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.
Computers connected to the Internet are not generally available in prisons, so it is up to friends, family, and advisers to dig out the needed information from each website, or to shoot off emails where needed.
Finally, there are no websites that require money or a login to access. If you encounter any problems with this list, feel free to contact Helen.
AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania
1211 Chestnut Street, Suite 600,
Philadelphia, PA 19107
AIDS Law Project of Southern New Jersey
709 Haddonfield-Berlin Rd
Voorhees Township, NJ 08043
Compassionate Release for Inmates
Confidentiality of HIV-Related Information
Criminal Records Resolution
Criminalization of HIV
Discrimination Against People Living with HIV
Financial and Consumer Debt
Housing and Utilities
Identification Documents and Name Changes
Public and Private Benefits: Income Replacement and Health Care
Wills, Living Wills, Powers of Attorney
Center for Health Justice
If you need help finding or connnecting to community resources, please call into 213-320-8829. Our warm line is checked daily and you can expect a response in minutes Monday through Friday 9am - 5pm.
Sponsored by the City of Los Angeles.
Center for Health Justice is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving individuals with a history of incarceration. We provide health education and supportive services that act as a bridge to a healthier, more productive life. Send us a message, give us a call, or *visit our Service Center today!
CHJ serves people impacted by incarceration, providing health education and assisting its clients with reintegrating back into the community after release from correctional custody. This includes coordinating access to quality medical care, essential support services, skill building activities, and extracurricular activities. The organization’s Strategic Goals for 2019-2022 reinforce its commitment to continue coordinating access to services through direct assistance and strong collaborations. CHJ’s Board, Staff, Community Advisors, and key collaborators developed the Strategic Plan for 2019-2022.
Just Detention International
3325 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90010
T (213) 384-1400
F (213) 384-1411
EAST COAST OFFICE
1900 L St, NW,
Washington DC, 20036
T (202) 506-3333
F (202) 506-7971
Just Detention International is a health and human rights organization that seeks to end sexual abuse in all forms of detention.
JDI is a health and human rights organization that seeks to end sexual abuse in all forms of detention. Founded in 1980, JDI is the only organization in the U.S. – and the world – dedicated exclusively to ending sexual abuse behind bars. We hold government officials accountable for prisoner rape; challenge the attitudes and misperceptions that allow sexual abuse to flourish; and make sure that survivors get the help they need.
Sexual abuse in detention is absolutely preventable. Prisons and jails with committed leaders, good policies, and sound practices can keep people safe.
We work with policymakers, advocates, and corrections officials to protect the basic human rights of people in detention, in the U.S. and globally. All of our work is informed by the wisdom and experiences of prisoner rape survivors. We go inside facilities every day to talk directly with prisoners and staff about what they really need to be safe.
When the government removes someone’s freedom, it takes on an absolute responsibility to keep that person safe. No matter what crime someone may have committed, rape is not part of the penalty.
“I used to feel shame and humiliation about what happened to me in that Texas jail. Eventually, I came to realize that it was not my shame — it was my country’s shame.”
Tom Cahill, former JDI President
Legal Action Center
New York Office
225 Varick St, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10014
T (212) 243-1313
Washington DC Office
810 1st Street, NE, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20002
T (202) 544-5478
Decades of punitive criminal justice and drug policies have led to over-incarceration and failure to invest in community healthcare. The results of these failed policies have devastated lives, communities and perpetuated systemic inequities on a massive scale. Today, 1 in every 3 American adults has a criminal record and the disproportionate impact on low-income individuals of color is unmistakable. Tens of thousands of laws exist to block people with histories of conviction from accessing basic necessities, such as employment, housing and education, essentially sentencing people to a lifetime of poverty. Millions more Americans cannot access or afford the health care they need, and individuals with substance use disorder and mental illness are often criminalized instead of treated due to the lack of affordable, accessible treatment options and discriminatory insurance barriers.
LAC seeks to end punitive responses to health conditions like addiction, mental illness, and HIV or AIDS, and to create equitable access to affordable, quality treatment. We envision a society that upholds the civil rights of all individuals, regardless of their history of justice involvement or medical condition. And we aim to dismantle the historic and persistent impact of systemic racism that has fueled mass incarceration and disparate community health systems.
Since our founding in 1973, LAC has utilized a multi-pronged approach to achieving our mission, which includes: direct legal services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, education and training, and coalition-building.
Our free legal services are offered through our New York City office to individuals who have criminal records, substance use disorders, HIV, or AIDS and face discrimination in health care, employment, housing, education, and more. Our impact litigation establishes important precedents to defend the civil rights of our constituents on a broader scale. Similarly, our policy advocacy at the national, state, and local levels helps to protect access to health care, opportunity, and justice for all.
And all our work is interconnected - our work with individuals informs our advocacy priorities, while our movement with partners and policy-makers helps to elevate the services and resources we are able to provide.
Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners
Mitchell Hamline School of Law
875 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105-3076
Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Health Law Clinic
What do students do in this clinic?
Students represent clients who are patients at United Family Medicine, and who have been referred by their medical care providers for help with legal issues relating to their health care. Students participate in intake interviews at United Family Medicine for half a day each week and work on cases that arise from those interviews, most commonly Social Security Disability cases, immigration cases, and housing cases. Students also do presentations on legal issues for the social workers and health care providers at United Family Medicine.