Resources: State Based Organizations and 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.

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Resource Category
Abolitionist Law Center

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


State Based Organizations and Resources, Pennsylvania
Actual Innocence Clinic

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


State Based Organizations and Resources, Texas
AFSC Michigan Criminal Justice Program

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


State Based Organizations and Resources, Michigan
Aid to Inmate Mothers

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

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


State Based Organizations and Resources, Pennsylvania
Alaska Innocence Project

Provides legal, educational, and charitable services to identify and exonerate individuals who have been wrongfully convicted in Alaska.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Alaska
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
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.


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


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York

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