Resource Directory

American Friends Service Committee

Carries out service, development, social justice, and peace programs throughout the world. Founded by Quakers in 1917 to provide conscientious objectors with an opportunity to aid civilian war victims, AFSC's work attracts the support and partnership of people of many races, religions, and cultures.

Amnesty International

Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights.

Centre for Justice and Reconciliation

The Centre for Justice and Reconciliation at PFI is the justice reform section of Prison Fellowship International, an association of faith-based NGOs active in 112 countries. It has developed internationally recognized expertise in restorative justice, focusing on building local capacity and knowledge. is part of, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to spread valuable social information throughout the world, and to provide free services to other nonprofit organizations to help them save money and further their own missions. contains information, statistics, and resources about crime and crime prevention.

Critical Resistance

Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe. We believe that basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what really make our communities secure. As such, our work is part of global struggles against inequality and powerlessness. The success of the movement requires that it reflect communities most affected by the PIC. Because we seek to abolish the PIC, we cannot support any work that extends its life or scope.


European Committee for Children of Imprisoned Parents (EUROCHIPS,) funded by the Bernard van Leer Foundation, is a European-wide initiative on behalf of children with an imprisoned parent. With its network of partners active within prison-related, child's rights and child-welfare fields in France, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and other countries, EUROCHIPS is seeking to boost awareness and achieve new ways of thinking, acting and interacting on issues concerning prisoners' children.

ENDING THE ABUSIVE TREATMENT OF PRISONERS - Prison massacres, dramatic protests, and violent guard abuse earn occasional news headlines, but the deplorable daily living conditions that are the plight of the great majority of the world's prisoners pass largely unnoticed.

International Center for Prison Studies

Seeks to assist governments and other relevant agencies to develop appropriate policies on prisons and the use of imprisonment.

International Court of Justice

The International Court of Justice is the principle judicial organ of the United Nations. Its seat is at the Peace Palace in The Hague (Netherlands.) It began work in 1846, when it replaced the Permanent Court of International Justice, which had functioned in the peace Place since 1922. It operates under a Statute largely similar to that of its predecessor, which is an integral part of the Carter of the United Nations.

International Prison Chaplains' Association

The International Prison Chaplains' Association is a worldwide association whose mission is uniting, encouraging and equipping a global network of prison chaplains as they share God's love and restoring justice.

Justice Action Australia

Justice Action is an Australia community-based organisation comprising criminal justice and prison reform activists. We are prisoners and ex-prisoners, lawyers, academics, victims of crime, and community members.

Open Society Justice Initiative

The Open Society Justice Initiative, an operational program of the Open Society Institute (OSI), pursues law reform activities grounded in the protection of human rights, and contributes to the development of legal capacity for open societies worldwide. The Justice Initiative combines litigation, legal advocacy, technical assistance, and the dissemination of knowledge to secure advances in the following priority areas: national criminal justice, international justice, freedom of information and expression, and equality and citizenship. Its offices are in Abuja, Budapest, and New York.

Penal Reform International

Penal Reform International is an international non-governmental organisation working on penal and criminal justice reform worldwide. PRI has regional programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the South Caucasus and North America. We also work with partner organisations in South Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Prison Advice & Care Trust

PACT is an independent national charity working with prisoners and with prisoners’ families. We are working at prisons and in communities across Greater London, in Devon & Cornwall and in Milton Keynes (HMP Woodhill), with projects in development in Gloucestershire, Wales and other areas. Our current services and projects include pact centres, which are child-friendly centres run by pact staff and volunteers outside prisons. These provide services and support for visiting children & families of prisoners, and are open to friends, agencies and legal visitors. We run children's services inside prison visit halls, and work with prisons to help maintain family relationships. lists government sites, campaign groups, support groups, charities and other organisations related to prison, prison reform and penal reform (mainly within the United Kingdom). is not related to any of the organisations listed, nor is it responsible for any dealings with them or with the content of their sites. There is a separate page for organisations based mainly outside the United Kingdom.

Real Justice

The International Institute for Restorative Practices provides education, consulting and research in support of the development of restorative practices around the world. IIRP is dedicated to discussing and publicizing definitions, ideas, best practices, theories and standards for restorative practices; undertaking and publicizing useful research about restorative practices; and encouraging and developing education, training and educational resources about restorative practices.

The Prisons Handbook is the definitive independent web site dedicated to authoritative coverage of the penal system of England and Wales - whether your interest in prisons is personal, educational or professional, is the place to be.