This list was made with prisoners in mind. While there is usually no internet access in prisons, you my print these pages out to give to a prisoner using the print icon in the upper right. Also, when at all possible, I have rooted out the "snail mail" address for each entry.
Please bear in mind that the bulk of the information in this guide is actually on the Internet. A short summary of each website clipped out for this list does not even begin to do each entry justice, and many of the items on this list actually contain further lists. The number of prisoner resources out there are mind boggling, so don't be afraid to use Google if there is something you have in mind.
A caveat to this list is that this is the age of COVID 19. Many of these sites are temporarily closed or scaled back for the duration of the pandemic. They are included in this list anyway in anticipation of better days.
Finally, there are few websites that require money or a login to access. If you encounter any problems with this list, feel free to contact Helen.
This list is comprised of resources that might be of interest to communities, families, or activists. Please refer to some of the other lists for more specific details, such as legal help.
Abolitionist Law Center
Abolitionist Law Center
P.O. Box 8654
Pittsburgh, PA 15221
A Way Out: Abolishing Death By Incarceration in Pennsylvania
(Pittsburgh, PA) Philadelphia County has 2,694 people serving life without parole sentences (LWOP), which is more than any other county in the United States and far more than any other country in the world, according to a new data analysis released today by the Abolitionist Law Center. A Way Out: Abolishing Death By Incarceration in Pennsylvania [Full Report] [Abridged Report] found Pennsylvania has 5,346 people serving LWOP, making the state a national leader in the use of the punishment; only Florida, with twice the population, has more people serving LWOP. State Representative Jason Dawkins and State Senator Sharif Street have filed legislation that would allow parole eligibility for all lifers after 15 years of incarceration.
The Abolitionist Law Center is a public interest law firm inspired by the struggle of political and politicized prisoners, and organized for the purpose of abolishing class and race based mass incarceration in the United States.
AFSC Michigan Criminal Justice Program
American Friends Service Committee
1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Guided by the Quaker belief in the divine light of each person, AFSC works with communities and partners worldwide to challenge unjust systems and promote lasting peace.
Creating inclusive communities
Defending immigrant rights
Ending mass incarceration
Building economic justice
Justice in Palestine and Israel
9540 Collins Ave
Surfside, FL 33154
The Aleph Institute is a 501c3 certified non-profit Jewish organization dedicated to assisting and caring for the wellbeing of members of specific populations that are isolated from the regular community: U.S. military personnel , prisoners, and people institutionalized or at risk of incarceration due to mental illness or addictions.
Aleph addresses their religious, educational, and spiritual needs, advocates and lobbies for their civil and religious rights, and provides support to their families at home left to fend for themselves.
The Aleph Institute is committed to criminal justice reform and recidivism reduction through preventive-education and faith-based rehabilitation programs, re-entry assistance, alternative sentencing guidance and counsel, and policy research and recommendations.
Aleph is made up of a number of departments that service the following constituencies:
Military personnel and their families
Prisoners and their families
Clients at mental institutions and rehabilitation centers
Young adults at risk
Amnesty International USA Headquarters
311 W 43rd Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 807-8400
We work to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth, and dignity are denied.
Amnesty International is a global movement of millions of people demanding human rights for all people – no matter who they are or where they are. We are the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization.
OUR VISION FOR CHANGE
All people have fundamental human rights. But those rights are abused or denied every single day. When that happens, Amnesty International finds the facts, exposes what’s happening, and rallies people together to force governments and others to respect everyone’s human rights.
And we get results. Last year alone, Amnesty International helped free 153 people who were wrongfully imprisoned because of who they are or what they believe – and we changed laws in dozens of countries on refugees, reproductive rights, LGBT equality, free speech, the death penalty, and other critical human rights issues.
From start to finish, our work focuses on the individual – people whose human rights are abused, and people who have the power to change the world. We received the Nobel Peace Prize for our life-saving work.
Anthroposophical Prison Outreach Project
Anthroposophical Prison Outreach
1923 Geddes Avenue - Ann Arbor, MI 48104
1-734-662-9355 ext. 38
What is Anthroposophical Prison Outreach?
Anthroposophical Prison Outreach brings Rudolf Steiner’s work to incarcerated individuals. The APO program is designed to encourage inmates to take responsibility for their lives. The specific objective is to encourage and support self-rehabilitation through self discovery. As one participant described it: who would have thought I found my freedom while behind bars?. Once an incarcerated individual begins to balance his or her inner life, the outer life can also become more harmonious and meaningful. This increases their potential for successful re-integration into society after their release.
What is Anthroposophy?
The name anthroposophy was used by Rudolf Steiner to encompass his broad, holistic vision of spiritual renewal. The Greek origins of the word are anthropos (human being) and sophia (wisdom). It represents a path of individual spiritual awareness that is helpful to adherents of any religion as well as those who are not affiliated with any religion. It seeks to connect the spirit of the individual with the spiritual in the universe. Spiritual awareness is a matter of directing your attention. Higher understanding of life experience is the birthright of every human being. Anthroposophy is inclusive in nature, multicultural in outlook, community based, and respectful of all life. It encourages a life of spiritual practice and also offers spiritual approaches to many practical areas of life including education, farming, medicine and the arts.
California Prison Focus
California Prison Focus
4408 Market St. Suite A
Oakland, CA 94608
California Prison Focus monitors abuses and conditions inside California prisons, with a focus on the use and conditions of solitary confinement. Our California prison reports are based on written correspondence with California prisoners and prison visits. We disseminate our prison reports to the general public, to policy makers, media, allied organizations and activists, and to prisoners nationwide.
California Prison Focus quarterly newspaper, Prison Focus - free to people in solitary confinement - informs, educates and empowers it’s readers. The paper provides a platform for normally unheard voices, and a bridge fostering understanding and dialogue between people inside and outside prison walls.
Center for Constitutional Rights
New York, NY 10012
What We Do
Abusive Immigration Practices
Corporate Human Rights Abuses
Sexual and Gender-Based Violence
Torture, War Crimes, & Militarism
Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition
1212 Mariposa St., #6
Denver, CO 80204
Coloradans from many different experiences and perspectives are joining together to end the era of mass incarceration, racial disparity and a failed drug war. Through a new vision and an aggressive agenda, we’re advancing a broader debate and design of public health, safety and funding strategies through collective action. We are also here to help people. The last four decades of over-criminalization and missed opportunities for real crime prevention has done significant damage to individuals, families and communities and repairing that harm, to the greatest extent possible, is essential to us.
Learn more about our current programs and initiatives below.
Know Your District Attorney
Take Care Health Matters
Voting With Conviction
Community Alliance on Prisons - Hawai`i
Kat Brady, Coordinator
Community Alliance on Prisons
P.O. Box 37158
Honolulu, HI 96837-0158
Ph: (808) 927-1214
CAP originally formed as the Rethinking Prisons Working Group in the mid-1990’s. A group of churches, social workers, scholars, researchers, community organizations, formerly incarcerated individuals and families of the incarcerated came together to discuss what was happening in Hawai`i. These discussions led to our first conference called “Community Solutions to Hawai`i’s Prison Problems: Exploring the Root Causes of Crime in Hawai`i” in 1998 where more than 250 people participated.
Since then CAP has sponsored and co-sponsored many other conferences and workshops focusing on evidence-based solutions that have been well researched and proven to work in other places. Our aim is always to educate the larger community about justice issues in Hawai`i. These issues affect each and every one of us in a variety of ways.
Compassion Works For All
PO Box 7708
Little Rock, AR 72217-7708
Compassion Works for All offers healing
and hope by living and teaching compassion, especially to the disenfranchised and people in prison.
Since 1993, Compassion Works for All has
offered the tools of personal transformation to people in prison and in the free world. We teach compassion to change the world,
seeing the day when caring communities refuse to let anyone be forgotten, abandoned or discarded from our one human.
CWFA staff and volunteers bring concentration and mindfulness meditation techniques to correctional facilities in Arkansas and talks and readings from Buddhist teachers to encourage community and compassion in correctional facilities. Dharma Talks is a balance between practice (meditation) and discussion about how to examine the mind, cultivate altruism and accountability, and find freedom from within.
Compassionate Communication is a program developed by CWFA that marries meditation, nonviolence, movement, study, and play
to deeply explore ways to infuse our relationships with kindness and compassion. This is an intensive 9-week course offered at adult correctional facilities in Arkansas.
Correctional Association of New York
P.O. Box 793
Brooklyn, NY 11207
For 175 years, CANY has been the only independent organization in New York with authority under state law to monitor prisons and report our findings to the legislature and the broader public. In addition to carrying out this unique mandate through onsite prison monitoring visits, we confidentially communicate with incarcerated people about their experiences through the mail, one-on-one interviews, and collect phone calls. Our access creates a platform for people inside prison to participate in and shape the public debate.
Our goal is to use our unique access to promote true transparency and accountability. We create a platform for those most affected to directly share their experiences; we document and disseminate information about system trends; and we advocate for reform at individual prisons and at the system level.
CURE-SORT Sex Offenders Restored through Treatment (SORT)
Wayne Bowers, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1022
Norman, OK 73070-1022
CURE-SORT works to provide information, resources, contacts, and support to individuals, families, defense attorneys, treatment providers, public media, legislators, law enforcement personnel, and other professionals who work with or are interested in issues of sexual abuse and its prevention.
Death Penalty Information Center
Death Penalty Information Center
1701 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
The Death Penalty Information Center is a national non-profit organization serving the media and the public with analysis and information on issues concerning capital punishment. Founded in 1990, the Center promotes informed discussion of the death penalty by preparing in-depth reports, conducting briefings for journalists, and serving as a resource to those working on this issue. The Center releases an annual report on the death penalty, highlighting significant developments and featuring the latest statistics. The Center also produces groundbreaking reports on various issues related to the death penalty such as arbitrariness, costs, innocence, and race. We offer a wide variety of multimedia resources, such as our free, online educational curricula and our podcast series, DPIC on the Issues.
Denver Anarchist Black Cross
Los Angeles ABCF
P.O. Box 11223
Whittier, CA 90603
1432 2nd Street Apt 1
Bakersfield CA 93304
Inland Empire ABCF
P.O. Box 1124
Upland, CA 91785
P.O. Box 8682
Lancaster, PA 17604
New York City ABCF
P.O. Box 110034
Brooklyn, New York 11211
Orange County ABCF
P.O. Box 4341
Santa Ana, CA 92702
P.O. Box 8643
Philadelphia, PA 19101
Include “prisonspam” in the subject to avoid being caught by the spam filter.
The mission of the Denver Anarchist Black Cross is to contribute to the support of political prisoners and defense of local and global social movements, while working for liberation from colonial domination, and strengthening autonomy, mutual aid, and self-determination.
Disability Rights Texas
866-362-2851 (Sign Language Video Phone)
512-271-9391 (Purple 2 Video Phone)
apply online at anytime at intake.DRTx.org.
Our work is to make sure that children and adults with disabilities are treated with respect and dignity where they live, work, and go to school. We make sure people and places are following the laws that protect people with disabilities.
There is a P&A in every state in the U.S. Disability Rights Texas started as a P&A in 1977. We help you know what the law says about your rights so you can remind people how you should be treated. Or you can call us and ask if we can help you if people or places are not following the law about your rights.
Families Against Mandatory Minimums
1100 H Street NW, Suite 1000
Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: (202) 822-6700
FAMM’s mission is to create a more fair and effective justice system that respects our American values of individual accountability and dignity while keeping our communities safe.
What We Do
FAMM’s greatest asset has always been the stories of its members. By sharing the impact of unjust sentencing and prison policies on incarcerated individuals, their families, and their communities, FAMM has helped create urgency around the issue and made the problem feel real to the policymakers who have to be moved to make meaningful change. This two-pronged approach — public education and targeted advocacy — is core to FAMM’s success to date and will remain critical to its work as the organization expands its organizing efforts nationally.
Free in Christ Ministries
P.O. Box 252
Coweta, OK 74429
Free in Christ Ministries is a ministry that is passionate about sharing God’s Hope, Peace, and Love. The ministry team works with men and women who are former and current inmates of the prison systems. The ministry is dedicated to educating the public and young people about the consequences of making poor life choices.
It was founded by Tony "Mac" McMullen who was a former inmate. FIC is a ministry that believes in second chances. It is vital that we share the Gospel and assist people in reaching their full potential in Christ. The ministry provides resources in the form of food, clothing and transportation. Whenever asked, the ministry team will travel to any church, youth group, boys home, school, ministry, or other community facility to share our story and mission.
We hope to influence and inspire people to make correct life choices with God the Father as their leader. The ministry has CDs, DVDs, Flyers, and other media to assist in our mission.
P.O. Box 1098
Torrance, CA 90505
+1 (310) 755-2518
Justice can only be served by a genuine search for the truth, and wrongful convictions only occur when there is a failure to discover, follow and honor the truth. Innocence Matters protects the innocent and prevents wrongful convictions by identifying and rectifying systemic practices that impede our search for truth. Because the disenfranchised are particularly vulnerable to systemic indifference, our work is focused on developing education, prevention and reform measures that will protect those most at risk and that will encourage the legal community to more quickly acknowledge and correct errors.
Islamic Society of North America
Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
6555 S. County Rd. 750 E
Plainfield, IN 46168
To be an exemplary and unifying Islamic organization in North America that contributes to the betterment of the Muslim community and society at large.
To foster the development of the Muslim community, interfaith relations, civic engagement, and better understanding of Islam.
Achieve organizational excellence through operational efficiency, transparency, accountability, high-performance, effective communication, and financial stability.
Strengthen and develop American Muslim communities.
Enhance interfaith collaboration and civic engagement.
Provide high quality programming and services for the Muslim community.
Jewish Prisoner Services International
PO Box 85840 • Seattle, WA 98145-1840
At JPSI we strive to bring light in the darkness, whether it is addressing challenges of observing Judaism behind bars, the challenge of having a family member incarcerated, or the challenges that returning to society can bring.
JPSI Mission is to help families who have Jewish family members in prison, help Jewish Prisoners to observe and grow while in prison, and help them as they return to society, and work to raise awareness of the issues of Jewish prisoners.
JPSI works with prison Chaplains to help them address their Jewish prisoner needs. JPSI works with organizations in the communities where we serve prisoners, returnees and their families to address social needs, advocacy, and awareness of the issues of Jewish prisoners and their families. JPSI also provides educational programming both inside and outside of incarceration and provides holiday programs such as public seders, seder in a box and purim celebrations. All of these activities work to help strengthen Jewish connection and help to build community and support for this at risk population.
John Howard Association of Illinois
John Howard Association,
P.O. Box 10042
Chicago, IL 60610-0042
For all other inquiries, please contact Office Manager Dan Hoffman at:
Independent prison monitoring is the heart of JHA’s work.
Our staff and volunteers visit approximately 20 correctional facilities every year to evaluate conditions for prisoners and staff. During our observation visits, we focus on issues including medical and mental health care, disciplinary procedures, the physical condition of facilities, and educational and vocational programming. We point out concerns and problems and also highlight productive, innovative programs and initiatives that can serve as models for other facilities.
We publish periodic special reports highlighting case studies, stories and issues impacting our correctional system.
Art & Writing from
People Incarcerated in Illinois
Each year, JHA receives thousands of letters from people who are incarcerated. Some of those letters contain poems, cartoons, or other pieces of art that incarcerated people wish to share with us. Incarcerated people also share other publications with us, including articles and magazines created for their peers.
Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners
Mitchell Hamline School of Law
875 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105-3076
Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Civil Advocacy Clinic
What do students do in this clinic?
Deploy basic civil advocacy skills to address community needs through client representation and policy advocacy. Most recently, the clinic has been focusing on cases that address the affordable housing crisis in the Twin Cities. Students represent low-wealth individuals, mostly African-American and Latina, in conciliation court and in emergency repair cases referred from SMRLS and the Community Stabilization Project. Students have also developed policy papers in the housing area.
Messenger Bible Institute
PO Box 1756
Oakdale, CA 95361-1756
To provide easy access for inmates and their families to get effective help from the prison ministries which best serve their needs. They can find counseling services in their area, or they can locate a ministry to request literature, Bible study courses or simply request prayer support.
To provide easy access for prison ministries to discover each other, and to allow members to communicate with each other using spam-free Secure Email Forms of the network simplifying exchange of experience and news.
To introduce prison ministries to Christian society. At this website Internet users have the opportunity to learn about each member of the network in order to select a ministry to support according to their vision.
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
40 Rector Street, 5th floor
New York, NY 10006
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. LDF also defends the gains and protections won over the past 80 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments.
NA World Services
PO Box 9999
Van Nuys, California USA 91409
Welcome to Reaching Out! Whether you are an NA member, a professional who works with recovering addicts, an incarcerated member or a member who provides Hospital and Institution service, this NA World Services newsletter may be a resource for you. Reaching Out in its design helps incarcerated addicts connect to the NA program of recovery, enhances H&I efforts and offers experience from members who successfully transitioned from the ‘inside’ to be productive members of society. The section “From the Inside” is filled with letters and artwork from incarcerated addicts who share their experience, strength and hope as they find and maintain recovery from addiction through NA. “From the Outside” section features stories from members who are living drug free in the community and have previously been incarcerated. Often, there is artwork from members on the ‘outside’. Additionally, this section offers experience from H&I members who value and are deeply committed to carrying the NA message of recovery to addicts who are unable to attend regular NA community meetings. These letters are inspirational for many as they offer hope for a new way to live and they provide evidence of the efficacy of the NA program for any reader.
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
1629 K ST NW
Washington DC 20006
Senior Campaign Consultant
The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is the nation's oldest organization dedicated exclusively to the abolition of the death penalty. It leads a national movement against the death penalty fueled by a broad-based national constituency and more than 100 Affiliate organizations.
We are families of murder victims, persons from all points on the political and religious spectrums, past and present law enforcement officials and prominent civil and racial justice organizations, who are working to repeal the death penalty state by state.
As seasoned professionals we use our collective experience in social and criminal justice issues to provide strategic political and legal analysis and leadership to the larger anti-death penalty movement as well as hands-on direct assistance to state Affiliates working to end the death penalty.
Navajo Nation Corrections Project
Must sign up online.
Established in 1983, the Corrections Project facilitates, coordinates, and advocates for the use of spiritual ceremonies, cultural activities, and counseling for Navajo and other Indians in correctional facilities. As the liaison between inmates, their families, and Indian and non-Indian government agencies, the project researches and implements unmet spiritual, cultural, and legal needs. In 2002 alone, the 30 correctional facilities were visited and more than 2,000 clients were served.
New Jersey Prison Watch
89 Market Street, 6th floor
Newark NJ , 07102
The Prison Watch program empowers individuals harmed by criminal justice policies and violence to heal and transform the conditions under which they live. We recognize and advance the worth and dignity of all people in and around the criminal justice system.
Program staff disseminate public information on human rights abuses and healing opportunities; respond to needs of incarcerated people and those harmed by criminal acts; influence individual administrators and policy makers; and provide expertise to coalitions, advocacy groups, community organizations, students, writers, and the media.
Our Prison Watch Program monitors human rights abuses in U.S. federal and state prisons. In particular, the program promotes national and international attention to the practices of isolation and torture.
New York State Prisoner Justice Network
New York State Prisoner Justice Coalition
33 Central Avenue
Albany, NY 12210
By telephone: 518-434-4037
The goal of the New York State Prisoner Justice Network is to build our individual and collective strength and to challenge and change New York’s criminal injustice system.
The Network works to facilitate communication and connection among all the activists, advocates, and organizations from different regions, with diverse approaches, doing work toward justice for people in prison in New York State, and to share ideas, information, calls for support, campaigns in progress, obstacles, and successes in order to strengthen and support each others’ work.
The Network’s purpose is to explore, plan, strategize and implement organizations and individuals working collaboratively to change the criminal injustice system, to bring our collective strength to bear on changing the intolerable system of mass incarceration, injustice, and disrespect for the lives of our loved ones and the survival of our families and communities, that now prevails, and to reverse the culture of racism, inequality, and scapegoating that sustains it.
Partnership for Safety & Justice
825 NE 20th Avenue, Suite 250
Portland, Oregon 97232
We have developed an innovative and provocative model for criminal justice reform, one that engages survivors of crime, people convicted of crime, and the families of both.
Together, we advance policy solutions that are shrinking the prison system, investing in programs that prevent crime, and promoting healing for people harmed by crime and violence.
Our groundbreaking approach has been adopted by groups across the country and continues to serve as a model for public safety reform solutions.
INVESTING IN COMMUNITIES.
ELEVATING SURVIVORS’ VOICES
KEEPING FAMILIES TOGETHER.
Pennsylvania Prison Society
230 South Broad Street, Suite 605
Philadelphia, PA 19102
OFFICIAL VISITOR PROGRAM
Official Visitors address issues and concerns raised by incarcerated people, family and friends to ensure a more just and transparent criminal justice system. Vital information and advocacy are enhanced by regular communication and frank discussions with prison administrators.
Official Visitors go into all state and county facilities in Pennsylvania and sit down one-on-one with incarcerated people who are experiencing problems (harassment, mistreatment, medical neglect, etc.). They then discuss any potential issues directly with staff, or others who may be able to help.
The Prison Society’s mentoring program is a voluntary program for men returning to Philadelphia from incarceration. Each year in the Philadelphia region, more than 12,000 individuals return home and a staggering 34% will return to prison within a year. The mentoring program is designed to help ease the transition from incarceration back to communities by providing a helping hand and a social support network.
The program is currently offered 6 months prior to release for men incarcerated in SCI Chester and SCI Phoenix. Eligible mentors cannot have been incarcerated in a Pennsylvania facility within the last twelve (12) months.
Mentors are expected to meet with their mentee(s) on a weekly basis while they are incarcerated and are encouraged to continue meeting according to a self-determined schedule post-release. Mentors provide a listening ear and social support while encouraging individuals to determine their own path forward. The Prison Society will provide ongoing training and support to both mentors and mentees.
Prison Justice League
P.O. Box 301240,
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
The Prison Justice League (PJL) envisions a society where the voices of all people regardless of past criminal behavior are included in efforts to create a balanced criminal justice system that ensures public safety and upholds the human rights and safety of Texas inmates. PJL believes that all individuals are worthy of full participation in civic and community activities and have the ability to determine their own future. As such, we believe that criminal justice reform is a civil rights and social justice movement that fits into many other problems plaguing society, most importantly structural racism and economic inequality. Our goal is to create a network of active individuals who will be educated, mobilized, and motivated to be the voice for reform in Texas.
We work to improve conditions in Texas prisons through litigation, advocacy, and by empowering our members. We address the needs of prisoners in Texas, challenge institutions of punishment and hold them accountable for their actions, and serve as a voice for prisoners and the communities most affected by the criminal justice system.
Prison Rape Elimination Act Resource Center
426 S. Yellowstone Dr.
Madison, WI 53719
520 3rd St., Ste. 101
Oakland, CA 94607
Put People First: Our work is investigating and improving systems so they work better and more equitably for all people. We take the time to understand the needs of the people who are working within the systems as well as the needs of those who are most affected by those systems. We strive to stay connected to the humanity of our work.
Join Forces: We work collaboratively and take the time to listen to each other, to our partners, and to the communities affected by our work. And we take pride in working shoulder-to-shoulder with those who are working on the front lines in order to make lasting change from the inside out. This is the only way to identify and solve the complex problems we face.
Get to the Root: The injustices in the systems that affect our everyday lives are pervasive and complex. It's tempting to create feel-good solutions that look good but are short-lived. But we don't do band-aids or short-term fixes. We work to identify and uproot the source of the problem so it doesn't keep sprouting up.
Give It All You've Got: The complexity of our work requires tenacity, patience, and commitment. We are adept problem solvers who confront systemic issues from all sides--with quantitative and qualitative knowledge, empathy, and hands-on expertise. And if the solution isn't quite right, we'll try and try again. There's no room in this work for halfway. We're all in.
Where We Work
Evident Change partners with hundreds of social service agencies and organizations across the United States and internationally in Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Singapore, and Taiwan.
Prisoner Visitation and Support
PO Box 58068
1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Prisoner Visitation and Support (PVS) was founded in 1968, carrying forward a Quaker tradition of caring for prisoners. Its primary mission was to provide visits and support to imprisoned conscientious objectors to the Vietnam War. However, it soon became apparent that other prisoners could benefit from this service.
In 1972, permission was granted by the Federal Bureau of Prisons for PVS to visit all federal prisons and prisoners in the United States, and in 1975, the Department of Defense granted PVS access to all military prisons.
To this day, PVS remains the only interfaith, volunteer visitation program in the United States authorized by both of these organizations to visit all federal and military prisons.
Over 400 PVS volunteer visitors see thousands of prisoners a year in 102 Federal prisons and 4 Military prisons across the nation. No other organization in the U.S. has achieved the same level of access, on a nationwide scale, to the prison system, and with over 50 years of service, PVS continues to play a unique role in the field of prisoner assistance.
Prisoners' Rights Office
State of Vermont - Office of the Defender General
Prisoners' Rights Office
6 Baldwin Street, 4th Floor
Montpelier, VT 05633-3301
(802) 828-3163 (fax)
The Prisoners’ Rights Office addresses a wide range of issues that deal with the fact, length and conditions of confinement and community supervision for people serving sentences. These include post-conviction relief criminal appeals, furlough, parole, and supervised community sentence eligibility and violations, health care, prison discipline and sentence calculation.
Real Cost of Prisons Project
Real Cost of Prisons Project
5 Warfield Place
Northampton, MA 01060
The Real Cost of Prisons Project brings together justice activists, artists, researchers and women and men directly experiencing the impact of mass criminalization who are working to end the carceral state.
The Real Cost of Prisons Project is a national organization, begun in 2000. The RCPP created workshops, a website visited by 1,500 people a day and which includes extensive sections of writing and comix by prisoners. In 2005, we created and published three comic books: Prison Town: Paying the Price, Prisoners of the War on Drugs and Prisoners of a Hard Life: Women and Their Children. 135,000 free comic books have been sent to organizers, schools and prisoners throughout the country. The comic books are no longer in print but can be downloaded and printed from this website. The comic books are anthologized into the book, The Real Cost of Prisons Comix, published by PM Press.
The Real Cost of Prisons organizing focuses on ending extreme sentencing such as Life Without the Possibility of Parole and the daily harsh and damaging conditions of confinement faced by every prisoner in the United States.
In Massachusetts, the RCPP's recent work includes organizing to stop new jails, working for bail reform and advocating on behalf of alternatives to incarceration.
The RCPP is committed to bringing the ideas and analysis of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated men and women to the forefront so we can more authentically challenge and change the destructive beliefs and costly systems that drive the carceral state.
Rock of Ages Prison Ministry
Rock of Ages Ministries, Inc.
PO Box 2308
Cleveland, TN 37320
Phone - (423) 479-3243
Rock of Ages Ministries is dedicated to fulfilling the Great Commission in taking the Gospel to prisons, educational institutions, military prisons, and through our church planting assistance program. Established on five continents preaching the Gospel and conducting discipleship classes on a daily basis. Our goal is to glorify God by taking the Gospel to the entire world.
Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos
Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos currently operates eight community programs. Each lies on different parts of the life cycle. From elementary youth to elders within the incarcerated community, we are there to provide specialized community support during all developmental stages of life.
Our work seeks to counter oppression, trauma, cultural misappropriation and spiritual bankruptcy by maintaining a position and place of love and understanding. Learn more about our programs:
Juvenile Evening Reporting Center
AB 109: Adult Re-Entry Program
Juvenile Hall Transitional Program
Set Free Prison Ministries
Set Free Prison Ministries
PO Box 5440
Riverside, CA 92517
Set Free Prison Ministries was founded in 1971 by Phil Wagner. After graduating from Bible school, the Lord led Phil into full-time prison ministry. He served as the official staff Protestant chaplain at Chicago’s infamous Cook County Jail from 1971 to 1978. In 1974, Set Free Prison Ministries was formed as a 501( c ) religious nonprofit organization. During his chaplaincy, the Lord began to enlarge his vision and impress upon his heart to establish prison ministries in other states modeled after the very successful and effective chaplaincy program being used at Cook County Jail. After training up three chaplains and with the new goal and vision in mind, he moved to Riverside California in 1978. Over the past many years, the Lord has blessed his efforts and used him to help establish many independent jail and prison ministries throughout the United States and Canada. Internationally, Phil has planted prison ministries in Moscow, Russia in Eastern Europe, and Almaty, Kazakhstan in central Asia.
Today, 48 years later, the large network of indigenous prison correspondence ministries continue to follow the original pattern and procedures established by the Set Free Board of Directors in the early 1970s. Literally, millions of Bible courses have been provided free of charge, including postage to inmates throughout the United States, Canada, Russia, Kazakhstan, and many other parts of the world.
123 7th Avenue, #166
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Solitary Watch is a nonprofit national watchdog group that investigates, documents, and disseminates information on the widespread use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons and jails. As the only site dedicated solely to solitary confinement across the United States, our mission is to provide the public—as well as practicing attorneys, legal scholars, law enforcement and corrections officers, policymakers, educators, advocates, people in prison and their families—with the first centralized source of unfolding news, original reporting, firsthand accounts, background research, and advocacy tools on this vital domestic human rights issue, in order to bring about awareness, debate, and change.
Southern Center for Human Rights
60 Walton St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303-2149
Criminalization of Poverty
SCHR has long prioritized ending wealth-based detention and control by exposing private probation extortion, illegal fines and fees, money bail schemes, and other practices that criminalize people simply for experiencing poverty. The interests of businesses do not conform to the interests of justice, and those who suffer the difference are the incarcerated, the sick, and the poor.
SCHR has been a leading force in litigating capital cases in the Deep South, securing numerous victories on behalf of our clients facing the death penalty. We have argued and won five death penalty cases at the United States Supreme Court, four of which challenged profound race discrimination in capital trials. SCHR won a decision from the Georgia Supreme Court outlawing the use of the electric chair and deeming it “cruel and unusual punishment.” We continue to lead litigation and advocacy efforts in the Deep South to prevent new death sentences and executions and to abolish the death penalty.
SCHR’s work to reduce mass incarceration takes on many of it’s primary drivers with the ultimate goal of decarceration and liberation of individuals, families, and communities that have been torn apart by involvement in the system.
Texas Civil Rights Project
Submit inquiries online
We fight for Criminal Injustice Reform in Texas.
The Criminal Injustice Reform program at the Texas Civil Rights Project strives to remedy the injustices of Texas's criminal legal system for people suffering inside and outside of jails and prisons. With an incarcerated population of approximately 150,000, Texas locks up more people than any other state — with vast racial disparities. TCRP seeks to dismantle the drivers of mass incarceration and mass entanglement with the criminal system.
We challenge unfair policing, prosecutorial, judicial, probation/parole, surveillance, and for-profit practices. We promote a humane, dignified, anti-racist approach to law, order, safety and punishment. We hold stakeholders accountable to Texas communities. Our work focuses on the most harmful practices and on the most impacted Texans. Together with partners, using litigation and other advocacy tools, often thinking outside the box and operating within an intersectional framework, CIR aims for comprehensive reform of all aspects of the state’s criminal legal system from the front to the back ends.
The Insight Prison Project
PO Box 29
San Quentin, CA 94964
The Insight Prison Project believes that at the root of most offending behaviors are entrenched negative behavioral patterns learned from early childhood and adolescence. Our curriculum is designed for incarcerated populations to develop insight, practice new skills while in classes, and then integrate these new skills into all aspects of their lives outside of group meetings and after leaving prison.
Programs Inside San Quentin State Prison.
Victim Offender Education Group (VOEG)
IPP’s programs focus on a socialization process, a process of transformational re-education that is designed to bring about a shift in ingrained patterns of harmful and destructive behavior, enable incarcerated people to make life-enhancing choices, and then integrate them into lasting, positive behavior. IPP pushes cognitive behavioral work beyond an isolated mental process and invites participants in our programs to integrate cognitive learning with an awareness of how thoughts, impulses and actions manifest physically and emotionally.
Replicating our work into other prisons
IPP programs have been replicated in men's prisons, women's prisons, reentry facilities, and also adapted for juvenile and young adult audiences. Our work with Homeboy Industries and our other collaborative partners such as Loyola Law School Center for Restorative Justice and the Office of Restorative Justice is directed toward seeding the capacity of these organizations to adapt, implement and manage a VOEG program that supports individual transformation and rehabilitation within the incarcerated and re-entering populations that each of these organizations.
The Other Death Penalty Project
P.O. Box 301240
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
A sentence of life without the possibility of parole is a death sentence. Worse, it is a long, slow, dissipating death sentence without any of the legal or administrative safeguards rightly awarded to those condemned to the traditional forms of execution. It exposes our society’s concealed beliefs that redemption and personal transformation are not possible for all human beings, and that it is reasonable and just to forever define an individual by his worst act. Life without the possibility of parole is wrong and should be abolished.
The Other Death Penalty Project’s immediate goals are to raise awareness of the basic unfairness of the life without parole sentence and to organize the tens of thousands of men and women serving “the other death penalty.” Our ultimate goal is to see the permanent end to the use of this form of state-sanctioned execution (along with all other forms), resulting in all life term prisoners having, at least, the possibility of parole.
The Other Death Penalty Project is led and comprised solely of prisoners serving life without the possibility of parole. We are thankful to those free people who have offered us their invaluable help.
The Sentencing Project
1705 DeSales St, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
Mission: The Sentencing Project works for a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system by producing groundbreaking research to promote reforms in sentencing policy, address unjust racial disparities and practices, and to advocate for alternatives to incarceration.
As a result of The Sentencing Project’s 34 years of research, publications, and advocacy, many people know that this country is the world’s leader in incarceration; that racial disparities pervade the criminal justice system; that over six million Americans can’t vote because of felony convictions; and that thousands of women and children have lost food stamps and cash assistance as the result of convictions for drug offenses.
Campaign to End Life Imprisonment
Utah Prisoner Advocate Network
P.O. Box 464
Draper, UT 84020
When a friend or loved one ends up in prison, it’s a grueling experience for all involved as the inmate and his or her supporters try to adjust to the rules, regulations and restrictions of a life separated by bars. The Utah Prisoner Advocate Network is a non-profit community organization that aims to make navigating that new life less complicated and lonely for inmates’ supporters while also advocating for better conditions inside Utah jails and prisons.
To provide a safe and understanding place for families and friends.
Offer support and assistance to incarcerated individuals.
Provide education and information to both the family and friends of inmates.
Offer information about resources available to families and ex-offenders once they are released.
To create a network of prison family and friends who can contact each other for help and support.
Hold monthly meeting on the 2nd Monday of each month around the Salt Lake Valley.
Keep the public informed by providing an email group.
To identify challenges and problems faced by inmates as they serve their sentences, and then work with prison officials and the Utah Department of Corrections (UDC) administration to resolve these problems.
We want to improve the level of understanding of what happens in prison.
Answer inmate letters.
Useful Information for Inmates:
We receive a lot of requests from inmates to send the minutes from our meetings and other information. We have recently started a monthly newsletter. We want you to have the information but we have very little time and financial resources. We ask if you have family or friends that have access to the internet and email that you ask them to email us and get on our email list and have them print and send you the information we are sending out. That will streamline getting information out to as many as possible. If you do not have loved ones that can do that for you please write us and request the newsletter and other information and we will mail what we can to you.
WE DO NOT OFFER ANY LEGAL SERVICES AND DO NOT HAVE LEGAL COUNSEL, PLEASE DO NOT SEND US YOUR LEGAL DOCUMENTS.
Vera Institute of Justice
34 35th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232
T: (212) 334-1300
Closing Mass Incarceration's Front Door
Our goal is substantially fewer people held in jail.
Promoting Safety, Trust, and Justice in a Diverse America
Our goal is a justice system that delivers access, safety, and fairness to the diverse communities that make up America.
Transforming the Conditions of Confinement
Our goal is envisioning and enacting a system that prioritizes rehabilitation and socialization over retribution.