Resource Directory

Allhood Publications

Allhood Publications is a new magazine based in California that deals with the Urban Community and Prison Issues such as Three strikes, and laws regarding Lifers. We offer a platform for inmates to speak as well as a pen pal list that needs to be filled. Inmates from all states are welcome as well as any unique stories rardging cases in your state.

Central California Appellate Program

Central California Appellate Program is a non-profit corporation dedicated to improving the quality of indigent representation in criminal and dependency appeals. The CCAP site is free to all interested users, but we ask that you register to use these resources. If you have already registered, please log in as you do not need to register a second time.

Changing lives, changing minds

Literature and criminal justice blog was founded in 1998 by Terry Pelz, a former corporate officer for a private corrections company and a former Texas prison warden. Since then, he has been joined by other criminal justice professionals in providing criminal justice consulting and research services to the justice community. If you are looking for someone to conduct research in an area of criminal justice, chances are we have just the individual or team to assist you.

Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

The mission of CJCC is to serve as the forum for identifying issues and their solutions, proposing actions, and facilitating cooperation that will improve public safety and the related criminal and juvenile justice services for District of Columbia residents, visitors, victims, and offenders.

Criminal Justice Policy Foundation

CJPF's mission is to educate the public about the impact of drug policy and the problems of policing on the criminal justice system. We provide information and advice to policy makers, criminal justice professionals, and the public through consultation, education programs, conferences, publications, the news media and the Internet. The foundation assists drug policy reform organizations with advice on legal organization, management, outreach, research, media relations, and coalition building. CJPF also provides speakers to educational institutions and organizations of all kinds.

Equal Justice

Equal Justice USA is a grassroots project of the Quixote Center that mobilizes and educates ordinary citizens around issues of crime and punishment in the U.S. Our work brings into public focus the racial, economic and political biases that permeate our legal system. By transforming our culture of vengeance and violence, we build support for an alternative public policy that is both effective and humane.

Families Against Disparate Sentences

FADS is a family-of-prisoners group working to bring changes to how men and women in Ohio prisons can achieve equality in sentencing. Currently, Ohio has substantially unfair disparities between those sentenced prior to the enactment of SB 2, July 1, 1996, and those sentenced afterward. It is our mission to bring fairness to all!

Families Against Mandatory Minimums

FAMM is the national voice for fair and proportionate sentencing laws. We shine a light on the human face of sentencing, advocate for state and federal sentencing reform, and mobilize thousands of individuals and families whose lives are adversely affected by unjust sentences. FAMM's vision is a nation in which sentencing is individualized, humane, and sufficient but not greater than necessary to impose just punishment, secure public safety, and support successful rehabilitation and reentry.

Federal CURE

FedCURE, a nonprofit organization that, inter alia, deals largely with the issues faced by federal inmates and their loved ones, is the world's leading advocate for America's, ever growing, federal inmate population. We are working to reinstate parole; increase good time allowances; provide for compassionate releases; restore PELL grants; and opportunities for successful reentry into the community, for all federal offenders; and promote a system that incarcerates fewer people and provides humane conditions for those who are incarcerated or under post-incarceration supervision via parole or supervised release.

Forfeiture Endangers American Rights

Forfeiture Endangers American Rights is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reform of federal and state asset forfeiture laws to restore due process and protect property rights in the forfeiture process. Donations are tax deductible.

Fortune Society

The Fortune Society has as its basic purpose to create a greater public awareness of the prison system in America today. We also hope to help the public realize the problems and complexities confronted by the inmates - during their incarceration and when they rejoin society.

Fully Informed Jury Association

FIJA works to restore and protect the role of the juror, and the institution of Trial by Jury. We sponsor educational seminars for legal professionals, publish commentary, develop and present Amicus briefs when the institution of the jury is at issue, provide interviews to the media, speak at functions and in classrooms, and of course distribute educational literature.

Georgian's for Equal Justice

Georgians for Equal Justice, a statewide collaborative of organizations and individuals, seeks to reduce crime and over-reliance on incarceration. The members will facilitate communication and cooperation among criminal justice advocates, professionals and service providers in Georgia; influence criminal justice policy by providing accurate information to elected officials and the general public; and promote greater citizen involvement in the criminal justice system.


Established in 1991, the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy is an independent, nonprofit institute formally affiliated with the United Nations. The Centre's objectives are to contribute to international criminal justice policy development through analysis, research and consultation, and to provide technical assistance to implement international policy and standards.

In Forma Pauperis

Have hope, all who have experienced corruption in the legal systems. You are not alone and there is much hope for the changes necessary to stop the terrible harms affecting people's lives these days... If you are facing Eminent Domain concerns; if you are facing Bad Faith Settlement Practices by an insurance company; or if you are stressed beyond maximum because of circumstances, the information in this site is for you.

Jailing the Mentally Ill

Last year the U.S. Justice Department said 280,000 people with serious mental illnesses were in jail or prison- more than four times the number in state mental hospitals. American RadioWorks Correspondent John Biewen explores why. Site contains resources, statistics, and responses to reform.

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The overarching goals of the Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice are to help build this foundation and convey it to practitioners, policy-makers and the public at large, whose support is crucial to meaningful reform. The Network works to achieve these goals through the critical analysis of juvenile justice policies and practices, the design and implementation of new research on adolescent development and juvenile justice, and the communication of the results of these activities to policy-makers, practitioners, journalists, and other social scientists and legal scholars.

Journey for Justice

Medical marijuana patients, some in wheelchairs and even rolling beds, and prison activists travel hundreds of miles in the Southeast to take their message to their elected officials and the nation in the Journey for Justice demonstration.

Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation

The MDL Panel was created by an Act of Congress in 1968. The job of the Panel is to 1) determine whether civil actions pending in different federal districts involve one or more common questions of fact such that the actions should be transferred to one federal district for coordinated or consolidated pretrial proceedings; and 2) select the judge or judges and court assigned to conduct such proceedings. The purposes of this transfer or

Justice Policy Institute

The mission of the Justice Policy Institute is to promote effective solutions to social problems and to be dedicated to ending society's reliance on incarceration. In the last 20 years, our nation has witnessed an unprecedented growth in its prison population, making the country's incarceration rates the highest in the world. As politicians promised to get "tough-on-crime," prison beds filled, often with people with social problems like mental health or addiction issues that could be better treated elsewhere. Now, the country struggles to pay for over two million people in prison, most of whom will eventually be released. The time has come for better solutions.

Michael's Opinion Page

This site is dedicated to those of us who seek change in the current criminal

Michigan Corrections Organization

The Michigan Corrections Organization, Service Employees International Union, Local 526M, proudly represents more than 10,000 Corrections Officers and Forensic Security Aides working inside Michigan's prisons and prisoner psychiatric facilities. MCO is a statewide local with more than 40 chapters throughout the state. Each chapter has its own executive board consisting of a chapter president, vice president, recording secretary, chief steward and shift stewards.

National Youth Court Center

The Federal Youth Court Program is funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice in collaboration with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), U.S. Department of Transportation; and the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS), U.S. Department of Education. As part of the Federal Youth Court Program, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) serves as a central point of contact for youth court programs across the nation, provides informational services, delivers training and technical assistance, and develops resource materials on how to develop and enhance youth court programs in the United States.

New Jersey C.U.R.E.

Garden State CURE is here to Educate, Empower & Serve YOU! Our CURE chapter is a state-wide group that's dedicated to helping reform New Jersey's harsh criminal justice system. Our volunteers help families with loved ones in prison by providing a wide range of support services. We work hard to increase the public awareness of our programs by holding monthly membership meetings and other public events.

Ohio Justice and Policy Center

The OJPC is a non-partisan, non-profit, public interest law office based in Cincinnati, Ohio. OJPC works statewide for fair-minded, progressive reform of Ohio's justice system.

Partnership for Safety & Justice

Partnership for Safety & Justice unites people convicted of crime, survivors of crime, and the families of both to advance approaches that redirect policies away from an over-reliance on incarceration to effective strategies that reduce violence and increase safety.

People's Coalition for Justice

The People's Coalition for Justice is an anti-racist, grassroots organization currently focusing on institutionalized racism and classism in the police department and the need for greater police accountability. The People's Coalition for Justice was founded in December 1999 to address the many injustices in our communities. Our goal is to engage in actions and dialogue in order to bring forth a more compassionate, liberated, and humane community and world. We work in partnership with the American Friends Service Committee, New Hope Baptist Church and community members.

Prison Activist Resource Center

PARC is a prison abolitionist all volunteer grass roots group committed to exposing and challenging the institutionalized racism of the prison industrial complex.

Prison News Network

Prison News Network's aim to keep the public up to date about all prison related issues. Our purpose is to educate people about current conditions in jails and prisons throughout the United States of America. Together we will make a difference!

Prison Policy Initiative

The Prison Policy Initiative documents the disastrous impact of mass incarceration on individuals, communities, and the national welfare. We produce accessible and innovative research to empower the public to participate in creating better criminal justice policy. Page contains links to criminal justice research available by category and publication date.

Prison Reform Trust

The work of the Prison Reform Trust is aimed at creating a just, humane and effective penal system. We do this by: inquiring into the workings of the system; informing prisoners, staff, and the wider public; and influencing Parliament, government and officials towards reform.

Raise Your Voice

The Coalition for Higher Education Act Reform (CHEAR) is a coalition of religious, criminal justice, drug treatment, education, civil rights, health organizations, and victims seeking to repeal the Drug Provision of the Higher Education Act (also known as the "Aid Elimination Penalty,") a 1998 law that delays or denies federal financial aid to people convicted of state or federal drug offenses. Since taking effect in the fall of 2000, more than 180,000 students have been denied aid. These young people, who have already been punished for their offenses, are now dropping out of school or reducing their course loads because they cannot afford the high cost of tuition. CHEAR is targeting key members of the House and Senate in the hopes of adding fully repealing the HEA Drug Provision.

Real Cost of Prisons

The Real Cost of Prisons Project brings together justice activists, political economists, artists, justice policy researchers and people directly experiencing the impact of mass incarceration to create popular education workshops and materials which explore both the immediate and long-term costs of incarceration on the individual, her/his family, community and the nation.

Restorative Justice Online

Restorative justice is a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused or revealed by criminal behavior. It is best accomplished through cooperative processes that include all stakeholders. Some of the programs and outcomes typically identified with restorative justice include: Victim offender mediation; Conferencing; Circles; Victim assistance; Ex-offender assistance; restitution; and community service.

Sentencing Guidelines Commission

The State of Washington Sentencing Guidelines Commission derives its authority from the Sentencing Reform Act of 1981, which directs the Commission to evaluate and monitor adult and juvenile sentencing policies and practices, recommend modifications to the Governor and the Legislature and serve as a clearinghouse and information center on adult and juvenile sentencing. The Commission promotes accountability and equity in adult and juvenile sentencing, provides accurate and timely information about sentencing, and recommends improvements in the criminal justice system.

Shackled Voices

Shackled Voices is resource site and now an e group where you can freely discuss issues and help create an awareness as to the injustice and often racial bias of sentencing. This group and site has a special focus on the death penalty in the USA but is not the only area of discussion.

Tax Payers for Improving Public Safety

Taxpayers for Improving Public Safety (TiPS), is a non-partisan consortium of California taxpayers and business interests who seek to improve public safety through smart, meaningful, and cost-effective measures which serve to best utilize taxpayer dollars to improve public safety. TiPS believes prevention, intervention, rehabilitation, and opportunity ought to be a principal consideration in determining the best public safety policy for California.

The Center for Court Innovation

Founded as a public/private partnership between the New York State Unified Court System and the Fund for the City of New York, the Center for Court Innovation is a non-profit think tank that helps courts and criminal justice agencies aid victims, reduce crime and improve public trust in justice. The Center combines action and reflection to spark problem-solving innovation both locally and nationally.

The Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice

The Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) was established to promote balanced and humane criminal justice policies that reduce incarceration and promote long-term public safety. CJCJ's mission is pursued through the development of model programs, technical assistance, research/policy analysis, and public education.

The Correctional Association of New York

The Correctional Association of New York is an independent, non-profit organization founded by concerned citizens in 1844 and granted unique authority by the New York State Legislature to inspect prisons and to report its findings and recommendations to the legislature, the public and the press. Through monitoring, research, public education and policy recommendations, the Correctional Association strives to make the administration of justice in New York State more fair, efficient and humane.

The Injustice System

The Injustice System is a non profit corporation exposing corruption and fighting to have corrupt politicians removed from office we will be involved in politics. We support candidates who are fighting corruption; ask people to help us find and expose corruption; attempt to get reforms in the legal system that will stop the imprisonment of innocent people; and push for legislation to clear innocent people.

The Institute for Policy Studies

For more than four decades, IPS has transformed ideas into action for peace, justice, and the environment. The Institute has strengthened and linked social movements through articulation of root principles and fundamental rights, research and analysis on current events and issues, and connections to policymakers, academics, and activists at all levels. As a multi-issue think tank that has worked with the movements that shaped the late 20th Century, from Civil Rights onwards, we offer a cross-cutting analysis with a historical perspective.

The Jericho Movement

Jericho is a movement with the defined goal of gaining recognition of the fact that political prisoners and prisoners of war exist inside of the United States despite the United States government's continued denial ... and winning amnesty and freedom for these political prisoners.

The Sentencing Project

The Sentencing Project is a national organization working for a fair and effective criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing law and practice, and alternatives to incarceration. The Sentencing Project was founded in 1986 to provide defense lawyers with sentencing advocacy training and to reduce the reliance on incarceration. Since that time, The Sentencing Project has become a leader in the effort to bring national attention to disturbing trends and inequities in the criminal justice system with a successful formula that includes the publication of groundbreaking research, aggressive media campaigns and strategic advocacy for policy reform.

Truth in Justice

Truth in Justice is an educational non-profit organized to educate the public regarding the vulnerabilities in the U. S. criminal justice system that make the criminal conviction of wholly innocent persons possible.


United for No Injustice, Oppression or Neglect believes that the power of numbers acting in unison is the only way to gain Reform of the California Criminal Justice System. Together, we can end Three Strikes, Mandatory Minimums, Death Penalty, Harsh Parole Laws and Execution of 14 year olds (Prop 21), Isolation SHU Units, Medical and Dental Neglect of Prisoners, Retribution toward Mentally Ill Prisoners, incarceration of nonviolent offenders and INJUSTICE from arrest through parole.

Virginia C.U.R.E.

Virginia C.U.R.E. is a membership organization whose focus is on the Virginia criminal justice and prison systems and the people whose lives are impacted by these systems. The organizational meeting was held in Richmond, Virginia on January 15, 1988. In 1992, it was incorporated in Virginia and tax-exempt status was granted by the IRS. Funding is dependent upon membership dues and donations that are tax deductible.

Washington State Equal Justice Coalition

The Washington State Equal Justice Coalition (EJC) is a non-partisan, broad-based, statewide organization dedicated to equal justice for all. Since 1995, the EJC has been a standing committee of the Washington State Supreme Court's Access to Justice Board. The Equal Justice Coalition is a supporter of the Alliance for Equal Justice. The Alliance is Washington state's network of organizations that provide civil legal aid--information, advice and representation--to those with nowhere else to turn.