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.

 

Resource Category
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

LSPC publishes manuals, reports, fact sheets and pamphlets for CA prisoners in the following areas: Family Matters (guardianship, visitation, pregnancy); Reentry Services; Prison Conditions (isolation and other), and Divorce Issues.They also publish A Manual on SSI/SSDI for Prisoners and Their Advocates. Serves California only.


Regional Advocacy Organizations, California
Level

Level provides free printed educational, job training and personal development guides for people in prison anywhere in the US. Send a letter to request content.

 


Educational Resources
Lewisburg Prison Project

The Lewisburg Prison Project (LPP) is affiliated with the PA Institutional Law Project (PILP). Together, we provide informational materials, advice, and representation on civil rights matters related to the conditions of confinement (medical, mental health, excessive force, etc.) of those incarcerated in Pennsylvania. We cannot provide legal advice or representation to those with claims that occur outside of Pennsylvania, and we do not assist with criminal matters, habeas cases, sentencing, or parole issues. Also provides informational materials and legal bulletins about prisoners' rights to people incarcerated throughout the United States. Resources availble online, or write in for order form and to submit requests. Legal advice only provided in Pennsylvania; other resources nationwide.



Nationwide Organizations and Resources
LGBT Books to Prisoners

Volunteer-run organization that sends books and other educational materials, free of charge, to LGBT-identified people in prison across the US (except those in TX). Will send books in Spanish (enviar libros en Español). Serves all states except Texas.


LGBTQI-focused Organizations and Resources
Life Support Alliance

The mission of LSA is to be the voice and presence of lifers, by responding to and identifying the needs and concerns of the greater lifer population and community, and assisting lifers in becoming suitable for parole and articulating that suitability to the Board of Parole Hearings. LSA offers a free monthly newsletter which can be subscribed to by prisoners, by writing to LSA. It can also be printed by families and supporters for mailing inside. They also publish the California Lifer Newsletter, a comprehensive newsletter published quarterly, with reviews of the latest published and unpublished state and federal cases concerning parole issues, parole board news, legislation and articles on prison, parole and correctional issues of interest to prisoners and their families. Each issue contains 50 - 70 pages. Subscription rates are: Inmates, $35 per year, $60 for 2 yrs, $90 for 3 yrs. Free individuals, $99 per year, $180 for 2 years. . Serves California only.


 


Regional Advocacy Organizations, California
Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners

Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners provides free books to women prisoners in any state, as well as to male prisoners in these four states only: AL, AR, MS, and LA. Letters from Louisiana and women prisoners are given priority, with all other letters answered in the order received. Closed indefinitely due to covid.


Books, Magazines, and Publishers, Free Books Programs
Louisville Books to Prisoners

Ships free books directly to prisoners in Kentucky and Virginia only. Request reading material by prioritized subjects and list facility restrictions if known. Serves Kentucky and Virginia only.


Books, Magazines, and Publishers, Free Books Programs
Loyola Law School's Project for the Innocent

Dedicated to the exoneration of the wrongfully convicted. If after a thorough investigation of a case, a true claim of innocence is provable, clinic students will help draft a habeas petition so that the case can be litigated in court. Must have case for factual innocence, have exhausted all their appeals, and are no longer represented by an attorney. Expect delays in the summer Serves California only.


Legal Resources, Innocence Projects
Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition

The Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition (MPAC) is comprised of Maine prisoners, their friends and families, victims of crime, and others committed to ethical, positive, and humane changes in Maine's prison system. they focus on solitary confinement, inhumane conditions of confinement, and reentry services. Serves Maine only.


Regional Advocacy Organizations, Maine
Maoist Internationalist Ministry of Prisons

Maoist Internationalist Ministry of Prisons, MIM(Prisons), is a revolutionary anti-imperialist group fighting criminal injustice, helping prisoners to organize and educate themselves. Sends books to prisoners, and offers prisoners a free subscription to their newspaper. Write to MIM(Prisons) for a free prisoner subscription and to get involved in revolutionary organizing and education projects.


Educational Resources, Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources

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