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American Civil Liberties Union - Criminal justice, cyber-liberties, death penalty, disability rights, drug policy, free speech, HIV/AIDS, immigrant rights, lesbian and gay rights, national security, police practices, prisons, privacy, racial equality, religious liberty, reproductive rights, students rights, voting rights, women's rights, and workplace rights.
The Anarchist Black Cross has sought to bring attention to the plight of all prisoners and to inspire an Anarchist resistance and support movement on the outside. We fund-raise on behalf of prisoners or defense committees in need of funds for legal cases or otherwise, and organize demonstrations.
The BRC seeks to bring together various political forces, organizations, and diverse individuals to discuss our common problems, visions, and solutions.
Support network for inmates in Texas prisons and their families.
Resources and project provided by groups working for prisoners' rights, alternatives to incarceration, prisoner support and prison abolition.
The Chaplaincy Program helps the Correctional Service of Canada to meet national and international commitments with respect to the promotion of religious rights and obligations of offenders. The Program is administered by CSC's Chaplaincy Division, which serves as liaison between CSC and the various faith communities in Canada that are represented on the Interfaith committee on Chaplaincy.
A website was created for the purpose of providing Canadian Federal Inmates' and their Families' with a means of communication to the outside world, this to assist Canadian Federal Inmates' to access rehabilitation within the system and to expose any incidents / situations contrary to this statutory right!
The mission of the Carr Center, like the Kennedy School, is to train future leaders for careers in public service and to apply first-class research to the solution of public policy problems. Our research, teaching and writing are guided by a commitment to make human rights principles central to the formulation of good public policy in United States and throughout the world.
Work includes the socialization of human rights related information and analysis through the internet and other media, the promotion of prosecutions of human rights violators and the support of local human rights NGOs and activists.
The Earth Liberation Prisoners Support Network exists to provide information on people imprisoned for actions in defense of the earth and its inhabitants. We include people, animal and earth liberationists, those fighting on anti-nuclear and peace issues, indigenous struggles, anti-fascists, MOVE prisoners and more.
Human Rights Web - includes history of the human rights movement, information on prisoners of conscience, and more.
The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against GLBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. We stand with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice.
ICF, a not-for-profit organization created by inmates and ex-convicts, is dedicated to the personal growth of men in prison. The immediate goal is a reduction of prison violence and lower recidivism when inmates parole. The long- term goal is to let these men heal, and achieve meaningful lives. Contributions to ICF are deductible for US and California tax purposes.
Every faith group is represented in the prison population and each group has its specific needs and associated problems. Some of these problems are not necessarily unique to a particular faith group. The goal of this web site is to attempt to provide support before, during, and after incarceration to both the Jewish inmates and their families and friends. By providing this forum for communication, our prayer and hope is that the pain of incarceration for all concerned will be eased. As it says in Proverbs, chapter 12, verse 25; "Problems of the heart you should speak." The commentaries explain that by speaking with others it makes the problems that much easier.
Jubilee Campaign USA promotes the human rights and religious liberty of ethnic and religious minorities in countries which imprison, terrorize or otherwise oppress them. We advocate the release of prisoners of conscience and the change of laws as necessary to effect these purposes. Jubilee also advocates against the exploitation of children, paying particular attention to the sex industry in Asia.
Justice for All provides non-profit support services to California prisoners, families & attorneys. We strive for a society in which prisons would not be needed and could not be justified. In order to counter the institutions which devalue the human spirit, we must organize and agitate on every level, and in every arena.
Offering to transport those who wish to visit incarcerated inmates throughout California; Parts of Arizona, Mississippi & Oklahoma.
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund was founded in 1968 in San Antonio, Texas and is the leading nonprofit Latino litigation, advocacy and educational outreach institution in the United States. MALDEF's mission is to foster sound public policies, laws and programs to safeguard the civil rights of the 40 million Latinos living in the United States and to empower the Latino community to fully participate in our society.
Founded in 1970, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) is the oldest and largest nonprofit law firm dedicated to asserting and defending the rights of Indian tribes, organizations and individuals nationwide.
Resources for Native Americans. Includes a wealth of information regarding Native American rights, as well as information about Randall Trapp, et al. v. Commissioner DuBois, et al. Massachusetts Superior Court (Worcester, Civil No. 95-0779)Appeals Court, No. 2000-P-1640.
We are a support and advocacy group of individuals whose life has been negatively affected by Nevada's criminal justice system. We offer compassionate caring and information to help inmates, their families, and friends navigate the system.
The People Aligned to Replace Injustice and Cruelty with Knowledge (PATRICK) Crusade is a human rights organization dedicated to the protection of human rights for all people. We believe human rights should be real for everyone simply because they are human beings. The PATRICK Crusade consists of a group of people committed to making a peaceful change in the policies and procedures that direct the actions of those responsible for operating our courts and our State and Federal prison systems. Our efforts are directed at educating those who are unaware of the injustices and human rights abuses that occur in these systems everyday all across the country. The PATRICK CRUSADE is aware, from firsthand experience, of the extent and viciousness of these abuses.
This blog is a place where inmates can express themselves and communicate in some fashion with the outside world. Please use this site as a reference for people to find inmates to write to, as all of these entries are genuine and unedited.
PARC is a prison abolitionist all volunteer grass roots group committed to exposing and challenging the institutionalized racism of the prison industrial complex.
Since 2001, this has been the website for a report on racism at a medium-security prison in Indiana: "The Brotherhood: Racism and Intimidation among Prison Staff at the Indiana Correctional Facility-Putnamville." By clicking on the Brotherhood Report link, you can read the entire report, including the epilogue and appendices. We are now in the process of building a new website devoted to oversight of the Indiana prison system.
News and resources on the prison industrial complex
The Prisoner Express program, sponsored by the Durland Alternatives Library, promotes rehabilitation by offering inmates information, education and the opportunity for creative self-expression in a public forum. Participation in this program fosters self-exploration, enrichment and knowledge. The Durland Alternatives Library has a number of ongoing programs as parts of its Prisoners Express project. Incarceration is an expensive proposition for taxpayers. Since the prison system is lacking the tools to ensure the effective rehabilitation of inmates, our program is designed to aid men and women wishing to improve themselves and to offer an outlet for their creativity.
A highly visited website with many ongoing discussions on prison topics.
Foreign Prisoner Support Service was established in 1995 as a volunteer prison advocacy service to families whose loved ones are interned in foreign countries.
The Transgender, Gender Variant and Intersex (TGI) Justice Project's mission is to challenge and end the human rights abuses committed against transgender, gender variant/genderqueer and intersex (TGI) people in California prisons and beyond.
Advocates for the humane and compassionate treatment of all incarcerated women; Collaborates with other organizations dedicated to reforming the criminal justice system; Works for the release of individual women prisoners who pose no danger to society; Informs and educates the public; Promotes a shift of focus from punishment to rehabilitation and restorative justice.
The only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas.
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund is America's legal counsel on issues of race. Through advocacy and litigation, LDF focuses on issues of education, voter protection, economic justice and criminal justice. We encourage students to embark on careers in the public interest through scholarship and internship programs. LDF pursues racial justice to move our nation toward a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.
NAMI is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorders.
The National Coalition to Free the Angola 3 was formed in 1998 to find justice for three innocent and wrongfully convicted men locked down at Angola, the Louisiana State Penitentiary, for nearly three decades.
The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice is a Newark-based urban research and advocacy organization dedicated to the advancement of New Jersey's urban areas and residents. The programs of the Institute are concentrated in four areas: 1) Expanding access to economic opportunity for low-income and minority residents of Newark and other urban areas in the state; 2) Promoting local, regional and state government that is effective, equitable and accountable to the concerns of urban residents and their communities; 3) Ensuring the civil rights and other basic entitlements of minorities and low-income individuals in the state; and 4) Highlighting the interdependence between urban and suburban areas as a means to produce more effective and sustainable public policies.
The Prison Arts Coalition (PAC) is an independent space providing information and resources for people creating art in and around the American criminal justice system.
The Prisoners Resource Clearinghouse, Inc. is a Christian, nonprofit corporation registered in the state of Georgia and serves men and women of all ethnic groups and religions in prisons throughout the United States. We are not a legal organization and we are not a charity. We are committed to
The Voices.con website provides a free monthly newsletter written by term-to-life prisoners. The newsletter and website offer a wide range of useful information to prisoners, their families, and other interested parties. Our primary mission is to help long term prisoners and those who are challenging the wrongful denial of parole.