Resources: Educational 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.

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Resource Category
Prison Yoga Project

Prison Yoga Project supports incarcerated people with trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness practices as a means of self-empowerment and self-rehabilitation. PYP believes yoga helps everyone develop the self-awareness, self-worth, empathy, and compassion that leads to positive personal and pro-social choices. Since 2010, it has sent more than 26,000 copies of Yoga: A Path for Healing and Recovery free of charge on request.  Serves people nationally.

Educational Resources, Rehabilitation Programs

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

Incarcerated artists interested in applying, please write to us and include a self addressed prepaid envelope to be considered.

Educational Resources, Prison Writing / Arts Programs
Prisons Foundation

Prisons Foundation publishes books written by or about prisoners. Their publishing program includes posting books onto their website for download. They also exhibit art created in prison (see Write directly for book submission guidelines prior to sending a manuscript.  The prison author retains full rights to their book, for later placement with a literary agent or commercial publisher if desired. It also now offers quality Dictionaries and Thesauruses for only $3.95 each, and will mail them directly to prisoners. Serves writers nationally.

Educational Resources, Prison Writing / Arts Programs
Rock of Ages Prison Ministry

Offers Christian ministry outreach to prisoners as well as a New Testament correspondence study course through their Prisoners Bible Institute. Serves people nationally.

Educational Resources, Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources
Rogue Liberation Library

The Rogue Liberation Library meets monthly to read letters and send books directly to people in federal and state prisons in OR, CA, ID, TX, and NV only.

Educational Resources, Free Books Programs
Set Free Prison Ministries

Provides Bible study courses in English and Spanish to people free of charge. Curriculum consists of Bible courses from the Navigators in Colorado Springs, Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and Emmaus Correspondence School in Iowa. Provides free postage both mailing and return. Serves people nationally.

Educational Resources, Religious Programs / Spiritual 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. Serves people nationally, but expect delay in response.

Educational Resources, Religious Programs / Spiritual 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. Serves people in Alabama only.

Educational Resources, Prison Writing / Arts Programs
The American Prison Writing Archive

The American Prison Writing Archive is an digital archive of non-fiction essays that offers the public first-hand testimony to the living and working conditions experienced by prisoners, prison employees, and prison volunteers. All prisoners can contribute. Non-fiction essays, based on first-hand experience, should be limited to 5,000 words (15 double-spaced pages). Clearly hand-written pages are also welcome. They charge no fees and read all writing submitted. Write in for the permissions-questionnaire, which MUST accompany all submissions. Serves writers nationally.

Educational Resources, Prison Writing / Arts Programs
The Insight Prison Project

IPP offers transformational programs for prisoners and parolees, which are supported by crime victims and community volunteers. IPP currently conducts 25 weekly classes at San Quentin State Prison, involving some 300 prisoners, as well classes in 15 other prisons. IPP's Victim Offender Education Group is a nationally recognized restorative justice program. Provides in-prison services in California, Massachussets, and Colorado.

Educational Resources, Rehabilitation Programs