Resource Directory

A Sentence of Their Own

A film by Edgar Barens, A Sentence of Their Own chronicles one family's annual pilgrimage to a New Hampshire State Prison, revealing the damaging impact incarceration has on families. A Sentence of Their Own makes visible what is rarely seen, the gradual descent of a family

Art Behind Bars

Art Behind Bars, the art-based community service program for inmates in the Monroe County Detention Center in Key West, Florida, will host several shows in 2007, including “Art After Bars”, and their “13th Birthday Party Show” in September. As part of these events, there will be a Silent Auction of artwork donated by inmates in prisons all over the country. is a unique prisoner support site. In addition to helping inmates become more self-sufficient through the sale of their original artwork, BighouseArt. com artists provide corporate designs to businesses throughout the world.Consider having a BighouseArt. com artist design your next logo, ad campaign, or clothing-line motifs.

A very informative internet newsletter written by prisoners.


Corrections is a story of justice turned to profit, where the war on crime has found new investors: Venture Capital and For-Profit Prisons, a story of how Private Prisons have come back.

Corrections Connection Network News

Collection of articles relating to prison from major newspapers across the country.

Death Trip: The American Way of Execution

Article published by The Nation in 2001 by Robert Sherrill, a frequent and longtime contributor to The Nation, was formerly a reporter for the Washington Post.

Extraordinary Dogs

PBS documentary telling the story of the Prison Pet Partnership Program. As seen on NATURE, this is a Washington State project in which female prison inmates train dogs rescued from shelters. For the inmate trainers, working with dogs has been an education in the benefits a canine companion can offer anyone. Under the direction of Jeanne Hampl, this nonprofit program, based at a corrections facility for women in Washington State, has trained service dogs for people with disabilities since 1982.

Guards and Prisoners Documentary

Most prison documentaries focus on the inmates. This sobering program features guards and prisoners alike, giving the viewer two interpretations of life at Ohio's Warren Correctional Institution.


An HBO series on life behind an American prison. (Fictional)

I Stand Prison News

Established in 1998, BWP is a project of the Friends of Russell Latimer, Inc. a nonprofit organization organized in California in 1992, and WIM Media & Publications Group, established in California in 1997. We are concerned and committed to providing a voice for prisoners by exhibiting their writings in prose, essay, articles and poetry. Our writers are incarcerated in prisons around the United States. We provide our readers with quality writing written by men and woman behind bars. We also provide prisoners writing workshops and educational and cultural training programs.

Justice Denied

Justice:Denied magazine publicizes cases of wrongful conviction, and exposes how and why they occur. Justice:Denied is produced by a team of volunteer writers, editors and other staff persons located throughout the United States.


From award-winning documentary filmmaker Leslie Neale (Road to Return) comes this riveting look at a world most of us will never see: the world of juvenile offenders who are serving incredible prison sentences for crimes they either did not commit or were only marginally involved in.

Mother Jones - Debt to Society

Debt to Society: The Real Price of Prisons is a project of the Foundation for National Progress, umbrella organization for and Mother Jones magazine. Support for this project was provided by Jane and Charlie Butcher.

Pittmann Puckett Documentary Project

The lives of Susan Pittmann and Christine Puckett, their 1992 murder, the Lesbian & Gay Community of their time, and upcoming documentary by Brian Alexander.

Prison 101

Article outlining what you need to know before going to prison. Chapters include: About Prison, Preparing for Prison, Settling In, Dealing with Prison Officials, Dealing with Inmates, Parole, and A Word to the Families.

Prison Coffee

An article published in "Seattle Weekly" reports that Starbucks admits its contractor uses prison labor.

Prison Diaries

Prison Diaries: An Intimate Portrait of Life Behind Bars is a documentary of where for six months, five inmates, four correctional officers and a judge used tape recorders to keep audio journals. The diarists recorded the sounds and scenes of everyday life behind bars: shakedowns, new inmate arrivals, roll call, monthly family visits, meals at the chow hall, and quiet moments late at night inside a cell.

Prison Flicks

Browse for fictional prison movies by category. Includes movie reviews, ratings, and synopses.

Prison Labor: Workin' for the Man

Article by Reese Erlich about prison labor.

Prison Legal News

Prison Legal News - monthly newsletter published to help prisoners vindicate their human rights, both inside and outside of the government's judicial system.

Prison Lullabies

Prison Lullabies is a documentary of four women struggling with drug addition, arrested for dealing and prostituting and serving prison time with one common bond: arrested pregnant, Amy, Monique, Joann, and Anne Marie have all given birth behind bars.

Prison Radio

Prison Radio's 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. Our educational materials serve as a catalyst for public activism. Prison Radio's productions illustrate the perspectives and the intrinsic human worth of the more than 5.1 million people under correctional control in the U.S.

Prison Zone

A collection of prison photos by Chris Cozzone. Mr. Cozzone is a photojournalist specializing in street photography, criminals, prisons, gangs, prostitutes & boxing. Cozzone's work has appeared in Penthouse, Playboy, Newsweek, New Age Journal, Prison Life magazine, Utne Reader, The New York Times and several other magazines, newspapers and books round the country. His photos have also been published in CD-Rom collections, textbooks and on book jackets.

Prisons Punish Inmates:

Because of "Negative" News Stories. Article about California prisoners suspected of contacting the news media to criticize possible abuses in a prison program may get sent to "the hole." and if the resulting new media story is "negative," the prisoner may be transferred to another prison. That's what happened to two inmates at a San Diego prison , a coalition of indignant legislators and media representatives disclosed at a Capitol press conference.

Prisonworld Magazine

A magazine solely for the prison system distributed within the system and Free world. Inmates can submit poetry, inspirational stories and free pen pal ads.

Radio Project

Making Contact is committed to in-depth critical analysis that goes beyond the breaking news. Showcasing voices and perspectives rarely heard in mainstream media, Making Contact focuses on the human realities of politics and the connections between local and global events, emphasizing positive and creative ways to solve problems. Making Contact is FREE to noncommercial stations.

Rape Used as Control in U.S. Prisons

Article by Neve Gordon describing who prisoners are targeted for sexual exploitation the minute they enter a penal facility; their age, looks, sexual preference and other characteristics mark them as candidates for maltreatment. In a new groundbreaking report, Human Rights Watch documents the widespread prisoner-on-prisoner rape in U.S. men's prisons. The rights group accuses state authorities of not taking measures to prevent and punish rape and, in many cases, for allowing this cruel form of abuse to persist.

Ready to Live: Art & Life Beyond Street Violence

This site was inspired by the film "Jesse's Gone," broadcast June 24, 1997 by P.O.V. on PBS. "Jesse's Gone" is a documentary about a young hip hop artist from East Oakland, Jesse Rahim Hall, who was killed in a drive-by shooting. The film focuses on Jesse's friends and family as they struggle to make sense of his death.

San Quentin News

The inmate-produced newspaper of San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California.

Sound Portraits

Established as a not-for-profit corporation in 1994 by MacArthur Fellow David Isay, Sound Portraits Productions is an independent production company dedicated to telling stories that bring neglected American voices to a national audience. Whether on the radio, in print, or on the Web, Sound Portraits is committed to producing innovative works of lasting educational, cultural, and artistic value.

The Freedom Archives

8000 hours of audio and video recordings documenting social justice movements locally, nationally, and internationally from the 1960s to the present. The Archives features speeches of movement leaders and community activists, protests and demonstrations, cultural currents of rebellion and resistance.

The Journal of Prisoners on Prison

JPP is a prisoner written, academically oriented & peer reviewed, non-profit journal, based on the tradition of the penal press. It brings the knowledge produced by prison writers together with academic arguments to enlighten public discourse about the current state of carceral institutions. This is particularly important because with few exceptions, definitions of deviance and constructions of those participating in these defined acts are incompletely created by social

The Prison Show

Ray Hill's The Prison Show has been broadcast on Houston Pacifica Radio station KPFT, 90.1FM weekly since March 1980. Now scheduled Friday's from 9:00 to 11:00 PM, the show reaches Texas prisons in Walker, Brazoria, Galveston, Ft Bend, Liberty, Montgomery and Harris Counties in direct broadcast. Additionally inmates in the Diboll and Livingston areas can get a signal off the unit's cable TV connection using clever antenna wiring. The show is broadcast in real time on the web through the station's site at We also have the capacity to archive shows and that archive may be found on the station web page or The Pacifica National Radio Archive.

Using the Private Sector to Deter Crime

Article outlining studies that show prisons can be built and maintained less expensively in the private sector. A number of studies find savings of 20 percent for private construction costs and 5 to 15 percent for private management of prison units.

Wall Tappings

Book containing an International Anthology of Women's Prison Writings, from 200 AD to Present. Available in paperback and library cloth.

When the Bough Breaks

Film that explores the emotional impact on children whose mothers are imprisoned for non-violent crimes, particularly drug-related prostitution and theft. The children's day-to-day lives give a clear, up-close picture of how the American justice system perpetuates the very problems it seeks to prevent.

A spectacular Washington attraction, the Crime Museum delivers information, both visual and descriptive, on US crime history, punishment, police forces, forensics, and much more.

Youth Today

Youth Today is the only independent, nationally distributed newspaper that is read by more than 70,000 professionals in the youth service field. Some of the issues covered include: Youth development; Juvenile justice; Gang and violence prevention; Adolescent health; Teen pregnancy, sex, and parenting; After-shool programs and mentoring; Job training and school-to-work; and Best practices.