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
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.

Nationwide and Regional Book 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.

State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Loyola Project for the Innocent

The Project assists those who are currently incarcerated in California state prison, had convictions in Central and Southern California, have exhausted all appeals, are indigent, and are not currently represented by counsel. Prisoner's claiming innocence should send a letter containing the date and county of conviction, charges prisoner was convicted of and sentence received, trial court case number and attorney's name, and if case was appealed, date of appeal, appellate attorney name, and appellate case number. Also provide dates of any petitions for writ of habeas corpus filed, and the details of the claim of innocence, including what went wrong at trial, what investigation needs to be done to show innocence, what evidence may exist to prove innocence. The Project receives hundreds of letters each year. It may take weeks or months for them to respond, but they do open and respond to each letter.

State Based Organizations and Resources, California
Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition

The Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition (MPAC) is comprised of Maine prisoners, their friends and families, victims of crime, and others committed to ethical, positive, and humane changes in Maine's prison system. they focus on solitary confinement, inhumane conditions of confinement, and reentry services.

Maoist Internationalist Ministry of Prisons

Maoist Internationalist Ministry of Prisons (MIM) is a revolutionary antiimperialist group fighting criminal injustice, helping prisoners to organize and educate themselves. Sends books to prisoners, and offers prisoners a free subscription to their newspaper Under Lock & Key. Write to MIM for a free prisoner subscription. May not timely respond to letters.

Newsletters and Magazines
McKinney Wrongful Conviction Clinic

Students represent indigent clients seeking relief from wrongful Indiana convictions in state post-conviction and/or federal habeas corpus proceedings. State cases are accepted in cooperation with the Office of the State Public Defender. Accepts cases of actual innocence; DNA and Non-DNA Cases; will consider arson, Shaken Baby Syndrome, and child abuse cases.

State Based Organizations and Resources, Indiana
Medill Justice Project

The Medill Justice Project investigates potentially wrongful murder convictions. To be considered, a case must meet all of the following criteria: The crime must have taken place in the United States; the charges must include murder; the case must have been heard by the state appellate court and the conviction must have been affirmed; and the prisoner must be claiming actual innocence.

Nationwide Organizations and Resources
Mettanokit Outreach

Mettanokit is a non-profit learning center and service organization working for a more human society based on the old values of cooperation and equality and the closeness and caring found in our elder tribal societies. Part of their program is offering Native circles in prisons, with 10 of these circles currently in New England prisons. Description of these may be found in the book Ending Violent Crime. Descriptions of the Native American traditions that provide an understanding for much of this work may be found in the book Return to Creation. Write for further information and list of books for sale.

State Based Organizations and Resources, New Hampshire
Michigan Innocence Clinic

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Michigan; non-DNA cases only; no sentence requirements. The prisoner must not be currently represented by counsel and the crime and conviction must have occurred in Michigan.

State Based Organizations and Resources, Michigan
Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project

The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project provides pro bono investigative and legal assistance to prisoners convicted in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia who are actually innocent and whose innocence can be proven by DNA testing or by other newly discovered evidence. The prisoner must not be currently represented by another attorney in his or her criminal case, or have the right to appointed counsel in the case. Write for questionnaire.

State Based Organizations and Resources, Maryland, Virginia