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.


Resource Category
Pace Post-Conviction Project

Law school students at Pace University investigate cases of actual innocence; DNA and non-DNA cases. Only serves prisoners convicted in Westchester County and New York City.

Legal Resources, Innocence Projects
Palmetto Innocence Project

Focuses on claims of actual innocence or contentions of serious injustice in the criminal process exist. Must have at least 3 years left on sentence; conviction/appeals are final; and new evidence of innocence, such as DNA evidence, key trial witness recantation (e.g. change in testimony), or other credible evidence substantially affecting the case result. Serves South Carolina only.

Legal Resources, Innocence Projects
Pathfinder Press

Pathfinder Press is a publisher whic carries books on the works of revolutionary and working class leaders, in many different languages. 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. Serves people internationally.

Books, Magazines, and Publishers, Vendors and Publishers
PEN Prison Writing Program

The PEN prison writing program provide hundreds of imprisoned writers across the country with free writing resources, skilled mentors, and audiences for their work. Its program supports free expression, and encourages the use of the written word as a legitimate form of power.  In additional to mentoring, PEN publishes a national list of prison-based creative writing programs, sponsors an annual writing contest, publishes the free book Handbook for Writers In Prison, conducts workshops, and seeks to promote prisoners' work publicly through literary publications and readings. Serves writers nationally.

Educational Resources, Prison Writing / Arts Programs
Pennsylvania Innocence Project

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


Legal Resources, Innocence Projects
Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project

PILP seeks to deliver civil legal services to the institutional population in Pennsylvania, and was created and designed to meet the needs of low income residents of PA prisons, jails, hospitals, and state centers. PILP also publishes (or provides) free copies of the a number of legal publicationsWrite for more info. Most resources only for prisoners in Pennsylvania.

Legal Resources
Pennsylvania Prison Society

PPS offers resources to Pennsylvania prisoners in the form of a visiting program to learn about issues with conditions of confinement, transportation support for visitors across the state, and rentry services including mentoring. It also publishes “Graterfriends,” a monthly publication that allows prisoners and residents to voice their opinions and concerns about criminal justice issues ($3.00 for an annual prisoner subscription). They also distribute several fact sheets on criminal justice issues. Serves people in Pennsylvania only; newsletter available to all.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, Pennsylvania
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.  Serves Illinois only. May have delays due to covid.

Legal Resources
PM Press

PM Press carries counter-culture, anti-prison, and similar titles including The Prison-Industrial Complex and the Global Economy, Let Freedom Ring: A Collection of Documents from the Movements to Free U.S. Political Prisoners, and more. Prisoners receive a 50% discount. Write for a free catalog. Check your selection against the prison's contraband list as many political books are banned. Serves nationally.

Books, Magazines, and Publishers, Vendors and Publishers
Prison Book Program

National books to prisoners organization. Offers a free 6-page “National Prisoner Resource List,” and a free resource list for LGBTQ. Does not send books or any other materials to any jails. Books may be delayed up to 4 to 6 months. Allows two book shipments per year.  Serves people nationally EXCEPT CA, IL, MD, MI, NV, and TX, as well as some other individual prisons. Expect delays due to covid.

Books, Magazines, and Publishers, Free Books Programs