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Action Committee for Women in Prison

Working to bring fairness and equity into the criminal justice system and to shift the focus to treatment and restorative justice. We educate the public, develop new legislation, implement new programs, and build resources for incarcerated women. Advocates for the humane and compassionate treatment of all incarcerated women everywhere. We work for the release of all women who pose no danger to society, including those who are unjustly imprisoned. We strive to eliminate the over-reliance on incarceration, and to develop sane and sensible alternatives to imprisonment.

California Coalition for Women Prisoners

CCWP raises public consciousness about the cruel and inhumane conditions under which women in prison live and advocates for positive changes. We promote the leadership of and give voice to women prisoners, former prisoners, and their families.

Chicago Books to Women in Prison

Chicago Books to Women in Prison is a volunteer collective working to distribute books free of charge to women in prison nationwide. We are dedicated to offering women behind bars the opportunity for self-empowerment, education, and entertainment that reading provides. Incarcerated women send us their requests for books directly. We attempt to furnish the requested materials from our stock of donated books. We send three books in each package. We also furnish books directly to prison libraries.

Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers

CLAIM provides legal and educational services to maintain the bond between imprisoned mothers and their children. CLAIM advocates for policies and programs that benefit families of imprisoned mothers and reduce incarceration of women and girls.

Free Battered Women

FBW seeks to end the re-victimization of incarcerated survivors of domestic violence as part of the movement for racial justice and the struggle to resist all forms of intimate partner violence against women and transgender people. We achieve this through community organizing, parole advocacy, public education, media campaigns, and policy work.

Girl Scouts Beyond Bars

Instituted in 1992 through a partnership with the National Institute of Justice, Girl Scouts Beyond Bars provides girls an opportunity to visit their incarcerated mothers weekly to monthly and take part in mother/daughter Girl Scout troop meetings.

Justice Now

Our mission is to end violence against women and stop imprisonment by providing legal services and supporting prisoner organizing efforts that promote health and justice; working with prisoners, their families and community members on political education and mobilization campaigns; building coalitions to create safety for women and individual accountability without relying on the punishment system; and training the next generation of activists and lawyers committed to working for social justice.

LAST IN CATEGORY Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom was founded in 1915 during World War I, with Jane Addams as its first president. WILPF works to achieve through peaceful means world disarmament, full rights for women, racial and economic justice, an end to all forms of violence, and to establish those political, social, and psychological conditions which can assure peace, freedom, and justice for all. WILPF works to create an environment of political, economic, social and psychological freedom for all members of the human community, so that true peace can be enjoyed by all.

Michigan Battered Women's Clemency Project

Volunteer group working to identify, interview, select and oversee the preparation and filing of clemency petitions for women in Michigan prisons who have been convicted of murder, but who acted in self-defense of an abuser.

National Advocates of Pregnant Women

National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) works to secure the human and civil rights, health and welfare of all women, focusing particularly on pregnant and parenting women, and those who are most vulnerable - low income women, women of color, and drug-using women. NAPW seeks to ensure that women do not lose their constitutional and human rights as a result of pregnancy, that addiction and other health and welfare problems they face during pregnancy are addressed as health issues, not as crimes; that families are not needlessly separated, based on medical misinformation; and that pregnant and parenting women have access to a full range of reproductive health services, as well as non-punitive drug treatment services.

Prison Match of NC

Prison Match of North Carolina, Inc. provides incarcerated mothers and their children with the support and resources necessary to maintain and strengthen their family relationships. Prison Match is a non-profit organization that understand all children need their mothers. We are an organization that brings children to spend time with their incarcerated mothers in a warm, home-like setting. Our programs are designed to show these children they were not abandoned and they are loved and worthy.

Redeem-Her

Redeem-Her, a New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation, is an inmate and ex-offender directed, self-help, social services organization. Redeem-Her has its roots inside the confines of the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton, New Jersey. It was birthed there by inmates who were bold enough to forge a new direction in a place where one is expected only to follow directions; by women who sought to change the culture of the institution to one of cooperation, community, and service.

South Carolina Advocates for Pregnant Women

National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) works to secure the human and civil rights, health and welfare of all women, focusing particularly on pregnant and parenting women, and those who are most vulnerable - low income women, women of color, and drug-using women. NAPW seeks to ensure that women do not lose their constitutional and human rights as a result of pregnancy, that addiction and other health and welfare problems they face during pregnancy are addressed as health issues, not as crimes; that families are not needlessly separated, based on medical misinformation; and that pregnant and parenting women have access to a full range of reproductive health services, as well as non-punitive drug treatment services.

Women in Prison: UK

Women in Prison (WIP) is a charity working with women at risk of going to prison, in prison and after release to promote their resettlement, personal development, education and training. We educate the public and policy makers about women in the criminal justice system and we promote alternatives to custody.