groups & think tanks
explores the criminal justice system and its prison population.
Through 1st person stories the interactive site takes a critical
look at who is in prison today and why.
firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 226-3099 ext.301
Action Committee for Women in Prison
promotes the leadership of and gives voice to women prisoners,
former prisoners, and their families. Maintains a Pen Pal Project.
email@example.com (Jeanne Pieper)
All of Us Or None is
a national organizing initiative of prisoners, former prisoners
and felons, to combat the many forms of discrimination that we face
as the result of felony convictions.
Amnesty International USA works for an end to executions. AI
maintains a Death
Penalty Web Log.
firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 807 8400
Books 4 Prisoners Crew Since our founding in 2002 we have sent
out over 50,000 prisoner book packages. The group also publishes
Out - A Resource Guide for the Incarcerated. Box 19065, Cincinnati,
Books Not Bars is a California
campaign aiming to shut down the state's abusive and costly youth
prisons and replace them with alternatives that work like
regional rehabilitation centers and community-based programs.
email@example.com or (510) 428-3939 x240
Books Through Bars
sends progressive political and educational materials at no charge
to state and federal prisoners in all states except Michigan and
4722 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19143
firstname.lastname@example.org or (215) 727.8170
a non-sectarian Islamic human rights group that raises awareness
of the plight of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and others held
as part of "War on Terror."
California Prison Focus works
to end human rights abuses and torture in California prisons including
abolishing the Security Housing Units, to end medical neglect and
to insure civil and human rights for all prisoners.
Contact@prisons.org or (415) 252-9211
for Constitutional Rights has litigated for Ohio supermax prisoners
and for the detainees in Guantanamo Bay. In a 2005 landmark ruling,
the US Supreme Court held that prisoners are entitled to due process.
CCR continues to represent more than 200 the detainees at
Guantánamo Bay Prison, and coordinate a legal network
comprised of hundreds of attorneys.
Info@ccr-ny.org or (212) 614-6464
on Wrongful Convictions Excellent source for information on
wrongful convictions; based in Illinois and a project of Northwest
University School of Law.
Chicago Books to Women in Prison
sends free books to women prisoners in Connecticut, Florida, Illinois,
Indiana, Mississippi and Ohio. C/o Beyond Media Education, 7013
N. Glenwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons examines the nature
and extent of violence, sexual abuse, degradation, and other abuses
in American prisons, funded through the Vera Institute of Justice.
email@example.com or (212) 376-3155 (Abbi Leman)
Resistance is opposed to caging and controlling people in prisons,
maintaining that prison is not an effective response to poverty
and crime. Check out its Ex-Prisoner
firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 444-0484 (Rose Braz)
International Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants
is a membership organization of families of prisoners, prisoners,
former prisoners and other concerned citizens. CURE's two goals
are to use prisons only for those who have to be in them and for
those who have to be in them, to provide them all the rehabilitative
opportunities they need to turn their lives around. National CURE,
P.O. BOX 2310, National Capitol Station, Washington, DC 20013-2310
Call (202) 789-2126
Penalty Information Center is a great resource on issues concerning
the death penalty nationwide. It has a special section dedicated
to monitoring the legal situation state-by-state in regard to lethal
email@example.com or (202) 289-2275
Justice by Political Research
Associates is an Activist Resource
Kit that helps progressive activists understand and resist the Right,
the State, and other forces that contribute to the growing system
of courts, surveillance, policing, and incarceration.
Education Not Incarceration advocates
reprioritizing resources away from prison systems into comprehensive
and equitable education for all people. The Oakland (Calif.) based
nonprofit group provides an
intelligent curriculum page.
firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 533-3204
Fortune Society staffed
primarily by former prisoners, this NGO is dedicated to educating
the public about prisons, criminal justice issues, and the root
causes of crime.
email@example.com or (212) 691-7554
Human Rights Institute
at the University of Connecticut promotes the study of human rights
in the USA and
globally. It has hosted conferences on 'Human Rights in an Age of
Terrorism', 'Economic Rights' and 'Humanitarian
Narratives of Suffering'.
Human Rights Watch HRW's Prison
Project keeps track of prison conditions around the world, international
human rights standards, and the prison related activities of the
firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 612-4321
at the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law in New York. Handles only
cases of actual innocence provable by DNA testing. See consideration
form, or write: Innocence Project 100 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor,
New York, NY 1001.
email@example.com or (212) 364-5340
Justice Denied The magazine
for the wrongly convicted is published bi-monthly by The Justice
Institute. The only magazine in the world exclusively devoted to
publicizing cases of wrongful conviction. Request for JD's
information packet to be sent to a prisoner at: firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com or 206-335-4254 (Hans Sherrer)
Justice Policy Institute
promotes effective solutions to social problems and is dedicated
to ending societys reliance on incarceration. JPI has a new
online section, featuring factsheets,
research reports and more resources.
firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 558-7974
Services For Prisoners With Children advocates for the human
rights and empowerment of incarcerated parents, children, family
members and people at risk for incarceration.
Info@prisonerswithchildren.org or (415) 255-7036
Prison Activist Resource
Center is a source for progressive information on prisons and
the criminal prosecution system. Educational and activist resources,
news, alerts and analysis.
email@example.com or (510) 893.4648
Design Boycott Campaign: It's Time to Stop Building Prisons.
Many architects, designers, and planners already refuse to do prison
work as an informal policy. The campaign hopes to raise awareness
of the problems with the prison system. Director: Raphael Sperry,
firstname.lastname@example.org OR (415) 974-1306
Book Program covers prisoners in all states but CA, MA, MD,
MI, PA, or TX. Publishes the National Prisoner Resource List free
to prisoners nationwide on request. Specify several subjects that
might be interesting to the person rather than a specific title.
Lucy Parsons Bookstore, 1306 Hancock Street, Suite 100, Quincy,
email@example.com or (617) 423-3298 or
Legal News is a monthly journal edited by former Washington
State prisoner Paul Wright that covers prison-related news and analysis.
Features a prisoner
look-up search engine. Or visit another
firstname.lastname@example.org (Don Miniken), Pwright@prisonlegalnews.org
(Paul Wright) or (206) 246-1022
Prison Radios mission
is to challenge mass incarceration and racism by airing the voices
of men and women in prison by bringing their voices into the public
dialogue on crime and punishment. Audio files of commentaries written
by Prisonersolidarity coeditor S. A. Hasan are here.
Info@prisonradio.org or (415) 648-4505
PrisonerLife.com started with
an idea conceived by prisoners incarcerated at the Federal Correctional
Institution, Ft. Dix. They believed there was a need to provide
ALL prisoners with an opportunity to communicate with the world,
and for their families and friends, as well as the public, to better
understand the prison system and the people it holds.
is a website with lots of interesting statistics and links to statistical
information related to imprisonment.
Real Cost of Prisons Project
brings together activists, economists, artists, researchers and
people directly experiencing the impact of mass incarceration to
create workshops and materials which explore both the immediate
and long-term costs of incarceration. Free
email@example.com (Lois Ahrens, Northampton, MA)
Project is a nonprofit organization which promotes reduced reliance
on incarceration and increased use of more humane alternatives to
deal with crime. firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 628-0871 (M.
Soros Justice Fellowship The Open Society's US Justice Fund
supports the efforts of diverse groups, to mobilize support
for alternatives to incarceration and to irrational sentencing and
Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics provides an easy way
to access data that can be difficult to find on governmental sites
(Albany State University).
to stop prison isolation and related forms of torture holds up the
voices of prisoners in solitary confinement. These prisoners share
their with us through letters, pictures and calls or interviews.
Organized by the American
Friends Services Committee.
Supermaxed.com News, reports
and profiles on supermax prisons by New Mexico attorney Paul Livingston.
Institute has studied the incarceration boom, questioning the
effectiveness of imprisonment as a crime prevention strategy.
(202) 833-7200 ( Susan Brown)