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 2019 Resource Guide.

Resource Category
Prison Yoga Project

Prison Yoga Project supports incarcerated people with trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness practices as a means of self-empowerment and self-rehabilitation. PYP believes yoga helps everyone develop the self-awareness, self-worth, empathy, and compassion that leads to positive personal and pro-social choices. Since 2010, it has sent more than 26,000 copies of Yoga: A Path for Healing and Recovery free of charge on request.  Serves people nationally.

Educational Resources, Rehabilitation Programs

The PrisonArte website was originally started to assist artists who worked with the website owner's husband at the same facility in which he is serving a 25-year sentence. The website has now been opened up to other artists throughout the U.S. PrisonArte's application process is crucial to get to know the artist and add them to PrisonArte's website and introduce the artist to the world. PrisonArte wants people to want to buy art from YOU. They offer this online venue by collecting a very small fee on each sale. The quality of every piece is inspected and approved in order to put on PrisonArte's stamp of approval. When PrisonArte ships a piece to a customer, they are able to guarantee the quality as well as cover any expense if a customer decides they are unhappy and want to return it. To obtain the 7-page prison artist application packet, a pre-addressed stamped envelope (1 Forever stamp) must be included.

Incarcerated artists interested in applying, please write to us and include a self addressed prepaid envelope to be considered.

Educational Resources, Prison Writing / Arts Programs
Prisoner Correspondence Project

The Prisoner Correspondence Project is a solidarity project for gay, lesbian, transsexual, transgender, gendervariant, two-spirit, intersex, bisexual and queer prisoners in Canada and the United States, linking them with people a part of these same communities outside of prison through a direct-correspondence program Letters to PCP in Canada cost $1.15 in US postage. Has pen pals who speak/write French. Serves people nationally.

LGBTQI-focused Organizations and Resources
Prisoner Express

Prisoner Express News is published every six months and sent free of charge to incarcerated individuals throughout the United States. They are also available for download online. It also sends books and educational packets as available. Serves people nationally.

Books, Magazines, and Publishers, Free Books Programs
Prisoner Reentry Institute

The Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI) of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a policy advocacy organizations with several publications on topics including solitary confinement, women in prison, housing for justice-involved people, pre-trial practice, and access to education for people returning from prison. In March 2019, it published Mapping the Landscape of Higher Education in New York State Prisons, the first of its kind in examining both the history and scope of college-in-prison programs in New York state. The PRI has other publications available; ask for their list of research and publications. Most research focused on New York.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, New York
Prisoner Visitation and Support

Prisoner Visitation and Support (PVS) is a volunteer visitation program to federal and military prisons across the U.S. 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. Serves federal and military prisoners only.

Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Prisoners Literature Project

The Prisoners Literature Project is an all-volunteer grassroots organization that sends free books to prisoners across the U.S. Please request types of books, not specific titles. They do not carry Christian books or legal texts. Please limit requests to once per year, and be patient while they try to find books to match your requests. Inform them of any book restrictions at your prison. PLP is one of PARC's partners - ask them for your next copy of the PARC directory! Serves people nationally except Texas.

Books, Magazines, and Publishers, Free Books 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 2002-2016 are downloadable from their website. Serves New York state only.

Legal Resources
Prisoners' Rights Office

This section of the Vermont Office of the Defender General handles prisoners' rights cases. Serves people in Vermont only.

Legal Resources
Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts

Prisoners’ Legal Services provides legal representation and administrative advocacy in civil (non-criminal) matters related to prisoners’ treatment in Massachusetts prisons and jails, and upon release on parole. Only serves indigent or poor, current or former Mass prisoners in issues including inadquate medical or mental health care, assaults or violence by staff, unsafe or inhumane conditions in Mass jails or prisons, arbitrary use of isolation, and/or unfair denial or revocation of parole. Serves people in Mass. only.

Legal Resources