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
East Bay Prisoner Support

Sends free anarchist and other literature to prisoners in CA, AZ, NM, TX, UT and NV. Sends zines to queer, trans and women prisoners in any state. Write to receive a catalog.

LGBTQI-focused Organizations and Resources
Education Justice Project

The Education Justice Project (EJP) is a comprehensive college-in-prison program at Danville Correctional Center in central Illinois. Students earn transferable University of Illinois credit. In addition, EJP publishes Mapping Your Future: A Guide to Successful Reentry,a 250-page reentry guide that is updated each year. The guide focuses on Illinois resources, but much of the information it contains is useful to people in other states. Hard copies are available for free from EJP and it is available for download. EJP also publishes Returning Home: A Guide to the Challenges and Opportunities after Deportation, a 50-page guide for people getting deported to Mexico and Central America. It is also available for free and online. EJP offers $1,000 scholarships to individuals with family members in prison and to students who have incarceration backgrounds. The funds can be applied to any accredited post-secondary institution. Applications are due each November 1.

Educational Resources, College and Higher Education Courses
Edward R. Hamilton Books

Vendor of overstock and bargain books, some hardbound and others paperbound (type of binding listed in catalogs). Sends out free book catalogs, organized by the following subject areas: Arts & Education; Fiction; Healthy Living; History; Home & Garden; Biography; Cookbooks; Military History; Craft/Needlecrafts; Science & Nature; New Arrivals; and Bargain Books.

Vendors and Publishers
Equal Justice Initiative

Provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system. They litigate on behalf of condemned prisoners, juvenile offenders, people wrongly convicted or charged with violent crimes, poor people denied effective representation, and others whose trials are marked by racial bias or prosecutorial misconduct. Mostly works with people in Southern states.

Legal Resources
Ex-Offender Re-Entry Services Guide

The 23-page Ex-Offender Re-Entry Services Guide (last updated 9/2017) has been designed to enhance and expand services to ex-offenders in Idaho, and assist in their re-entry into the State's work force. Contains local office information for Idaho Dept. of Labor.  Available for download. Only serves people in Idaho. 

Educational Resources
Exoneree Diaries

Exoneree Diaries: The Fight for Innocence, Independence, and Identity (Alison Flowers, 2016, $17.95 +$2.50 S&H, use coupon code EXONEREE40 for a 40% discount -$10.77+2.50, TOTAL=$13.02). Through intimate portraits of four exonerated prisoners, investigative journalist Alison Flowers explores what happens to innocent people when the state flings open the jailhouse door and tosses them back, empty-handed, into the unknown. From the front lines of the wrongful conviction capital of the United States—Cook County, Illinois—Flowers recounts profoundly human stories of reclaiming life, overcoming adversity, and searching for purpose after exoneration. As she tells each exoneree's powerful story, Flowers vividly shows that release from prison, though sometimes joyous and hopeful, is not a Hollywood ending-or an ending at all. Rather, an exoneree's first unshackled steps are the beginning of a new journey full of turmoil and uncertainty. Flowers also sheds new light on the collateral damage of wrongful convictions on families and communities, challenging deeper problems of mass incarceration and the criminal justice system.

PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
Families Against Mandatory Minimums

Nonprofit organization fighting for fair and proportionate sentencing laws that allow judicial discretion while maintaining public safety, and primarily advocates for state and federal sentencing reform. May not respond to letters.

Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Family Law Project

Wisconsin Law students work under an experienced family law attorney and clinical professor to represent incarcerated parents and others in their family law matters including divorce, paternity actions, child support, child placement, visitation, guardianship, etc. They also provide pro se information and forms. Only serves individuals in Wisconsin prisons. 

Legal Resources
Federal Prison Handbook

The Federal Prison Handbook (Christopher Zoukis, 2016, 491 pages, $29.95 +$6 S&H) is the definitive guide to surviving incarceration in a federal prison. This handbook teaches individuals facing incarceration, prisoners who are already inside, and their friends and family everything they need to know to protect themselves and their rights. The thorough information was compiled by someone who has first-hand experience with the federal prison system, as Zoukis is an advocate currently serving time at a federal prison. His insider’s view of this unknown world guides inmates through the mental stresses of confinement. Importantly, this text provides detailed instructions on how prisoners can protect their rights. The author is a college-educated prisoner who has fought extensively to preserve his rights and the rights of other prisoners.

PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
Federal Receiver - J. Clark Kelso

In 2002, California settled a class-action lawsuit by agreeing to reform their medical care system, and the federal court appointed a federal Receiver to oversee the reform process. The receiver’s job is to bring the level of medical care in California prisons to a standard which no longer violates the U.S. Constitution. Prisoner patients under the control of the CDCR and their families may write to the above address with concerns about health care issues (except for mental health, dental, or substance abuse and treatment).

Regional Advocacy Organizations, California