Prisoner Resource List

The following organizations provide services to prisoners at free or reduced rates. This information has been collected by Bar None through written correspondence and the Internet, so we don’t always know exactly what groups offer, or when groups close. If you contact one of these groups, or know of a group we haven’t listed, we would love to hear about your experience, so we can spread the word to others.

Books to Prisoners
These programs send books to California prisoners at no charge. There may be a long waiting period.

Books For Prisoners
c/o Groundwork Books
323UCSD Student Center, La Jolla CA 92037
Groundwork Books offers up to one per person, free of charge. Send your request, specifying your interests, and we will send you a detailed booklet for that area of interest. Subjects: politics, spirituality, feminism, dictionaries, culture, social criticism, and select novels. Stamp donations are appreciated but not required.

Books Through Bars
4722 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19143
Request books by topic and specific subject areas (for example: novels, self-help, American history, etc.) Very limited legal books. Donations, including stamps, are greatly appreciated. Please send information regarding prison regulations for reading material being sent in. Allow 3 to 4 months for delivery.

Books Through Bars—Ithaca
C/O Autumn Leaves Bookstore
115 The Commons, 2nd Floor, Ithaca NY 14850
An all-volunteer operated, community-based organization that sends books.

Book Through Bars- NYC
c/o Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen Street NY, NY 10002
Ships to prisoner’s nationwide. Mostly history and political books. Sometimes fiction and educational. Donations of stamps and money appreciated, make out to ABC No Rio.

Books To Prisoners
c/o Left Bank Books
92 Pike Street, Box A Seattle Washington, 98101
Does not ship to prisons that require all books sent to be new. May take up to 6 months.

DC Prison Book Project
c/o Quixote Center
P.O. Box 5243 Hyattsville, MD 20782
Sends donated reading material to prisoners and educates the public about prisoner education issues. 2 books per request. About 3 months to respond.

Gainesville Books for Prisoners
P.O. Box 12164 Gainesville, GFL 32604
Covers prisoners nationwide. Accepts requests by topic of interest only.

Prisoner Literature Project
C/O Bound Together Books
1369 Haight Street San Francisco, CA 94117
You may request types of books—not specific titles. No Christian, Islamic, horror, romance novels, or legal books.
Stamps or donations are greatly appreciated but are not required. Main types of books usually requested:
Dictionaries, ethnic studies, basic educational books.

Prison Library Project
915 C West Foothill Blvd.  PMB 128, Claremont, CA 91711
We offer books on self-help, personal and spiritual growth, wellness, and metaphysical books. No law books, technical, or GED, and no catalogue.

Book ‘Em
5125 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Free books to prisoners in solitary confinement or who are Native American. Request by subject. A prisoner-published magazine, Hubris from Somerset state prison is available for a small fee.

Newsletters and Periodicals
California Prison Focus
1904 Franklin Street, Suite 507, Oakland, CA  94612
Community-based grassroots organization that works with and on behalf of prisoners in California's control units. Quarterly newsletter called "Prison Focus" that is $5/yr for prisoners, free to California SHU prisoners. Other prisoners can send for one free sample copy.
California Lifer Newsletter (CLN)
P.O. BOX 687, Walnut, CA 91788
An informative, editorialized account of correctional,  administrative, judicial, political and parole news and events of primary interest to California inmates serving indeterminate prison sentences and their families. $18 or 3 books of postage stamps per year. Minimum 6 issues.

P.O. Box 97048, RPO Roncesvalles Ave.
Toronto, Ontario, M6R 3B3 Canada
Views, thoughts, and analysis from the hearts and minds of North American Political Prisoners and Friends. Free to prisoners.

Allied Resistance
c/o Kansas Mutual Aid
P.O. Box 442438 Lawrence, KS 66044
Monthly publication of prisoner revolutionaries dedicated to build a movement for a just and sustainable future. $1 or 4 stamp donation suggested. Ask for info about prisoner labor unions.

The Beat Within
275 Ninth St, San Francisco CA 94103
Our purpose is to educate readers inside and outside of the system. Prisoners may send commentaries, artwork, and poetry, directed towards teaching, inspiring, and giving hope. Prisoners may receive a free subscription, donations are appreciated.

Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM)
1612 K Street, NW Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20006
FAMM works to end mandatory minimum sentencing policies and publishes a quarterly newsletter called

Fortune News
c/o The Fortune Society
53 West 23rd Street 8th floor, New York NY 10010
Over the years, the News has grown into a forum for former prisoners and advocates to discuss personal experiences within the criminal justice system and map out strategies for reform.

c/o PA Prison Society
245 N Broad Street  Philadelphia, Suite 300, PA 19107
a monthly publication that provides an opportunity for prisoners and the residents to voice their opinions and concerns about criminal justice issues. Monthly publication available to prisoners for $3 per year.

Journal of Prisoners on Prisons
C/o University of Ottawa Press
542 King Edward Ave., Ottawa, ON, Canada, KIN 6N5
Academic journal publishes commentary and analysis on criminal justice and prison life by prisoners.

Justice Watch
1120 Garden St, Cincinnati, OH 45214-2123
Works to eliminate classism and racism from prisons.
Newsletter free to prisoners.

Las Calles y La Torcida
Chicano Mexicano Prison Project
PO Box 620095 San Diego, CA, 92162
Newsletter of the CMPP, a Project of Union del Barrio, with the goal of “raising the political consciousness of la Raza en la torcida.”

La Voz de Esperanza
922 San Pedro, San Antonio TX 78212
Publication of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center.

 National Prison Project Journal
ACLU National Prison Project
915 15th St NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20005
$2/year for prisoners.

Prison Action News (PAN)
Anarchist Black Cross Federation’s quarterly newsletter focusing on the support and défense of PP/POWs.
PAN c/o Boston ABC, P.O. Box 230182, Boston, MA 02123

Prison Health News
c/o Philadelphia FIGHT
1233 Locust Street 5th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Free monthly newsletter about prisoners’ and ex-prisoners’ health; published by ex-cons.

Prisoner’s Resource Clearinghouse, Inc.
2107  N. Decatur Road, Suite 113 Decatur, GA 30033
Publishes bi-monthly newsletter with information about
education, legal, medical and religious issues, family
support and assistance, political and economic
empowerment, and pen-pals. Write for subscription
information, unsolicited materials will not be returned.

Prison Legal News
P.O Box 2420, West Brattleboro, VT 05303
A monthly 56 Page magazine with: summaries and analysis of recent national and local court decisions on prisoner rights, from the prisoner perspective, articles from attorneys, including how-to litigation advice, news of prison-related struggle and activism in the United States and around the world, and distributes a wide variety of legal self help and criminal justice books. $24.00 a year.

Prisonworld Magazine
P.O. Box 380 Powder Springs, GA 30127
Free Pen Pal ads, VIP memberships with picture on MYSPACE, Trivia contests, resources and more. $15.00 or  40 stamps for one year subscription. Or $3.00 or 9 stamps for single issue.

Quiver Distro
PO Box 993, Santa Cruz CA 95061
Anarchist zines and other anarchist publications free to prisoners.

South Chicago ABC Zine Distro
PO Box 721, Homewood, IL 60430
Provides serious political educational zines, free to
prisoners. Works closely with many conscious prisoners
who are strong writers and artists to get the empowering
truth both inside and outside US gulags. All expenses out
of the group’s pocket. Donations, including stamps, are

Turning the Tide
PO Box 1055 Culver City CA 90232
Journal of Anti-Racist Action, Research and Education.

Voices.Con Term-To-Life Prisoners Converse
8490 Westcliff Drive, #40, Las Vegas, NV 89145
Newsletter published monthly by term-to-life prisoners and provides vital information by those who are experiencing the politics of parole. Can retrieve newsletter free online or for a year subscription send check or money order for $20.

Legal Self-Help
Anderson Publishing
Briefs of Leading Cases in Corrections; Constitutional Rights of Prisoners; and more.
1275 Broadway, Albany NY 12204
Write for a catalogue.

A Jailhouse Lawyers Manual
Columbia Human Rights Law Review
435 West 116th Street New York, NY 10027
Self-help guide used by prisoners to pursue appeals, post
conviction relief and civil rights actions. Main volume is $30. Also available for free online. Not updated since 2005.

Blackstone Career Institute
1011 Brookside Road, Suite 300
P.O. Box 3717Allentown, PA 18106-3717
Low-cost paralegal course by mail covering principles of civil and criminal law.

Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook
C/O Center for Constitutional Rights
666 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10012
or C/O National Lawyers Guild
132 Nassau Street, RM 922, New York, NY 10038
Describes how to bring a federal lawsuit to challenge violations of your constitutional rights in prisons. Send $2 in stamps, check on money order. Takes several weeks to deliver. Download for free at

Legislative Bill Room
State Capitol Room B-32, Sacramento CA 95814
Free copy of US and CA constitutions and pending legislation.

Lewisburg Prison Project
P.O. Box 128 Lewisburg, PA 17837
Publishes a number of low-cost materials for prisoners: Legal Bulletins, Prisoner’s Guide to Federal Parole, and Due Process Standards for Admin Detention.

Nolo Press
950 Parker St. Berkeley, CA 94710-2524
Publishes legal self-help material such as Legal Research,
4th edition, which gives step-by-step instructions in
finding legal information. Write for catalogue.

The Paralegal Institute
2933 W Indian School Rd, PSV Mail Drawer 11408
Phoenix, AZ 85061-1408
Associate degree program. Accredited by Distance
Education Training Council. Registered with National
Association of Legal Assistants.

Prisoner Legal News
NLG Prison Law Project
558 Capp St., San Francisco, CA 94110
$7.50 for jail house lawyers, $10 for regular subscription.

The Prisoner’s Guide to Survival c/o PSI Publishing 413-B 19th St #168, Lynden WA 98264
A comprehensive legal assistance manual for post conviction relief and prisoners' civil rights actions. 750 pages, soft cover, $49.95 for prisoners. Includes: Current legislation and court decisions affecting prisoners, actual-size example forms for Appeals, Habeas Corpus actions, Motions, Constitutional rights complaints for state and federal prisoners, and much more.

Prisoners' Rights Union
P.O. Box 161321   Sacramento, CA 95816-1321
This group publishes over 40 self-help legal manuals available for $10-40 to prisoners. Also publish California Prisoner newsletter. Not sure if still going.

Prisoners Self Help Legal Clinic
35 Halsey St., Suite 4B, Newark, NJ 07102
Helps prisoners help themselves. Law interns working together with ex-offenders assist state and county prisoners as they independently assert their legal rights through petition and litigation. Publishes b-annual newsletter and has many helpful pamphlets. Focus on New Jersey.
Prison Legal News
2400 NW 80th St, #148, Seattle, WA 98117-4449
Monthly magazine edited by WA state prisoners. Review
and analysis of prisoner rights court rulings and news
about prison issues. Subscription rates are $24/year, Litigation Manual for $10.

Public Information Office
Supreme Court of the US
1st St., NE, Washington DC 20543
Free copies of recent decisions if you send case name and number.

Self-Help Litigation Manual
Oceana Press
75 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
This excellent resource includes chapters on legal research, the legal system, an overview of prisoners’ rights, federal post-conviction remedies, law library requirements, civil rights forms, parole, how to litigate in federal courts, and more! ($30 for prisoners).

West Publishing Company
C/o West Group- A Thompson Company
610 Opperman Drive, Eagan, MN 55123
Publishes mostly expensive books. Write for info and request a price list for the ‘Nutshell’ series. Helpful ‘Nutshell’ series includes The Law of Sentencing, Corrections, and Prisoners’ Rights ($22.50) and Criminal Procedure in a Nutshell. ($23.50).

Legal Aid
ACLU National Prison Project
915 15th St., NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC  20005
The ACLU National Prison Project offers some general legal advice but is primarily involved in large class action lawsuits that challenge conditions of confinement. Provide referrals but they do not represent individuals.
Publications include National Prison Project Journal (quarterly), $2/year for prisoners; Prisoners
Assistance Directory (updated 2002); Status Report (of existing court decrees and litigation) $5 (sometimes unavailable); TB in Prison: The Facts for Inmates and
Officers, single copies free to prisoners.

California Indian Legal Services
324 F Street, Eureka CA 95501 (serving Del Norte County; other counties may have closer office)
This organization provides legal representation to low-income Native Americans. They do not usually handle criminal cases.

Centurion Ministries
221 Witherspoon Street Princeton, NJ 08542-3215
An investigation agency for people who are wrongfully convicted. Has stringent qualifying criteria and LONG waiting list. (1) We only consider murder or rape cases within the U.S. as well as Canada that carry a life or death sentence. We do NOT consider self-defense or accidental death cases. We will only consider a rape case if there is the possibility of using DNA testing to clear the convicted person. We do NOT consider child sex cases unless the case has physical evidence that could be scientifically tested to prove innocence. (2) You must be absolutely 100% innocent of the crime and have had absolutely no involvement whatsoever with the crime. (3) You must be indigent and have largely exhausted your appeals. (4) We are NOT lawyers and, therefore, we do NOT offer legal assistance to those who petition us for help. We CANNOT make referrals to attorneys. If the inmate does
fit ALL of our criteria, their initial letter to us should be brief, outlining the facts of the crime, and what led to their arrest for the crime.

Disability Rights Education Defense Fund
2212 - 6th Street   Berkeley, CA 94710
This organization provides legal and other types of referrals to prisoners with disability issues. They do not provide individual representation.

La Raza Centro Legal, Inc. Lawyer Referral
Northern California Innocence Project
474 Valencia Street #295 San Francisco, CA 94103
Mainly for Spanish-speaking clients. Handles all types of legal problems, civil and criminal. All attorneys located in San Francisco though no geographic requirements for clients.

National Center for Youth Law
405 14th St 15th Floor Oakland, CA 94612-2701
Does not handle individual cases. Works with lawyers who are directly representing residents of juvenile detention facilities, training schools, or other juvenile prisons. Publishes “Youth Law News” 6 times/year.

Penal Law Project
California State University-Chico
400 West First Street   Chico, CA 95929
This organization provides legal referrals and information packets on the following topics: Habeas Corpus, the 602 appeals process, Three Strikes, civil rights action, expunging a criminal record, and parolee rights.

Prisoner’s Rights Research Project
University of Illinois College of Law
504 E Pennsylvania Ave, Champaign, IL 61820
Project involves student volunteers, working under a faculty advisor and more advanced student supervisors,
who research and respond to legal research questions posed by indigent prisoners incarcerated across the country.

Prison Law Office
General Delivery   San Quentin, CA 94964
The Prison Law Office is a non-profit law office that offers free legal services to people in California prisons regarding conditions of confinement, and provides self-help legal manuals on various topics including parole hearings, Habeas Corpus, and suing a public entity. Sells the comprehensive California State Prisoners Handbook for $40 to prisoners and parolees.

Prison Law Project
University of California Davis
400 Mrak Hall Drive, Davis CA 95616
Law students assist prisoners with problems related to incarceration in California state prisons.

Prison Legal Aid Network
1521 Alton Rd. #366   Miami Beach, FL 33139
Low cost legal assistance for prisoners.

Project for Older Prisoners (POPS)
George Washington University National Law Center
2000 H Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20052
Students assist low-risk prisoners over the age of
55 in obtaining paroles, pardons, or alternative forms of incarceration; provide books for prison libraries. Other projects are the Prison Environmentalism project that is working to introduce recycling and environmental industries in prisons. POPS also runs a "Books for Crooks" program to help build prison libraries.

The Northern California Innocence Project
500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053-0422
Only handles cases where post-conviction DNA testing of evidence can yield conclusive evidence of innocence. The resources of the NCIP are extremely limited. Therefore, we only consider cases of California prisoners who were convicted in Central and Northern California courts and are seeking to advance a claim of factual innocence. In addition, cases must meet the following criteria: 1) The inmate must have been convicted in California state court of a serious felony or a felony involving a three-strikes sentence. 2) There must be strong evidence of the inmate's actual innocence of the crime(s).The Project does not assist inmates with legal claims or procedural challenges.

Southern California Innocence Project
Institute for Criminal Defense Advocacy
CA Western School of Law
225 Cedar St, San Diego, CA 92101-3046
Law students assist in the investigation of cases where there is strong evidence of innocence, write briefs in those cases, and advocate in all appropriate forums for the release of the project's clients. Request an Intake Questionnaire by writing to the above address. Criteria: 1) Your conviction must have taken place in Southern California. 2) You must be able to claim actual innocence of the crime you were convicted for. 3) You have to have been sentenced for at least four years or longer. 4) You must have filed at least one appeal.

Health Resources
American Diabetes Association
ATTN: National Call Center
1701 North Beauregard St, Alexandria, VA 22311
Healthcare information about diabetes.

Jeff Dicks Medical Coalition
P.O. Box 343 Beechgrove, TN 37018
Advocacy for prisoners who need, and are not receiving, appropriate medical care.

National Health Prison Project
32 Greenwood Ave, Quincy MA 02170
Covers wide range of topics. Free subscription to prisoners. Will answer personal questions.

National Prison Hospice Association
P.O. Box 4623 Boulder, CO 80306-4623
NPHA helps to develop and implement hospice and better
end life care for the terminally ill prisoner. NPHA also
publishes a tri-annual newsletter.

National Prison Project of the ACLU
Prison AIDS, Hepatitis C and Medical Resources
915 15th Street, NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20005
National resource center to provide educational materials and legal information about AIDS and medical treatment in prison. Know Your Rights Info about disabilities and medical care. Write for resource list.

Safer Society Foundation
PO Box 340, Brandon VT 05733-0340
Provide sexual-abuse prevention and treatment publications and operate a national referral line for those seeking treatment providers for sexually offending behaviors. This program is free and confidential, and open to all: offenders, family and friends of offenders, social workers, court and corrections personnel and therapists. Also answer general resource requests from prisoners, such as contact information on self-help groups and worksheets on information regarding sexual abuse, etc.

Just Detention International
3325 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 340, Los Angeles, CA 90010  
Information and advocacy on sexual abuse and exploitation of prisoners. Support and advice for victims
and targets of both sexes including info on psychological and health consequences, legal action, and survivor options. Note: If you are incarcerated, please feel free to communicate with SPR using legal mail, addressing your correspondence to Ms. Melissa Rothstein, Esq.

HIV/AIDS Resources
P.O. Box 6303, Rockville, MD 20849-6303
Health information specialists provide customized, confidential answers to your questions about HIV/AIDS clinical trials and treatment. Also offers materials on HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and research.

AIDS in Prison Project – The Osborne Association
809 Westchester Avenue Bronx, NY 10455
Brochures for HIV-positive people. Information hotline in English and Spanish. T-Th 3-8 pm. Collect calls accepted at 718-378-7022. Also provides transitional housing for recently released prisoners, substance abuse treatment, job readiness programs and case management for ex-prisoners.

American Foundation for AIDS Research – Publication Information Department
120 Wall Street 13th Floor New York, NY 10005-3908
Provide the latest information on HIV/AIDS. Publish fact sheets, issue briefs, and news.

HIV/Hepatitis C in Prison (HIP) Committee
1904 Franklin Street, Suite 507 Oakland, CA  94612
Organization that advocates for availability and use of harem reduction tools (syringes, condoms) being made available.

Latino Commission on AIDS
24 West 25th Street, 9th floor New York, NY 10010
Dedicated to providing prevention (through education) and training for treatment for all those in need with the HIV virus. Offers information and resources in Spanish.

National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC)
Prison Initiative
1931 13th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009-4432
Helps developing leadership within communities of color
to address the challenges of HIV/AIDS. Publications written for chaplains and other prison service providers. Write to see if they will send copies of materials.

Poz Magazine
500 Fifth Avenue, Suite 320, New York, NY 10110-0303
Magazine about living with HIV. $20 per year. Ask if free subscriptions are available. May offer Poz en Espanol.

Test Positive Aware Network
5537 N. Broadway, Chicago IL 60640-1405
Bi-monthly national publication POSITIVELY AWARE and quarterly Spanish-language version POSITIVELY AWARE EN ESPANOL. $30/year.

Hepatitis C Resources
Hepatitis C Support Project
P.O. Box 427037 San Francisco, CA 94142-7037
Provides a free information booklet, as well as a free
newsletter, HCV Advocate.

National Hepatitis C Prison Coalition
911 Western Avenue, Suite 302, Seattle, WA 98104
For anyone who has questions about hepatitis. Brochures and information about treatment.

Pen Pal Programs
We have tried to list only programs that are free. None of these programs can guarantee that you will find a pen pal, but some prisoners have been able to find pen pals through programs like these. Because the need is so great most prisoners will wait a long time before connecting with a pen pal. When placing a pen pal ad, indicate whether you are allowed to write to other prisoners. In addition to this list there are many Internet sites where inmate can place ads, often for a fee.

Pelican Bay Prison Project
C/O Stephen Kurtz
413 Interamerica Blvd. #1BC- 2323  Laredo TX 78045
Web site for Pelican Bay inmates, send ad (no photos).
PO Box 1664, Voorhees NJ 08043
Prisoner's can become a part of the family by simply entering their information into our member directory. You may ask anyone with internet access to load information about you into our database. There is no charge for this service.

Reaching Beyond the Walls
PO Box 6905  Rutland VT 05702
Web-site displays photos and requests for pen pals. Send Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope.

Worldwide Friends
C/O Terry Dollison, PO Box 14, Harrah OK 73045
This free internet service is ONLY for Native American and First Nation prisoners.
Pen Pal Program
PO Box 17500 Washington, DC 20041
Free pen-pal program for prisoners with at least 24 months remaining on sentence. Not sure if still going.

Pen Pal Project
187 Francis Ave. Pittsfield, MA 01201
For gay and lesbian prisoners in all states. Send $2 in stamps.

Religious Based Pen Pal Services
Angel Care and Be Blessed Ministries
PO Box 5191 Harrisburg, PA 17110-0191
Anonymous Christian pen pal ministry caters to the physically sick, spiritually hurting, abused and incarcerated Christians and non-Christians.

Jewish Prisoner Services International
C/O Dov ben Sender, Pen Pal Coordinator
P.O. Box 46786, Seattle, WA 98146-6786
Only verifiably Jewish prisoners may participate. Only verifiably Jewish adult civilian pen pals may participate. Only same gender pen pals volunteer are assigned to correspond with prisoners.

Christian Pen Pals
PO Box 2112 Statesville NC 28687
Christian-based. Long wait but variety of writers. Send contact info, date of birth, sentence length, educational level, religion, other preferences.

Christian Pen Pals/Pen Pal Connection
c/o Jesse & Beth Michael
P.O. Box 2112
Statesville, NC 28687

Inmate Pen-Pal Connection
PO Box 73 Syracuse NY  13206-0073
Christian based.

Art and Writing
Art Behind Bars
P.O Box 2034 Key West, FL 33045-2034
The Mission of Art Behind Bars is to contribute to society through the donation of inmate artwork to non-profit organizations locally and nationally.  The goal of this mission is to support the community through the direct donation of prison art, art projects and the donation of funds raised from the sale of artwork.

Captive Imagery, Inc.
3300 NW 185th #129, Portland OR 97229
Gallery and Web site that features art by inmates for sale.
Originals received from our clients are placed up for auction in their respective categories on our website. Bids are accepted for a period of seven days, at which time each original is sold to the highest bidder. Inmate artists are welcome to send us up to five samples of artwork (photographs, photocopies, or originals), however, we generally do NOT return samples. If we agree to represent you, we will send you the necessary information.

Cell Door Magazine
12200 Road 41.9, Mancos CO 81328
Written for an internet audience by prisoners or people who are family members or friends of prisoners. Our goal is to develop an audience who reads The Cell Door Magazine for its educational and entertainment value and quality, learning in the process that prisoners are intelligent, personable, talented human beings. We will definitely consider all submissions. We publish art, poetry, essays, news, opinion, fiction, humor, and inmate cases.

The Journal of Prisoners on Prisons
c/o University of Ottawa Press,
542 King Edward Ave. Ottawa, Ontario, 61N 6N5 Canada
Drawing on writing from prisoners across the world, the JPP allows those most knowledgeable about the realities of prison life and most closely affected by those realities to speak out.. Creative writing, personal stories, artwork, academic, and legal arguments, contribute their perspective to a wide range of contemporary issues related to crime, justice and punishment. Published annually. Submissions: Prisoners and former prisoners are encouraged to submit papers, collaborative essays, discussions transcribed from tape, book reviews, and photo or graphic essays (no fiction or poetry).

PEN American Center
c/o Prison Writing Program
588 Broadway, Suite 303 New York, NY 10012
Provides a handbook for writers in prison for small fee. Sponsors annual prison literary contest in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama. Deadline is September 1st. Send cover letters and copies, not manuscripts. Connects writers with mentors who can assist with editing and advice.

Prison Art Project
PO Box 69586, Seattle WA 98168-9586
Maintain a Web site where prisoners can sell their hobby, craft and artwork. Send pictures or small samples of work (not originals) and asking price to address.

Prison Focus c/o California Prison Focus
1904 Franklin Street, Suite 507, Oakland, CA  94612
Quarterly publishes stories, poetry and news from behind US walls.

Prisons Foundation
1600 K Street NW, Suite 501, Washington DC 2000
Produces monthly catalog of prisoner art “Art for Justice”; maintains walk-in gallery and occasional events. Write for info.

Thousand Kites
91 Madison Ave, Whitesburg, KY 41858
Radio show with the goal of broadcasting news and personal stories from prisoners. Send poetry, news, stories or ideas for shows. Poetry collection project.

Critical Resistance Radio
1212 Broadway Suite 1400   Oakland CA 94612
Radio show with the goal of broadcasting news and personal stories from prisoners. Send poetry, news, stories or ideas for shows.

Shot Caller Press

8316 N. Lombard Street, #334, Portland OR 97203
Annual contests where winners will be published or receive prizes. Past contests have included tattoo art or “true stories.”


PO Box 153, Noblesville IN 46061
Sells prisoner art on an on-line auction house. Write for information but do not send art until instructed. Reminder, you must get permission from your warden to participate in any money generating activity.


C/O Dominique Davis
1624 West 31st Street, Jacksonville FL 32209
Newsletter that accepts articles, poems and writings for possible publication. Goals is to dispel negative stereotypes about prisoners.

Real Cost of Prisons Project

5 Warfield Place, Northampton MA 01060
Political and analytical commix and essays and other writing by prisoners who are incarcerated can be submitted for posting on their web site.

Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, & Transgender Resources
Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders Pub.
30 Winter Street Suite 800 Boston, MA 02108
Information for prisoners nationwide, HIV and prison issues, will refer out non-New England prison issues even though mostly New England focused.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & AIDS Project
American Civil Liberties Union
125 Broad Street, 18th Fl. New York, NY 10004-2400
Helps prisoners who are facing discrimination because
they are transgender, lesbian, gay, bisexual or Transgendered. Mostly conducts legal campaigns they believe will have wide-ranging impact on GLBT people nationwide.

Locked Out
c/o Prison Book Project
P.O. Box 396 Amherst, MA 01004
A resource list for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans prisoners. Please, include a self-addressed envelope with postage. No requests for legal aid or pen pals.

Lesbian and Gay Insurrection (LAGAI)
3543 - 18th Street Box 30, San Francisco CA 94110
A grassroots organization doing direct action and education for radical social change from a queer perspective. Produces the bimonthly newspaper ULTRAVIOLET. Free to prisoners.

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
PFLAG National Office
1828 L Street NW, Suite 660 Washington, DC 20036

Radical Faerie Digest
PO Box 68 Liberty, TN 37095
Offers Brothers Behind Bars - a free pen pal listing for
prisoners. Inquiries and submissions should be addressed to “Prison Pages. RFD”. RFD offers a discounted prisoner
subscription rate of $10 a year (some prisons, however, will not accept RFD due to content). Free gay/bisexual/transsexual pen-pal ads.

Out of Control Lesbian Committee to Support Women Political Prisoners
3543 18th St Box 30 San Francisco, CA 94110
Excellent quarterly newsletter with information relevant to political and lesbian prisoners.

Transgender, Gender Variant, & Intersex Justice Project

342 9th street, Suite 202B, San Francisco CA 94103
An advocacy group dedicated to ending the human rights
abuses of transgender and gender variant individuals in
prisons. Prisoners can send confidential legal mail to the above address.

For Prisoners With Children
Center for Children of Incarcerated Parents (CCIP)
PO Box 41-286  Eagle Rock, CA 90041
Provides education, information, reunification services, and therapeutic support to incarcerated parents and their family, to prevent intergenerational incarceration.

Family and Corrections Network (FCN)
93 Old York Road Suite 1 #510, Jenkintown, PA 19046
Publications written for families with incarcerated parents.

Friends Outside National Organization
PO Box 4085, Stockton, CA 95204
Provides case management services, parent education and conflict resolution workshops for inmates incarcerated in the state correctional facilities. Visitor services include emergency clothing exchange, transportation to institution from public transportation locations, snacks, childcare and activities and a place to wait during visits. Write to see if they have a visitor center at your institution

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
1540 Market Street, Suite 490 San Francisco, CA 94102
Information and referrals for prisoners with questions about family law; no individual legal aid. Incarcerated Parents manual free for prisoners.

Pro-Family Advocates
P.O. Box 17892 Long Beach, CA 90807
Works on family issues, such as family visiting.
Newsletter subscriptions are $10.

General Prisoner Advocacy
Critical Resistance
1904 Franklin Street, Suite 504, Oakland, CA 94612
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. Work is part of global struggles against inequality and powerlessness.

American Friends Service Committee
Criminal Justice Program
1730 Franklin Street, Suite 212, Oakland, CA 94612
AFSC promotes alternatives to incarceration, educates the public about new justice paradigms, and puts a human face on prisoners through story-telling, artwork, and demonstrations. Criminal Justice Program conducts research and evaluation of existing criminal justice policies, develops public education materials, and sponsors art exhibits, publications, and speaking opportunities which help get the word out.

Anarchist Prisoner Legal Aid Network
818 SW 3rd Ave. PMB 354 Portland OR 97204
Brings attention to the plight of all prisoners, with an
emphasis on Anarchist and class war prisoners.

California Prison Focus
1904 Franklin Street, Suite 507, Oakland CA  94612
Human rights prison advocacy group that is working to
improve the conditions in California, particularly the SHU.

2955 Kerner Blvd., 2nd Floor San Rafael, CA 94901
Centerforce provides services for incarcerated individuals, and their loved ones through direct services at San Quentin, CCWF, VSPW,  and Cal Medical Facility. Transitional services for formerly incarcerated individuals in the Bay Area of California.

Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants
P.O. Box 2310 Washington, DC 20013-2310
CURE (Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants) is a membership organization of families of prisoners,
prisoners, former prisoners and other concerned citizens. CURE's two goals are to use prisons only for those who have to be in them and for those who have to be in them, to provide them all the rehabilitative opportunities they need to turn their lives around.

Critical Resistance
1904 Franklin Street, Suite 504, Oakland, CA 94612
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.

Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM)
1612 K St. NW, Suite 700 Washington, DC 20006
National advocacy group that focuses on mandatory
minimums and offers a bi-monthly newsletter,
FAMMgram. Guide for family and friends about advocacy and reentry, information about commutations and types of cases FAMM uses to challenge laws.

Families to Amend California’s Three Strikes (FACTS)
2981 S Figueroa St, #209, Los Angeles, CA 90037
An organization that works to amend California’s three strikes law.

National Inmate Resource Directory
Epoch Publications
P.O. BOX 97940, Phoenix, AZ 85060
Resource Guide for inmates to businesses who supply institutional series and products throughout the U.S. Able to print directory available at

National Jericho Movement
P.O. Box 1272 • NY, NY 10013
The Jericho movement is a political prisoner support group working towards prison abolition.

Pen Friends and Services
PO Box 4076 Amarillo TX 79116
Maintain resource guide which is updated quarterly. Send Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope.

Prison Activist Resource Center
PO Box 70447, Oakland CA 94612
The source for some of the info on this list, additional
publications, fact sheets.

Prisoner Express
127 Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell University,
Ithaca NY 14853
Writing projects, pen pal program, group study/distance learning projects, may have books available.

Prisoner’s Guerilla Handbook to Correspondence Programs in the United States
c/o Prison Legal News
2400 Northwest 80th street, suite 148 Seattle, WA 98117
212 programs outlined, free programs for the blind, prisoners tuition rates and discounts, 200 plus diploma/associate/baccalaureate degrees, 60 plus graduate degree programs, 25 cross-referenced indexes, bar exam qualified law schools, bonus articles on correctional education. Regular Price: $24.95 plus $3.00 discount for prisoners.

Native American Prisoners’ Rehabilitation Research Project
2848 Paddock Lane, Villa Hills, KY 41017
Offers many services for Native American prisoners,
including legal and spiritual support, tribal and cultural
programs, and direct contact with prison administrators.

The Red Heart Warrior / Red Heart Warriors Society
PO Box 4362, Allentown PA 18105
RHWS is sponsored by the Lenape National Restoration Movement (LNRM), but is open to red-hearted warriors
of every tribal or ethnic background. May publish a newsletter.

Stopmax Campaign
American Friends Service Committee
1501 Cherry St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
National campaign to stop the use of solitary confinement and related forms of torture in US prisons.

National Veterans Legal Services Program
Contact: Intake Section
 P.O. Box 65762    Washington, D.C. 20035
Services: Provide information on Agent Orange
benefit issues for Vietnam veterans and referrals for veteran-law issues only. Self-help guides on Agent
Orange, Gulf War, and VA Claims: $7.50 for one and $5.50 for each additional. Publish the Veterans
Benefits Manual, a comprehensive guide to veterans’ law. The Veterans Advocate, a newsletter of veterans law and advocacy ($50/year for incarcerated veterans: $80/year for lawyers, government); and Manual on Military Discharge Upgrading, $95. Correspondence training course for veterans’ advocates, $75 for prisoners. Please call to verify all prices. Prices are subject to change.

Alliance of Incarcerated Canadians/Foreigners in
American Prisons (AICAP/AIFAP)
International Affairs Office
2 Bloor Street W, Suite 100, Toronto,
ON, Canada M4W 3E2
Write for information.

Religious Resources
American Bible Academy
PO Box 1490  Joplin, MO 64802-1490
A.B.A. is dedicated to providing high quality, advanced Bible correspondence courses to the incarcerated, at no cost, through the Inmate Scholarship Program.

Catholic Home Study Service
PO Box 363 Perryville, MO 63775-0363
Offers free correspondence courses on the teachings of the Catholic Church and the Bible.

Catholic Worker
36 East First Street  New York, NY 10003
Free bimonthly newspaper, founded by Dorothea Day. The Catholic Worker Movement is grounded in a firm belief in the God-given dignity of every human person.

Higher Ground Foundation
2185 Eagle Boulevard, Holland, MI 49424
Christian Inmate News available for $10 per year.

International Bible Society
1820 Jet Stream Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80921
Bibles and Christian literature in English and Spanish.

Prison Fellowship Ministries
PO Box 17500, Washington DC 20041
PFM is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization which ministers to prisoners, ex-prisoners, victims and their families, and promotes biblical standards of justice in the criminal justice system. InnerChange Freedom Initiative, Angel Tree, Pen Pal Program; the Inside Journal.

Barre Center for Buddhist Studies
194 Lockwood Rd., Barre MA 01005
Free Theravada Buddhist tradition books.
Dharma Companions
P.O. Box 762, Cotati, CA.  94931-0762
Companions offers free Buddhist books, pamphlets, used magazines, and some tapes to all inmates, study groups, and prison libraries. Also offers “mentoring” correspondence program for inmates who are practicing Buddhism in prison without a teacher.

Liberation Prison Project
PO Box 31527 San Francisco, CA 94131- 0527
Free Buddhist books, prayer and practice materials,
subscriptions to Mandala.

Prison Dharma Network
PO Box 4623, Boulder CO 80306
Buddhist books and Buddhist pen pal program.

The Aleph Institute
9540 Collins Avenue, Surfside, FL 33154
Jewish Religious Educational materials, pen pal program, religious freedom advocacy and more.

Jewish Prisoner Services International
PO BOX 85840, Seattle, WA 98145-1840
An international organization that provides religious
services and materials to Jews in prison and their families throughout the world.

Human Kindness Foundation
PO Box 61619 Durham, NC 27715
Free interfaith spiritual newsletter sent 3 times a year.
No pen pals available.

Covenant of the Pentacle Wiccan Church ATC
Prison Ministry
PO Box 23033 New Orleans, LA 70183
Correspondence courses available-fees and application apply.

Pagan Educational Network
PO Box 586 Portage, IN 46368
Offers membership with a payment plan. Publication Water available for $4 (stamps OK).

Alavi Foundation
500 5th Ave, 23rd floor, Suite 2320 New York, NY 10110
Free Koran for Muslim prisoners.

The Islamic Center
2551 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20008

Muslim Prisoners Support Group
P.O. Box 6001, London, United Kingdom, SW15 4XA
Our aim is to serve Muslim prisoners by providing them with essential services and aid including legal instruction, financial, family and religious support.

Native American
Native American Indian Inmate Support Project
8 Dallas Drive Grantville, PA 17208
A group that supports the introduction of Native American religious ceremonies and programs in prisons. 

Siddha Yoga Mediation Prison Project
SYDA Foundation – Prison Project
PO Box 99140 Emeryville, CA 94662
Free In Search of the Self long-term correspondence course; material sent to prison libraries; Siddha Yoga instructional programs in prison; continued services to released inmates.

Women’s Support Resources
Aid to Children of Imprisoned Mothers
906 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. SW Atlanta, GA 30310 
An advocacy group for incarcerated mothers. Although social services are only provided in the Atlanta area, AIM can provide helpful information for all women in prison who have children.

California Coalition for Women Prisoners
1540 Market St., Suite 490 San Francisco, CA 94102
Visiting women in prison, The “Fire Inside” newsletter, annual protests, advocacy, education and outreach, and support for former prisoners. Free Battered Women project.

 Families With a Future
100 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Families With a Future (FWAF) is a network of advocates dedicated to keeping incarcerated women united with their children. FWAF helps arrange visits between children and their incarcerated mothers.

Inmate Family Council at VSPW
PO Box 374 Hayfork, CA 96041
Provides information on visiting, packages, and other programming issues.

Justice Now
1322 Webster Street, Suite 210 Oakland, CA 94612
Justice Now is the first teaching law clinic in the country solely focused on the needs of women prisoners. Interns and staff provide legal services in areas of need identified by women prisoners, including: compassionate release, healthcare access, defense of parental rights, sentencing mitigation, placement in community-based programs.

Law Center for Women Prisoners
1790 30th Street, Suite 280 Boulder, CO 80301
This organization provides legal information and advocacy to women prisoners who have been
victims of sexual abuse, medical malpractice, or have legal issues regarding their parental rights.

National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women
125 South 9th St #302, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Legal and other assistance for battered women charged with crime and to their defense teams. Resource library of articles available.

Osborne Association Attn: Beverly Grant
36-31 38th Street Long Island City, NY 11101
Publication -- Parenting From Inside/Out: The Voices of Mothers in Prison ($12.00) written by women who participated in the “Parenting from a Distance” program

Out of Control Lesbian Committee to Support Women Political Prisoners
3543 18th St Box 30 San Francisco, CA 94110
Quarterly newsletter.

Sinister Wisdom Inc.
PO Box 3252 Berkeley, CA 94703
Publishes work by lesbians only - prose, poetry, essays,
graphics, and book reviews. Free to women in prison.

Women in Prison Health Packet
Oberlin Action Against Prisons
P.O. Box 285 Oberlin, OH 44074
A health manual free to women in prison.

Women’s Prison Book Project
c/o Arise Bookstore
2441 Lyndale Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55405
Write with book request. Serves women in all states except Oregon.