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
The MacArthur Justice Center

The MacArthur Justice Center is a nonprofit law firm with locations in Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Washington D.C. It takes on cases regarding police misconduct, solitary confinement, wrongful convictions, and class actions around prison conditions and parole. Now also a law clinic at Northwestern law school. Write to Chicago address for other locations. Serves nationwide. Expect delay or form response.

Legal Resources
The Michigan Lifers Association

Support for Michigan lifers led by Willis X. Harris, found innocent after serving over 23 years in the Michigan prison system.  Write for information about programming and support for lifers. Serves people in MI only.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, Michigan
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
The Paperback Shop

A family operated used bookstore that has specialized in mailing books to inmates for 25 years.  Send an S.A.S.E for our information and order form.  They carry new and used paperbacks, magazine subscriptions, calendars, and puzzles. They do not have a catelog, but will work with you to send the books that you want.  Families & Friends can also order online. Nationwide service, but depends on state regulations for receiving books in your state.

Books, Magazines, and Publishers, Vendors and Publishers
The Pathfinder Network

Formerly Pathfinders of Oregon. Has several successful programs in prisons and the community. Clases inside prison including Parenting Inside Out and the Healing Opportunities, Promoing Empowerment (HOPE) program. Outside, Pathfinders Network provides reentry support, including peer mentoring and parenting classes, at the Center for Family Success. Serves people in Oregon only.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, Oregon
The Sentencing Project

The Sentencing Project is a national policy research and advocacy organization that works for a fair and effective criminal justice system by promoting sentencing reform and alternatives to incarceration. They produce reports on prison-related topics, including prison populations nationally,  state-by-state data, life sentences, voting rights, and more. May not respond to letters.

Nationwide Organizations and Resources
The Transformative Justice Law Project

TJLP is a collective of radical lawyers, social workers, activists, and community organizers who are deeply committed to prison abolition, transformative justice, and gender self-determination. They provide free, zealous, life-affirming, and gender-affirming holistic criminal legal services to low-income and street based transgender and gender non-conforming people in Illinois (only) who are targeted by the criminal legal system. Serves people in Illinois only.

LGBTQI-focused Organizations and Resources
Thurgood Marshall School of Law Innocence Project

The project only handles claims of actual innocence typically involving DNA evidence testing, mistaken identification, or that a crime never actually occurred. Thurgood Marshall law students work directly on the project and screen cases, obtain and review case histories, investigate facts, interview involved persons, write case time lines and summaries, perform case analyses, and prepare written case evaluations and pleadings. Only serves individuals convicted in Texas.

Legal Resources, Innocence Projects

The Test Positive Aware Network. Publishes Positively Aware, a bimonthly magazine covering HIV/AIDS treatment, research, policy and lifestyle. Also offers articles on many HIV-related topics, including HIV and aging, prevention, and treatments. Offers free subscriptions to prisoners.

Health Care Resources
Transgender Law Center

Transgender Law Center’s Detention Project works to end the abuses transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) people experience in institutional settings such as prisons and jails. Resources include state DOC and BOP policies on trans rights; guides for filing grievances and lawsuits; know-your-rights guides for trans and LGBT people; medical information about transition-related health care; reentry resources; and other information. Serves people nationwide, but more specific information for Californians.

LGBTQI-focused Organizations and Resources