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
Project AVARY

Project AVARY offers long-term support and enrichment for children and youth in the San Francisco Bay Area with a parent in prison or jail. The program services include a summer camp, monthly outings, leadership training, and family support. Write for further details.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, California
Project Rebound

Project Rebound is a program to help formerly incarcerated students prepare, apply, enroll and graduate with a degree from SF State University. The program offers academic and financial counseling, peer mentoring and tutoring, and career placement. Has programs at SF State, CSU Bakersfield, CSU Fresno, CSU Fullerton, CSU Los Anglees, CSU Sacramento, CSU Riverside, CSU San Bernadino, and San Diego State. Write to SF State for program information and addresses across state. Serves released Californians only.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, California
Project Return

Project Return equips former offenders with the education, coaching, and support services necessary to gain employment and begin a new life. Project Return conducts pre-release programs in correctional facilities to prepare inmates for their release dates. Serves Tennessee only.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, Tennessee
Promise of Justice Initiative

Legal services nonprofit that advocates for humane, faire, and equal treatment of individuals in jails and prison. Has a prison conditions project fighting to end the death penalty and solitary confinement in Louisiana prisons. Has litigated issues including medical care at Angola, inhumane heat, and conditions in Baton Rouge Parish prison, and juveniles serving LWOP sentences. Serves people in Louisiana only.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, Louisiana
Read Between the Bars

Grassroots collective in Tucson that originated in March 2007 sending free books. Serves people in Arizona only. May be closed due to covid.

Books, Magazines, and Publishers, Free Books Programs
RedBird Books-to-Prisoners

RedBird Books-to-Prisoners is dedicated to providing Ohio prisoners with free books and reading materials. Send requests by subject. Only sends to Ohio. May be delays due to covid.

Books, Magazines, and Publishers, Free Books Programs
Reinvestigation Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence for felony convictions in Manhattan and the Bronx. The client is assigned to OAD on appeal; DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements. Cases are randomly assigned by the court, and consist of indigent defendants who were convicted in the Bronx and Manhattan. At this time, the Reinvestigation Project is not funded to accept cases that have not been assigned to the office on direct appeal.

Legal Resources, Innocence Projects
Rock of Ages Ministries

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
Rocky Mountain Innocence Center

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Nevada, Wyoming or Utah; DNA and non-DNA cases; seven or more years left to serve on sentence; must be completely innocent; significant new evidence must be available to prove the prisoner’s innocence.

Legal Resources, Innocence Projects
Rogue Liberation Library

Rogue Liberation Library believes in the right to read and that books are tools for liberation. This all-volunteer, nonprofit organization is located in Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley. They do not send legal materials. They provide educational and recreational reading materials in multiple subject areas. Request books by subject, not specific titles. Limit requests to once every three months. List prison book restrictions if known. Books are sent free of charge to people in most federal prisons; and state prisons (no jails) in OR, CA, ID, TX and NV only.

Books, Magazines, and Publishers, Free Books Programs