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.
ACLU REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM PROJECT
Reproductive Freedom Project
American Civil Liberties Union
125 Broad Street
New York, NY 10004-2400
Jennifer Dalven, Director
HOW THE ACLU REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM PROJECT WORKS
Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, the Project seeks to uphold the rights of individuals to decide freely, without governmental hindrance or coercion, whether or not to bear a child. We strive to ensure that all in our society have access to sexuality education, contraception, abortion, prenatal care, and childbearing assistance.
In these efforts, the Project draws support from and provides assistance to: 53 ACLU affiliate offices and many more local chapters. The ACLU is the only legal organization working for reproductive rights with representation in every state in the country. National ACLU offices are in New York and Washington, D.C.
Action Committee for Women in Prison
769 Northwestern Drive
Claremont, CA 91711
The Action Committee for Women in Prison advocates for the humane and compassionate treatment of all incarcerated women everywhere, and works for the release of all women who are unjustly imprisoned, including individual women prisoners who pose no danger to society. They also strive to reduce the over reliance on incarceration by shifting the focus from punishment to rehabilitation and restorative justice. May not respond to individual letters.
Aid to Inmate Mothers
PO Box 986 Montgomery, AL 36101
Office: (334) 262-2245 Toll Free: (800) 679-0246
AIM reunites mothers and children separated by prison. Our goal is to enrich the lives of both incarcerated mothers and their families through programs that provide education and support.
The visitation program brings families together each month for visits within the prison. Aside from these monthly sessions, AIM offers programs to help mothers and children stay connected – including the Storybook Program and the Girl Scout troop. Through generous donations, we also help the extended families who are taking care of the children.
We understand that the best way to help incarcerated women be better mothers and citizens is to give them opportunities to learn essential life skills. Prison Classes and the Health Education program help these women learn information on parenting, job readiness, and personal health.
Care doesn’t just stop once the mothers are released from prison. Re-entry can be especially hard, and this transition puts the women at risk for relapsing into old routines. Project Reconnect is an aftercare program that helps them secure jobs and housing and provides them with essential counseling.
California Coalition for Women Prisoners
California Coalition for Women Prisoners
4400 Market St.
Oakland, CA 94608
L.A. Chapter – PO Box 291585, Los Angeles, CA 90029
415-255-7036 ext. 4
CCWP is a grassroots social justice organization, with members inside and outside prison, that challenges the institutional violence imposed on women, transgender people, and communities of color by the prison industrial complex (PIC). We see the struggle for racial and gender justice as central to dismantling the PIC and we prioritize the leadership of the people, families, and communities most impacted in building this movement.
We want the abolition of a prison system whose purpose is punishment, control and the warehousing of human beings, the majority of whom are people of color and poor. We work for a society where education rather than incarceration is the priority, where investment goes to jobs not jails, where sexual violence is not tolerated, where human rights are a reality for all people.
Chicago Books to Women in Prison
Chicago Books to Women in Prison c/o RFUMC
4511 N. Hermitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
Who We Are
Chicago Books to Women in Prison is an all-volunteer group that distributes paperback books free of charge to incarcerated people nationwide, focusing on all women and trans/non-binary people. We are dedicated to offering the opportunity for self-empowerment, education and entertainment that reading provides.
Currently we send books to state prisons in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio, as well as all federal prisons. We do not send books to jails and other short-term facilities outside Chicago.
Freedom Education Project Puget Sound
918 S Horton St #912
Seattle, WA 98134
FEPPS provides a rigorous college program for incarcerated women, trans-identified and gender nonconforming people in Washington and creates pathways to higher education after students are released from prison. Our goals are to increase FEPPS students’ economic and personal empowerment, contribute to family stability and reduce recidivism through college education.
FEPPS offers seven classroom-based college and pre-college courses per quarter at the Washington Corrections Center for Women culminating in an Associate of Arts degree. Students can also attend three weekly study halls, a monthly lecture series, student workshops, teacher trainings, and a library maintained by FEPPS at the prison. All classes are taught by professors with an MA or Ph.D. from top schools in the state such as:
University of Puget Sound
Pacific Lutheran Universty
The Evergreen State College
Unversity of Washington
Hastings Women’s Law Journal
Must log in online to get journals.
The Hastings Women's Law Journal is committed to advancing feminist perspectives and promoting scholarship in issues of concern common to all women, while recognizing the unique concerns of communities that traditionally have been denied a voice, such as women of under-represented populations.
36-11 12th St.
Long Island City, NY 11106
Hour Children is a leading provider of services to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women in New York State. Focused on women and their children, we support families during a mother’s incarceration and help families get back on their feet upon release.
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.
1322 Webster St, Ste 208 Oakland, Ca 94612
Mission: Justice Now was launched in 2000 with a vision of working with people in women’s prisons and collaborating with local communities to build a safe, compassionate world without prisons. Our mission is to end violence against women, trans, and gender non-binary people, and to work to dismantle the prison industrial complex as a whole. We fulfill this mission in several ways. We support the peer organizing efforts in women’s prisons by bringing healthcare providers and community activists inside to work with prisoner peer educators. We collaborate with people on the inside to produce human rights reports on prison abuses. We provide direct legal services to people throughout the state of California, and are one of the only organizations with expertise on compassionate release -- a legal remedy allowing for the early release of terminally ill or permanently incapacitated individuals. We strive to build coalitions to create safe, healthy communities for women and LGBTQI folks, and aim to foster systems of individual accountability rather than punishment. We also train the next generation of activist lawyers and community organizers committed to working toward social justice.
Keeping the Faith: The Prison Project
The Pat Graney Company
PO Box 221009
Seattle WA 98122-0868
Keeping the Faith-The Prison Project (non-religious) is an arts-based educational residency program designed to enable incarcerated women and girls to discover a sense of identity and to develop that identity within the context of community--through the vehicles of performance, video documentation and a published anthology of their writings.
The Pat Graney Company has conducted this three-month program of movement, writing, and visual art in Washington State Corrections Centers for over twenty years. Each year, the program culminates in performance of the women’s own movement, writing, and visual art for 100 members of the general public as well as for over 300 of their incarcerated peers and prison staff. Keeping the Faith creates a rare forum for cultural development among incarcerated women by facilitating the exploration and expression of both individual and collective identity.
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
4400 Market Street
Oakland, CA 94608
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC) is one of the first organizations in the country that was formed to support people in prison, specifically women, at a time when their struggles were nearly invisible. Over the last 40 years we have grown from a small law office to a national organization with a unique approach that engages in law, policy, communications, and community organizing to advance our work. We have expanded our focus from women in prison to include all incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people and their families. We have seeded and served as an incubator to trailblazing organizations like Critical Resistance, Justice Now, California Coalition for Women Prisoners, Prison Activist Resource Center and more. We have litigated dozens of cases resulting in trendsetting legal standards including expanding alternatives to incarceration, ending long term solitary confinement in California, and the protection of pregnant incarcerated women. Not only has our legal work protected the human rights and health of millions of currently and formerly incarcerated people, we’ve trained hundreds of attorneys and legal workers along the way.
National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women
990 Spring Garden Street, Suite 703
Philadelphia, PA 19123
or 800/903-0111 x 3 (toll free)
We accept collect calls from incarcerated
victims of battering.
NCDBW stands in solidarity with the movements for racial justice
The National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women (NCDBW) was founded in 1987 to work for justice for victims of battering charged with crimes where a history of abuse is relevant to their legal claim or defense.
As a resource and advocacy center for victims of battering charged with crimes related to their experiences of battering, the National Clearinghouse works to increase justice for — and prevent further victimization of — arrested, convicted, and/or incarcerated battered victims throughout the United States.
Women’s Prison Book Project
Women’s Prison Book Project
3751 17th Ave S
Minneapolis MN 55407
Since 1994, the Women’s Prison Book Project (WPBP) has provided women and transgender persons in prison with free reading materials covering a wide range of topics from law and education (dictionaries, GED, etc.) to fiction, politics, history, and women’s health. We are an all-volunteer, grassroots organization. We seek to build connections with those behind the walls, and to educate those of us on the outside about the realities of prison and the justice system.
These facts mean that women in prison have specific needs for particular kinds of information: material on families, children, women’s self-help, women’s health, and legal aid pertaining to women who fight back against their abusers. Many lesbian, bisexual, and transgender prisoners often have trouble obtaining information that is relevant to their lives. As new prisons are built to warehouse the growing number of incarcerated people in the U.S., the meager resources previously available to prisoners are being cut or limited. WPBP is one place where women/transgender persons in prison can obtain information that is often unavailable from any other source. WPBP works to support prisoners; and through that solidarity works to empower prisoners themselves and build connections through prison walls.
Women's Prison Association
Administrative Office & Hopper Home
110 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003
WPA recognizes that men and women take different paths to the criminal legal system and have diverse experiences before, during, and after incarceration. Our programs are designed specifically for women.
At WPA, we listen first. Women are the experts in their own lives and know what they need. Some women need short-term solutions while others need long-term support. Caring and committed staff listen to each woman and co-create a vision for her future.
Preventive Health and Education