Below is a short list of other organizations working on prison issues, mainly with a legal focus. When writing to these groups, please remember a few things:
- Write simply and specifically, but don’t try and write like you think a lawyer would. Be direct in explaining yourself and what you are looking for.
- It is best not to send any legal documents unless they are requested. If or when you do send legal documents, only send copies. Hold on to your original paperwork.
- Because of rulings like the PLRA and limited funding, many organizations are small, have limited resources and volunteer staff. It may take some time for them to answer your letters. But always keep writing.
Please note: The contact information for these resources is current as of the printing of this Handbook in 2011.
Aid to Children of Imprisoned Mothers, Inc.
906 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
Information for incarcerated mothers.
American Civil Liberties Union National Office
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10004
The biggest civil liberties organization in the country. They have a National Prison Project and a Reproductive Freedom Project, which might be helpful to women prisoners. Write them for information about individual chapters. See Appendix J for some of their publications for people in prison.
American Friends Service Committee Criminal Justice Program – National
1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia PA, 19102
Human and civil rights issues, research/analysis, women prisoners, prisoner support.
California Prison Focus
1904 Franklin St., Suite 507, Oakland, CA 94612
Publish a quarterly magazine, Prison Focus, and other publications. Focuses organizing efforts on CA and on SHU conditions.
Center for Constitutional Rights
666 Broadway, 7th floor, New York, NY 10012
Legal organization that brings impact cases around prison conditions, co-publisher of this handbook.
Criminal Justice Policy Coalition
15 Barbara St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Involved in policy work around numerous prison issues.
Critical Resistance, National Office
1904 Franklin St., Suite 504, Oakland, CA 94612
Uniting people in prison, former prisoners, and family members to lead a movement to abolish prisons, policing, surveillance, and other forms of control.
Family and Corrections Network
32 Oak Grove Road, Palmyra, VA 22963
Federal Resource Center for Children of Prisoners
Child Welfare League of America
1726 M St. NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC, 20036
Friends and Families of Incarcerated Persons
PO Box 93601, Las Vegas, NV, 89193
Legal resources for friends and families of prisoners.
Human Rights Watch Prison Project
350 5th Ave. 34th Floor New York NY 10118-3299
National organization dedicated to research, analysis, and publicizing human rights violations, and working towards stopping them.
Immigration Equality, Inc.
40 Exchange Place, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10005
(only for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV + immigrants)
120 Wall Street, Suite 1500, New York, NY 10005-3904
(only for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, & HIV+ people)
Legal Publications in Spanish, Inc.
Publicaciones Legales en Espanol, Inc.
PO Box 623, Palisades Park, NJ 07650
Legal resources in Spanish, focusing mostly on criminal defense and federal courts.
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
1540 Market St., Suite 490, San Francisco, CA 94102
Legal resources and issues around women in prison, including guides and manuals for people in prison with children.
National Center for Lesbian Rights
870 Market St. Ste. 370, San Francisco, CA 94102
(only for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people)
National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women
125 South 9th Street #302, Philadelphia PA 19107
Legal and other assistance for battered women.
National Lawyers Guild, National Office
132 Nassau Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10038
Membership organization of progressive lawyers. Co-publisher of this Handbook.
Partnership for Safety and Justice – Prison Program
825 N.E. 20th Ave., #250, Portland, OR 97232
Produces a Prisoner Support Directory, advocates for programs for prisoners, visitors’ rights, and against legislation that erodes the human rights of people in prison.
Peter Cicchino Youth Project of the Urban Justice Center
123 William Street 16th Floor, New York, NY, 10038
(only for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth age 24 or under)
Prison Activist Resource Center
PO Box 70447, Oakland, CA 94612
Clearinghouse for information and resources on organizing for prisoners rights, prison issues, anti-racism. Produce a free directory / resource packet for people in prison.
Prison Law Office – San Quentin
General Delivery, San Quentin CA 94964
Legal services and resources in California for individual prisoners and class actions. Publishers of The California State Prisoners Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Prison and Parole Law .
Prisoner Self Help Legal Clinic
Very good self-help legal kits on a variety of issues, available only electronically at www.pshlc.org.
Southern Center for Human Rights
83 Poplar St. NW Atlanta, GA, 30303-2122
Provides legal representation to people facing the death penalty, challenges human rights violations in prisons and jails. Legal resources are available.
Southern Poverty Law Center
P.O. Box 548 Montgomery AL 36101
Legal resources and publications, including Prisoner Diabetes Handbook and Protecting Your Health and Safety: Prisoners Rights. Also files class-action suits around prison conditions.
Sylvia Rivera Law Project
322 8th Ave., 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10001
English, Spanish, Hindi
(only for low income people and people of color who are trans, intersex, or gender nonconforming)
TGI Justice Project
c/o Alexander Lee, Attorney at Law
342 9th St., 202B, San Francisco, CA 94103
(only for transgender, gender variant, and intersex people)
Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois
2040 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
(only for trans and gender variant people)