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
Lambda Legal

Lambda Legal carries out its legal work principally through test cases selected for the likelihood of their success in establishing positive legal precedents that will affect LGBT people and those affected by HIV. Lambda Legal recently represented a trans prisoner successfully in a lawsuit against the Texas prison system.


LGBTQI-focused Organizations and Resources
Legal Action Center

The Legal Action Center’s mission is to assist New York state residents to fight discrimination against those with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas. Write for list of publications. Serves New York state only.


Legal Resources
Legal Aid Society Prisoner's Rights Project

The Prisoner’s Rights Project (PRP) protects and enforces the legal rights of New York City and New York State prisoners through litigation, advice, and assistance to individual prisoners. PRP does not deal with prisoners’ criminal cases or sentences or matters related to parole. Serves prisoners in New York state only.


Legal Resources
Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners

Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners (LAMP) provides civil representation to indigent persons incarcerated in Minnesota. Students at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law represent clients from interview through any trial. Cases include domestic relations, imprisonment-related matters (institutional grievances, parole, and detainers), and the full range of other civil problems including debtor-creditor, wills, contracts, torts, and civil rights issues. LAMP does not handle appeals for inmates to contest their convictions. Serves people in Minnesota only.


Legal Resources
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

LSPC publishes manuals, reports, fact sheets and pamphlets for CA prisoners in the following areas: Family Matters (guardianship, visitation, pregnancy); Reentry Services; Prison Conditions (isolation and other), and Divorce Issues.They also publish A Manual on SSI/SSDI for Prisoners and Their Advocates. Serves California only.


Legal Resources
Lewisburg Prison Project

LPP counsels and assists prisoners serving time in the Middle District of PA (federal prisons in Allenwood, Lewisburg, McKean, and Schuylkill; 11 PA state prisons, and 34 local county jails).  LPP also distributes publications to prisoners nationwide at a nominal fee. A partial list of their Legal Bulletins includes the following titles: Legal Research, Religious Rights, First Amendment, Access to Courts, Exhausting Administrative Remedies, Disciplinary Hearings, Racial/Religious Discrimination, Assaults, and Medical Rights. LPP also distributes the Prisoners' Rights Handbook (2009, 142 pages) as well as other legal information by mail. Send an SASE for full list of available publications.


Nationwide Organizations and Resources
LGBT Books to Prisoners

Volunteer-run organization that sends books and other educational materials, free of charge, to LGBT-identified people in prison across the US (except those in TX). Will send books in Spanish (enviar libros en Español). Serves all states except Texas.


LGBTQI-focused Organizations and Resources
Life Support Alliance

The mission of LSA is to be the voice and presence of lifers, by responding to and identifying the needs and concerns of the greater lifer population and community, and assisting lifers in becoming suitable for parole and articulating that suitability to the Board of Parole Hearings. They also publish the California Lifer Newsletter, a comprehensive newsletter published six times per year, with reviews of the latest published and unpublished state and federal cases concerning parole issues, parole board news, legislation and articles on prison, parole and correctional issues of interest to prisoners and their families. Each issue contains 50 - 70 pages. Subscription rates are: Inmates, $35 per year, $60 for 2 yrs, $90 for 3 yrs. Free individuals, $99 per year, $180 for 2 years. 


 


Regional Advocacy Organizations, California
Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners

Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners provides free books to women prisoners in any state, as well as to male prisoners in these four states only: AL, AR, MS, and LA. Letters from Louisiana and women prisoners are given priority, with all other letters answered in the order received.


Books, Magazines, and Publishers, Free Books Programs
Loyola Law School's Project for the Innocent

Loyola Law School’s Project for the Innocent is dedicated to the exoneration of the wrongfully convicted. If after a thorough investigation of a case, a true claim of innocence is provable, clinic students will help draft a habeas petition so that the case can be litigated in court. The Project is only able to represent inmates from the state of California who claim factual innocence, have exhausted all their appeals, and are no longer represented by an attorney. Serves  California only.


Legal Resources, Innocence Projects

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