Resources: Texas

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 2018 Resource Guide.

Resource Category
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
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
Innocence Project of Texas

The Innocence Project of Texas can only review cases that meet the following tests: The prisoner is claiming actual innocence; the conviction is a felony which took place in a Texas state court; and all direct appeals have been completed.

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. Send two stamps, or pre-addressed stamped envelope containing two stamps for a copy of their resource guide.

State Based Organizations and Resources, Texas
Prison Justice League

The Prison Justice League (PJL) amplifies the voices of prisoners and their loved ones to end mass incarceration in Texas.  They address the needs of prisoners in Texas, challenge institutions of punishment and hold them accountable for their actions, and serve as a voice for prisoners and the communities most affected by the criminal justice system. Texas prisoners can reach PJL by legal mail at: PJL, Special Legal Counsel Brian McGiverin, 2221 Hancock, Drive, Austin, TX 78756.

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
Thurgood Marshall School of Law Innocence Project

The project only handles claims of actual innocence typically involving DNA evidence testing, mistaken identification, or that a crime never actually occurred. Thurgood Marshall law students work directly on the project and screen cases, obtain and review case histories, investigate facts, interview involved persons, write case time lines and summaries, perform case analyses, and prepare written case evaluations and pleadings.

State Based Organizations and Resources, Texas
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