Resources: Nationwide Organizations and 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.

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Resource Category
Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf (HEARD)

All volunteer organization that provides advocacy services for deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind inmates across the nation. HEARD’s mission is to promote equal access to the justice and legal system for deaf defendants, detainees, prisoners, and returned citizens. HEARD created and maintains the only national database of deaf and deaf-blind prisoners and is the only organization that focuses on correcting and preventing wrongful conviction of deaf people. May not respond quickly to letters. Nationwide.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Innocence Project

The Innocence Project works to exonerate the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms to the criminal justice system to prevent future injustices. They accept only cases in which DNA testing can prove innocence. Write to request intake form. Accepts applications nationwide except from AZ, CA, IL, MI, OH, WI or Puerto Rico.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources, Legal Resources, Innocence Projects
Just Detention International

JDI is a health and human rights organization that seeks to end sexual abuse and exploitation in all forms of detention. It publishes a Resource Guide listing service providers in all 50 states that can help incarcerated survivors, as well as a Survivor Packet, which includes Hope for Healing, with contact information for local rape crisis centers and legal aid organizations; and a letter of hope from another prisoner rape survivor. Prisoners may communicate confidentially with JDI using legal mail at the above address. Serves people nationally.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Lewisburg Prison Project

LPP counsels and assists prisoners serving time in the Middle District of PA (federal prisons in Allenwood, Lewisburg, McKean, and Schuylkill; 11 PA state prisons, and 34 local county jails).  LPP also distributes publications to prisoners nationwide at a nominal fee. A partial list of their Legal Bulletins includes the following titles: Legal Research, Religious Rights, First Amendment, Access to Courts, Exhausting Administrative Remedies, Disciplinary Hearings, Racial/Religious Discrimination, Assaults, and Medical Rights. LPP also distributes the Prisoners' Rights Handbook (2009, 142 pages) as well as other legal information by mail. Send an SASE for full list of available publications.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Medill Justice Project

The Medill Justice Project investigates potentially wrongful murder convictions. To be considered, a case must meet all of the following criteria: The crime must have taken place in the United States; the charges must include murder; the case must have been heard by the state appellate court and the conviction must have been affirmed; and the prisoner must be claiming actual innocence.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources, Legal Resources, Innocence Projects
National Center on Institutions and Alternatives

Provides sentencing advocacy, capital case mitigation services, parole release advocacy, institutional designation and transfer, and release planning. NCIA provides services to clients after sentencing, helping them with the adjustment to confinement, assisting them with designation to and placement in the least restrictive facility available. In the Federal system especially, they research questions and provide advice regarding the Bureau of Prisons, the administrative remedy process, intensive confinement, RDAP, pre-release programming, home confinement and related issues.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

National advocacy organization with research and information about death penalty use in each state. Does not offer legal resources. May not respond to individual letters.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources, Death Penalty Resources
National Jericho Movement

National Jericho Movement is a political prisoner support group working to free all Political Prisoners. May not respond to letters.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated

NRCCFI is the oldest and largest organization in the U.S. focused on children and families of the incarcerated and programs that serve them.  Has a library of resources downloadable from its website; publishes fact sheets and a directory listing programs in the United States and around the world that offer services specifically for children and families of the incarcerated.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
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

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