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
Transgender Law Center

Transgender Law Center’s Detention Project works to end the abuses transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) people experience in prisons, jails, immigration detention, state hospitals, and other forms of detention, and at the hands of law enforcement. Write them concerning TGNC issues, or to obtain copies of their list of available reports and publications including Safety Inside: Problems Faced by Transgender Prisoners and Common Sense Solutions to Them, and Advocating for Yourself While in Custody in California. To learn more about the Detention Project, please contact Detention Project Director, Flor Bermudez.. Detention Project direct line: 510-380-8229 (Inmates and detainees can call Transgender Law Center collect at this line). Hay publicaciones en Español.

LGBTQI-focused Organizations and Resources
Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex (TGI) Justice Project

The TGI Justice Project works primarily with transgender prisoners and formerly incarcerated transgender people in California, and sends out their “Stiletto Prison Newsletter” and their very informative 72-page “Still We Rise-Prison Resource Guide” to all TGI prisoners. TGI also supports TGI prisoners being released to the San Francisco Bay Area, and are part of a broader movement fighting for racial and social justice. They answer letters regularly, but expect delay.

LGBTQI-focused Organizations and Resources
Tranzmission Prison Project

Tranzmission Prison Project is a queer- and trans-powered prison abolition organization that provides free literature and resources for incarcerated members of the LGBTQ community.  Also publishes a queer-friendly National Prison Resource List.

LGBTQI-focused Organizations and Resources
Tulane University Law Library

Offers photocopies of case-law citations, law review articles, criminal procedures, etc. to prisoners incarcerated in Louisiana jails & parish or state prisons only (no federal prisoner requests). Requests should have specific case cites, docket numbers or article titles, and are limited to one per month and a maximum of 50 pages.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, Louisiana
Unchained Books

Unchained Books is a small group in Fort Collins, CO committed to prisoner support. Their primary focus is collecting donated books and making them available free to people imprisoned in Colorado.  Individual prisoners request books based on subject areas and they fill requests as best as the inventory allows.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, Colorado
University of Baltimore Innocence Project Clinic

The University of Baltimore Innocence Project Clinic seeks to identify individuals who have been convicted in Maryland state courts of crimes they did not commit and to provide them with assistance in the investigation of their claims. In appropriate cases, representation will be provided in post-trial litigation efforts to secure exonerations. Accepts cases of actual innocence in Maryland; DNA and non-DNA cases.

Legal Resources, Innocence Projects
University of Miami Law Innocence Clinic

The clinic handles cases involving innocent individuals incarcerated for a minimum of 10 years who have new evidence ranging from recanting witnesses to new witnesses discovered by students to prosecutorial misconduct and ineffective assistance of counsel. The clinic also accepts cases involving DNA evidence.

Legal Resources, Innocence Projects
Upper Iowa University

Upper Iowa University offers a Self-Paced Degree Program, with courses in paper format that can be completed at a distance. The Self-Paced Paper Format is structured around written assignments and proctored exams. Associate Degrees offered: General Business, Liberal Arts, Psychology. Batchelor of Science Degrees offered: Business Administration, Management, Psychology, Public Administration (law and fire science areas), and Social Science. Undergraduate Minors: Management and Psychology.

College and Higher Education Courses
Uptown People's Law Center

The Uptown People’s Law Center (UPLC) is the only group in Illinois that actively represents prisoners in both class action matters as well as individual cases due to unconstitutional prison conditions.  UPIC does not take criminal appeals. Illinois prisoners are encouraged to write to UPLC explaining any rights violations they have experienced, as UPLC uses these letters to track trends and inform its lawsuits. UPLC also provides prisoners with referrals to law firms under certain circumstances.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, Illinois
Urbana-Champaign Books to Prisoners

UC Books to Prisoners is an Urbana, Illinois based project providing books at no cost by mail to inmates in state and federal prisons in Illinois,as well as in two county jail libraries in Illinois. Illinois only.

Regional Advocacy Organizations, Illinois