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 2019 Resource Guide.

Resource Category
Innocence Project at the UVA School of Law

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


Legal Resources, Innocence Projects
Innocence Project New Orleans

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


Legal Resources, Innocence Projects
Innocence Project of Florida

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Florida; DNA and Non-DNA cases. No sentence requirements. Does not accept federal cases or cases on direct appeal. Also provides transitional and aftercare services to exonerees. Serves Florida only.


Legal Resources, Innocence Projects
Innocence Project of Iowa

The Innocence Project of Iowa reviews and litigates cases of wrongful conviction in Iowa.  Cases that the organization is most likely
to accept include: DNA evidence; mistaken eyewitness identification; false confessions; convictions due to police, prosecutorial, or
judicial neglect or misconduct; unreliable scientific methods, tests, or procedures; false witness testimony; and egregious defense counsel neglect or misconduct. Case must arise from Iowa. Write for a questionnaire.


Legal Resources, Innocence Projects
Innocence Project of Minnesota

The Minnesota Innocence Project reviews wrongful convictions in cases where newly discovered evidence is identifiable and can provide clear and convincing proof of actual innocence. Actual innocence always means the defendant played no role in the commission of the crime. Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota only.


Legal Resources, Innocence Projects
Innocence Project of Texas

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


Legal Resources, Innocence Projects
Inside Books Project

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


Books, Magazines, and Publishers, Free Books Programs
Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program

Organization supporting education model that brings together campus-based college students with incarcerated students for a class held inside jail or prison. this is a training center for Inside-Out education programs all across the country. it does not directly teach students. Write to find out if there is an inside-out program in your state.


Educational Resources, College and Higher Education Courses
ISKCON Prison Ministry

Sends free material about bhakti-yoga study and practice; books, prayer beads, CDs, MP3s, and incense. We need to know: 1) Which items you are allowed to have, 2) Are you allowed hardbound or only softbound books? 3) Which items can be sent to you directly and which only through the chaplain?
The books cover reincarnation, karma, and how to live a simple, godly life, and find internal peace and joy no matter what your circumstances.


Educational Resources, Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources
Islamic Education Center

Serves the community of Houston with weekly services and serves as a center for imparting knowledge about Islam and promoting Islamic values. No dedicated prisoner publication; write for more information.


Educational Resources, Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources

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