Resources: Regional Advocacy Organizations

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
Abolitionist Law Center

The ALC is a public interest law firm inspired by the struggle of political and politicized prisoners, and organized for the purpose of abolishing class and race based mass incarceration in the United States. To accomplish this goal, the ALC engages in litigation on behalf of people whose human rights have been violated in prison, produces educational programs to inform the general public about the evils of mass incarceration, and works to develop a mass movement against the American penal system by building alliances and nurturing solidarity across social divisions.


Regional Advocacy Organizations, Pennsylvania
Actual Innocence Clinic

Students at the University of Texas School of Law screen and investigate claims by inmates that they are actually innocent of the offenses for which they are incarcerated. The program accepts cases of actual innocence in Texas, including DNA and non-DNA cases, with no sentence requirements.


Regional Advocacy Organizations, Texas
AFSC Michigan Criminal Justice Program

AFSC's Michigan Criminal Justice Program advocates for over 1,500 Michigan prisoners and their families each year, building an "advocacy network" throughout the state. The program encourages dialogue among prisoners and the general public, and works for humane reform of the criminal justice system and for the rights of prisoners. Michigan prisoners may contact the program at 734-761-9796.


Regional Advocacy Organizations, Michigan
AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania

Nonprofit public-interest law firm providing free legal assistance to people living with HIV and AIDS, including PA prisoners. English and Spanish spoken.


Regional Advocacy Organizations, Pennsylvania
Ashland University

Ashland University serves over 1,000 incarcerated students annually with college curriculum.  The programs are offered to adult prisoners in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, and juvenile prisoners in the Ohio Department of Youth Services.  A recent emphasis has been placed on the development and delivery of online courses for the correctional programs which do not require live internet access.


Regional Advocacy Organizations, Ohio
Athens Books to Prisoners

Athens Books to Prisoners is a volunteer run organization that sends free books to prisoners in Ohio upon request.


Regional Advocacy Organizations, Ohio
Bard Prison Initiative

The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) creates the opportunity for incarcerated men and women at Bayview, Eastern, Elmira, Green Haven, and Woodbourne Correctional Facilities to earn a Bard College degree while serving their sentences. BPI enrolls nearly 300 incarcerated men and women across a full spectrum of academic disciplines, and offers over 60 courses each semester.


People in select New York State prisons may apply and are selected based on their ambition and willingness to work hard. To apply, one must have a high school diploma or its equivalent. Admission to BPI is highly competitive — typically there are ten applications for each available spot. Many gain admission after more than one application. The admissions process involves both a written exam and a personal interview.


Regional Advocacy Organizations, New York
Book 'Em

Book 'Em is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that sends free educational books and quality reading material to prisoners in Pennsylvania only. Prisoners may request books by subject.


Regional Advocacy Organizations, Pennsylvania
Boston University Prison Education Program

Degrees Offered: Bachelor or undergraduate certificate, both in Interdisciplinary Studies. Programs include accounting, English composition, Latin, biology, sociology, marketing, acting, and language courses in Spanish, French, and Greek and more. Offered for prisoners incarcerated at MCI Norfolk (men’s facility) and MCI Framingham (women’s facility) only.


Regional Advocacy Organizations, Massachusetts
California Families to Abolish Solitary Confinement

CFASC is dedicated to stopping the inhumane treatment of prisoners within the California penal system, especially those held in solitary confinement. Their ultimate goal is to end the use of solitary confinement.


Regional Advocacy Organizations, California

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