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
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
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. Serves individuals in California only. 

L.A. Chapter – PO Box 291585, Los Angeles, CA  90029

Women's Organizations and Resources, Regional Advocacy Organizations, California
CCWP Writing Warriors

Writing Warriors: Advocacy through Correspondence Across the Walls is a project that opens contact with more people incarcerated at the women’s prisons in California. Our mission and the programs are different from a traditional prison pen pal program by connecting with people individually.  We offer supportive relationships with women, trans and GNC people at CCWF.  Writing Warriors volunteers will primarily communicate via JPAY email but can also correspond thru U.S. mail via the CCWP Oakland office address. Only povides services to California prisons.

Women's Organizations and Resources, Prison Writing / Arts Programs, California
Chicago Books to Women in Prison

All-volunteer, nonprofit organization that distributes paperback books (including Spanish books) free of charge to women and trans people in prisons nationwide. They send three books in a package. Please provide at least five general options of genre or subject matter. Currently serves state prisons in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio, as well as all federal prisons. The only jail they serve is Cook County Jail. Expect delays during COVID-19.

Libros en español también


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
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