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.

Download a PDF copy of the 2018 Resource Guide.

Resource Category
Athens Books to Prisoners

Athens Books to Prisoners is a volunteer run organization that sends free books to prisoners in Ohio upon request.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Ohio
Back to School: A Guide to Continuing Your Education after Prison

The Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI) of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice provides the 63-page Back to School: A Guide to Continuing Your Education after Prison (2015 revision), which is available at no charge. The guide provides step-by-step instructions on getting ready and applying to educational programs after release from prison. It also covers internet basics, resumes, financial aid, transferring credits, obtaining necessary documents, and the various educational programs to choose from. The PRI has other publications available; ask for their list of research and publications.


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
Bard Prison Initiative

The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) creates the opportunity for incarcerated men and women at Bayview, Eastern, Elmira, Green Haven, and Woodbourne Correctional Facilities to earn a Bard College degree while serving their sentences. BPI enrolls nearly 300 incarcerated men and women across a full spectrum of academic disciplines, and offers over 60 courses each semester.


People in select New York State prisons may apply and are selected based on their ambition and willingness to work hard. To apply, one must have a high school diploma or its equivalent. Admission to BPI is highly competitive — typically there are ten applications for each available spot. Many gain admission after more than one application. The admissions process involves both a written exam and a personal interview.


State Based Organizations and Resources, New York
Battling the Administration: An Inmate’s Guide to a Successful Lawsuit

Battling the Administration (David J. Meister, April 2014, 566 pages, $34.95 +$5 S&H) is a self-help manual that guides readers through the complex U.S. civil court system, teaches them how to pursue a lawsuit in the face of the constraints imposed by incarceration, and enables a successful outcome for the prisoner's civil rights lawsuit. The book includes extensive case-law citations and advice on organizing, investigating and prosecuting a case. Know your civil rights and how to defend them in court.


PARC Recommended Legal and Educational Prison Books
Black and Pink

Black and Pink is a volunteer organization that lists LGBTQ on a pen-pal website, distributes a monthly newsletter of primarily queer/trans prisoner writing, and advocates for specific prisoner needs when possible while also working to abolish the Prison Industrial Complex as a whole. May not timely respond to letters. In addition to Mass headquarters, has chapters in Boise, Buffalo, Chicago, Denver, New Orleans, NYC, San Diego, and San Francisco.


LGBT Organizations and Resources
Blackstone Career Institute

Blackstone’s accredited Paralegal Certificate Program enables students to learn about the law and the paralegal field by studying at their own pace and at their facility. It is reasonably priced, can be completed in less than a year and provides information that can be put into practice while incarcerated and once released. No computers, proctors, or facility instructors are required. Soft-covered books and materials are used for ease of entry into most institutions. Their Paralegal certificate program includes the 900 clock hours of coursework needed to sit for the Accredited Legal Professional (ALP) exam and/or the Professional Paralegal (PP) certification, or the Certified Legal Assistant/Certified Paralegal (CLA/CP) exam.


Higher Education
Book 'Em

Book 'Em is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that sends free educational books and quality reading material to prisoners in Pennsylvania only. Prisoners may request books by subject.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Pennsylvania
Books Through Bars

Sends free books to individual prisoners in DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, & WV only.  Prisoners may request by topic (not exact title or author), and provide several areas of interest if possible.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Books to Prisoners

Books to Prisoners provides free books to prisoners nationwide. Request by subject; very few religious or legal materials. Does not ship to prisons that require all books sent be new. No male California requests. Book requests only accepted by snail mail.


Nationwide and Regional Book Programs
Boston University Prison Education Program

Degrees Offered: Bachelor or undergraduate certificate, both in Interdisciplinary Studies. Programs include accounting, English composition, Latin, biology, sociology, marketing, acting, and language courses in Spanish, French, and Greek and more. Offered for prisoners incarcerated at MCI Norfolk (men’s facility) and MCI Framingham (women’s facility) only.


State Based Organizations and Resources, Massachusetts

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