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
The Insight Prison Project

IPP offers transformational programs for prisoners and parolees, which are supported by crime victims and community volunteers. IPP currently conducts 25 weekly classes at San Quentin State Prison, involving some 300 prisoners, as well classes in 15 other prisons in California, Massachusetts, and Colorado. The IPP curriculum is designed for incarcerated populations to develop insight, practice new skills while in classes, and then integrate these skills into all aspects of their lives outside of group meetings and after leaving prison.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, California
The Last Resort Exoneration Project

The Last Resort Exoneration Project offers free (pro bono) investigative and legal services to the convicted innocent of New Jersey who have plausible and substantial claim of actual innocence, and are willing to cooperate with requests aimed at discovering the truth. If an applicant appears to us to have a legitimate basis for claiming that he or she is factually innocent, they will undertake an independent review of the facts of the case and all surrounding circumstances.

Legal Resources, Innocence Projects
The MacArthur Justice Center

The MacArthur Justice Center provides free legal representation to the indigent in the Chicago, Illinois area. They focus on wrongful convictions, fight police corruption, and address death penalty issues, to help ensure all individuals receive fair and equal treatment within the legal system, regardless of income, background or status.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, Illinois
The Osborne Association

The Osborne Association offers opportunities for individuals who have been in conflict with the law to transform their lives through innovative, effective, and replicable programs that serve the community by reducing crime and its human and economic costs. Services limited to New York prisoners and their families. Write for list of programs and services. The Osborne Association has three locations: in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Newburgh.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, New York
The Pathfinder Network

Formerly Pathfinders of Oregon. Has several successful programs in prisons and the community. Clases inside prison including Parenting Inside Out and the Healing Opportunities, Promoing Empowerment (HOPE) program. Outside, Pathfinders Network provides reentry support, including peer mentoring and parenting classes, at the Center for Family Success.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, Oregon
The Prison Mirror

The Prison Mirror is published monthly by and for the men of the Minnesota Stillwater Correctional Facility. Subscriptions are $12. The Prison Mirror was founded in 1887 and is the oldest continuously published prison newspaper in the United States.

Vendors and Publishers
The Sentencing Project

The Sentencing Project is a national policy research and advocacy organization that works for a fair and effective criminal justice system by promoting sentencing reform and alternatives to incarceration. They produce excellent reports on topics related to sentencing policy, racial disparities, drug policy, juvenile justice and voting rights. Does not gererally respond to letters.

Nationwide Organizations and Resources
The Transformative Justice Law Project

TJLP is a collective of radical lawyers, social workers, activists, and community organizers who are deeply committed to prison abolition, transformative justice, and gender self-determination. They provide free, zealous, life-affirming, and gender-affirming holistic criminal legal services to low-income and street based transgender and gender non-conforming people in Illinois (only) who are targeted by the criminal legal system.

LGBTQI-focused Organizations and Resources
Thurgood Marshall School of Law Innocence Project

The project only handles claims of actual innocence typically involving DNA evidence testing, mistaken identification, or that a crime never actually occurred. Thurgood Marshall law students work directly on the project and screen cases, obtain and review case histories, investigate facts, interview involved persons, write case time lines and summaries, perform case analyses, and prepare written case evaluations and pleadings. Only serves individuals convicted in Texas.

Legal Resources, Innocence Projects
Tightwad Magazine

Tightwad Magazine offers a list of discounted magazines and subscriptions for prisoners, and a catalog of gifts for their loved ones. Write for a copy and mention PARC for an extra bonus coupon. Sending a pre-addressed stamped envelope speeds delivery. Catalogs can be obtained by writing to Julie, Catalog Requests, Box 629, Burgin, KY 40319.


Vendors and Publishers