal organization in the country devoted to addressing excessive sentences imposed under California's Three Strikes sentencing law. The Project represents individuals currently imprisoned under the law and works, on behalf of its clients in collaboration with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund Inc., to reform the harshest aspects of the Three Strikes law, including the enactment of the Three Strikes Reform Act of 2012 (Prop 36).


State Based Organizations and Resources
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
Texas Center for Actual Innocence

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


State Based Organizations and Resources
Texas Civil Rights Project

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


State Based Organizations and Resources
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
The Angolite

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


Prison Based Newsletters
The Disciplinary Self-Help Litigation Manual

This book 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. Shipping/handling for book orders from Prison Legal News is $6 total for any orders under or equal to $49.95, and free for all orders over $49.95. Mail request and check or money order payable to "Prison Legal News.”


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
The Exoneration Initiative

Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in New York; DNA and nonDNA cases (specializes in non-DNA); no sentence requirements.


State Based Organizations and Resources
The Habeas Citebook: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

The Habeas Citebook 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. Shipping/handling for book orders from Prison Legal News is $6 total for any orders under or equal to $49.95, and free for all orders over $49.95. Mail request and check or money order payable to "Prison Legal News.”


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
The Insight Prison Project

IPP was founded in 1997 with one class for 14 male prisoners at San Quentin State Prison. Today, IPP offers unique and effective programs for thousands of men, women, and youth at 15 state prisons, three county jails, several reentry facilities, and one juvenile institution. Their core program is the Victim/Offender Education Group (VOEG), which includes an 18 month curriculum that was designed by licensed mental health therapists in collaboration with survivors of violent crimes and incarcerated offenders. IPP provides highly trained facilitators and creates a space with VOEG that allows victims and offenders an opportunity to work together, which dramatically aids in the healing process for everyone involved, and enhances public safety by greatly reducing recidivism.


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

Cases accepted: Actual innocence; DNA and non-DNA; must have been convicted in New Jersey.


State Based Organizations and Resources
The MacArthur Justice Center

Focus area/description: Impact litigation on criminal justice issues, focused specifically on Illinois. Individual prisoner cases are rarely accepted.


State Based Organizations and Resources
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.


State Based Organizations and Resources
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. (May not respond to letters.)


Death Penalty Resources
The Prison Library Project

Provides educational books, self-help, personal/spiritual growth, wellness, general fiction and non-fiction. No law or technical books. Does not send books to county jails or city jails; nor to prisons in HA, ME, MI, MS, NE, NV, PA (except Waymire), 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.


Prison Based Newsletters
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. (May not respond to letters.)


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
The Sun Magazine

Independent, ad-free monthly magazine that publishes personal essays, short stories, interviews, poetry, and photographs by emerging and established artists. Free subscription offered to prisoners. Also accepts submissions


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
The Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois

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 targeted by the criminal legal system.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Thomas M. Cooley Law School Innocence Project

Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in Michigan; DNA cases only; must be in custody, but no time requirement.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Thurgood Marshall School of Law Innocence Project

Cases of actual innocence in Texas; DNA and non-DNA cases; claims of actual innocence typically involving DNA evidence testing, mistaken identification, or that a crime never actually occurred.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Tightwad Magazine

Send an SASE for their catalog of magazines


Prisoner Magazine Services
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 Policy Recommendations Regarding LGBT People in California Prisons, and Safety Inside: Problems Faced by Transgender Prisoners and Common Sense Solutions to Them.


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

 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. Write to TGI Justice Project at 370 Turk #370 San Francisco, CA 94102.


 


LGBT Organizations and Resources, California
Tranzmission Prison Books Project

Offers free books and resources to LGBT inmates. Write for info.


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
Unchained Books

Unchained Books is a small group in Fort Collins, Colorado committed to prisoner support. Our primary focus is collecting donated books and making them available free to people imprisoned in Colorado. In addition to our book project, we also write letters to political prisoners and work on periodic individual prisoner support in the form of fundraising, outreach, and building community awareness about specific legal struggles. Below is a list of prisons in Colorado that currently accept books sent to inmates from Unchained Books: Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility (state); Crowley County Correctional Facility (private); Federal Correctional Institution at Florence (federal); Federal Correctional Institution at Englewood (federal); High Plains Correctional Facility (state); Kit Carson Correctional Center (private); La Vista Correctional Facility (state); Rifle Correctional Center (state); and San Carlos Correctional Facility (state).


State Based Organizations and Resources
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
University of Baltimore Innocence Project Clinic

Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in Maryland; DNA and nonDNA cases.


State Based Organizations and Resources
University of Miami Law Innocence Clinic

Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in Florida; DNA and non-DNA cases. 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.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Uptown People's Law Center

The mission of the Uptown People's Law Center is to establish, administer, and promote programs providing legal aid to indigent persons, assisting community residents in obtaining legal services and benefits, and educating and training residents, paraprofessionals and community attorneys. Their work focuses on issues in Illinois only, including landlord tenant issues, public aid and social security disability benefits, and protecting the civil rights of the incarcerated.


State Based Organizations and Resources
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
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
Wesleyan Innocence Project

Handles cases primarily from Northern Texas.


State Based Organizations and Resources
West Virginia Innocence Project

Cases accepted: 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
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 prisoners the opportunity to participate in college courses, and recreational activities. WSD is the first education system of such scope to be established within a statewide prison system, and operates schools on 90 sites serving TDCJ. Degrees Offered: Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s Degrees.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Wisconsin Books to Prisoners Project

Sends various books to state & federal prisoners in Wisconsin only. Has large selection of novels. Please request by subject category.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Wisconsin Innocence Project

Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in Wisconsin (will look at cases from neighboring states, or beyond in exceptional circumstances); DNA and non-DNA cases; must be in custody, must have three or more years left to serve.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Wisconsin Innocence Project

A growing number of innocence cases are now dealing with shaken baby syndrome (SBS), where an adult caregiver is convicted of a crime after the death of a child in his or her care, due to the presence of three internal symptoms that doctors once believe could result only from shaking the child. The Wisconsin Innocence Project is coordinating nationwide efforts to bring this emerging criminal justice issue into the forefront, and is now accepting letters from prisoners serving time for SBS convictions for which the prisoner claims actual innocence.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
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 neighborhoodbased services. Within these program areas, WPA offers Alternatives to Incarceration, Family Reunification Assistance and Family Support Services, Reentry Case Management, Assistance and Support, and Jailand Prison-Based Education and Pre-Release Services


State Based Organizations and Resources
Women's Prison Book Project

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.


Women's Organizations and Resources
Wrongful Conviction Clinic

Cases Accepted: cases of actual innocence in Indiana; DNA and non-DNA cases (preference for DNA cases); will consider arson, shaken baby syndrome, and child abuse cases.


State Based Organizations and Resources
Wrongful Conviction Project

Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in Ohio; non-DNA cases only; must be an indigent Ohio inmate; must claim factual innocence of the conviction; must not have contributed in any way to the commission of the offense; the prisoner is serving a lengthy prison sentence; must have no prior history of violent crimes and no lengthy prior criminal record; the basis for claimed innocence is not outcome determinative as to DNA evidence and the prisoner has exhausted the legal process.


State Based Organizations and Resources