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.

 

Resource Category
Prisoner Advocacy Network

Small, volunteer-run network of organizers, attorneys, legal workers, medical professionals, and law students. PAN provides information about legal and medical issues facing the incarcerated in California. Limited non-litigation advocacy to CDCR officials. Research and policy advocacy on reforms to the penal code and sentencing regulations. Runs UC Berkeley student-led law clinic. Serves California only. Expect delays due to covid.


Regional Advocacy Organizations, California
Prisoner Correspondence Project

The Prisoner Correspondence Project is a solidarity project for gay, lesbian, transsexual, transgender, gendervariant, two-spirit, intersex, bisexual and queer prisoners in Canada and the United States, linking them with people a part of these same communities outside of prison through a direct-correspondence program Letters to PCP in Canada cost $1.15 in US postage. Has pen pals who speak/write French. Serves people nationally.


LGBTQI-focused Organizations and Resources
Prisoner Express

Prisoner Express News is published every six months and sent free of charge to incarcerated individuals throughout the United States. They are also available for download online. PE also sends books and educational packets as available. Prisoner Express has ongoing programs in creative writing, chess, meditation, journaling and art. Sends to people nationally.


 


Books, Magazines, and Publishers, Free Books Programs
Prisoner Reentry Institute

The Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI) of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a policy advocacy organizations with several publications on topics including solitary confinement, women in prison, housing for justice-involved people, pre-trial practice, and access to education for people returning from prison. In March 2019, it published Mapping the Landscape of Higher Education in New York State Prisons, the first of its kind in examining both the history and scope of college-in-prison programs in New York state. The PRI has other publications available; ask for their list of research and publications. Most research focused on New York.


Regional Advocacy Organizations, New York
Prisoner Visitation and Support

Prisoner Visitation and Support (PVS) is a volunteer visitation program to federal and military prisons across the U.S. 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 Spanish speaking prisoners. Serves federal and military prisoners only.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Prisoners Literature Project

The Prisoners Literature Project is an all-volunteer grassroots organization that sends free books to prisoners across the U.S. Please request types of books, not specific titles. They do not carry Christian books or legal texts. Please limit requests to once per year, and be patient while they try to find books to match your requests. Inform them of any book restrictions at your prison. PLP is one of PARC's partners - ask them for your next copy of the PARC directory! Serves people nationally except Texas.


Books, Magazines, and Publishers, Free Books Programs
Prisoners' Legal Services of New York

PLSNY provides free legal services to New York State prisoners. Also publishes Pro Se newsletter six times per year for prisoners 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 2002-2016 are downloadable from their website. Write for the office that serves the prison near you. Serves New York state only.


Regional Advocacy Organizations, New York
Prisoners' Rights Office

This section of the Vermont Office of the Defender General handles prisoners' rights cases. Serves people in Vermont only.


Regional Advocacy Organizations, Vermont
Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts

Prisoners’ Legal Services provides legal representation and administrative advocacy in civil (non-criminal) matters related to prisoners’ treatment in Massachusetts prisons and jails, and upon release on parole. Only serves indigent or poor, current or former Mass prisoners in issues including inadquate medical or mental health care, assaults or violence by staff, unsafe or inhumane conditions in Mass jails or prisons, arbitrary use of isolation, and/or unfair denial or revocation of parole. Serves people in Mass. only.


Regional Advocacy Organizations, Massachusetts
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 www.SafeStreetsArts.org). 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

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