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
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
Middle Ground Prison Reform

Middle Ground Prison Reform has been working for Arizona's prisoners and their families since 1983. Their main areas of activity are: 1) public education about the need for criminal justice reform; 2) legislative advocacy on behalf of prisoners and their visitors; 3) litigation to protect and define the rights and responsibilities of prisoners and their supporters; 4) referral to community resources for ex-offenders. They do not publish a hard copy newsletter. Instead, they encourage friends and family of prisoners to visit their website and download and mail copies of pertinent information inside to prisoners. Serves people in Arizona only.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, Arizona
Mississippi Reentry Guide

This 196-page Mississippi Reentry Guide is intended to provide essential information and resources about services to ex-offenders and those that support them. Their goal is to ensure that those leaving incarceration will have an easier and more successful transition back into their community. Serves people in Mississippi only.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, Mississippi
New York State Prisoner Justice Coalition

Publishes the New York State Prisoner Justice Network Directory, a free 16-page directory of over 100 New York justice and prisoner support organizations. Has not been updated since 2015 so may be out of date. Serves New Yorkers.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, New York
Partnership for Safety & Justice

PSJ is an advocacy organization that works to reduce harsh prison sentences and reinvest in communities through successful diversion programs. Has a number of research publications on the negative impacts of incarceration. No direct services to prisoners - only reentry. Serves Oregonians only.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, Oregon
Pennsylvania Prison Society

PPS offers resources to Pennsylvania prisoners in the form of a visiting program to learn about issues with conditions of confinement, transportation support for visitors across the state, and rentry services including mentoring. It also publishes “Graterfriends,” a monthly publication that allows prisoners and residents to voice their opinions and concerns about criminal justice issues ($3.00 for an annual prisoner subscription). They also distribute several fact sheets on criminal justice issues. Serves people in Pennsylvania only; newsletter available to all.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, Pennsylvania
Prisoner Reentry Institute

The Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI) of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a policy advocacy organizations with several publications on topics including solitary confinement, women in prison, housing for justice-involved people, pre-trial practice, and access to education for people returning from prison. In March 2019, it published Mapping the Landscape of Higher Education in New York State Prisons, the first of its kind in examining both the history and scope of college-in-prison programs in New York state. The PRI has other publications available; ask for their list of research and publications. Most research focused on New York.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, New York
Project AVARY

Project AVARY offers long-term support and enrichment for children and youth in the San Francisco Bay Area with a parent in prison or jail. The program services include a summer camp, monthly outings, leadership training, and family support. Write for further details.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, California
Project Rebound

Project Rebound is a program to help formerly incarcerated students prepare, apply, enroll and graduate with a degree from SF State University. The program offers academic and financial counseling, peer mentoring and tutoring, and career placement. Has programs at SF State, CSU Bakersfield, CSU Fresno, CSU Fullerton, CSU Los Anglees, CSU Sacramento, CSU Riverside, CSU San Bernadino, and San Diego State. Write to SF State for program information and addresses across state. Serves released Californians only.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, California
Project Return

Project Return equips former offenders with the education, coaching, and support services necessary to gain employment and begin a new life. Project Return conducts pre-release programs in correctional facilities to prepare inmates for their release dates. Serves Tennessee prisons only.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, Tennessee