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.

Download a PDF copy of the 2015 Resource Guide.

Resource Category
A Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual

A Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual (9th Ed, 2011, 1077 pages, $30) is a handbook of legal rights and procedures designed to inform prisoners of their rights and how use to judicial process to secure these rights on both the federal and state level, with an emphasis on New York State law. The additional Immigration & Consular Access Supplement (102 pages) contains information about the immigration law consequences of criminal convictions for people who are not U.S. Citizens. The Manual is $30 if shipped directly to prisoners; $105 for all others. The Supplement is $5 for prisoners, $22 for all others. Please note the Manual is available for free by individual chapter if downloaded from the above-listed website by an outside source, printed out, and mailed to the prisoner.  11th edition due out in the latter part of 2016.


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
ACLU National Prison Project

The ACLU National Prison Project (NPP) handles class action lawsuits to ensure that conditions of confinement in prisons, jails, and other places of detention are constitutional. The NPP does not handle cases on behalf of individual prisoners and does not assist individual prisoners with their criminal cases or post-conviction matters. (The NPP no longer responds to individual letters requesting copies of resource materials. Instead these materials must be downloaded, printed, and mailed to the prisoner.)


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project

The ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project advocates for pregnant women while incarcerated to receive the reproductive health services that are needed. Prisoners can write to them for a “Know Your Rights” fact sheet.


Women's Organizations and Resources
Adams State College Prison College Program

ASU has a long history of offering printbased correspondence courses to incarcerated individuals.  Thge following undergraduate print-based correspondence courses are offered: Anthropology, Art, Business, Counseling, Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, English, Geology, Health Care Administration, History, History/Government, Philosophy , Human Performance & Physical Education, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women's Studies.


In addition, the following graduate degrees are available: Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Arts- Business emphasis, Associate of Science- Business emphasis, Bachelor of Arts- Business Administration, Bachelor of Science- Business Administration (emphasis areas: General Business, Legal Studies, Management, Marketing, or Small Business Management), Bachelor of Arts- Sociology (emphasis areas: Social Welfare or Criminology), Bachelor of Arts- English/Liberal Arts, Bachelor of Arts- Interdisciplinary Studies, Bachelor of Arts- Political Science, and Bachelor of Arts- History.


Family members wishing to request information on behalf of an incarcerated student should call, email, or instruct the student to submit a letter requesting a packet of information be mailed to them.


 


 


Paralegal Schools, State Based Organizations and Resources
Adams State University

ASU has a long history of offering print-based correspondence courses to incarcerated individuals.  The following undergraduate print-based correspondence courses/subject areas are offered: Anthropology, Art, Business, Counseling, Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, English, Geology, Health Care Administration, History, Human Performance & Physical Education, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women's Studies. In addition, the following undergraduate degrees are available: Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Science- Business emphasis, Bachelor of Arts- Business Administration, Bachelor of Science- Business Administration (emphasis areas: General Business, Legal Studies, Management, or Small Business Management), Bachelor of Arts- Sociology (emphasis areas: Social Welfare or Criminology), Bachelor of Arts- English/Liberal Arts, and Bachelor of Arts- Interdisciplinary Studies. Adams State also offers a graduate correspondence degree: Master of Business Administration (MBA). Family members wishing to request information on behalf of an incarcerated student should call, email, or instruct the student to submit a letter requesting a packet of information be mailed to them.


Paralegal Schools
Adopt An Inmate

Adopt an Inmate is a nonprofit volunteer organization that seeks to create extended family for inmates by matching them with adopters. Their website is a comprehensive source of tools and resources needed to advocate for inmates. They welcome stories, poems, artwork, and book reviews by both inmates and their advocates. Their blog page features a rotating "Welcome" banner provided by inmates. Contact them to submit any of the following: 1) an inmate name for adoption, 2) writing or artwork (including a "welcome" banner), or 3) to volunteer as an adopter.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
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.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Michigan
AFSC Prison Watch Project

American Friends Service Committee Prison Watch Project has published the Fifth Edition of the Survivors Manual: Surviving in Solitary, by Bonnie Kerness (2012, 94 pages), which is free to prisoners and $3 for all others. This book is a powerful collection of voices from solitary, as people currently or formerly held in isolation vividly describe their conditions and their daily lives. The collection also includes artwork and poetry.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Aid to Inmate Mothers

AIM provides services to Alabama’s incarcerated women with emphasis on enhancing personal growth and strengthening the bonds between inmate mothers and their children.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Alabama
AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania

Provides legal services for prisoners in PA with HIV/AIDS. English and Spanish.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Pennsylvania
Alaska Innocence Project

The Alaska Innocence Project provides legal, educational, and charitable services to identify and exonerate individuals who have been wrongfully convicted in the state of Alaska.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Alaska
Aleph Institute

The Aleph Institute is a non-profit Jewish organization dedicated to assisting and caring for the wellbeing of members of specific populations that are isolated from the regular community, including prisoners and people institutionalized or at risk of incarceration due to mental illness or addictions. Aleph addresses their religious, educational, and spiritual needs, advocates and lobbies for their civil and religious rights, and provides support to their families at home left to fend for themselves. Jewish prisoners may write to receive free books, regular monthly literature, holiday offerings, and family programs.


 


Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources
All of Us or None

All of Us or None is a national organizing initiative of prisoners and former prisoners to combat the many forms of discrimination that prisoners face upon release. They do not answer letters from prisoners, but rather are active in several local and national campaigns, including BAN THE BOX, a movement to end job discrimination based on felony convictions.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Amnesty International

Amnesty International compiles information about prisoner torture, beatings, rape, etc. to include in reports about U.S. prison conditions; also works on death penalty issues. (May not timely respond to letters.)


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Anthroposophical Prison Outreach Project

Do you, as a prisoner, feel that there must be some meaning in your prison experience that is still to be discovered? Or that you can give it meaning? If so, you might be interested in Anthroposophy — the path from the spirit in man to the spirit in the universe. Anthroposophy embraces a spiritual view of the human being and cosmos, but its emphasis is on knowing, not faith. It is a path in which the human heart and hand, and especially our capacity for thinking, are essential. You may write to receive an initial package of literature containing a booklet titled Self-Development In The Penitentiary, as well as other articles and meditation exercises.
 


Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources
Appalachian Prison Book Project

Provides books to prisoners in the Appalachian region; KY, MD, OH, TN, VA, & WV.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Arizona Justice Project

The Arizona Justice Project accepts both DNA and non-DNA cases and represents indigent Arizona prisoners whose claims of innocence have gone unheeded. They also conduct post-conviction DNA testing in cases of forcible rape, murder, and non-negligent homicide cases, shaken baby syndrome and arson and other cases where the testing might demonstrate actual innocence.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Arizona
Asheville Prison Books Project

Group meets weekly to mail free reading material to inmates in facilities in GA, NC, SC, & TN. Each request is met with a package containing several books, personally selected by volunteers out of the donated library; or by the prisoner’s request if available.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
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.
 


State Based Organizations and Resources, Ohio
Athens Books to Prisoners

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


State Based Organizations and Resources, 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.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
Battered Women's Justice Project

They provide assistance and information to battered women charged with crimes and to their defense teams, but do not provide direct legal representation. Women in prison can subscribe to their newsletter "Double Time" for free.


Women's Organizations and Resources
Beehive Books Behind Bars

Sends free books to prisoners only in the following western states: AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, & WY.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Black and Pink

A volunteer organization that lists LGBTQ on a pen-pal website, distributes a monthly newsletter of primarily queer/trans prisoner writing, and advocates for specific prisoner needs when possible while also working to abolish the Prison Industrial Complex as a whole. (May not timely respond to letters.)


LGBT Organizations and Resources
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.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Pennsylvania
Books Through Bars

Sends free books to individual prisoners only in DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, & WV. Request by topic (not exact title or author), and provide several areas of interest if possible. Please wait a few months after receiving books before requesting again.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Books Through Bars-NYC

Specializes in political and history books, and also literary fiction and other educational books with a priority for New York prisoners. Does not send religious literature. Fills requests from all states except AL, FL, LA, MA, MI, MS, NC, PA, OH & WI.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Books to Prisoners

Free books to prisoners nationwide. Request by subject, no religious or legal materials. Donations appreciated. Does not ship to prisons that require all books sent be new. No California requests.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Boston University Prison Education Program

Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Liberal Studies 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).


State Based Organizations and Resources, Massachusetts
California Coalition for Women Prisoners

CCWP is a grassroots social justice organization, with members inside and outside prison, that challenges the institutional violence imposed on women, transgender people, and communities of color by the prison industrial complex (PIC). The struggle for racial and gender justice is central to dismantling the PIC and CCWP prioritizes the leadership of the people, families, and communities most impacted in building this movement. CCWP also visits women prisoners in CA and produces a newsletter “The Fire Inside,” free to women prisoners.


Women's Organizations and Resources, California
California Coalition for Women Prisoners

CCWP is a grassroots social justice organization, with members inside and outside prison, that challenges the institutional violence imposed on women, transgender people, and communities of color by the prison industrial complex. CCWP also visits women prisoners in CA and produces a newsletter The Fire Inside, free to women prisoners.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
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, with short-term goals to reduce the use of solitary confinement and to insist on due process and fairness. CFASC supports the five core demands put forth by the Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
California Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Southern California; DNA and nonDNA cases; requires three or more years left to serve. Focuses on cases involving shaken baby syndrome, police misconduct, ineffective counsel, fire investigation, firearms and fingerprint analysis, false confessions, prosecutorial misconduct, death penalty issues and more.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
California Lifer Newsletter

CLN is 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. Subscriptions to CLN for prisoners are $30 (or 100 stamps) per year (back issues are $7 or 25 stamps each); for non-prisoners the subscription rate is $90 per year.


 


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
California Prison Focus

CPF is a human rights and civil rights group that investigates conditions in the California SHUs (control/isolation units), organizes and advocates for prisoners' rights, and provides self-help legal materials. Write for publications list.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
California State Prisoner's Handbook

The California State Prisoners Handbook (Heather MacKay & Prison Law Office, 4th Ed, 2008, 1100 pages), is $40 if shipped directly to prisoners or parolees, $182 for all others (including the 2014 supplement). All orders include sales tax and shipping. The Handbook discusses in detail the laws governing prisoner rights and the policies and practices of the CDCR. The Handbook also includes numerous sample forms and model pleadings. The 17 chapters cover: Administrative Appeals, Rights of Prisoners, Classification and Transfers, Determinate Sentences, Time Credits and Release Dates, Life Prisoners, Disciplinary Violations and Segregation, Medical and Mental Health Care, Detainers and Extradition, Early and Temporary Releases and Special Prison Programs, Parole, MDO and SVP Commitments, Workers Compensation and Other Benefits, Immigration Issues for Noncitizen Prisoners, Writs of Habeas Corpus and Mandate, Federal Civil Rights and State Tort Law Actions, Direct Appeals of Convictions, Legal Research and Writing. PLEASE NOTE: This book is offered to prisoners and parolees at a special subsidized price. Those who are not a prisoner or parolee (or are not purchasing the book for shipping directly to a prisoner or parolee) must pay the regular price.


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
Campaign to End the Death Penalty

A national grassroots abolitionist organization that works with prisoners, family members and organizers. Their publication “The New Abolitionist,” is now available only online.


Death Penalty Resources
Center for Constitutional Rights

CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change and dedicated to advancing and protecting constitutional rights. CCR recently litigated the Ashker v Governor challenge to solitary confinement in CA.  (CCR may not respond to individual prisoner letters.)


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Center for Health Justice

CHJ serves prisoners in the Los Angeles County Jails and throughout CA, and also provides a free national prisoner HIV prevention & treatment hotline service that accepts collect calls from inmates during regular business hours (Monday-Friday 8 to 3pm, PT). Their hotline provides general HIV treatment and prevention information, support for callers who are ill or newly diagnosed HIV+, and advocacy support regarding medical care, medications, or other health related issues inside the jails and prisons across the country. CHJ also provides the following publications for prisoners: HepC Inside and HIV Inside. Write for further information about their services or to obtain a copy of their publications.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Center on Wrongful Convictions

The CWC accepts cases of actual innocence in the United States, both DNA and non-DNA Cases. Will consider arson and shaken baby syndrome cases. No sentence requirements. All requests must come directly from the person seeking representation.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Center on Wrongful Convictions - Women's Project

The Center of Wrongful Convictions Women's Project monitors potential cases of wrongfully convicted women across the country, facilitates the sharing of information about such cases, and educates the public about relevant issues. They consider cases in which he person seeking assistance must be in no way responsible for the crimes of which she was convicted, and the trial must be completed and have resulted in a conviction and sentence.


Women's Organizations and Resources
Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth

The CWCY is the only innocence project in the country that focuses exclusively on individuals who were convicted or accused of crimes when they were adolescents or younger. The CWCY is dedicated to identifying, investigating, and litigating credible innocence claims of wrongfully convicted young people and preventing future wrongful convictions.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Centerforce

Centerforce is one of few agencies in the U.S. to offer a continuum of services for individuals and families during incarceration, reentry and after release. They are headquartered in San Quentin and provide direct services to prisoners in Santa Rita Jail and four state prisons. In addition, Centerforce provides direct services to communities and families of the incarcerated in Oakland, San Francisco, the Bay Area Counties, and Fresno and Madera Counties. Centerforce also specializes in providing health and family supportive services to incarcerated men and women and those reentering their communities of origin after incarceration. (May not respond to prisoner letters.)


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Centurion Ministries, Inc.

Centurion Ministries is an advocacy and investigative organization that considers cases of factual innocence primarily in murder and rape cases carrying life or death sentences, but other cases of factual innocence may be considered. They do not take on accidental death, self-defense cases, or cases where the defendant had any involvement in the crime. Prisoners fitting the above criteria may send a letter (four pages or less) outlining the facts of the case, with a summary including the following points: what you were convicted of; brief description of the crime; why were you arrested and taken to trial; what evidence was used to convict you; and what evidence there is that points toward your innocence.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Chicago Books to Women in Prison

Chicago Books to Women in Prison is a volunteer collective that distributes paperback books free of charge to people incarcerated in women’s prisons nationwide. They are dedicated to offering women behind bars the opportunity for self-empowerment, education, and entertainment that reading provides. They send three books in each package. They also furnish books directly to prison libraries.


Women's Organizations and Resources
Chicago Innocence Project

The Chicago Innocence Project investigates cases in which prisoners may have been convicted of crimes they did not commit, with priority to murder cases that resulted in sentences of death or life without parole. CIP involves college students, community residents, private investigators and journalists in the reporting process. Does not represent clients in criminal cases, but after our investigation is completed, outside counsel may bring new evidence of innocence to court. The fundamental goal is to expose and remedy wrongdoing by the criminal justice system.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Illinois
Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants

CURE organizes prisoners, their families and other concerned citizens to achieve reforms in the criminal-justice system, and has a presence in 24 states. Write for complete listing or addresses of state chapters.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Coalition for Prisoners’ Rights Newsletter

Coalition for Prisoners’ Rights publishes a monthly newsletter with news about prisoners nationwide and is free to prisoners who send an SASE. They also have a variety of prisoner resource lists available. Back issues from 2009 are online at http://realcostofprisons.org/coalition.html.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition

CCJRC publishes prisoner information guides, a free quarterly newsletter, and a 200-page reentry guide for parolees in Colorado titled Getting On After Getting Out: A Re-entry Guide for Colorado ("Go Guide").  This book provides extensive information to help people prepare for release and successfully reintegrate back into their families and communities.  The cost is $10 + $3 S&H.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Colorado
Columbia Legal Services

The Institutions Project represents people confined in Washington's jails, prisons, juvenile detention facilities, mental health facilities, and facilities for people with developmental disabilities. This work has focused on conditions of confinement, discrimination, sentencing and placement, alternatives to institutionalization, and access to courts, as well as issues related to rehabilitation, re-entry, and reductions in recidivism.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Washington
Committee for Public Counsel Services Innocence Program

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Massachusetts; DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Massachusetts
Community Alliance on Prisons

A coalition that focuses on alternatives to incarceration, prison reform legislative issues, community education, and effective interventions for Hawaii’s non-violent offenders. CAP’s goal is to educate the community on best practices and proven strategies for criminal justice and to involve the greater community in these issues.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Hawaii
Compassion Works For All

Provides monthly Dharma Friends newsletters, and also the following resource lists; Personal Health and Nutrition, 12 Step and Buddhism, Buddhist Resources, Christian Spiritual Resources, Hindu and Yoga Spiritual Resources, Other Spiritual and Psychological Healing Resources, Todd Fletcher's Buddhist Resource List, Ani Tendron's Recommended Buddhist Readings.


Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources
Connecticut Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Connecticut; DNA and non-DNA cases. Sentence must include at least a ten year period of incarceration and be no less than five years from estimated release date. There must be some new evidence in the case which would establish innocence.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Connecticut
Cornell Prison Education Program

The Cornell Prison Education Program brings together Cornell faculty and graduate students to teach a free college-level liberal arts curriculum to a select group of inmates at Auburn Correctional Facility and Cayuga Correctional Facility.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
Correctional Association of New York

Founded in 1844, the Correctional Association of New York (CA) is an independent non-profit organization that advocates for a more humane and effective criminal justice system and a more just and equitable society. CA has several working projects, including the Coalition for Women Prisoners, the Drop the Rock Coalition (downsizing the prison system), Release Aging Poeple in Prison Campaign, and the Juvenile Justice Coalition.


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State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
Correctional Library Services

The NYPL's Correctional Library Services publishes Connections (268 pages), an annual guide and directory of resources in New York City available to help people when they are leaving correctional facilities. The guidebook is free to those incarcerated in New York State prisons and local jails, with mailed copies prioritized for soon-to-be-released individuals. A Spanish translation of the 2015 edition is available as a PDF file only. Spanish speakers who are incarcerated can request up to 40 printed pages at a time of Conexiones 2015, to be sent via mail.

 


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
Critical Resistance

Critical Resistance (CR) seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes everyone safe. CR also publishes a newspaper twice a year titled “The Abolitionist,” which is free to prisoners.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
CURE Life-Long

Publishes a quarterly newspaper covering prisoners with sentences of 25 years to life. Prisoner’s rate is $5 per year.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
CURE-SORT

CURE-SORT (Sex Offenders Restored through Treatment) has information, resources, contacts, and support to individuals, families, defense attorneys, treatment providers, and professionals who work with issues of sexual abuse and its prevention.  Has existing programs in AL, AK, AR, CO, CT, & IA.


Rehabilitation / Nonviolence Programs
DC Books to Prisoners

Request reading material by prioritized subjects and please list prison restrictions if known. Books shipped to all states except CA, CT, IL, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, VT, WA, & WI. Please wait 5 months between requests.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Death Penalty Information Center

DPIC focuses on disseminating studies and reports related to the death penalty to the news media and general public covering subjects such as race, innocence, politicization, costs of the death penalty, and more. Most of their publications are freely downloadable from their website, or available for a small fee in printed format. Request a copy of their “Resource Order Form,” and also a current list of their publications.


Death Penalty Resources
Denver Anarchist Black Cross

The Denver Anarchist Black Cross exists to contribute to the defense of social movements, both internally and externally, working against oppression everywhere. Questions, concerns, comments, ideas, and/or wishes to collaborate or participate, please contact Denver ABC at the above address.


Newsletters and Magazines
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.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Disability Rights Texas

Advocacy for disabled people in Texas, including those in some correctional facilities. Write for handout: Disability Discrimination in Correctional Facilities, or Suing a Government Entity for an Injury.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Texas
East Bay Prisoner Support

Sends free anarchist and other literature to prisoners in CA, AZ, NM, TX, UT and NV. Sends zines to queer, trans and women prisoners in any state. Write them to receive a catalog.


LGBT Organizations and Resources
Education Justice Project

The Education Justice Project offers college level classes, writing programs, and reading groups for students incarcerated at Danville Correctional Center. Also sponsore a weekly radio program.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Illinois
Edward R. Hamilton Books

Vendor of overstock and bargain books, some hardbound and others paperbound (type of binding listed in catalogs). Sends out free book catalogs, organized by the following subject areas: Arts & Education; Fiction; Healthy Living; History; Home & Garden; Biography; Cookbooks; Military History; Craft/Needlecrafts; Science & Nature; New Arrivals; and Bargain Books.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Edwin Gould Services for Children

Sponsors the Incarcerated Mothers Program, a specially designed preventive program that addresses the needs of mothers parenting their children from prison in New York with the goal of preventing foster care placement by assisting women and their children during and after the time of arrest; court; jail; and as they return to the community. IMP provides advocacy, foster care prevention, counseling, and vocational training, and also offers prison-based parenting groups serving fathers.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
Equal Justice Initiative

The Equal Justice Initiative provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system. They litigate on behalf of condemned prisoners, juvenile offenders, people wrongly convicted or charged with violent crimes, poor people denied effective representation, and others whose trials are marked by racial bias or prosecutorial misconduct.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Exoneree Diaries

Exoneree Diaries: The Fight for Innocence, Independence, and Identity (Alison Flowers, 2016, $17.95 +$2.50 S&H, use coupon code EXONEREE40 for a 40% discount -$10.77+2.50, TOTAL=$13.02). Through intimate portraits of four exonerated prisoners, investigative journalist Alison Flowers explores what happens to innocent people when the state flings open the jailhouse door and tosses them back, empty-handed, into the unknown. From the front lines of the wrongful conviction capital of the United States—Cook County, Illinois—Flowers recounts profoundly human stories of reclaiming life, overcoming adversity, and searching for purpose after exoneration. As she tells each exoneree's powerful story, Flowers vividly shows that release from prison, though sometimes joyous and hopeful, is not a Hollywood ending-or an ending at all. Rather, an exoneree's first unshackled steps are the beginning of a new journey full of turmoil and uncertainty. Flowers also sheds new light on the collateral damage of wrongful convictions on families and communities, challenging deeper problems of mass incarceration and the criminal justice system.


 


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
Families Against Mandatory Minimums

FAMM is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization fighting for fair and proportionate sentencing laws that allow judicial discretion while maintaining public safety, and primarily advocates for state and federal sentencing reform. (May not timely respond to letters.)


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Federal Receiver - J. Clark Kelso

In 2002, California settled a class-action lawsuit by agreeing to reform their medical care system, and the federal court appointed a federal Receiver to oversee the reform process. The receiver’s job is to bring the level of medical care in California prisons to a standard which no longer violates the U.S. Constitution. Prisoner patients under the control of the CDCR and their families may write to the above address with concerns about health care issues (except for mental health, dental, or substance abuse and treatment).


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Florida Institutional Legal Services

FILS is dedicated to serving people who are institutionalized in Florida. FILS publishes the Florida Parental Rights Manual for Incarcerated Parents and their Families (2008) 106 pages, which is available for download from their website or can be obtained by writing the above address.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Florida
Florida Justice Institute

The Florida Justice Institute (FJI) is a public interest law firm that conducts civil rights litigation and advocacy in the areas of prisoners’ rights, housing discrimination, disability discrimination, and other areas impacting the poor and disenfranchised. This includes cases for persons currently or formerly incarcerated in a Florida prison or jail involving mistreatment while incarcerated, or involving the conditions of the facility. Does not assist with criminal law cases or habeas corpus petitions.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Florida
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.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Georgia
Freedom Education Project Puget Sound

The FEPPS program offers a rigorous college program inside the Washington Corrections Center for Women leading to an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree. Participating students must already have a high school diploma or GED.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Washington
Friends and Family of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children

FFLIC is a statewide membership-based organization that fights for a better life for all of Louisiana’s youth, especially those involved in or targeted by the juvenile justice system.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Louisiana
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.


State Based Organizations and Resources, 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. (May not respond to prisoner letters.)


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Georgetown Law Journal Annual Review of Criminal Procedure

The Georgetown Law Journal Annual Review of Criminal Procedure (ARCP) 44th Ed, July 2015, 1000+ pages) is $25 if shipped directly to prisoners, $85 for all others. The ARCP provides readers with objective, concise and accurate overview of criminal procedure and recent case-law decisions in the United States Supreme Court and each of the 12 Federal Circuit Courts. The $25 discounted rate is only honored for orders sent directly to correctional facilities. Refunds are not available. Orders are shipped USPS, so please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. Tax must be included if shipping to DC (5.75%), VA (5.0%), MD (6%), NY (7.0%), TN (7% state & 2.25% local) and PA (6.0% or 7.0% if sent to Philadelphia or Allegheny County.)


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
Georgia Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Georgia and Alabama; DNA and non-DNA cases; will consider arson and shaken baby syndrome cases; no sentence requirements.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Georgia
Georgia Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Georgia and Alabama; DNA and non-DNA cases; will consider arson and shaken baby syndrome cases; no sentence requirements.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Alabama
GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)

Through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy and education, GLAD works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status and sexual orientation. As part of this work, GLAD handles legal issues involving GLBTQ and HIV positive prisoners.  Will refer out non-New England prison issues. Also has a New England centered resource guide.


LGBT Organizations and Resources
Hawai'i Innocence Project

Accepts cases from prisoners who are currently incarcerated, serving a lengthy sentence, convicted in Hawai'i, have a credible claim of factual innocence of the crime(s), and evidence potentially exists which could support the claim of factual innocence.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Hawaii
Haymarket Books

Haymarket Books is a nonprofit, radical book distributor and publisher, a project of the Center for Economic Research and Social Change. They believe that activists need to take ideas, history, and politics into the many struggles for social justice today. The books they offer reflect their values. Write for a copy of their catalog. Some discounts for prisoners.


Book Venders - Reduced Prisoner Rates
Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf (HEARD)

HEARD is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that provides advocacy services for deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind inmates across the nation. HEARD’s mission is to promote equal access to the justice and legal system for deaf defendants, detainees, prisoners, and returned citizens. HEARD created and maintains the only national database of deaf and deaf-blind prisoners and is the only organization that focuses on correcting and preventing wrongful conviction of deaf people. HEARD can train and correspond with wardens, corrections officers and directors of departments of corrections; and can refer cases to their network of attorneys. (May not timely respond to letters.)


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Hepatitis C Support Project

Write for list of available publications, including fact sheets on HepC.


 


Health Care / AIDS / Hep C Resources
Hour Children, Inc

Mission is to support incarcerated mothers and their children. Provides resources and services outside and inside New York state prisons only. Also provides services in Spanish.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison

Degrees offered: Associates Degree in Liberal Arts, Associate and Bachelor’s Degrees in Behavioral Science and Bachelor Degree in Organizational Management. High school diploma or GED required. Offered to prisoners at Fishkill, Sing Sing and Sullivan Correctional Facilities for Men and Taconic Correctional Facility for Women.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
Human Rights Coalition

HRC advocates for abolishment of solitary confinement in Pennsylvania prisons. Publishes 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).


State Based Organizations and Resources, Pennsylvania
Idaho Innocence Project

Idaho prisoners with at least 5 years remaining on their sentence must write a letter directly for assistance, clearly stating his or her innocence. The project accepts only post-conviction cases from prisoners who do not currently have legal counsel.  They will respond to the letter and let the prisoner know if any further information is needed before making a decision about their case.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Idaho
Illinois Innocence Project

Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in Illinois; DNA and non-DNA cases; eight or more years left to serve. The prisoner must be seeking to establish his/her actual innocence of the crime(s). The following factors are considered: absence of physical evidence, reliability of eye witnesses, identification of alternative suspects, police or prosecutorial misconduct and inconsistency of the nature of the crime as compared to the background of the prisoner.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Illinois
Inmate Magazine Service

Magazine subscription service specifically for prisoners.  Offers specials such as 3 full year subscriptions fo $15 and 6 for $20.  Write for order form


Prisoner Magazine Services
Inmate Shopper

Inmate Shopper (325 pages) is America's largest book of resources for inmates services plus many other sections of reading and entertainment. Inmate Shopper reviews and rates many of the businesses that service inmates. Their business directory has hundreds of listings for gift shops, catalogs to order, photo sellers, personal assistants, magazine & book sellers and many more. Added sections include Segments From the Arts (writers, poetry, art, music), Criminal Justice News, Entertainment, Sports Schedules, Centerfold (non-nude) and more. Published twice a year with new content in each issue. Order online, phone, email or send a payment for $24.99 (includes priority shipping) to the above address. Accepts JPay and Corrlinks at Diane@FreebirdPublishers.com. MoneyGram also accepted.


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
InmateMags.com

Company provides single issues and monthly subscriptions for over 1200 different magazines. Send $3, or ten 49¢ or Forever stamps for their full 56-page catalog. With it you’ll receive a $3 coupon good for $3 off your first order. Orders may also be called in or placed online by family or friends, who can also establish deposit accounts for prisoners who may then directly submit orders by mail.


Prisoner Magazine Services
Innocence and Justice Clinic

Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in North Carolina; DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements.


State Based Organizations and Resources, North Carolina
Innocence and Justice Project

Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in New Mexico; DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New Mexico
Innocence Matters

A very small number of post-conviction cases are accepted where Innocence Matters assumes the role of the lead lawyer, but only if the following criteria are met: the defendant is indigent; the accused is factually innocent and willing to submit to and pass a polygraph exam; case originates in Los Angeles County; he or she has already been rejected by a California Innocence Project; and Innocence Matters is not already at capacity. To be considered for Direct Post-Conviction Representation, send a letter to the above address.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Innocence Project

The Innocence Project only accepts cases on post-conviction appeal in which DNA testing can prove innocence. If the case does not involve biological evidence or DNA, check to see if there is another program that provides broader legal and investigative assistance. No cases accepted from AZ, CA, IL, MI, OH, WA, or WI.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Innocence Project at the UVA School of Law

Cases Accepted: cases of actual innocence in Virginia; DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Virginia
Innocence Project New Orleans

Accepts cases of factual innocence from Louisiana or the following south Mississippi counties (Adams, Amite, Claiborne, Clarke, Copiah, Covington, Forrest, Franklin, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marion, Pearl River, Perry, Pike, Simpson, Smith, Stone, Walthall, Wayne, Wilkinson); is serving a life sentence or a near-life sentence with at least 10 years left to be served; direct appeal has been denied; cannot afford an attorney; is not serving a sentence on another conviction.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Louisiana
Innocence Project New Orleans

Accepts cases of factual innocence from Louisiana or the following south Mississippi counties (Adams, Amite, Claiborne, Clarke, Copiah, Covington, Forrest, Franklin, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marion, Pearl River, Perry, Pike, Simpson, Smith, Stone, Walthall, Wayne, Wilkinson); is serving a life sentence or a near-life sentence with at least 10 years left to be served; direct appeal has been denied; cannot afford an attorney; is not serving a sentence on another conviction.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Mississippi
Innocence Project Northwest

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Washington (state), both DNA and non-DNA cases, with five or more years left to serve on sentence.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Washington
Innocence Project of Florida

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Florida; DNA and Non-DNA Cases including arson and shaken baby syndrome cases. No sentence requirements.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Florida
Innocence Project of Iowa

Cases accepted: Cases of actual innocence in Iowa; DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements; preference for substantial sentences.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Iowa
Innocence Project of Minnesota

(See MINNESOTA listing)


State Based Organizations and Resources, South Dakota
Innocence Project of Minnesota

Accepts cases of actual innocence in MN, ND and SD with DNA evidence, and non-DNA cases (MN); no sentence requirements.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Minnesota
Innocence Project of Minnesota

(See MINNESOTA listing)


State Based Organizations and Resources, North Dakota
Innocence Project of Texas

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Texas; DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Texas
Inside Books Project

Sends free books and literature to prisoners in Texas only. Also sends a very informative prisoner resource guide free to prisoners in all states.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Texas
Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program

Since 2007, University of Oregon has taught three Inside-Out Classes through the Clark Honors College at the Oregon State Penitentiary. Courses are taught in an integrated classroom with outside students (from the Honors College) and inside students (who are incarcerated at Oregon State Penitentiary).


State Based Organizations and Resources, Oregon
International Bible Society

Prisoners may receive a free copy of the Bible (English or Spanish) and a booklet for women or men.


Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources
Islamic Society of North America

Sends Qurans and other introductory books on Islamic study to prison libraries and inmates. Ability to send books depends on the prison’s policies. No catalog available, but write in to receive books.


Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources
Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook

The Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook (5th Ed, 2010, 158 pages, $2) published jointly by the National Lawyers Guild and the Center for Constitutional Rights, explains how a prisoner can start a lawsuit in federal court to fight against mistreatment and bad conditions in prison. To receive a paperbound copy, mail $2.00 in money order, stamps, or check to the above address. Please note the Handbook is available free if downloaded from their website by an outside source, printed out, and mailed to the prisoner. List of chapter headings: (1) Introduction; (2) Your Legal Options; (3) Your Rights in Prison; (4) Structuring Your Lawsuit; (5) How to Start Your Lawsuit; (6) Legal System & Research; (7) The Legal System and Legal Research; and 12 appendices.


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
Jewish Prisoner Services International

JPSI is a Jewish chaplaincy organization that strives to fulfill the Talmudic obligation of all Jews being responsible for each other, along with other religious mandates of their faith. JPSI strives to insure that Jewish prisoners are permitted to practice their faith by providing the advocacy and religious materials to further that goal. They are limited to assisting Jewish prisoners and their families only, and hope that through various programs offered, Jewish prisoners and their families will become more connected with the greater Jewish community.


Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources
Jewish Prisoners Assistance Foundation

Publishes The Scroll, free weekly newsletter for Jewish prisoners.


Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources
John Howard Association of Illinois

The John Howard Association is the only independent prison monitor in Illinois, and visits over a dozen prisons per year. They then write reports about prison conditions which are provided to prisoners and the public upon request. JHA also advocates for reforms like sentencing credits and more resources for prison programs. Write to JHA for further details and to request copies of statutes, court decisions, forms, IDOC rules, etc.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Illinois
Just Detention International

Formerly called Stop Prisoner Rape, JDI seeks to end sexual violence against prisoners. JDI provides information and advocacy on sexual abuse and exploitation of prisoners including support and advice for victims and targets of both sexes including information on psychological and health consequences, legal action, and survivor options. Prisoners may communicate confidentially with SPR using legal mail, addressing correspondence to Ms. Cynthia Totten, Esq., Bar #199266, at the above address. JDI also publishes the Resource Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse Behind Bars, which offers resources for survivors who are still incarcerated, those who have been released, and loved ones on the outside who are searching for ways to help.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Justice Now

Justice Now focuses on the needs of women prisoners. They work on alternative sentencing; document human rights abuses in prison; provide legal services around healthcare access, and offer assistance with compassionate release and parental rights issues.


Women's Organizations and Resources
Keeping the Faith: The Prison Project

Keeping the Faith–The Prison Project serves women in Washington state prisons through dance, expository writing, visual art and performance. This program serves hundreds of women in prison as well as offering their incarcerated peers in the audience a chance to discuss topics relating to their own lives after each performance.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Washington
Kentucky Innocence Project

In order to qualify for the services, prospective clients should meet the following criteria: a Kentucky conviction & incarceration; a minimum ten-year sentence; a minimum of three years until eligible to go before the parole board or if parole has been deferred, a minimum of three years to the next appearance before the Board; new evidence of innocence discovered since the conviction which can be investigated; and a claim of actual innocence.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Kentucky
Korey Wise Innocence Project at Colorado Law

The Korey Wise Innocence Project (formerly Colorado Innocence Project) will not take cases in which the defendant already has a lawyer, or is entitled to a lawyer at state expense. The KWIP will take a case only where there is a genuine and provable claim of innocence. The CIP gets involved only when the traditional methods of appealing a conviction have failed. Only Colorado cases arising in Colorado will be accepted (state and federal). Write for a copy of the KWIP evaluation criteria.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Colorado
Lambda Legal

Lambda Legal carries out its legal work principally through test cases selected for the likelihood of their success in establishing positive legal precedents that will affect LGBT people and those affected by HIV. Lambda Legal recently represented a trans prisoner successfully in a lawsuit against the Texas prison system


LGBT Organizations and Resources
Lansing Correctional Facility Program

Donnelly College offers an on-site Associate Degree program to prisoners at the Lansing Correctional Facility in Lansing, Kansas. As a Catholic institution, this program has a Christian aim to assist prisoners and directly complements the school’s founding mission “to provide education and community services with personal concern for the needs and abilities of each student, especially those who might not otherwise be served.”


State Based Organizations and Resources, Kansas
Legal Action Center

The Legal Action Center’s mission is to assist New York state residents to fight discrimination against those with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas. Write for list of publications.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
Legal Aid Society Prisoner's Rights Project

The Prisoner’s Rights Project (PRP) protects and enforces the legal rights of New York City and New York State prisoners through litigation, advice, and assistance to individual prisoners. PRP does not deal with prisoners’ criminal cases or sentences or matters related to parole.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners

Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners provides civil and family law legal services to both male and female prisoners incarcerated in Minnesota correctional facilities. LAMP does not handle appeals for inmates to contest their convictions. Additionally, the William Mitchell College of Law has established a secondary clinic, the Reentry Clinic that serves female prisoners in Minnesota who are nearing their release dates.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Minnesota
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 Proposition 47. They also publish A Manual on SSI/SSDI for Prisoners and Their Advocates.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Lesbian and Gay Insurrection

LAGAI is a grassroots organization doing direct action and education for radical social change from a queer perspective. Produces the bimonthly newspaper “ULTRAVIOLET,” which is free to prisoners.


LGBT Organizations and Resources
Lewisburg Prison Project

The Lewisburg Prison Project (LPP) counsels and assists prisoners who write to LPP when prisoners encounter treatment perceived as illegal or unfair. Their geographic coverage area includes four federal institutions (Allenwood, Lewisburg, McKean, and Schuylkill), 11 PA state prisons, and 34 county jails in the middle district of PA. LPP writes to and visits prisoners and assists them by talking to prison authorities, furnishing prisoners with appropriate legal materials, and evaluating individual cases to determine whether to represent prisoners in civil litigation. LPP also distributes publications to prisoners nationwide at a nominal fee. A partial list of their Legal Bulletins includes the following titles: Legal Research, Religious Rights, First Amendment, Access to Courts, Exhausting Administrative Remedies, Disciplinary Hearings, Racial/Religious Discrimination, Assaults, and Medical Rights. LPP also distributes the Prisoners' Rights Handbook (2009, 142 pages) as well as other legal information by mail. Send an SASE for full list of available publications.


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.


LGBT Organizations and Resources
Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners

Provides free books to 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.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Maine State Prison College Program

Degrees offered: Associates and Bachelor's Degrees. Program sponsored by University College at Rockland.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Maine
Maoist Internationalist Ministry of Prisons

Maoist Internationalist Ministry of Prisons (MIM) is a revolutionary antiimperialist group fighting criminal injustice, helping prisoners to organize and educate themselves. Sends books to prisoners, and offers prisoners a free subscription to their newspaper Under Lock & Key. Write to MIM for a free prisoner subscription. (May not timely respond to letters.)


Newsletters and Magazines
McKinney Wrongful Conviction Clinic

Students represent indigent clients seeking relief from wrongful Indiana convictions in state post-conviction and/or federal habeas corpus proceedings. State cases are accepted in cooperation with the Office of the State Public Defender. Accepts cases of actual innocence; DNA and Non-DNA Cases; will consider arson, shaken baby Syndrome, and child abuse cases.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Indiana
Medill Justice Project

The Medill Justice Project investigates potentially wrongful murder convictions. To be considered, a case must meet all of the following criteria: The crime must have taken place in the United States; the charges must include murder; the case must have been heard by the state Appellate Court and the conviction must have been affirmed; and the prisoner must be claiming actual innocence.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Mettanokit Outreach

Mettanokit is a non-profit learning center and service organization working for a more human society based on the old values of cooperation and equality and the closeness and caring found in our elder tribal societies. Part of their program is offering Native circles in prisons, with 10 of these circles currently in New England prisons. Description of these may be found in the book Ending Violent Crime. Descriptions of the Native American traditions that provide an understanding for much of this work may be found in the book Return to Creation. Write for further information and list of books for sale.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New Hampshire
Michigan Innocence Clinic

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Michigan; non-DNA cases only; no sentence requirements. The prisoner must not be currently represented by counsel and the crime and conviction must have occurred in Michigan.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Michigan
Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in state or federal courts in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia; DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements; arson and shaken baby syndrome cases; may consider child abuse cases.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Maryland
Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in state or federal courts in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia; DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements; arson and shaken baby syndrome cases; may consider child abuse cases.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Virginia
Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in state or federal courts in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia; DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements; arson and shaken baby syndrome cases; may consider child abuse cases.
 



 


State Based Organizations and Resources, District Of Columbia
Middle Ground Prison Reform

Working for Arizona's prisoners and their families since 1983. 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.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Arizona
Midwest Books to Prisoners

MBP is made up of volunteers who collect book donations, read letters, pack packages and solicit donations. Books are sent to prisoners in the following states: IL, IN, IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, & WI


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Midwest Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in AR, IA, KS, MO, and NE; have more than 10 years left to serve on his/her sentence, and/or the applicant must register as a sex offender; is not currently represented by an attorney; and has NOT received the death penalty.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Missouri
Midwest Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in AR, IA, KS, MO, and NE; have more than 10 years left to serve on his/her sentence, and/or the applicant must register as a sex offender; is not currently represented by an attorney; and has NOT received the death penalty.
 


State Based Organizations and Resources, Nebraska
Midwest Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in AR, IA, KS, MO, and NE; have more than 10 years left to serve on his/her sentence, and/or the applicant must register as a sex offender; is not currently represented by an attorney; and has NOT received the death penalty.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Kansas
Midwest Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in AR, IA, KS, MO, and NE; have more than 10 years left to serve on his/her sentence, and/or the applicant must register as a sex offender; is not currently represented by an attorney; and has NOT received the death penalty.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Iowa
Midwest Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in AR, IA, KS, MO, and NE; have more than 10 years left to serve on his/her sentence, and/or the applicant must register as a sex offender; is not currently represented by an attorney; and has NOT received the death penalty.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Arkansas
Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project

Provides free books to prisoners in the following 14 Midwest states only: AR, IA, IN, KS, KY, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, OK, SD, TN, & WI.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Mississippi Innocence Project

The Project currently accepts applications for legal representation from prisoners convicted in Mississippi who believe that they may have a claim of actual innocence.  The Project only reviews cases from central and north Mississippi counties-excluding 30 south Mississippi counties served by the Innocence Project New Orleans (see LOUISIANA listing). The Project only accepts application requests directly from prisoners and only by mail.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Mississippi
Montana Innocence Project

Accepts DNA and non-DNA cases. Prisoners must have been convicted of a felony crime in a Montana state or federal court; must have completed trial, sentencing and direct appeals; must not currently be represented by an attorney. Priority is given to cases where convincing and corroborating evidence can establish actual innocence.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Montana
NAACP Legal Defense Fund

NAACP Legal Defense Fund Is a non-profit law firm which deals only with cases of obvious race discrimination and affecting broad classes of people. They also handle a small number of capital defense and life without parole cases. (May not timely respond to letters.)


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Narcotics Anonymous

NA publishes a wide variety of materials concerning narcotics addiction and recovery, some of which are expressly produced for individuals who are currently incarcerated (e.g. Behind the Walls).


Rehabilitation / Nonviolence Programs
National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women

The Clearinghouse works with battered women charged with killing their abusers, women who have been coerced into criminal activity, and women who have been charged with a crime as a result of "failing to protect" their children from their batterer's violence and/or abuse. The Clearinghouse does not provide direct representation to battered women charged with crimes, but rather provides information and resources to defense teams at any stage of the legal process in an effort to increase the likelihood of a better – and more just – outcome. They accept collect calls from incarcerated battered women.


Women's Organizations and Resources
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

Publishes “Lifelines,” a quarterly newspaper about what’s going on in the struggle for death penalty abolition. Does not offer legal resources.


Death Penalty Resources
National Jericho Movement

National Jericho Movement is a political prisoner support group working to free all Political Prisoners. (May not timely respond to letters.)


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
National Lawyers Guild Prison Law Project

The NLG helps publish the Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook on bringing civil rights claims alleging violation of constitutional rights in prison or jail. NLG does not provide lawyers or legal assistance, but does provide free membership for jailhouse lawyers. (May not timely respond to letters.)


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Navajo Nation Corrections Project

A pioneer in the realm of prisoner advocacy, the Navajo Nation Corrections Project promotes Native inmates' dignity and recovery through access to civil rights and culturally appropriate religious rites.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Nebraska Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Nebraska; DNA cases only; will consider arson, shaken baby syndrome and child abuse cases (with DNA); no sentence requirements.
 


State Based Organizations and Resources, Nebraska
New England Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, and  VT in which the prisoner has a claim of factual innocence; no time requirement DNA and non-DNA cases; will consider arson and shaken baby syndrome cases; may consider child abuse cases.


 


State Based Organizations and Resources, Connecticut
New England Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, and  VT in which the prisoner has a claim of factual innocence; no time requirement DNA and non-DNA cases; will consider arson and shaken baby syndrome cases; may consider child abuse cases.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Rhode Island
New England Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, and  VT in which the prisoner has a claim of factual innocence; no time requirement; DNA and non-DNA cases; will consider arson and shaken baby syndrome cases; may consider child abuse cases.
 


State Based Organizations and Resources, Maine
New England Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, and  VT in which the prisoner has a claim of factual innocence; no time requirement; DNA and non-DNA cases; will consider arson and shaken baby syndrome cases; may consider child abuse cases.


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State Based Organizations and Resources, Massachusetts
New England Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, and  VT in which the prisoner has a claim of factual innocence; no time requirement; DNA and non-DNA cases; will consider arson and shaken baby syndrome cases; may consider child abuse cases.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Vermont
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.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
News & Letters

News & Letters is a Marxist-Humanist newspaper published by the News and Letters Committees, an organization of Marxist-Humanists who stand for the abolition of capitalism, whether in its private property or state property form. News & Letters is published bi-monthly, and also features articles by prisoners and others on the prison struggle. News & Letters is free to prisoners who write to request a subscription.
 


Newsletters and Magazines
NJ Office of the Corrections Ombudsman

The Office of the Corrections Ombudsman provides a mechanism for the continuing resolution of issues, problems or complaints of state sentenced prisoners within New Jersey's Correctional System regarding their living conditions and treatment. Prisoners in NJ institutions may call the Ombudsman toll-free at 555-555-5555.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New Jersey
North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence

Accepts cases of actual innocence in North Carolina; DNA and non-DNA cases; will consider arson and shaken baby syndrome cases, and may consider child abuse cases; typically limit to those in custody, but exceptions are made.
 


State Based Organizations and Resources, North Carolina
North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission

The North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission was created by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2006 and is charged with providing an independent and balanced truth-seeking forum for credible post-conviction claims of innocence in North Carolina. The Commission is separate from the appeals process. A person exonerated by the Commission process is declared innocent and cannot be retried again.


State Based Organizations and Resources, North Carolina
North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services

NCPLS provides legal assistance to prisoners in the North Carolina Department of Correction ranging from advice about prisoner’s legal rights to representation in litigation in state and federal court. Cases are accepted based on referrals from attorneys as well as direct requests from prisoners or individuals acting on behalf of prisoners incapable of requesting legal assistance. The organization is divided into three teams of attorneys and paralegals: Post-Conviction, Civil, and Support Services.


State Based Organizations and Resources, North Carolina
Northern California Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Northern and Central CA; DNA and non-DNA; case three or more years left to serve. The inmate must have been convicted in CA state court of a serious felony or a three-strikes sentence. Will consider shaken baby syndrome, police misconduct, ineffective counsel, fire investigation, firearms and fingerprint analysis, false confessions, prosecutorial misconduct, and death penalty issues.


 


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Oakland City University Prison Ministries Projects

Educational opportunities offered to inmates in the following Indiana facilities: Branchville Correctional Facility, Madison Correctional Facility, Miami Correctional Facility, Rockville Correctional Facility, Newcastle Correctional Facility and Indiana Women’s Prison. Degrees Offered: Associates and Bachelor's Degrees. Programs Offered: Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts, Food Service Mgt, Heating/Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Welding, Horticulture, Computer Technology, Business Administration, Human Services.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Indiana
Office of the Public Defender

Accepts cases of actual innocence in DE; DNA cases only. Write to the above address.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Delaware
Ohio Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Ohio; DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Ohio
Ohio University

Ohio University offers a Paralegal Certificate Course presented in a print based format, which will properly train and qualify the student as a paralegal. Write for paralegal course brochure, and/or their separate 25-page correctional education packet.


Paralegal Schools
Ohio University College Program for the Incarcerated

Degrees offered: Associates in Arts, Science, Applied Business, and Individualized Studies; Bachelor of Specialized Studies. Programs Offered: Two study formats are currently available for CPI students: Correspondence Courses and Course Credit by Examination.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Ohio
Oklahoma Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Oklahoma; DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Oklahoma
Pace Post-Conviction Project

Law school students at Pace University investigate cases of actual innocence from Westchester County and New York City; DNA and non-DNA cases.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
Palmetto Innocence Project

The purpose of the Palmetto Innocence Project is to provide charitable pro bono legal assistance to prisoners convicted of serious crimes in South Carolina where cognizable claims of actual innocence or contentions of serious injustice in the criminal process exist.


State Based Organizations and Resources, South Carolina
Partnership for Safety & Justice

Advocacy group focused on changing public safety policy in Oregon only. Publishes newsletter and Prisoner Support Directory for Oregon prisoners.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Oregon
Pathfinder Press

Pathfinder Press carries books on the works of revolutionary and working class leaders, in English, Spanish, French, Farsi, Arabic, Swedish, Greek, Chinese, Russian, and Indonesian. Prisoners receive a 50% discount off the cover price, with a flat rate of $2.75 for shipping and handling per order (one or more titles). Write for a free catalog.


Book Venders - Reduced Prisoner Rates
Pathfinders of Oregon

Pathfinders of Oregon has several successful programs in prisons and the community, including the Center for Family Success, Children's Justice Alliance, Parenting Inside Out, Pathfinder Academy, and Living in Freedom Today, an alternative to incarceration program. For Oregon prisoners only.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Oregon
Paul Brunton Philosophic Foundation Prison Project

Offers nonsectarian books What is Karma? and Meditations for People in Crisis free to US prisoners.


Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources
Pennsylvania Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Pennsylvania: DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements; will consider arson, shaken baby syndrome, and child abuse cases.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project

PILP seeks to deliver civil legal services to the institutional population in Pennsylvania, and was created and designed to meet the needs of low income residents of PA prisons, jails, hospitals, and state centers. PILP also publishes (or provides) free copies of the following publications: Prisoners' Rights Handbook, 2013, 104 pages; A Guide to Correctional Law Decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States & the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 104 pgs; 2013-2015 Criminal Justice Advocacy & Support Directory, 98 pages; A Guide to Services for PA Inmates, Victims of Crime, and Their Families; How to Change Your Name - A Self-Help Guide, 33 pages; The Grandparents' Guide to Custody & Visitation in PA; Jailhouse Lawyer's Handbook, 152 pages; and Compassionate Release In Pennsylvania.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Prison Society

Does advocacy work, including prison visits and publishes “Graterfriends,” a monthly newsletter for people in prison which is primarily inmate guided. $3.00 for an annual prisoner subscription.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Pennsylvania
People’s Law Office

Fights for justice for people in Illinois who have been tortured or physically abused, wrongfully arrested or convicted, unfairly sentenced to death, or targeted as a result of their political beliefs or organizing efforts on behalf of movements struggling for justice and liberation.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Illinois
PM Press

PM Press carries counter-culture, anti-prison, and similar titles including The Prison-Industrial Complex and the Global Economy, The Debt Resisters’ Operations Manual, and Until the Rulers Obey. Prisoners receive a 50% discount. Write for a free catalog.


Book Venders - Reduced Prisoner Rates
Prison Ashram Project

The Human Kindness Foundation's (HKF) Prison-Ashram Project sends free books to inmates all over the world, with most of their materials written by the late Bo Lozoff. HKF stresses a way of life based upon three common principles taught by the great sages of all religions: Simple living, a dedication to service, and a commitment to personal spiritual practice. Write for their newsletter and list of available books.


Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources
Prison Book Program

Sends books to prisoners in all states except CA, IL, MD, MI, NV, and TX. Offers a free 6-page “National Prisoner Resource List,” and a free resource list for LGBTQ. Does not send books or any other materials to any jails. Books may be delayed up to 4 to 6 months. Allows two book shipments per year.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Prison Book Project

The Prison Book Project currently sends around 6,000 books each year to indigent inmates in Florida prisons, and serves approximately 1,800 inmates each year.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Florida
Prison Books Collective

The Prison Books Collective is a Chapel Hill, NC-based anti-prison group that sends books to prisoners in Alabama and North Carolina only, maintains an extensive radical ‘zine catalog, widely distributes a monthly poster promoting political prisoner support, and publishes prisoners’ art and writing.


State Based Organizations and Resources, North Carolina
Prison Books Collective

The Prison Books Collective is a Chapel Hill, NC-based anti-prison group that sends books to prisoners in Alabama and North Carolina only, maintains an extensive radical ‘zine catalog, widely distributes a monthly poster promoting political prisoner support, and publishes prisoners’ art and writing.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Alabama
Prison Creative Arts Project

PCAP facilitates fine arts, creative writing, and theatre workshops in juvenile detention centers and prisons in Michigan. PCAP also organizes an annual art exhibit by Michigan prisoners, with all income going back to the artists.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Michigan
Prison Education Guide

Prison Education Guide (Christopher Zoukis, 2016, 280 pages, $49.95 + $6 S&H) is the most comprehensive guide to correspondence programs for prisoners available today. This exceptional book provides the reader with step-by-step instructions to find the right educational program, enroll in courses and complete classes to meet their academic goals. It is perfect for the incarcerated student who lacks Internet access or the ability to attend education classes in person. Prison Education Guide includes a detailed analysis of the quality, cost, and course offerings of all college correspondence programs available to prisoners. In a time when so many academic opportunities in prisons have been eliminated, this book is an invaluable reentry tool for prisoners who seek to further their education while incarcerated, and to help them prepare for life and work following their release.


 


 


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
Prison Health News

Newsletter published biannually written by current and former prisoners about prisoners' health issues. Write for free subscription. Past issues from 2003-2015 are also downloadable from website.


 


 


 


Health Care / AIDS / Hep C Resources
Prison Law Office

The Prison law Office litigates and monitors class action lawsuits regarding medical care, mental health care, and disabled access for prisoners in California only. Also distributes self-help legal material on a number of topics. Write for list of available publications.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Prison Legal News

Prison Legal News (PLN) is a 72-page monthly journal covering prison related news, summaries of recent case-law decisions affecting prisoners, and analysis from across the country. A one-year subscription is $30 for prisoners, $35 for individuals and $90 for lawyers and institutions. Individual copies of current or back issues are $5. PLN also sells many books related to prison issues; write for a copy of their book list (several of their books are listed in the last two pages of this directory).


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Prison Mindfulness Institute

The PMI's Mission is to provide prisoners, prison staff and prison volunteers, with the most effective, evidence-based tools for rehabilitation, self-transformation, and personal & professional development. Their dual focus is on transforming individual lives as well as transforming the corrections system as a whole in order to mitigate its extremely destructive impact on families, communities and the overall social capital of our society. PMI also publishes a variety of prisoner support literature including their Guide to Prison Survival.


Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources
Prison University Project

The mission of the Prison University Project is to provide excellent higher education programs to people incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison; to create a replicable model for such programs; and to stimulate public awareness and meaningful dialogue about higher education and criminal justice in California. The central goals of the College Program at San Quentin are to educate and challenge students intellectually; to prepare them to lead thoughtful and productive lives inside and outside of prison; to provide them with skills needed to obtain meaningful employment and economic stability post-release; and to prepare them to become providers, leaders, and examples for their families and communities.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Prison Yoga Project

Two yoga manuals written especially for people in prison. A Path for Healing and Recovery offers physical practices (asana), breathing practices (pranayama) and meditation (dyhana) to improve mental, emotional and physical well-being. The book also serves as a powerful resource for anyone trying to break free of negative behavioral patterns. A Woman’s Practice: Healing from the Heart offers a simple and clear guide for women, whether free or behind bars who wish to use yoga to help heal themselves from trauma, stress or addiction. Write for a free copy of either book.


Health Care / AIDS / Hep C Resources
Prisoner Correspondence Project

PCP is a collectively-run initiative based out of Montreal, Quebec. It coordinates a direct-correspondence program for gay, lesbian, transsexual, transgender, gendervariant, twospirit, intersex, bisexual and queer inmates in Canada and the United States, linking these inmates with people who are a part of these same communities outside of prison. Letters to PCP in Canada cost $1.15 in US postage.


LGBT Organizations and Resources
Prisoner Express

Prisoner Express promotes rehabilitation by offering inmates information, education and the opportunity for creative self-expression in a public forum. Their semi-annual newsletter contains a description of various projects including poetry, essay writing, art, math, history, book club and chess programs. Prisoner Express coordinates a pen pal program, distance learning programs, as well as a prisoner art program. Some of their newer distance learning programs include World History, a Human Development module developed by a Pittsburgh teacher, a US History reading group (reading Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States), and a Math Education module developed by an associate professor at Ithaca College.


Newsletters and Magazines
Prisoner Reentry Network

PRN is dedicated to promoting successful transitions from incarceration to the community, and is located in Oakland, CA. PRN responds to the most immediate challenges facing people leaving prison. The first forty-eight hours following release are critical, and preparing for this time prior to release is key to a successful transition from incarceration to the community. PRN provides low-cost solutions to critical problems, and all of PRN’s expenditures are weighed against the benefit of simply paying a formerly incarcerated person’s rent. No one knows about reentry like someone who has left prison. PRN provides information about the concerns voiced by incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Prisoner Visitation and Support

Prisoner Visitation and Support (PVS) is a nationwide visitation that has 300 volunteers across the U.S. who visit federal and military prisoners only. Their goal is to visit any federal or military prisoner who wishes to receive a visit with special priority paid to prisoners on death row, in solitary confinement, or those who are serving long sentences. The PVS volunteers visit once a month, with limited visiting services for Spanish speaking prisoners.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Prisoners Literature Project

The Prisoners Literature Project is a grassroots organization that sends free books to prisoners in the US. Request types of books, not specific titles. No Texas requests.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Prisoners' Legal Services of New York

PLSNY provides free legal services to New York State prisoners. Also publishes Pro Se newsletter six times per year for prisoners in New York State prisons, providing information and analysis on recent developments in prison law. To subscribe, send a subscription request with prisoner's name, DIN number, and facility to: Pro Se, 114 Prospect Street, Ithaca, NY 14850. Past issues of Pro Se from 2002-2015 are downloadable from their website.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
Prisoners' Rights Office

This section of the Vermont Office of the Defender General handles prisoners' rights cases.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Vermont
Prisoners' Self Help Litigation Manual

The Prisoners' Self-Help Litigation Manual (John Boston & Dan Manville, 4th Ed, 2010, 960 pages, $39.95 + $6 S&H) is an indispensable guide for prisoners and prisoner advocates seeking to understand the rights guaranteed to prisoners by law and how to protect those rights. Clear, comprehensive, practical advice provides prisoners with everything they need to know on conditions of confinement, civil liberties in prison, procedural due process, the legal system, how to litigate, conducting effective legal research, and writing legal documents. Written by two legal and penitentiary experts with intimate knowledge of prisoner's rights and legal aid work, authors John Boston and Daniel E. Manville strategically focus on federal constitutional law, providing prisoners and those wishing to assist them with the most important information concerning legal rights.


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts

Prisoners’ Legal Services promotes the safe, humane and lawful treatment of Massachusetts prisoners through civil rights litigation, administrative advocacy, client counseling, and outreach to policy makers and the public. Their litigation priority areas are: Health Care, including mental health care; Staff Assaults; Extreme Conditions of Confinement; and Segregation.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Massachusetts
Prisoner’s Rights Research Project

Indigent prisoners may write to the Project requesting an answer to a specific legal issue concerning Illinois or federal law only. Law school student volunteers hone their research skills and gain significant insight into the corrections system by addressing questions regarding Illinois and federal law.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Illinois
Prisons Foundation

Prisons Foundation publishes books written by or about prisoners. Their publishing program includes all types of books or manuscripts published on their website in the exact manner submitted, with no censorship and no charge to publish a book online. The prison author retains full rights to their book, for later placement with a literary agent or commercial publisher if desired. Placing a book on their website will help bring it to the attention of agents and larger publishers. Write for full details.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
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.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Project Rebound

SFSU program for former prisoners to enroll in college. Write for details.


State Based Organizations and Resources, 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.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Tennessee
Protecting Your Health and Safety: A Litigation Guide For Inmates

Protecting Your Health & Safety (Robert E. Toone, 2nd Ed, 2009, 325 pages, $10 + $6 S&H) is an easy to read, plain language guide prisoners can use to identify and litigate federal civil rights claims against prison officials. Over 100 pages are dedicated to the different kinds of constitutional and statutory violations prisoners frequently encounter while incarcerated. Topics discussed include the First to Fourteenth Amendments, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Rehabilitation Act. Each issue, whether it may be First Amendment retaliation or a violation of the Equal Protection Clause, is addressed in laymen’s terms and supported by case citations from federal district courts, federal courts of appeal, and the United States Supreme Court. Difficult concepts like deliberate indifference are simplified in just seven pages, giving you what you need to know to make out a cognizable Eighth Amendment claim. Another 130 pages discuss how to write a complaint, seek in forma pauperis status, ask for appointment of counsel, respond to motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment, conduct discovery, and even present your case at trial. Even procedural issues such as exhaustion of administrative remedies are addressed, helping to avoid dismissal at the pleading stage. A glossary of commonly used legal terms is also included, along with a directory of addresses where to file a federal civil rights suit in each judicial district.


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
Providence Books Through Bars

Volunteer grass roots book program that fills requests for books from prisoners nationwide. Books may by requested by subject.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Read Between the Bars

Read Between the Bars is a grassroots collective in Tucson that originated in March 2007. They focus on getting free books directly into the hands of incarcerated women and men in the state of Arizona.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Arizona
RedBird Books to Prisoners

RedBird Books-to-Prisoners is a small all-volunteer group dedicated to providing Ohio prisoners with free reading materials. Please send requests by subject.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Ohio
Reentry Council of the City and County of San Francisco

The SF Reentry Council publishes a 216-page reentry resource guide entitled Getting Out and Staying Out, for prisoners returning to the San Francisco Bay area. Write to the above address for a free copy.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Reinvestigation Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence for felony convictions in Manhattan and the Bronx. The client is assigned to OAD on appeal; DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
Rock of Ages Prison Ministry

Offers New Testament correspondence study course through their Prisoners Bible Institute.


Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources
Rocky Mountain Innocence Center

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Nevada, Wyoming or Utah; DNA and non-DNA cases; seven or more years left to serve on sentence; must be completely innocent; significant new evidence must be available to prove the prisoner’s innocence.
 



 


State Based Organizations and Resources, Nevada
Rocky Mountain Innocence Center

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Nevada, Wyoming or Utah; DNA and non-DNA cases; seven or more years left to serve on sentence; must be completely innocent; significant new evidence must be available to prove the prisoner’s innocence.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Wyoming
Rocky Mountain Innocence Center

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Nevada, Wyoming or Utah; DNA and non-DNA cases; seven or more years left to serve on sentence; must be completely innocent; significant new evidence must be available to prove the prisoner’s innocence.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Utah
Root & Rebound

Publishes the Roadmap to Reentry legal guide, a 1211-page manual written in clear, understandable language which helps people prepare for, identify, understand, and navigate reentry barriers. The guide identifies important things to do prior to release and provides a list of social service and legal resources across the state of California. Roadmap to Reentry covers ID & voting, parole & probation, housing, public benefits, court ordered debt, employment, family & children, education, understanding and cleaning up a criminal record, and legal aid & community resources. The guide is free to currently and formerly incarcerated people and their loved ones.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Safe Streets Arts Foundation

The Safe Streets Arts Foundation (SSAF) exhibits prisoners’ art at major art fairs and festivals.  In addition to selling prison art in their retail outlets, SSAF provides the names and addresses of imprisoned artists to anyone who wishes to use their artistic service. At the SSAF galleries, art of imprisoned artists is exhibited and sold. The proceeds of art sales go for prisoner art supplies and restitution requirements, if any. Prisoners receive support from SSAF and use the arts to develop their self-esteem and a positive attitude vital for successful reentry.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
San Quentin News

San Quentin News is a 20-page monthly newsletter written, edited, and produced by prisoners incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison. The SQ News encourages prisoners, staff, or others outside the institution to submit articles, poems, artwork and letters to the editor for possible inclusion. To receive a mailed copy of the SQ News, send $1.61 in postage. This process should be repeated every month for each new edition.


Prison Based Newsletters
Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos

The Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos Prison Project is dedicated to providing cultural and spiritual education, support, and hope to incarcerated individuals. The Project advocates for prison policy reform and programs that reduce recidivism, support re-entry, and reunify families.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Sentencing and Justice Reform Advocacy (SJRA) Advocate

SJRA Advocate contains useful and timely information on California prisoner and prison issues. Prisoners may obtain 6 issues (one year) of SJRA Advocate for $12 (or 25 Forever stamps), or 4 stamps for a single issue. For all others the cost is $15 for 6 issues.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Set Free Prison Ministries

Provides Bible study courses in English and Spanish to inmates and their family, free of charge, all throughout the United States. Their curriculum consists of Bible courses from the Navigators in Colorado Springs, Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and Emmaus Correspondence School in Iowa.


Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources
Slingshot Magazine

Slingshot is a quarterly, independent, radical newspaper published in the East Bay since 1988 by the Slingshot Collective. Subscriptions are free to USA prisoners.  Accepts submissions of articles, artwork, calendar items, spots to add to the radical contact list, suggestions for distribution, and thoughts about what they should be doing next.



 


Newsletters and Magazines
Solitary Watch

Solitary Watch works to expose and oppose the use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons and jails, and offers a free quarterly newsletter to prisoners. Solitary Watch also welcomes submissions of writing by those currently or formerly serving time in solitary. (May not timely respond to letters.)


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
South Chicago ABC Zine Distro

Offers a wide variety of political zines at low cost to prisoners. Specializes in helping get the truth out of the gulags, in zine form. Supports prisoner initiatives such as prison labor unions. Also offers zines for women prisoners. English only.


Newsletters and Magazines
South Dakota Prisoner Support Group

Their purpose is to provide support to prisoners in jails and prisons and their families, and to prevent abuse of incarcerated men, woman and children. Offers referrals, links, websites, information, news, as well as share their own experiences and problems, in regards to incarcerated family members/friends. No legal advice given.


State Based Organizations and Resources, South Dakota
Southern Center for Human Rights

The Southern Center for Human Rights provides legal representation to people facing the death penalty in Georgia and Alabama only, and also publishes a Parolee Handbook, which serves as a guide the parole consideration process for people in Georgia's prisons. SCHR also publishes The Georgia Advocacy Handbook, a 46 page manual which helps explain the hierarchy in the GDC and how to maneuver within in it. Through this handbook families and friends of people incarcerated in Georgia will learn how to become advocates and implement appropriate and effective steps to resolve problems inside Georgia prisons.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Georgia
Stanford Justice Advocacy Project

The Stanford Justice Advocacy Project (formerly the Three Strikes Project) represents inmates serving unjust prison sentences for minor crimes, assists released prisoners successfully reentering their communities, and advocates for fairer and more effective criminal justice policies in California and across the country.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
SYDA Foundation Yoga Prison Project

The Prison Project is dedicated to disseminating the Siddha Yoga teachings and practices to incarcerated individuals. Sends free monthly newsletter and the Siddha Yoga Home Study Course to prisoners.


Religious Programs / Spiritual Resources
Sylvia Rivera Law Project

Provides free legal services to released prisoners who are transgender, intersex, gender nonconforming people who are low-income, and/or people of color. They specialize in providing assistance on name changes, identity documents, public benefits, immigration, shelter and more. Available only in NY and surrounding areas.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
Texas Center for Actual Innocence

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Texas; DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Texas
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.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Texas
The Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project

This program is administered by Auburn University and dedicated to bringing educational opportunities to prisoners in Alabama. The program is helping the adult prison population to gain a quality education, and also to build a relationship with learning that will continue to grow for the rest of their lives.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Alabama
The Angolite

The Angolite is published and edited by prisoners at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, LA. Subscriptions are $20 per year.


Prison Based Newsletters
The Disciplinary Self-Help Litigation Manual

The Disciplinary Self-Help Litigation Manual (Dan Manville, 2nd Ed, 2015, 368 pages, $49.95 + $6 S&H) is designed to inform prisoners of their rights when faced with the consequences of a disciplinary hearing. This authoritative and comprehensive work educates prisoners about their rights throughout this process and helps guide them at all stages, from administrative hearing through litigation. This invaluable how-to guide offers step by step information for both state and federal prisoners and includes a 50 state analysis of relevant case law.


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
The Exoneration Initiative

Accepts cases of actual innocence in New York; DNA and non-DNA cases (specializes in non-DNA); no sentence requirements.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
The Habeas Citebook: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

The Habeas Citebook (Brandon Sample, 2010, 220 pages, $49.95 +$6 S&H) is a much-needed tool for prisoners who are forced to seek relief on their own. The book is thorough, but simple and readable. It starts with a well-organized listing of hundreds of different types of ineffective assistance of counsel, set forth in the form of citations to court rulings - a novel approach that not only acts as a springboard for further research but also saves the prisoner countless hours of preliminary research. The book is also practical and useful. It provides invaluable resources, including templates and forms, that explain what, when, where and how to file for habeas relief. It contains readable summaries of the relevant laws and rules and plain-English explanations of some of the inherently mystifying concepts of habeas law, such as “procedural default” and “certificates of appealability” and the “AEDPA.” It includes practical advice on what to do and what not to do on issues such as identifying and selecting the claims to be argued; seeking discovery and evidentiary hearings; and seeking the appointment of counsel. And the book consistently offers critical insights on winning court strategies.


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
The Insight Prison Project

IPP was founded in 1997 with one class for 14 male prisoners at San Quentin State Prison. Today, IPP offers unique and effective programs for thousands of men, women, and youth at 15 state prisons, three county jails, several reentry facilities, and one juvenile institution. Their core program is the Victim/Offender Education Group (VOEG), which includes an 18 month curriculum that was designed by licensed mental health therapists in collaboration with survivors of violent crimes and incarcerated offenders. IPP provides highly trained facilitators and creates a space with VOEG that allows victims and offenders an opportunity to work together, which dramatically aids in the healing process for everyone involved, and enhances public safety by greatly reducing recidivism.


State Based Organizations and Resources, California
The Last Resort Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence only; DNA and non-DNA; must have been convicted in New Jersey.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New Jersey
The MacArthur Justice Center

Focus area/description: Impact litigation on criminal justice issues, focused specifically on Illinois. Individual prisoner cases are rarely accepted.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Illinois
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.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
The Other Death Penalty Project

A national, grassroots, organizing campaign founded and managed by life without the possibility of parole prisoners with the goal of ending the other death penalty. Through peaceful, nonviolent activism, the Project hopes to join in the death penalty abolition movement to end ALL forms of the death penalty, including death by incarceration. Because of funding and staff restrictions the Project cannot respond by mail to each letter received.  Instead outside family and friends may print out materials from their website and mail them to the prisoner.


Death Penalty Resources
The Prison Library Project

Provides educational books, self-help, personal/spiritual growth, wellness, general fiction and non-fiction. No law or technical books. Does not send books to county jails or city jails; nor to prisons in HA, ME, MI, MS, NE, NV, PA (except Waymire), VA, or WI.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
The Prison Mirror

The Prison Mirror is published monthly by and for the men of the Minnesota Stillwater Correctional Facility. Subscriptions are $12. The Prison Mirror was founded in 1887 and is the oldest continuously published prison newspaper in the United States.


Prison Based Newsletters
The Sentencing Project

The Sentencing Project is a national policy research and advocacy organization that works for a fair and effective criminal justice system by promoting sentencing reform and alternatives to incarceration. They produce excellent reports on topics related to sentencing policy, racial disparities, drug policy, juvenile justice and voting rights. (May not timely respond to letters.)


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
The Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois

TJLP is a collective of radical lawyers, social workers, activists, and community organizers who are deeply committed to prison abolition, transformative justice, and gender self-determination. They provide free, zealous, life-affirming, and gender-affirming holistic criminal legal services to low-income and street based transgender and gender non-conforming people in Illinois targeted by the criminal legal system.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Illinois
Thurgood Marshall School of Law Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Texas; DNA and non-DNA cases; no death penalty cases.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Texas
Tightwad Magazine

Send an SASE for their catalog of magazines


Prisoner Magazine Services
Transgender Law Center

Transgender Law Center’s Detention Project works to end the abuses transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) people experience in prisons, jails, immigration detention, state hospitals, and other forms of detention, and at the hands of law enforcement. Write them concerning TGNC issues, or to obtain copies of their list of available reports and publications including Safety Inside: Problems Faced by Transgender Prisoners and Common Sense Solutions to Them, and Advocating for Yourself While in Custody in California. To learn more about the Detention Project, please contact Detention Project Director, Flor Bermudez.. Detention Project direct line: 510-380-8229 (Inmates and detainees can call Transgender Law Center collect at this line).


 


 


 


LGBT Organizations and Resources
Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex (TGI) Justice Project

The TGI Justice Project works primarily with transgender prisoners and formerly incarcerated transgender people in California, and sends out their “Stiletto Prison Newsletter” and their very informative 72-page “Still We Rise-Prison Resource Guide” to all TGI prisoners. TGI also supports TGI prisoners being released to the San Francisco Bay Area, and are part of a broader movement fighting for racial and social justice.

 


LGBT Organizations and Resources
Tranzmission Prison Books Project

Offers free books and resources to LGBTQQIA prisoners.


LGBT Organizations and Resources
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.


State Based Organizations and Resources, 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.


 


State Based Organizations and Resources, Colorado
University Beyond Bars

Prisoners who have earned their GEDs can choose from two educational pathways in UBB: a certificate pathway and a college pathway. The former offers a varied menu of not-for-credit courses; the latter offers college courses for credit through Seattle Central College, primarily at the associate degree level. UBB also offers gateway college preparatory courses in math and English and a twice monthly Arts & Lectures series open to all prisoners. The prisons served at present are the Washington State Reformatory and the Minimum Security Unit, at Monroe Complex.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Washington
University of Baltimore Innocence Project Clinic

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Maryland; DNA and non-DNA cases.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Maryland
University of Miami Law Innocence Clinic

The clinic handles cases involving innocent individuals incarcerated for a minimum of 10 years who have new evidence ranging from recanting witnesses to new witnesses discovered by students to prosecutorial misconduct and ineffective assistance of counsel. The clinic also accepts cases involving DNA evidence.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Florida
Uptown People's Law Center

The mission of the Uptown People's Law Center is to establish, administer, and promote programs providing legal aid to indigent persons, assisting community residents in obtaining legal services and benefits, and educating and training residents, paraprofessionals and community attorneys. Their work focuses on issues in Illinois only, including landlord tenant issues, public aid and social security disability benefits, and protecting the civil rights of the incarcerated.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Illinois
Urbana-Champaign Books to Prisoners Project

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 through two county jail libraries in Illinois.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Illinois
US Department of Justice

The Special Litigation Section works to protect civil rights in the following areas: 1) the rights of people in state or local institutions, including: jails, prisons, juvenile detention facilities, and health care facilities for persons with disabilities; 2) the rights of individuals with disabilities to receive services in their communities rather than in institutions; 3) the rights of people who interact with state or local police or sheriffs' departments; 4) the rights of youth involved in the juvenile justice system; 5) the rights of people to have safe access to reproductive health care clinics; and 6) the rights of people to practice their religion while confined in institutions. (Usually responds with a form letter.)


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Utah Prisoner Advocate Network

Utah Prisoner Advocate Network (UPAN) assists prisoners in the UDOC to solve issues with housing, medical, and other issues (no legal). They also assist families of inmates to learn how to navigate the system on their prison journeys. UPAN also publishes a monthly newsletter free to Utah prisoners. Family and friends are encouraged to visit the UPAN website (or email UPAN), download the printable versions of their newsletters and send directly to the prisoner.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Utah
West Virginia Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in West Virginia; DNA and non-DNA cases; three or more years left to serve; will consider arson and shaken baby syndrome cases.


State Based Organizations and Resources, West Virginia
Windham School District

Windham School District (WSD) provides a variety of academic classes and Career and Technical Education to prisoners incarcerated in the TDCJ. In addition to WSD programs, the Continuing Education program offers college courses and recreational activities. WSD operates schools on 90 sites serving TDCJ, with Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s Degrees offered.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Texas
Wisconsin Books to Prisoners Project

Sends free books to state & federal prisoners in Wisconsin only. Please request by subject category.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Wisconsin
Wisconsin Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Wisconsin (will look at cases from neighboring states, or beyond in exceptional circumstances); DNA and non-DNA cases; Will consider arson and shaken baby syndrome cases, and may consider Child Abuse cases; no sentence requirement.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Wisconsin
Wisconsin Innocence Project

A growing number of innocence cases are now dealing with shaken baby syndrome (SBS), where an adult caregiver is convicted of a crime after the death of a child in his or her care, due to the presence of three internal symptoms that doctors once believe could result only from shaking the child. The Wisconsin Innocence Project is coordinating nationwide efforts to bring this emerging criminal justice issue into the forefront, and is now accepting letters from prisoners serving time for SBS convictions for which the prisoner claims actual innocence.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
WMU-Cooley Law School Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Michigan; DNA cases only; must be in custody; no time requirement.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Michigan
Women's Prison Association

WPA offers a range of services aimed at helping women in the New York City area. Their direct service network is organized in three broad areas; Residential and Family Services; Reentry Services; and neighborhood based services. Within these program areas, WPA offers Alternatives to Incarceration, Family Reunification Assistance and Family Support Services, Reentry Case Management, Assistance and Support, and Jail and Prison-Based Education and Pre-Release Services


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
Women's Prison Book Project

Women’s Prison Book Project (WPBP) provides women and transgender persons in prison with free reading materials covering a wide range of topics from law and education (dictionaries, GED, etc.) to fiction, politics, history, and women’s health. Women prisoners only and no jail requests. WPBP also has a free resource guide for women and trans prisoners and a newsletter which publishes prisoner articles.


Women's Organizations and Resources
Wrongful Conviction Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Ohio; non-DNA cases only; prisoner is serving a lengthy prison sentence; prisoner has exhausted the legal process.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Ohio