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
The Osborne Association

Osborne offers a wide range of direct services to justice system-involved people and their children and families. Our programs and services are evidence- and experience-based and designed to reduce crime and reliance on incarceration, heal the damage and trauma of crime and incarceration, and enhance opportunity for those affected by crime and incarceration. Offers services to incarcerated parents as well. Write for list of programs and services. The Osborne Association has three locations: in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Newburgh. Only serves people in New York.


Educational Resources, Rehabilitation Programs
Upper Iowa University

Upper Iowa University offers a Self-Paced Degree Program, with courses in paper format that can be completed at a distance. The Self-Paced paper format is structured around written assignments and proctored exams. Offers associate degrees in business, liberal arts, public administration, social science, and more. Write for tuition costs (up to $990 per course) and course catelog. Serves people nationwide.


Educational Resources, College and Higher Education Courses
Urbana-Champaign Books to Prisoners

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


Educational Resources, Free Books Programs
Wisconsin Books to Prisoners Project

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


Educational Resources, Free Books Programs
Women's Prison Book Project

The Women’s Prison Book Project (WPBP) provides women and transgender persons in prison with free reading materials covering a wide range of topics from law and education (dictionaries, GED, etc.) to fiction, politics, history, and women’s health. WPBP also has a free resource guide for women and trans prisoners and a newsletter which publishes prisoner articles. Also runs the Midwest Trans Prisoner Penpal Project. Ofrecen materiales de lectura en Español. Only serves women and trans prisoners.


LGBTQI-focused Organizations and Resources, Women's Organizations and Resources, Educational Resources, Free Books Programs

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