Resources: Women's 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
Action Committee for Women in Prison

The Action Committee for Women in Prison advocates for the humane and compassionate treatment of all incarcerated women everywhere, and works for the release of all women who are unjustly imprisoned, including individual women prisoners who pose no danger to society. They also strive to reduce the over reliance on incarceration by shifting the focus from punishment to rehabilitation and restorative justice. May not respond to individual letters.


Women's Organizations and Resources
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. Serves women in Alabama only.


Women's Organizations and Resources
Chicago Books to Women in Prison

All-volunteer, nonprofit organization that distributes paperback books (including Spanish books) free of charge to women in prisons nationwide, including transwomen in men's prisons. They send three books in a package. Please provide several options of genre or subject matter. Currently serves Cook County jail (no other short term facilities) and state prisons in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio, as well as all federal prisons. Expect delays during COVID-19.


Women's Organizations and Resources, Free Books Programs
Hour Children

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 (también ofrece servicios en español). Only provides services to New York state prisons.


Women's 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 women's healthcare access, and offer assistance with compassionate release. Serves women in California only.


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. Serves women in Washington only.


Women's Organizations and Resources
National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women

The Clearinghouse assists defense teams on cases involving domestic violence survivors charged with crimes related to their abuse. It does not provide directly legal representation, but consults with defense teams. They have a number of publications downloadable for free on this issue intersecting with criminal cases, immigration, and family law proceedings. Serves women nationally, but expect delay in response to letters.


Women's Organizations and Resources
Tulane University Women's Prison Project

Law student clinic focused on incarcerated individuals who are also survivors of abuse. Provides individual representation for post-conviction, parole, and clemency proceedings where abuse was a factor in the crime of conviction. Expect delays during the summer. Serves survivors in Louisiana only, but will consult nationwide with defense attorneys.


Women's Organizations and Resources
Women's Prison Association

The 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.  Provides transitional planning and education in NY women's prisons, as well as HIV counseling and testing. Serves women in New York state only.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources, Women's Organizations and Resources, HIV Resources