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.

Download a PDF copy of the 2019 Resource Guide.

Resource Category
Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund

Assistance is generally limited to providing basic disability civil rights informational materials and referrals, with attention to CDCR state prisoners. DREDF does not provide assistance with individual disability benefits applications or denial of Social Security Disability benefits. Serves people in California only.


Regional Advocacy Organizations, California
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. 


Regional Advocacy Organizations, Idaho
Forever Family, Inc.

Forever Family is an advocacy group for incarcerated parents which provides helpful information for all parents in prison who have children, but can only provide social services in the Atlanta area.


Regional Advocacy Organizations
Fortune Society

The Fortune Society’s vision is to create a world where all who are incarcerated or formerly incarcerated can become positive, contributing members of society. They do this through a holistic, one-stop model of service provision. Their continuum of care, informed and implemented by professionals with cultural backgrounds and life experiences similar to those of their participants, helps ensure each individual’s success. The Fortune Society serves approximately 7,000 individuals annually via three primary New York City-area locations: their service center in Long Island City, and both The Fortune Academy and Castle Gardens in West Harlem. Also publishes The Fortune News twice per year, which is free to those incarcerated in NY. Serves people in New York only.


 

 


Regional Advocacy Organizations
Friends Committee on Legislation of California

Quaker-founded group that advocates and lobbies for CA state laws that are just, compassionate, and respectful of the inherent worth of every person. They publish a free quarterly periodical, the FCLCA Newsletter, which keeps track of pending legislation. Serves Californians only.


Regional Advocacy Organizations, California
Friends Outside

Friends Outside provides services and support to visitors at each California State Prison, and are located outside the prison walls but on prison grounds (usually adjacent to the visitor parking lots). Visitor Centers provide childcare, transportation, information and resources, and a restful and welcoming place to stop for a moment before and after visits. Does not usually respond to letters. Only serves people in California. 


Regional Advocacy Organizations
Hope Prison Ministry South Dakota

Hope Prison Ministry assists men and women leaving prisons in South Dakota with clothing, housing, transportation, and food to support them in making a new start and re-establishing themselves in society. Serves people in South Dakota only.


Regional Advocacy Organizations, South Dakota
Human Rights Coalition

The Human Rights Coalition (HRC) advocates for abolishment of solitary confinement in Pennsylvania prisons. They also publish the HRC Legal Pamphlet Series, other pamphlets and information letters, and the “PA Prison Directory Action Guide” (2009) (too many pages for them to print & mail, but available for download on their website). Serves Pennsylvania Only.


Regional Advocacy Organizations, Pennsylvania
John Howard Association of Illinois

The John Howard Association (JHA) is the only independent monitor for corrections in Illinois. They visit all Illinois prisons and juvenile facilities, write reports about prison conditions, and advocate for system-wide policy changes.  Write to JHA for further details and to report an issue or problem related to conditions of confinement, ask a question about prison policies and practices, and request information including JHA public statements, reports, survey results, information packets, forms, and IDOC rules. Write “privileged mail” on the envelope to communicate confidentially. Responds to letters from any states and facilities, but only monitors and reports on Illinois prisons.


Regional Advocacy Organizations, Illinois
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. They also publish the California Lifer Newsletter, a comprehensive newsletter published six times per year, 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. 


 


Regional Advocacy Organizations, California

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