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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Texas Civil Rights Project

The Texas Civil Rights Project's Prisoners Rights Program works to improve conditions in Texas prisons and jails through litigation and advocacy, concentrating on cases that will have broad impact by changing a policy or creating other systemic relief.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, Texas
The Insight Prison Project

IPP offers transformational programs for prisoners and parolees, which are supported by crime victims and community volunteers. IPP currently conducts 25 weekly classes at San Quentin State Prison, involving some 300 prisoners, as well classes in 15 other prisons in California, Massachusetts, and Colorado. The IPP curriculum is designed for incarcerated populations to develop insight, practice new skills while in classes, and then integrate these skills into all aspects of their lives outside of group meetings and after leaving prison.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, California
The MacArthur Justice Center

The MacArthur Justice Center provides free legal representation to the indigent in the Chicago, Illinois area. They focus on wrongful convictions, fight police corruption, and address death penalty issues, to help ensure all individuals receive fair and equal treatment within the legal system, regardless of income, background or status.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, Illinois
The Michigan Lifers Association

Support for Michigan lifers led by Willis X. Harris, found innocent after serving over 23 years in the Michigan prison system.  Write for information about programming and support for lifers. Serves people in MI only.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, Michigan
The Osborne Association

The Osborne Association offers opportunities for individuals who have been in conflict with the law to transform their lives through innovative, effective, and replicable programs that serve the community by reducing crime and its human and economic costs. Services limited to New York prisoners and their families. Write for list of programs and services. The Osborne Association has three locations: in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Newburgh.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, New York
The Pathfinder Network

Formerly Pathfinders of Oregon. Has several successful programs in prisons and the community. Clases inside prison including Parenting Inside Out and the Healing Opportunities, Promoing Empowerment (HOPE) program. Outside, Pathfinders Network provides reentry support, including peer mentoring and parenting classes, at the Center for Family Success.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, Oregon
Tulane University Law Library

Offers photocopies of case-law citations, law review articles, criminal procedures, etc. to prisoners incarcerated in Louisiana jails & parish or state prisons only (no federal prisoner requests). Requests should have specific case cites, docket numbers or article titles, and are limited to one per month and a maximum of 50 pages.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, Louisiana
Unchained Books

Unchained Books is a small group in Fort Collins, CO committed to prisoner support. Their primary focus is collecting donated books and making them available free to people imprisoned in Colorado.  Individual prisoners request books based on subject areas and they fill requests as best as the inventory allows.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, Colorado
Uptown People's Law Center

The Uptown People’s Law Center (UPLC) is the only group in Illinois that actively represents prisoners in both class action matters as well as individual cases due to unconstitutional prison conditions.  UPIC does not take criminal appeals. Illinois prisoners are encouraged to write to UPLC explaining any rights violations they have experienced, as UPLC uses these letters to track trends and inform its lawsuits. UPLC also provides prisoners with referrals to law firms under certain circumstances.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, Illinois
Urbana-Champaign Books to Prisoners

UC Books to Prisoners is an Urbana, Illinois based project providing books at no cost by mail to inmates in state and federal prisons in Illinois,as well as in two county jail libraries in Illinois. Illinois only.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, Illinois