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
Root & Rebound

Mostly focused on services for released Californians in reentry, but has a number of publications to plan for reentry, including the 100 page Reentry PlanningToolkits. The toolkit is not intended to give legal advice, but rather general legal information about people’s rights in reentry.  Also publishes a 1211 page manual, the Roadmap to Reentry legal guide. Now also has developed resources in Minnesota, Hawai'i and Connecticut, and have pending projects in South Carolina. Serves mostly Californians.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Sinister Wisdom

Publishes work by lesbians only - prose, poetry, essays, graphics, and book reviews. Free to women in prison. Nationwide.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources, LGBTQI-focused Organizations and Resources
Solitary Watch

Solitary Watch works to expose and oppose the use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons and jails, and offers a free quarterly newsletter to prisoners. Solitary Watch also welcomes submissions of writing by those currently or formerly serving time in solitary. In Sept. 2017, published an anthology called Hell is a Very Small Place, although it does not sell the book directly. May not respond timely to letters. Serves people nationally.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
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
Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex (TGI) Justice Project

The TGI Justice Project works primarily with transgender prisoners and formerly incarcerated transgender people in California, and sends out their “Stiletto Prison Newsletter” and their very informative 72-page “Still We Rise-Prison Resource Guide” to all TGI prisoners. TGI also supports TGI prisoners being released to the San Francisco Bay Area, and are part of a broader movement fighting for racial and social justice. Some services nationwide but more services for Californians. Expect delays in response to letters.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources, LGBTQI-focused Organizations and Resources
Tranzmission Prison Project

Tranzmission Prison Project is a queer- and trans-powered prison abolition organization that provides free literature and resources for incarcerated members of the LGBTQ community.  Also publishes a queer-friendly National Prison Resource List. Serves people nationwide.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources, LGBTQI-focused Organizations and Resources
Vegetarian Resource Group

The Vegetarian Resource Group is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public on vegetarianism and the interrelated issues of health, nutrition, ecology, ethics, and world hunger. In addition to publishing the Vegetarian Journal, VRG produces and sells cookbooks, other books, pamphlets, and article reprints. Serves people nationwide.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Women's Prison Association

The Women's Prison Association (WPA) offers a range of services aimed at helping women in the New York City area. Their direct service network is organized in three broad areas; Residential and Family Services; Reentry Services; and neighborhood based services.  Provides transitional planning and education in NY women's prisons, as well as HIV counseling and testing. Serves women in New York state only.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources, Women's Organizations and Resources, HIV Resources

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