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2012 Prisoners' Assistance Directory

Copyright ©1977 by the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union
Foundation.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
NATIONAL AND REGIONAL ORGANIZATIONS ........................... 4
Corrections/Criminal Justice/Legal............................................................ 4
AIDS/Hepatitis........................................................................................... 8
Book Programs/Pen Pals .......................................................................... 9
Death Penalty ........................................................................................... 9
Diabetes .................................................................................................. 10
Drug Law Reform ................................................................................... 10
Families/Visitation ................................................................................... 11
Gays/Lesbians ........................................................................................ 12
Immigrants' Rights .................................................................................. 13
Juveniles ................................................................................................. 13
Mental Health .......................................................................................... 14
Religious ................................................................................................. 14
Technology ............................................................................................. 15
Veterans/Military ..................................................................................... 16
Voting Rights ......................................................................................... 16
Women ................................................................................................... 16

STATE AND LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS ........................................ 18
Alabama .................................................................................................. 18
Alaska ..................................................................................................... 19
Arizona .................................................................................................... 20
Arkansas ................................................................................................. 21
California ................................................................................................. 21
Colorado ................................................................................................. 25
Connecticut ............................................................................................. 26
Delaware ................................................................................................. 28
District of Columbia ................................................................................. 29
Florida ..................................................................................................... 30
Georgia ................................................................................................... 31
Hawaii ..................................................................................................... 32
Idaho ....................................................................................................... 32
Illinois ...................................................................................................... 33
Indiana .................................................................................................... 34
Iowa ........................................................................................................ 35
Kansas .................................................................................................... 36
Kentucky ................................................................................................. 36
Louisiana ................................................................................................ 36
Maine ...................................................................................................... 37
Maryland ................................................................................................. 38
Massachusetts ........................................................................................ 39
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Michigan ................................................................................................. 40
Minnesota ............................................................................................... 41
Mississippi .............................................................................................. 41
Missouri .................................................................................................. 42
Montana .................................................................................................. 44
Nebraska ................................................................................................ 44
Nevada ................................................................................................... 45
New Hampshire ...................................................................................... 45
New Jersey ............................................................................................. 46
New Mexico ............................................................................................ 47
New York ................................................................................................ 49
North Carolina ......................................................................................... 53
North Dakota ........................................................................................... 54
Ohio ........................................................................................................ 55
Oklahoma ............................................................................................... 56
Oregon .................................................................................................... 57
Pennsylvania .......................................................................................... 59
Puerto Rico ............................................................................................. 63
Rhode Island ........................................................................................... 64
South Carolina ........................................................................................ 64
South Dakota .......................................................................................... 65
Tennessee .............................................................................................. 65
Texas ...................................................................................................... 66
Utah ........................................................................................................ 67
Vermont .................................................................................................. 67
Virginia .................................................................................................... 68
Washington ............................................................................................. 70
West Virginia ........................................................................................... 71
Wisconsin ............................................................................................... 72
Wyoming ................................................................................................. 73

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS ............................................... 75
PUBLICATIONS ...................................................................................... 77
Books, Reports, etc................................................................................. 77
Newsletters ............................................................................................. 82

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES.................................................... 85
DUPLICATING SERVICES .................................................................. 85

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CORRECTIONS/CRIMINAL JUSTICE/LEGAL
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Address: 125 Broad Street
New York, NY 10004
Phone:
(212) 549-2500
Website:
www.aclu.org
Services: See the listing of state affiliates for services available in your area.
ACLU National Prison Project
Address: 915 15th Street, N.W., 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
Phone:
(202) 393-4930; (202) 393-4931 fax
E-mail:
npp@npp-aclu.org
Website:
www.aclu.org/prisons
Services: Handle class action suits involving prison conditions and related issues in state and
federal institutions. Litigation is usually limited to cases involving major class actions
challenging prison conditions or otherwise of national significance. Also provide advice
and materials to individuals or organizations involved in prison issues. Do not handle
cases on behalf of individual prisoners or post-conviction cases.
Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ)
Contact:
Catherine (Kate) McCracken
Address: 440 9th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone:
(415) 621-5661; (415) 621-5466 fax
E-mail:
ssp@cjcj.org
Website:
www.cjcj.org
Services: The Sentencing Service Program (SSP) is the foremost advocate of incarceration
alternatives in Northern California. CJCJ provides testimony and disposition case
advocacy for youths facing commitment to California’s youth correctional institutions or
direct file transfer to adult court. In addition, CJCJ offers training and technical assistance
to juvenile justice systems on developing incarceration alternatives. SSP staff also
consults on a wide array of adult cases ranging from alternate placements to capital
punishment mitigation. The organization’s expertise with the juvenile institutions provides
additional insight in adult cases where the client is a long-time participant in the justice
system. Prisoners and persons facing imprisonment who are interested in SSP services
should have their attorneys contact Catherine McCracken. CJCJ also publishes a wide
variety of articles and booklets on prison conditions, the criminal justice system, and
other issues. See Publications section for a complete list.
Centurion Ministries
Address: 221 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542
Services: Only handles cases in which a prisoner has been sentenced to either death or life in
prison without parole, cases in which a prisoner has exhausted most or all appeals, and
cases in which a prisoner is claiming absolute innocence. No self-defense or accidentaldeath cases.
Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE)
Contact:
Charlie Sullivan
Address: Capital Station
P.O. Box 2310
Washington, DC 20013

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Phone:
Website:
Services:

(202) 789-2126
www.curenational.org
Organize prisoners, their families and other concerned citizens to achieve reforms in the
criminal-justice system. CURE has a presence in 40 states. See listings for individual
states in this directory or write for complete listing of addresses of state chapters. Does
not handle individual cases.

Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM)
Contact:
Julie Stewart
Address: 1612 K Street, N.W. - #700
Washington, DC 20006
Phone:
(202) 822-6700; (202) 822-6704 fax
E-mail:
FAMM@FAMM.org
Website:
www.FAMM.org
Services: Work to change mandatory sentencing laws. Provide information about the laws and how
to change them. Offers a newsletter, FAMM-gram. Contributions accepted.
Fortune Society
Contact:
Sherri Goldstein
Address: 29-76 Northern Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11101
Phone:
(212) 691-7554 x501; (212) 633-6845 fax
E-Mail:
sgoldstein@fortunesociety.org
Website:
www.fortunesociety.org
Services: Ex-offender self-help program. Provide educational programs, general counseling, HIVAIDS assistance, employment services, housing, and court advocacy. Publishes Fortune
News, free to prisoners upon request.
The Innocence Project
Address: 40 Worth St. Suite 701
New York, NY 10013
Phone:
(212) 364-5340
Website:
www.innocenceproject.org
Services: Case submissions are only handled by mail. This chapter only handles cases in which
physical or biological evidence could prove innocence. Innocence Projects provide
representation and/or investigative assistance to prison inmates who claim to be innocent
of the crimes for which they were convicted. There is now at least one Innocence Project
serving each state except Hawaii, North Dakota and South Dakota. Most of these
innocence projects are new and overwhelmed with applications, so waiting time between
application and acceptance is long. Wrongfully convicted persons should not be
dissuaded from applying to Innocence Projects because of this, but should have realistic
expectations regarding acceptance and time lags. Please go to the following website for
information about other affiliates: http://www.innocenceproject.org/Content/313.php.
Just Detention International
Address: 3325 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 340
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone:
(213) 384-1400; (213) 384-1411 fax
E-mail:
info@justdetention.org
Website:
www.justdetention.org
Services: Just Detention International (JDI) is a non-profit health and human rights organization
that seeks to end sexual abuse in all forms of detention. JDI’s website provides
information for survivors, a legal section with legislation and case law, appeals for action,
a comprehensive bibliography, and links to articles, reports, and other resources. Anyone
who has experienced any form of sexual harm in custody – including sexual harassment,
sex in exchange for protection, sexual assault, etc. – is encouraged to contact JDI for a

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packet of information and materials. Prisoners can write to JDI via confidential, legal mail
by addressing their letter to Cynthia Totten, Esq., CA Attorney Reg. # 199266, at the
address above.
Law Offices of Alan Ellis, California Office
Contact:
Alan Ellis
Address: 1120 Nye Street Suite 300
San Rafael, CA 94901
Phone:
(415) 256-9775; (415) 256-9772 fax
E-mail:
aelaw1@alanellis.com
Website:
www.alanellis.com
Services: Provide post-conviction representation of federal criminal defendants including plea
negotiations, sentencing, Rule 35 motions, appeals, § 2241 and § 2255 habeas corpus
petitions and prison and parole matters. Publish The Federal Prison Guidebook, Federal
Sentencing Guidebook, and Federal Post Conviction Guidebook.
Law Offices of Alan Ellis, New York Office
Contact:
Alan Ellis
Address: 271 Madison Avenue
20th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Phone:
(212)252-9775, (212)382-3612 fax
E-mail:
aelaw1@aol.com
Website:
www.alanellis.com
Services: Provide post-conviction representation of federal criminal defendants including plea
negotiations, sentencing, Rule 35 motions, petitions under 28 U.S.C. § 2255, appeals,
and Supreme Court petitions.
Law Office of Marcia G. Shein
Contact:
Marcia G. Shein
Address: 2392 N. Decatur Road
Decatur, GA 30033
Phone:
(404) 633-3797; (404) 633-7980 fax
Website:
www.msheinlaw.com
Services: Handle federal criminal law pre- and post-conviction cases. Fees may be charged for
services. Provide objective background reports for attorneys; interpretation of
psychological information and related reports. Handle initial parole hearings; regional and
national appeals; pre- and post-custody consultation and early termination of probation
and parole. All services are offered for pro se litigants. Research and development
issues; sentencing mitigation; federal and supreme court appeals; habeas corpus § 2255;
INS petitions to stay; deportation and prison transfers; clemency petitions. Distribute the
Federal Criminal Law News.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Headquarters
Address: 4805 Mt. Hope Drive
Baltimore, MD 21215
Phone:
(800) NAACP-98; (410) 580-5777 (local)
Website:
www.naacp.org
Services: Eliminate disparate treatment in all aspects of law enforcement and criminal-justice
systems. Eliminate capricious racial profiling practices. Ensure fair and equitable trials
and sentences. Ensure felony re-entry. Promote a moratorium on the death penalty. We
have offices in all 50 states, including Washington, DC. We also have offices in Germany,
Italy, Japan and Korea. Please see our website to get information for your local office.

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National Center on Institutions and Alternatives
Address: 7222 Ambassador Road
Baltimore, MD 21244
Phone:
(410) 265-1490; (410) 597-9656 fax
E-mail:
aboring@ncianet.org
Website:
www.ncianet.org
Services: Offer private pre-sentence investigative services; technical assistance to jurisdictions
regarding prison overcrowding, as well as jail suicide prevention. Conduct research on
criminal-justice issues.
National Commission on Correctional Health Care
Contact:
Cherie Minor
Address: 1145 W. Diversey Parkway
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone:
(773) 880-1460; (773) 880-2424 fax
Website:
www.ncchc.org
Services: Publish standards for health services for jails, prisons and juvenile-detention confinement
facilities. Serve as an accreditation body; develop programs for training correctional and
health-care personnel; provide technical assistance to facilities; develop and distribute
publications and uniform documentation; conduct annual national conference on
correctional health care and other programs; and conduct research on selected aspects
of correctional health care. Not an advocacy organization. Do not provide any advice to
inmates about doctors, treatment or medical care. Publish a quarterly newspaper,
CorrectCare, which is available free to prison libraries but cannot be sent free to
individual prisoners. Write for a complete list of publications.
Partnership for Safety and Justice
Contact:
Caylor Roling or Patty Katz
Address: P.O. Box 40085
Portland, OR 97240
Phone:
(503) 335-8449; (503) 232-1922 fax
Website:
www.safetyandjustice.org
Services: Partnership for Safety and Justice unites people convicted of crime, survivors of crime,
and the families of both to advance approaches that redirect policies away from an overreliance on incarceration to effective strategies that reduce violence and increase safety.
Offer Prisoner’s Support Directory listing national resources and Transition Guide for
state resources.
Prisoners’ Rights Research Project
Address: University of Illinois College of Law
332 Law Building, m/c 594
504 East Pennsylvania Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820
Services: Students provide back-up legal research assistance for prisoners nationwide. Cannot
give advice or represent prisoners and can answer only specific questions. Will copy no
more than 10 pages. Only accepts mail from prisoners, not phone calls.
Safer Society Foundation
Address: P.O. Box 340
Brandon, VT 05733
Phone:
(802) 247-3132; (802) 247-4233 fax
E-mail:
info@safersociety.org
Website:
www.safersociety.org
Services: Provide sexual-abuse prevention and treatment publications and operate a national
referral line for those seeking treatment providers for sexually offending behaviors. This

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program is free and confidential, and open to all: offenders, family and friends of
offenders, social workers, court and corrections personnel and therapists.
The Sentencing Project
Contact:
Marc Mauer
Address: 1705 DeSales St. NW
8th floor
Washington, DC 20036
Phone:
(202) 628-0871; (202) 628-1091 fax
E-mail:
staff@sentencingproject.org
Website:
www.sentencingproject.org
Services: Provide technical assistance to develop alternative sentencing programs and conduct
research on criminal-justice issues. No direct services to prisoners.

AIDS/HEPATITIS
CDC National Prevention Information Network (National AIDS Clearinghouse)
Contact:
Melissa Beaupierre
Address: P.O. Box 6003
Rockville, MD 20849-6003
Phone:
(800) 458-5231 (toll-free);
(404) 679-3860 international; (888) 282-7681 fax
E-mail:
info@cdcnpin.org
Website:
www.cdcnpin.org
Services: The Center for Disease Control’s NPIN develops, identifies, and collects information on
the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis
and disseminates this information to the CDC, national prevention hotlines, state and
local health departments, grassroots community groups, and health professionals. These
groups, in turn, use NPIN materials to educate individuals at risk for these diseases about
the critical role that environment and behavior play in disease prevention. A core feature
of the NPIN is comprehensive databases housing up-to-date information on community
resources and services, educational materials, funding opportunities, and news
summaries from the popular press and scientific and medical journals. Other services
provided include a toll-free 800 number; CDC-approved publications such as resource
guides and prevention brochures; a website featuring searchable databases and full-text
publications; resource centers that offer onsite technical assistance and training; and an
HIV/AIDS resource service designed specifically for businesses.
CDC National STD/HIV Hotline
Phone:
(800) 232-4636; (888) 232-6348 TTY
E-mail:
cdcinfo@cdc.gov
Website:
www.cdc.gov/std
Services: Call for information about STDs and referrals to STD clinics.
National Hepatitis Prison Coalition
Address:
911 Western Ave., #302
Seattle WA 98104
E-mail:
contact1@hepeducation.org
Website:
www.hcvinprison.org
Services: Educate prisoners and distributes biannual newsletter and hepatitis information packets
free to prisoners.

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BOOK PROGRAMS/PEN PALS
Prison Library Project
Address: 915 West Foothill Boulevard - #128
Claremont, CA 91711
Services: Provide books and cassette tapes to individual prisoners, study groups, prison libraries
and prison chaplains free of charge. Also publish Ways and Means: A Resource List for
Inmates.
Prison Pen Pals
Address: P.O. Box 120997 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312
Services: We list, without descriptions, all names of prisoners who write to us. We do not match
pen pals, but rather the lists of prisoner names are distributed to various individuals,
ministries, etc., and around the country. We also send names to half a dozen websites.
WriteAPrisoner.com
Address: P.O. Box 10
Edgewater, FL 32132
Phone:
(386) 427-5857
E-mail:
general-information@writeaprisoner.com
Website:
www.writeaprisoner.com
Services: Prison pen pal organization providing Personal and Legal ads to inmates. We also offer a
free resume service to inmates being released within the year; a program called “Back to
Work”; and the Children Impacted by Crime Scholarship Fund. Our goal is to reduce
recidivism through correspondence, education, employment, resources, and prevention.
WriteAPrisoner.com’s Books Behind Bars
Address: P.O. Box 10
Edgewater, FL 32132
Phone:
(386) 427-5857
E-mail:
general-information@writeaprisoner.com
Website:
www.writeaprisoner.com/books-behind-bars
Services: Established to help prison teachers, prison librarians, and prison chaplains obtain books
and other educational materials they need through public donations. Our mission is to
improve the overall effectiveness of the correctional system by bridging the gap between
departments.

DEATH PENALTY
ACLU Capital Punishment Project
Address: 201 West Main Street - #402
Durham, NC 27701
Phone:
919-682-5659; 919-682-5961 fax
Website:
www.aclu.org/capital
Services: The ACLU’s Capital Punishment Project works toward the abolition of the death penalty.
Amnesty International, USA Death Penalty Abolition Campaign
Address: 600 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
5th Floor
Washington, DC 20003
Phone:
(202) 509-8135; (202) 546-7142 fax
Website:
www.amnestyusa.org
Services: Work to abolish the death penalty and publish death-penalty reports, available online. Do
not provide legal services.

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National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
Address: 1705 DeSales Street, N.W., 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
Phone:
(202) 331-4090; (202) 331-4099 fax
E-mail:
info@ncadp.org
Website:
www.ncadp.org
Services: Provide information and advocacy at the state level against the death penalty. Do not
provide legal assistance. Publish a newsletter, LIFELINES, six times a year for members.
Contact for information about the cost.
Southern Center for Human Rights
Address: 83 Poplar Street, N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303-2122
Phone:
(404) 688-1202; (404) 688-9440 fax
E-mail:
info@schr.org
Website:
www.schr.org
Services: Provide representation of persons facing the death penalty, challenge human rights
violations in prisons and jails, seek through litigation and advocacy to improve legal
representation for accused criminals, and advocate for criminal justice reform.

DIABETES
American Diabetes Association
Contact:
Legal Advocacy Assistance
Address: Government Affairs and Legal Advocacy Division
American Diabetes Association
1701 N. Beauregard Street
Alexandria, VA 22311
Phone:
1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383)
Website:
http://www.diabetes.org/discrimination
Services: The American Diabetes Association provides educational resources about diabetes to
prisoners and information about the legal rights of prisoners with diabetes. Information is
available in English and Spanish. The American Diabetes Association does not provide
direct legal representation.

DRUG LAW REFORM
ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project
Contact:
Jason D. Williamson
Address: 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY, 10004-2400
Phone:
(212) 284-7340; (212) 549-2651 fax
E-mail:
jwilliamson@aclu.org
Website:
www.aclu.org
Services: Seeks an end to excessively harsh crime policies that result in mass incarceration and
stand in the way of a just and equal society. The Project focuses its work on reducing the
number of people entering jails and prisons. CLRP prevents over-incarceration at the
“front end” of the criminal justice system by reforming our nation’s punitive drug policies,
which have failed to achieve public safety and health while putting unprecedented
numbers of people behind bars and eroding constitutional rights, and by challenging
police and prosecutorial misconduct and other governmental abuses of power.

FAMILIES/VISITATION
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Family & Corrections Network
Website:
www.fcnetwork.org
Services: Web-based resources that can be downloaded about children and families of the
incarcerated and programs that serve them.
Foreverfamily
Address: 691 Garibaldi Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30310
Phone:
(404) 223-1200; (404) 223-1010 fax
E-mail:
sbarnhill@mindspring.com
Website:
www.foreverfam.org
Services: Volunteers assist children with incarcerated parents and their families by assisting with
our after school program, providing homework help, leading enrichment activities, and
surrounding them with love. Other ways volunteers can assist are through our family
visitation program, where we transport children into the prisons to see their mothers and
through summer camp, recreational activities, and service projects.
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Address: 1 Broadway - #B210
Denver, CO 80203
Phone:
(303) 839-1852; (303) 839-1681 TTY; (303) 831-9251 fax
E-mail:
mainoffice@ncadv.org
Website:
www.ncadv.org
Services: NCADV comprises people dealing with the concerns of battered women and their
families. We represent both rural and urban areas. Our programs support and involve
battered women of all racial, social, religious and economic groups, ages and lifestyles.
We oppose the use of violence as a means of control over others and support equality in
relationships and the concept of helping women assume power over their own lives. We
strive toward becoming independent, community-based groups in which women make
major policy and program decisions. We have over 50 offices nationwide. Please see our
website for a complete list and contact information.
National Fatherhood Initiative
Address: 20410 Observation Dr, Suite 107
German Town, MD 20876
Phone:
(301) 948-0599
E-mail:
info@fatherhood.org
Website:
www.fatherhood.org
Services: Provides (for a fee) the resources to establish a re-entry program for incarcerated fathers
called InsideOut Dad. Its website also includes a number of free resources including its
Connection Project for support with re-entry (www.fatherhood.org/connections-project),
and the DadEmail™, a weekly e-newsletter offering tips and resources for effective
fathering. Sign up at www.fatherhood.org/signup.
National Reproductive Freedom Project of the ACLU
Address: 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004-2400
Phone:
(212) 549-2633; (212) 549-2652 fax
Website:
www.aclu.org/reproductiverights
Services: Protects everyone’s right to make informed decisions free from government interference
about whether and when to become a parent.

Prisoner Visitation and Support (PVS)
Contact:
Eric Corson

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Address:
Phone:
E-mail:
Website:
Services:

1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 241-7117; (215) 241-7227 fax
pvs@afsc.org
www.prisonervisitation.org
Provide visitation to prisoners at most federal and military prisons in the U.S. The visitors
provide supportive services such as acting as nonjudgmental listeners, visiting once a
month, and reaching out to prisoners in a spirit of mutual respect, trust and acceptance.
With a national network of visitors, PVS maintains contact with prisoners who are
transferred from prison to prison and who are in solitary confinement and death row (only
in federal and military prisons). Do not visit state prisons.

Tele-Net, Inc.
Phone:
1-888-925-7800
Website:
www.telenetinc.net
Services: Dedicated to reducing the cost of collect calls placed by inmates from correctional
facilities.
Volunteers of America
Address: 1660 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone:
(800) 899-0089 or (703) 341-5000 (local); (703) 341-7000 fax
Website:
www.volunteersofamerica.org
Services: Dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential through
providing emergency services and resources to ex-offenders and their families. Services
include employment training, technical assistance, bus tokens, clothing, tools, food, etc.
Please visit the website to find one of their 40 offices throughout the country.

GAYS/LESBIANS/TRANSGENDER
ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and AIDS Project
Address: 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004-2400
Phone:
(212) 549-2627
Website:
www.aclu.org/getequal
Services: The combined Project staff members are experts in constitutional law and civil rights,
specializing in sexual orientation, gender identity, and HIV. Fights discrimination and
moves public opinion on LGBT rights through the courts, legislatures and public
education. Brings impact lawsuits in state and federal courts throughout the country;
cases designed to have a significant effect on the lives of LGBT people and those with
HIV/AIDS. In coalition with other civil-rights groups, we also lobby in Congress and
support grassroots advocacy from local school boards to state legislatures.
Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD)
Contact:
Intake Staff
Address: 30 Winter Street - #800
Boston, MA 02108
Phone:
(617) 426-1350 or (800) 455-GLAD; (617) 426-3594 fax
E-mail:
gladlaw@glad.org
Website:
www.glad.org
Services: Impact litigation on gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and HIV-related civil-rights and
discrimination issues within New England. No direct representation. Legal information line
in English and Spanish, Monday through Friday, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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Parents Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
Address: 1828 L Street, N.W. Suite 660
Washington, DC 20036
Phone:
(202) 467-8180; (202) 349-0788 fax
E-mail:
info@pflag.org
Website:
www.pflag.org
Services: In addition to providing support to families and friends of GLBT people, PFLAG members
are advocates for legislation that promotes equality for GLBT people, as well as for
educational efforts to do the same. We also advocate for GLBT quality through civil-rights
legislation and legal protections. We have chapters located all over the U.S. Please see
our website to find your local office.

IMMIGRANTS’ RIGHTS
National Immigrants Rights Project of the ACLU
Address: 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004-2400
Phone:
(212) 5490-2660; (212) 549-2654 fax
Address: 405 14th Street - #300
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone:
(510) 625-2010; (510) 622-0050 fax
Services: Works to defend the civil and constitutional rights of immigrants through a comprehensive
program of impact litigation and public education. The IRP files constitutional and class
action lawsuits protecting the historic guarantee to judicial review, enforcing fairemployment practices, and maintaining constitutional safeguards against detention
practices and biased asylum adjudication.

JUVENILES
Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth
Contact:
Community Organizer
Address: 1090 Vermont Avenue, N.W., Suite 400
Washington, DC 20005
Phone:
(202) 289-4673
Website:
www.fairsentencingofyouth.org
Services: The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth is a national coalition and clearinghouse
that coordinates, develops and supports efforts to implement just alternatives to the
extreme sentencing of America’s youth with a focus on abolishing life without parole
sentences for all youth. The Campaign does not provide direct legal representation.
Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ)
Contact:
Catherine (Kate) McCracken
Address: 440 9th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone:
(415) 621-5661; (415) 621-5466 fax
E-mail:
ssp@cjcj.org
Website:
www.cjcj.org
Services: The Sentencing Service Program (SSP) is the foremost advocate of incarceration
alternatives in Northern California. CJCJ provides testimony and disposition case
advocacy for youths facing commitment to California’s youth correctional institutions or
direct file transfer to adult court. In addition, CJCJ offers training and technical assistance
to juvenile justice systems on developing incarceration alternatives. SSP staff also
consults on a wide array of adult cases ranging from alternate placements to capital
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additional insight in adult cases where the client is a long-time participant in the justice
system. Prisoners and persons facing imprisonment who are interested in SSP services
should have their attorneys contact Catherine McCracken. CJCJ also publishes a wide
variety of articles and booklets on prison conditions, the criminal justice system, and
other issues. See Publications section for a complete list.
Juvenile Law Center
Contact:
Robert G. Schwartz
Address: 1315 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone:
(215) 625-0551
Website:
www.jlc.org
Services: JUVENILE LAW CENTER is a public interest law firm dedicated to improving laws and
policies in the United States to promote fairness, prevent harm, ensure access to
appropriate services, and create opportunities for youth involved in the justice and child
welfare systems. Juvenile Law Center uses an array of strategies to further our work
across the country. These strategies include: individual case work, litigation in support of
systemic change, appellate practice and amicus briefs, professional education and
training, publications, monographs, white papers and scholarly articles, as well as
legislative and regulatory reform. Juvenile Law Center also uses targeted and strategic
communications to engage national and local media, and to better inform and educate
broad and diverse audiences.
Youth Law Center
Contact:
Mamie Yee
Address: 200 Pine Street - #300
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone:
(415) 543-3379; (888) 543-3379 TTY: (415) 956-9022 fax
E-mail:
info@ylc.org
Website:
www.ylc.org
Services: Handle major institutional and class action cases on behalf of juveniles only. Cannot
assist individuals. Issues include conditions of confinement, special education up to age
22 and treatment of juveniles in adult correctional facilities

MENTAL HEALTH
National GAINS Center/TAPA Center for Jail Diversion
Address: 345 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, New York 12054
Phone:
(800) 311-4246; (518) 439-7612 fax
Website:
www.gainscenter.samhsa.gov
Services: Collect and disseminate information about mental health and substance abuse services
for incarcerated people with mental disorders. Supports and engages in creative
initiatives and collaboration with public and private organizations in an advisory capacity.

RELIGIOUS
Aleph Institute
Contact:
Rabbi Menachem Katz
Address: P.O. Box 547127
Surfside, FL 33154
Phone:
(305) 864-5553; (305) 864-5675 fax
E-mail:
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Website:
Services:

www.aleph-institute.org
Offers Jewish religious instruction to prisoners; religious articles; correspondence
courses; counseling; religious-freedom advocacy. Provide personal visits to prisoners by
Rabbis and rabbinical students, family support groups. Maintain network of local contacts
in all states. Weekly Torah literature is available free and quarterly newsletter, The
National Liberator, is also available. Send requests in writing to Rabbi Katz.

Coven Oldenwilde
Contact:
Lady Passion
Address: 113 Clinton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28806
Phone:
(828) 251-0343
E-mail:
oldenwilde@aol.com
Website:
www.oldenwilde.org
Services: Provides religious information, legal information, and legal advocacy for Pagan inmates.
Forgiven Ministry, Inc.
Contact:
Scottie Barnes
Address: P.O. Box 117
Taylorsville, NC 28681
Phone:
(828) 632-6424 or (866) 584-7534
E-mail:
scottie@forgivenministry.org
Website:
www.forgivenministry.org
Services: Advocacy organization that reaches out to the unsaved and unlovable with the
forgiveness and love of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.
International Prison Ministry
Contact:
Bob Hoekstra
Address: P.O. Box 2868
Costa Mesa, CA 92628-2868
Services: Help other jail and prison ministries obtain Bibles, Bible Study books, Lifechanging books
and greeting cards at affordable, reduced prices. Provide free Bibles, Bible Study and
Lifechanging books to prisoners. Free to inmates who write in.
Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief of the ACLU
Contact:
Jeremy Gunn
Address: 915 15th Street, N.W., 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20005
Phone:
(202) 675-2330; (202) 546-0738 fax
Website:
www.aclu.org/religion
Services: To preserve our freedom of speech and ensure that religious liberty is protected by
keeping the government out of religion.

TECHNOLOGY
National Technology and Liberty Program of the ACLU
Address: 915 15th Street, N.W., 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
Phone:
(202) 715-0817; (202) 546-0738 fax
Website:
www.aclu.org/privacy
Services: The tremendous explosion in surveillance-enabling technologies, combined with the
ongoing weakening in legal restraints that protect our privacy, have us drifting toward a
surveillance society. The ACLU’s Technology and Liberty Project fights this trend and
works to preserve the American tradition that the government not track individuals or
violate privacy unless it has evidence of wrongdoing.

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VETERANS/MILITARY
National Veterans Legal Services Program
Contact:
Intake Section
Address: P.O. Box 65762
Washington, D.C. 20035
Phone:
(202) 265-8305; (202) 328-0063 (fax)
E-mail:
info@nvlsp.org
Website:
www.nvlsp.org
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.

VOTING RIGHTS
ACLU Voting Rights Project
Contact:
Nancy Abudu
Address: 2600 Marquis One Tower
245 Peachtree Center Avenue, NE
Atlanta, GA 30303-1227
Phone:
(404) 523-2721; (404) 653-0331 fax
E-mail:
vrpaclu@aol.com
Website:
www.votingrights.org
Services: Works to protect the gains in political participation won by minorities since passage of the
1965 Voting Rights Act, including felony disenfranchisement. The Project encourages the
reporting of discriminatory voting practices by calling the Voting Section of the U.S.
Department of Justice Civil Rights Division at (800) 253-3931.

WOMEN
ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project
Address: 125 Broad Street, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Phone:
(212) 549-2633; 549-2652 fax
E-mail:
rfp@aclu.org
Website:
www.aclu.org/reproductiverights
Services: The Project handles issues related to reproductive rights and abortion. Contacts should
first be made through state ACLU affiliates.
ACLU National Women’s Rights Project
Contact:
Claudia Flores
Address: 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Phone:
(212) 549-2665; (212) 549-2580 fax
Website:
www.aclu.org/womensrights

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Services:

Through litigation, community outreach, advocacy and public education, WRP empowers
poor women, women of color, and immigrant women who have been victimized by
gender bias and face pervasive barriers to equality.

National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women
Contact:
Sue Osthoff
Address: 125 South 9th Street - #302
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone:
(215) 351-0010 or (800) 903-0111 x3; (215) 351-0779 fax
Website:
www.ncdbw.org
Services: Provide technical assistance to women charged with crimes and their defense teams.
The organization assists advocates for women who have injured or killed their batterers
in self-defense; battered women who have been coerced into criminal activity; and
women charged with “failing to protect” their children from the batterers’ violence.
Accepts collect calls from women in prison.

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ALABAMA
ACLU of Alabama
Contact:
Lori Raphan, Staff Attorney
Address: 207 Montgomery Street - #910
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone:
(334) 262-0304; (334) 269-5666 fax
E-mail:
info@aclualabama.org
Website:
www.aclualabama.org
Services: Prison conditions; limited direct referrals.
Aid to Inmate Mothers
Contact:
Carol Potok
Address: P.O. Box 986
Montgomery, AL 36101-0986
Phone:
(334) 262-2245; (800) 679-0246; (334) 262-2296 fax
E-mail:
carol@inmatemoms.org
Website:
www.inmatemoms.org
Services: Transitional program for mothers who are between 18 and 24 months of their release
dates. Offer educational programs for women prisoners, release plans, and follow-up
case work for one year after release. Arrange monthly visitation for mothers who do not
already have transportation for their children. Provide outreach to children while their
mothers are incarcerated.
Alabama CURE
Contact:
Rosemary Collins
Address: P.O. Box 190504
Birmingham, AL 35219-0504
Phone:
(205) 481-3781; (800) 665-3602; (205) 481-3991 fax
E-mail:
rosemarytc@bellsouth.net
Services: Prison-reform legislative organization interested in improving the Alabama and federal
criminal-justice systems.
Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama
Address: 122 Commerce Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone:
(334) 269-1803; 334-269-1806 fax
E-mail:
contact_us@eji.org
Website:
www.eji.org
Services: Represent death-row prisoners in direct appeals to the appellate courts in Alabama and
in post-conviction challenges in state and federal courts.
Montgomery AIDS Outreach
Contact:
Lucero Sitz
Address: 2900 McGhee Rd
Montgomery, AL 36111
Phone:
(334) 280-3388; (800) 510-4704; (334) 280-3315 fax
E-mail:
lsitz@maoi.org
Website:
www.maoi.org
Services: Support group and discharge planning services to HIV+ female prisoners at Julia Tutwiler
Prison in Wetumpka. HIV-prevention education classes to pre-release inmates.

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ALASKA
ACLU of Alaska
Contact:
Jason Brandeis, Staff Attorney
Address: P.O. Box 201844
Anchorage, AK 99520-1844
Phone:
(907) 276-2258; (907) 258-0288 fax
E-mail:
akclu@akclu.org
Website:
www.akclu.org
Services: Handle litigation on constitutional issues on a limited basis.
Alaska Human Rights Commission
Address: 800 A Street - #204
Anchorage, AK 99501-3669
Phone:
(907) 274-4692; Toll-Free: (800) 478-4692 (in-state only)
Website:
http://gov.state.ak.us/aschr
Services: Investigate discrimination and other human-rights abuses statewide.
Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association
Address: 1057 West Fireweed Lane - #102
Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone:
(907) 263-2050, Hotline: (800) 478-AIDS, (907) 263-2051 fax
E-mail:
aaaa@alaskanaids.org
Website:
www.alaskanaids.org
Services: Offer case management, referrals and education. Provide emotional support services to
people with AIDS/HIV infection and their families; support groups; helpline available from
9 AM-5 PM; buddy volunteer program; and advocacy and practical support. Publish free
triannual newsletter.
Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association –Juneau
Address: P.O. Box 21481
Juneau, AK 99802
Phone:
(907) 586-6089; (888) 660-AIDS; (907) 586-2449 fax
E-mail:
aaaase@alaskanaids.org
Website:
www.alaskanaids.org
Services: Offer case management, referrals and education. Provide emotional support services to
people with AIDS/HIV infection and their families; support groups; helpline available from
9 AM-5 PM; buddy volunteer program; and advocacy and practical support. Publish free
tri-annual newsletter.
Alaska Legal Services Corporation – Anchorage
Address: 1016 W. 6th Avenue - #200
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone:
(907) 272-9431; (888) 478-2572; (907) 279-7417 fax
E-mail:
anchorage@alsc-law.org
Services: Provide free civil (non-criminal) legal assistance to low-income Alaskans. Advocates
reducing the legal consequences of poverty. We are sorry, but we cannot respond to
requests for legal assistance made by e-mail. Any information that you send to us by email is not confidential and is not protected by the attorney/client privilege. Referrals will
be given if possible. Cannot represent any prisoners currently incarcerated
Alaska Legal Services Corporation – Bethel
Address: P.O. Box 248
Bethel, AK 99559-0248
Phone:
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E-mail:
Website:

bethel@alsc-law.org
www.alaskalawhelp.org

Alaska Legal Services Corporation – Dillingham
Address: P.O. Box 176
Dillingham, AK 99576
Phone:
(907) 842-1452; (888) 391-1475; (907) 842-1430 fax
E-mail:
dillingham@alsc-law.org
Website:
www.alaskalawhelp.org
Alaska Legal Services Corporation – Fairbanks
Address: 1648 Cushman - #300
Fairbanks, AK 99701-6202
Phone:
(907) 452-5181; (800) 478-5401; (907) 456-6359 fax
E-mail:
fairbanks@alsc-law.org
Website:
www.alaskalawhelp.org
Alaska Legal Services Corporation – Juneau
Address: 419 6th Street - #322
Juneau, AK 99801-1096
Phone:
(907) 586-6425; (800) 789-6426; (907) 456-6359 fax
E-mail:
fairbanks@alsc-law.org
Website:
www.alaskalawhelp.org
Alaska Legal Services Corporation – Ketchikan
Address: 306 Main Street - #218
Ketchikan, AK 99901-6483
Phone:
(907) 225-6420; (907) 225-6896 fax
E-mail:
Ketchikan@alsc-law.org
Website:
www.alaskalawhelp.org
Alaska Legal Services Corporation – Kotzebue
Address: P.O. Box 526
Kotzebue, AK 99901-6483
Phone:
(907) 225-6420; (907) 225-6896 fax
E-mail:
Kotzebue@alsc-law.org
Website:
www.alaskalawhelp.org

ARIZONA
ACLU of Arizona
Contact:
Darrell Hill
Address: P.O. Box 17148
Phoenix, AZ 85011-0148
Phone:
(602) 650-1854; (602) 650-1376 fax
E-mail:
intake@acluaz.org
Website:
www.acluaz.org
Services: Prison conditions (limited to state prisons); limited direct referrals; general community
education.
American Friends Service Committee
Address: 103 N. Park Avenue, Suite 111
Tucson, AZ 85719
Phone:
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E-mail:
Website:
Services:

afscaz@afsc.org
www.afsc.org/az
Serve as a resource for prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their family members to find
information and resources to address their questions and needs, and a place to get
involved in bringing their voices to the seats of power in Arizona. Do limited prisoner
advocacy.

Middle Ground Prison Reform, Inc.
Contact:
Donna Leone Hamm
Address: 139 East Encanto Drive
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone:
(480) 966-8116; (480) 966-6071 fax
E-mail:
middlegroundprisonreform@msn.com
Website:
www.middlegroundprisonreform.org
Services: Provide education/training programs; informal counseling; legislative advocacy for prison
reform; litigation on policies and procedures affecting visitors; public speaking on
criminal- and social-justice issues; referrals to social-service agencies. Advocacy and
public education is performed on state and national levels. Extensive information for
prisoners and their families available on website. All donations accepted. Not a direct
social service agency; make referrals to direct social service agencies.
Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation
Contact:
Beth Carey
Address: 375 S. Euclid Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85719
Phone:
(520) 628-7223; (800) 771-9054; (520) 628-7222 fax
E-mail:
info@saaf.org
Website:
www.saaf.org
Services: Provides limited legal assistance for guardianship arrangements. Referrals are provided
to assist with wills, power of attorney, and other legal matters.

ARKANSAS
ACLU of Arkansas
Contact:
Rita Sklar
Address: 904 West Second Street - #1
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone:
(501) 374-2660; (501) 374-2842 fax
Website:
www.acluarkansas.org
Services: Prison conditions; county jail conditions/treatment referrals; litigation; referrals to
Compliance Coordinator.

CALIFORNIA
ACLU of Northern California
Address: 39 Drumm Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone:
(415) 621-2488 (10 AM to 3 PM, no collect calls)
Website:
www.aclunc.org
Services: Handle rare post-conviction matters; habeas corpus; prison conditions; direct referrals.

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Contact:
Address:
Phone:
Website:
Services:

Legal Intake
P.O. Box 87131
San Diego, CA 92138
(619) 232-2121
www.aclusandiego.org
Handle rare post-conviction matters; habeas corpus; prison conditions; direct referrals.

ACLU of Southern California
Contact:
Mary Tiedeman
Address: 1616 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Phone:
(213) 977-9543; (213) 250-3919 fax
E-mail:
acluinfo@aclu-sc.org
Website:
www.aclu-sc.org
Services: L.A. County jail conditions; rare habeas corpus, post-conviction and prison conditions;
referrals.
California Coalition for Women Prisoners
Contact:
Deirdre Wilson
Address: 1540 Market Street - #490
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone:
(415) 255-7036; (415) 552-3150 fax
Services: Raise public consciousness about the cruel and inhumane conditions under which
women in prison live and advocate for positive change. Promote the leadership of and
give voice to women prisoners, former prisoners, and communities of color. Publish
newsletter, The Fire Inside, available free to prisoners and by donation from others.
California Prison Focus
Contact:
Ronald Ahnen; Marilyn McMahon
Address: 1904 Franklin Street, Suite 507
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone:
(510) 836-7222
E-mail:
contact@prisons.org
Website:
www.prisons.org
Services: Services: Investigate conditions of confinement in California's Security Housing Units
(SHU) at Pelican Bay State, Corcoran, Valley State Prison for Women, and California
Correctional Institute (Tehachapi) through regular investigative visits, advocacy, and
education. We publish a prisoner news magazine/newsletter called "Prison Focus" and
offer various self-help legal manuals including one to challenge gang validation status.
Centerforce
Address:
Phone:
Website:
Services:

PO Box 415
San Quentin, CA 94964
(415) 456-9980; (415) 456-2146 fax
www.centerforce.org
Centerforce is one of the country’s oldest organizations dedicated to supporting
individuals, families, and communities impacted by incarceration. After opening of the
first CA prison visitor’s center at San Quentin Prison over 30 years ago, Centerforce went
on to help draft and pass state legislation mandating visitor’s centers are provided at
every California prison. Centerforce has active programs at four state prisons in Northern
and Central California and at Santa Rita County Jail. In addition to MOMS(Maximizing
Opportunities for Mothers) at Santa Rita Jail, current programs include HIV risk reduction
case management and Hepatitis peer health education at San Quentin State Prison,
California Medical Facility, and Valley State Prison for Women and Central California
Women’s Facility. Centerforce completed its final year of a fatherhood program and
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Centerforce has also organized the Inside/Out National Summit focused on the impact of
incarceration and reentry on families. Please write or visit our website for materials and a
list of new programs.
Diocese of Oakland Prison Ministry
Contact:
John Watkins
Address: 2121 Harrison St.
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone:
(510) 267-8379
E-mail:
jwatkins@oakdiocese.org
Services: Provide religious, pastoral services in the jails and juvenile halls of Alameda and Contra
Costa Counties. Also offer counseling and emergency-assistance referrals.
Families With a Future
Contact:
Ida Robinson
Address: c/o LSPC
1540 Market St. - #490
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone:
(415) 999-8084
E-mail:
familieswithafuture.wordpress.com
Services: Provide limited funding for visitation transportation for children of women prisoners
serving sentences of 5 or more years. Offer support services for children of incarcerated
parents as well as limited crisis intervention in the San Francisco Bay area. Provide
training for those interested in working with children of incarcerated parents. Provide
some activities for children of incarcerated prisoners during summer months (some free
of charge).
Friends Outside
Address: P.O. Box 4085
Stockton, CA 95204
Phone:
(209) 955-0701; (209) 955-0735 fax
E-mail:
gnewby@friendsoutside.org
Website:
www.friendsoutside.org
Services: Headquarters for 12 Friends Outside Chapters in California and Nevada that provide
various social services to state and county prisoners and their families. Pre-release and
family services and a Parenting Program are provided to prisoners through case
managers at all 33 California State Prisons. Visitor centers are also operated at all
California State Prisons. The Friends Outside Creative Conflict Resolution Programs are
in jails, prisons, juvenile programs, and in the community.
Justice Now
Address:
Phone:
Website:
Services:

1322 Webster Street - #210
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 839-7654; (510) 839-7615 fax
www.jnow.org
Works with women prisoners and local communities to build a safe compassionate world
without prisons. The first teaching law clinic in the country solely focused on the needs of
women prisoners. Interns and staff provide legal services in the areas of need identified
by women prisoners, including: compassionate release; health-care access; defense of
parental rights; sentencing mitigation; placement in community-based programs. Work
with people in women’s prisoners to document human rights abuses through participatory
documentation.

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
Contact:
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Address:
Phone:
E-mail:
Website:
Services:

1540 Market Street - #490
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 255-7036; (415) 552-3150 fax
info@prisonerswithchildren.org
www.prisonerswithchildren.org
Legal advocacy on behalf of incarcerated parents, their children, families, attorneys and
other prisoners’ rights advocates in California. Currently focusing on legislative reform
and administrative advocacy on behalf of incarcerated parents and their children. Does
not currently have funding to provide individual legal assistance to prisoners, but does
respond to hundreds of inquiries each month, and provides California prisoners with
referrals and information about California law. Also advocates for the full restoration of
civil and human rights, and for full inclusion of formerly incarcerated people after their
release.

Northern California Service League
Contact:
Dan Macallair
Address: 40 Boardman Place
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone:
(415) 863-2323; (415) 863-1882 fax
E-mail:
ncsl@norcalserviceleague.org
Website:
www.norcalserviceleague.org
Services: Offer counseling and referral services for prisoners and their families. Re-entry
assistance including job-development assistance and life-skills training. County and state
prisoners/ex-offenders only.
Penal Law Project
Contact:
Director
Address: 25 Main Street - #102
Chico, CA 95929
Phone:
(530) 898-4354; (530) 898-4911 fax
E-mail:
clic@csuchico.edu
Services: Habeas corpus; direct referrals; legal research. Provide legal information only, including
information on record-sealing and expungement; no legal counseling.
Prison Activist Resource Center
Address: P.O. Box 70447
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone:
(510) 893-4648;
Website:
www.prisonactivist.org
Services: Support for prisoners and prison activists; public-education project. Publish a resource
directory which is free to prisoners upon request.
Prison Law Clinic
Contact:
Millard Murphy
Address: UC Davis School of Law
One Shields Avenue
Building TB30
Davis, CA 95616
Phone:
(530) 752-6942; (530) 752-0822 fax
E-mail:
mmmurphy@ucdavis.edu
Services: Prison conditions; parole revocation; legal research. Services are provided to prisoners of
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Prison Law Office
Contact:
Donald Specter
Address: General Delivery
San Quentin, CA 94964
Phone:
(510) 280-2621
Website:
www.prisonlaw.com
Services: Provide direct legal assistance for the range of problems encountered by California
prisoners, excluding attacks on criminal convictions. The focus is on conditions of
confinement. Provide pamphlets pertaining to various problems free of charge to
prisoners.
Prisoner Services
Contact:
Peggy Harrell
Address: Marin County Jail
13 Peter Behr Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903
Phone:
(415) 499-3203
Services: Provide direct services for prisoners in the Marin County Jail and their families, including
referrals to community agencies regarding counseling on drugs and alcohol dependency;
food and clothing; literacy programs; and orientation for prisoners and families moving on
to state prisons.
Public Interest Law Firm – A Program of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley
Contact:
Kyra Kazantzis
Address: 152 North Third Street, 3rd Floor
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone:
(408) 280-2417
Services: The mission of Public Interest Law Firm (PILF) is to protect the human rights of
individuals and groups in the Silicon Valley area who face barriers to adequate
representation in the civil justice system, using impact litigation and advocacy. PILF has
the following limitations regarding representations of individuals in custody: As a local
program, PILF represents inmates only in the Santa Clara County jail (i.e., not in State
prisons); PILF handles only class action or impact litigation matters; PILF does NOT
represent in criminal matters; PILF does NOT represent in personal injury cases. PILF is
a very small program, so please be patient with us as we try to respond to your letters in
a timely matter.
State Public Defender—San Francisco
Contact:
Michael Hersek
Address: 221 Main Street, 10th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone:
(415) 904-5600; (415) 904-5635 fax
Services: Capital appeals (only) for convicted felony indigents.

COLORADO
ACLU of Colorado
Contact:
Intake Department
Address: 303 E. 17th Ave, Suite 350
Denver, CO 80203
Phone:
(303) 777-5482; (303) 777-1773 fax
E-mail:
info@aclu-co.org
Website:
www.aclu-co.org

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Services:

Handle habeas corpus and prison-conditions matters, damage suits. Provide direct
referrals.

Colorado CURE
Contact:
Dianne Tramutola-Lawson
Address: 3470 S. Poplar - #406
Denver, CO 80224
Phone:
(303) 758-3390 (also fax #)
E-mail:
dianne@coloradocure.org
Website:
www.coloradocure.org
Services: Work primarily through legislative channels to reduce crime through reform of the
criminal-justice system. Also work with Colorado DOC on many issues. Provide prisoners
and their families with information about rehabilitative programs. Provide no legal
services. Publish quarterly newsletter.
Empowerment Program
Contact:
Kathy Howard
Address: 1600 York Street
Denver, CO 80206
Phone:
(303) 320-1989; (303) 320-3987 fax
E-mail:
kat-howard@empowermentprogram.org
Website:
www.empowermentprogram.org
Services: Provide education, employment assistance, health, housing referrals and support
services to women who are in disadvantaged positions due to incarceration, poverty,
homelessness, HIV/AIDS infection or involvement in the criminal-justice system. Our goal
is to decrease rates of recidivism by providing case management, support services, basic
skills education, housing and resource coordination that can offer viable alternatives to
habits and choices that may lead to criminal behaviors.
New Foundations Non-Violence Center
Contact:
Tahverlee Dunlop
Address: 901 W. 14th Avenue - #8
Denver, CO 80204
Phone:
(303) 534-1934
Website:
www.nfnc-avp.org
E-mail:
info@nfnc-avp.org
Services: Offer a one-to-one visitation program at the Denver County Jail that includes advocacy
and informal counseling. Organize intensive three-day Alternatives to Violence Project
(AVP) workshops in some Colorado penal facilities, and some community settings.
Provide referrals and run a telephone support line.

CONNECTICUT
ACLU Connecticut
Address: 330 Main Street, First Floor
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone:
(860) 523-9146 (between 9 am and 10 am on Fridays only)
E-mail:
info@acluct.org
Website:
www.acluct.org
Services: Provide assistance to a limited number of class actions. No individual prisoner assistance
is available.

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Contact:
Address:

Phone:
E-mail:
Website:
Services:

Maureen Price-Boreland
Parkville Business Center
110 Bartholomew Avenue - #3010
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 566-2030; (860) 566-8089 fax
mprice@cpa-ct.org
www.cpa-ct.org
Provides a wide range of services to offenders and ex-offenders, including alternatives to
incarceration, pretrial-release programs, resettlement program, employment services,
substance-abuse programming, community-service opportunities, work-release
residential program, and HIV/AIDS programs.

Families in Crisis, Inc.
Contact:
Susan Quinlan
Address: 60 Popieluszko Ct
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone:
(860) 727-5800; (860) 727-5801 fax
E-mail:
administration@familiesincrisis.org
Website:
www.familiesincrisis.org
Services: Provides a comprehensive range of counseling and support services to offenders and
their families: individual and family counseling, transportation, childcare programs, parent
education groups, support groups, training programs, domestic violence intervention and
family reentry services. Areas served include: Greater Hartford, New Haven, Waterbury,
and Bridgeport.
Families in Crisis New Haven Office
Address: 45 Court Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone:
(203) 498-7790; (203) 562-3660 fax
Website:
www.familiesincrisis.org
Families in Crisis Waterbury Office
Address: 232 N. Elm Street
Waterbury, CT 06702
Phone:
(203) 573-8656; (203) 573-1132 fax
Website:
www.familiesincrisis.org

Inmates’ Legal Assistance Program, Law Offices of Sydney T. Schulman
Contact:
Jane Starkowski
Address: 78 Oak Street, P.O. Box 260237
Hartford, CT 06126-0237
Phone:
(860) 246-1118; (800) 301-4527; (860) 246-1119 fax
Services: Provide legal assistance in civil matters only. Assistance does not include representation
and/or entering an appearance in a case. Assist prisoners in identifying, articulating and
researching legal claims. Enable prisoners’ access to the judicial system via advice,
counsel and preparation of meaningful legal papers such as writs, complaints, motions
and legal memorandum or law for claims having legal merit. Our legal services are limited
to sentenced prisoners and prisoners incarcerated in Connecticut institutions.
Isaiah 61:1, Inc.
Contact:
Ed Davies
Address: P.O. Box 1399
Bridgeport, CT 06601
Phone:
(203) 368-6116; (203) 576-0616 fax
E-mail:
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Services:

Offer pre-release programs for offenders to help them achieve a smooth transition back
to their families and communities. Services include: work release, career guidance,
spiritual and individual counseling groups, life-skills training, anger management,
HIV/AIDS education and counseling, AA/NA/Alanon, and mandatory family therapy.
Programs last approximately 6-9 months for women and 3-4 months for men.

Perception Programs, Inc.
Address: 54 North Street, P.O. Box 407
Willimantic, CT 06226
Phone:
(860) 450-7122; (860) 450-7127 fax
E-mail:
linda.mastrianni@perceptionprograms.org
Website:
www.perceptionprograms.org
Services: Limited to Connecticut residents only. Programs include residential work-release and
treatment programs for male and female offenders, residential substance-abuse
treatment for male offenders, Alternative to Incarceration Center, outpatient substanceabuse counseling and supportive housing for HIV+ inmates ending their sentences.

DELAWARE
ACLU of Delaware
Contact:
Legal Department
Address: 100 W. 10th Street - #603
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone:
(302) 654-3966
E-mail:
aclu@aclu-de.org
Website:
www.aclu-de.org
Services: Handle litigation on constitutional issues on a limited basis.
AIDS Delaware
Contact:
John Klein
Address: 100 W. 10th Street - #315
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone:
(302) 652-6776; (302) 652-5150 fax
E-mail:
contact@aidsdelaware.org; klein@aidsdelaware.org
Website:
www.aidsdelaware.org
Services: Offer free and anonymous HIV counseling and testing; case management, prevention,
and educational programs; support groups, STD/HIV hotline, and more. Provide safersex literature and a Dispatch newsletter, free upon written request for information.
AIDS Delaware Kent and Sussex County Office
Address: 706 Rehoboth Avenue
Rehoboth, DE 19971
Phone:
(302) 226-5350; (302) 226-3519 fax
Delaware Center for Justice, Inc.
Contact:
Janet Leban
Address: 100 West 10th Street - #905
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone:
(302) 658-7174; (302) 658-7170 fax
E-mail:
center@dcjustice.org
Website:
www.dcjustice.org
Services: Advocate on behalf of prisoners and their families to resolve problems in the criminaljustice system. Services include prisoner grievances; alternatives to incarceration;
legislative advocacy; AIDS education. Special emphasis on incarcerated women’s issues.

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Provide volunteer tutoring services to juvenile institutions. Quarterly newsletter is
available free to Delaware prisoners upon request.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
ACLU of the National Capital Area
Contact:
Legal Department or Fritz Mulhauser
Address: 4301 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 434
Washington, DC 20008-2368
Phone:
(202) 457-0800
Website:
www.aclu-nca.org
Services: Limited constitutional issues litigation.
D.C. Prisoners’ Project
Address: 11 Dupont Circle, N.W. - #400
Washington, DC 20036
Phone:
(202) 319-1000
E-mail:
philip_fornaci@washlaw.org
Services: Provide legal services to D.C. Code offenders, wherever they are incarcerated, in
confinement and non-confinement-related civil matters. Serve as an individual
representation clearinghouse on prisoners’ rights issues related to D.C.; provide social
services and health education (AIDS/HIV-related); information and referrals.
Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project
Address: 4801 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016
Phone:
(202) 895-4519
Email:
rcicurel@exonerate.org
Website:
www.exonerate.org
Services: The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project (MAIP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to
correcting and preventing the conviction of innocent people in the District of Columbia,
Maryland, and Virginia. Through our Board of Directors, a staff of two full-time and one
part-time lawyer, a staff assistant and an investigator, we identify innocent prisoners in
our region. We then provide them with pro bono investigative and legal assistance so
they can obtain their freedom.
National CURE
Contact:
Charlie Sullivan
Address: P.O. Box 2310
Washington, DC 20013
Phone:
(202) 789-2126
E-mail:
cure@curenational.org
Website:
www.curenational.org
Services: Organize prisoners, their families and other concerned citizens to achieve reforms in the
criminal-justice system. No individual cases.
Prisons Foundation
Address: P.O. Box 58043
Washington, DC 20037
Phone:
(202) 393-1511
Website:
www.prisonsfoundation.org
Services: Sponsors prisons arts and crafts shows around the country with the support of the
National Endowment for the Arts. Puts on an annual performing arts show at the
Kennedy Center featuring plays and music written by prisoners.

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Prison Art Gallery
Address: 1600 K Street, N.W. - #501
Washington, D.C. 20006
Services: Open 9:30am to 5:30pm M-F, and 12:30pm to 5:30pm Saturday and Sunday.
Prisoners’ Rights Program
Contact:
Ryan Roberts
Address: Public Defender Service
633 Indiana Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
Phone:
(202) 628-1200; (202) 626-8423 fax
Services: Services limited to prisoners confined in D.C. correctional facilities. Provide legal advice
and assistance with conditions-of-confinement issues generally, including living
conditions, access to adequate medical, dental, and psychiatric care, access to the
courts, confinement to special housing units, visitation issues, and the right to practice
one’s religion. No criminal matters, motions to reduce sentence or detainers. Distribute
free informational memos on various prison law topics upon written request only.
Visitors’ Services Center
Contact:
Ann Cunningham-Keep
Address: 1422 Massachusetts Avenue, S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
Phone:
(202) 544-2131; (202) 543-1572 fax
E-mail:
vscdcjails@aol.com
Website:
www.vscdcjails.net
Services: Provide volunteers, who visit prisoners at the D.C. Jail and help them with problems on
the outside, including: referrals to drug treatment, jobs and housing. Also offer a thirdparty custodianship program.

FLORIDA
ACLU of Florida
Contact:
ACLU Legal Assistance
Address: 4500 Biscayne Boulevard - #340
Miami, FL 33137-3227
Phone:
(786) 363-2700; (786) 363-1107 fax
E-mail:
aclufl@aclufl.org
Website:
www.aclufl.org
Services: Handle litigation on constitutional issues.
Florida CURE
Contacts: Tom Johnson and Patrick Finn-Schultz
Address: PO Box 320732
Tampa, FL 33679
E-mail:
thomas.h.johnson@hotmail.com
Website:
http://www.flcure.org
Services: Advocacy organization that works to reduce crime through criminal-justice reform and the
rehabilitation of errants.
Florida Institutional Legal Services, Inc. (FILS)
Address: 14260 W Newberry Rd #412
Newberry, FL 32669
Phone:
(352) 375-2494; (352) 331-5202 fax
Services:
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incarcerated juveniles, immigrants held in detention and individuals in indefinite civil
detention or commitment. FILS primarily uses class actions, impact litigation and
individual cases to proactively reform existing law and maximize the results of our
efforts. FILS also provides direct legal services to formerly incarcerated individuals reentering society to help end the cycle of recidivism through successful re-entry to the
community. We also work with advocates and legal services providers around the state
to increase and improve assistance to institutionalized people and promote alternatives to
incarceration by providing technical assistance, training, collaboration and co-counseling.
Florida Justice Institute, Inc.
Contact:
Randall C. Berg, Jr.
Address: 3750 Miami Tower
100 S.E. Second Street
Miami, FL 33131
Phone:
(305) 358-2081
E-mail:
rberg@floridajusticeinstitute.org
Services: Handle civil-rights actions affecting conditions in Florida’s prisons and jails; referral
arrangements with members of the private bar for damages suits and civil-rights cases;
prison advocacy; and lobbying for criminal-justice reform. (No collect calls.)
Transitions
Address:
Phone:
Services:

1550 N.W. 3rd Avenue
Miami, FL 33136
(305) 571-2001; (305) 571-2002 fax
Job-training and job-placement services for ex-offenders.

GEORGIA
ACLU of Georgia
Contact:
ACLU of Georgia
Address: 1900 The Exchange
Suite 425
Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone:
(770) 303-9966; (770) 303-0060 fax
E-mail:
info@acluga.org
Website:
www.acluga.org
Services: Litigate prison-condition problems. No post- conviction cases.
Southern Center for Human Rights
Address: 83 Poplar Street, N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303-2122
Phone:
(404) 688-1202; (404) 688-9440 fax
E-mail:
rights@schr.org
Website:
www.schr.org
Services: Class action only. Civil-rights actions affecting conditions and practices in Alabama and
Georgia prisons. Individual representation only in death penalty cases. Assist attorneys
handling jail, prison and death-penalty cases.
Southern Prison Ministry
Contact:
Murphy Davis
Address: 910 Ponce de Leon Avenue, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30306-4212
Phone:
(404) 874-9652; (404) 874-7964 fax
Website:
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Services:

Visitation; correspondence; advocacy for individual prisoners. Provide hospitality and
transportation for family members to visit prisons. Services for Georgia prisons only and
primarily death-row prisoners.

Thomas M. West, Attorney at Law
Address: 1745 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
Atlanta, GA 30134
Phone:
(404) 589-0136; (404) 881-2875 fax
E-mail:
tom_mcwest@hotmail.com
Services: Post-conviction; habeas corpus; prison conditions; direct referrals; damage suits and
criminal defense.

HAWAII
ACLU of Hawaii
Contact:
Intake Department
Address: P.O. Box 3410
Honolulu, HI 96801
Phone:
(808) 522-5900; (808) 522-5909 fax
E-mail:
office@acluhawaii.org
Website:
www.acluhawaii.org
Services: Handle prison-conditions and individual abuse cases; limited to state prisons.
Community Alliance on Prisons (CAP)
Contact:
Kat Brady, Coordinator
Address: 76 North King Street, Suite 203
Honolulu, HI 96817
Phone:
(808) 533-3454
E-mail:
kat.caphi@gmail.com
Services: CAP is a community initiative working to improve conditions of confinement for
incarcerated individuals, improve the quality of justice, and enhance community safety by
promoting smart justice policies.
Office of the Ombudsman
Contact:
Robin K. Matsunaga
Address: 465 S. King Street, 4th Floor
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone:
(808) 587-0770; (808) 587-0774 TTY; (808) 587-0773 fax
E-mail:
complaints@ombudsman.hawaii.gov
Website:
www.ombudsman.hawaii.gov
Services: Receive complaints from prisoners regarding conditions of confinement at facilities
operated by the State of Hawaii. Does not provide legal representation, case
management, or advocacy services.

IDAHO
ACLU of Idaho
Contact:
Jack Van Valkenburgh
Address: P.O. Box 1897
Boise, ID 83701
Phone:
(208) 344-9750; (208) 344-7201 fax
E-mail:
admin@acluidaho.org
Website:
www.acluidaho.org
Services: Advocate for civil liberties in Idaho, including the rights of prisoners.

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ILLINOIS
ACLU of Illinois
Contact:
ACLU of Illinois Intake Department
Address: 180 N. Michigan Avenue - #2300
Chicago, IL 60601-1287
Phone:
(312) 201-9740; (312) 201-9760 fax
E-mail:
complaint@aclu-il.org
Website:
www.aclu-il.org
Services: Civil-rights actions; priority to class action issues.
Illinois CURE
Contact:
Madeleine Ward
Address: 1911 S. Clark Street, Unit D
Chicago, IL 60616
Email:
madeoday@gmail.com
Phone:
(773) 933-7919
Services: Address conditions of the currently incarcerated.
Institute of Women Today
Contact:
Angela Hicks
Address: 7315 S. Yale Avenue
Chicago, IL 60621
Phone:
(773) 651-8372; (773) 783-2673 fax
E-mail:
instituteofwomen@sbcglobal.net
Services: Civil-rights actions; habeas corpus; direct referrals; legal research; prison health care;
employment and vocational guidance; skills training; counseling; advocates for children of
incarcerated mothers. We also have two shelters for former female prison residents and
their children in Chicago: Maria Shelter (transitional shelter with 4-month stay) and Casa
Notre Dame (second-stage shelter with maximum 2-year stay for women who need more
time to accomplish their goals).
Jewish Prisoners Assistance Foundation
Contact:
Rabbi Binyomin Scheiman
Address: 9401 N. Margail
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Phone:
(847) 296-1770; (847) 296-1823 fax
Website:
www.chabadandfree.com
Services: Help protect the rights of Jewish prisoners in Illinois. Pre- and post-release counseling
with prisoners and their families, and support programs to obtain housing and
employment for ex-offenders.
John Howard Association
Contact:
John Maki, Executive Director
Dan Hoffman, Office Manager
Address: 375 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 529
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone:
(312) 503-6300; (312) 503-6306 fax
E-mail:
dhoffman@thejha.org
Website:
www.thejha.org
Services: One of the oldest prison reform organizations in the country, and the only group that
monitors Illinois’ juvenile and adult correctional facilities. Its mission is to achieve a fair,

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humane, and cost-effective criminal justice system by promoting juvenile and adult prison
reform, leading to successful reintegration and enhanced community safety.
MacArthur Justice Center
Contact:
Locke Bowman
Address: Northwestern University School of Law
375 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone:
(312) 503-1271; (312) 503-1272 fax
Services: Does impact litigation on criminal-justice issues, especially prison conditions. While we
do conduct litigation on behalf of prisoners, we do not accept all cases. Services for
Federal and state prisoners.
Prisoner Release Ministry, Inc.
Contact:
Roger Logue, Executive Director
Address: P.O. Box 69
Joliet, IL 60434-0069
Phone:
(815) 730-8541; (815) 730-8558 fax
E-mail:
prministry@sbcglobal.net
Website:
www.prisonerreleaseministry.com
Services: Job preparation, counseling and placement for persons on probation, parole, and work
release in Will and Kane Counties. Computerized job bank for entire State of Illinois.
Safer Foundation
Contact:
Ewing A. Foulks
Address: 571 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60661-5701
Phone:
(312) 922-2200; (312) 922-7640 fax
Website:
www.saferfoundation.org
E-mail:
ewing.foulks@saferfoundation.org
Services: Provide job-readiness training, job placement, basic education, drug-abuse counseling,
emergency services (by referral for food, clothing, shelter) to men and women released
from prison to Chicago area and to the Quad Cities area (Rock Island, Illinois and
Davenport, Iowa). Operate the North Lawndale Correctional Center and the Crossroads
Community Correctional Center for men. Publish informational materials on the Safer
programs and a quarterly newsletter.

INDIANA
ACLU Indiana
Contact:
Kandy Kendall
Address: 1031 E. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone:
(317) 635-4059, ext. 102; (317) 635-4105 fax
E-mail:
kkendall@aclu-in.org
Website:
www.aclu-in.org
Services: Handle prison-conditions matters; provide referrals.
Damien Center
Address: 26 N. Arsenal Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46201
Phone:
(317) 632-0123; (800) 213-1167; (317) 632-4363 fax
E-mail:
info@damien.org
Website:
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Services:

Offer services to prisoners who have AIDS or are HIV-positive. Assist former prisoners
with employment services and housing assistance. Also assist families of people with
AIDS. Publish the Damien Center Newsletter, available upon request. (No collect calls.)

Indiana CURE
Contact:
Lela Ewers
Address: P.O. Box 62
Camby, IN, 0765
Phone:
(317) 831-2606
E-mail:
director@incure.org
Services: Advocacy organization that works to reduce crime through criminal-justice reform and the
rehabilitation of errants, including monthly support sessions. Also work with the families
of prisoners.
Public Defender of Indiana
Contact:
Stephen Owens
Address: 1 N. Capitol - #800
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone:
(317) 232-2475; (317) 232-2307 fax
Services: Provide legal representation to indigent prisoners in post-conviction actions challenging
Indiana convictions/sentences in state court only. Represent juveniles in parole
revocation proceedings. Also accept appointments, at county expense, for trial or appeal.

IOWA
ACLU Iowa
Contact:
Address:
Phone:
Website:
Services:

Randall Wilson
505 Fifth Avenue, Suite 901
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 992-0150
www.aclu-ia.org
Provide direct referrals. Handle prison-conditions litigation and legislative issues on
prison conditions. Handle no post-conviction matters.

Iowa Citizens’ Aide Ombudsman
Contact:
Ruth Cooperrider, Ombudsman
Address: Ola Babcock Miller Building
1112 E. Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone:
(515) 281-3592; (515) 242-6007 fax
E-mail:
ombudsman@legis.iowa.gov
Website:
http://www.legis.iowa.gov/Ombudsman
Services: Investigate and resolve complaints regarding Iowa Department of Corrections, prisons,
jails, and community-based facilities.
Iowa CURE
Contact:
Address:
Phone:
Website:
Services:

Jean Basinger
P.O. Box 41005
Des Moines, IA 50311
(515) 277-6296
www.iowaCURE.org
Works for change in the IOWA criminal justice system from one based on retribution to
one based on restorative justice. Works for fair and human treatment of Iowa inmates
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Part of a 17 member coalition that works together to pass legislation that would eliminate
mandatory minimum sentences and increase opportunities for rehabilitation, treatment,
family connections, and education in prison.

KANSAS
ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri
Address: 3601 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone:
(816) 756-3113
Website:
www.aclukswmo.org
Services: Handle prison-conditions cases and provide direct referrals. Do not handle postconviction matters.
Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence & Post-Conviction Remedies
Contact:
Jean K. Gilles Phillips
Address: University of Kansas, School of Law
409 Green Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045
Phone:
(785) 864-5571; (785) 864-5054 fax
Services: Handle post-conviction and habeas corpus cases; only provide advice on civil matters.
Assist prisoners in Kansas and Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary. No money damages.

KENTUCKY
ACLU of Kentucky
Contact:
Lili Lutgens
Address: 315 Guthrie Street - #300
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone:
(502) 581-1181; (502) 589-9687 fax
E-mail:
info@aclu-ky.org
Website:
www.aclu-ky.org
Services: Handle prison- and jail-conditions matters.
Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy, Capital Post-Conviction Branch
Address: 100 Fair Oaks Lane - #301
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone:
(502) 564-8006; (502) 564-7890 fax
Services: Handle post-conviction cases at state and federal level. Also provide training for legal
services and referrals.

LOUISIANA
ACLU of Louisiana
Address: P.O. Box 56157
New Orleans, LA 70156
Website:
www.laaclu.org
Services: Consider prison-condition and civil-rights violations for impact litigation.
Community Service Center, Inc.
Address: 4000 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
Phone:
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E-mail:
Services:

cscnouw@aol.com
Free counseling, case management, emergency, substance-abuse referrals, socialization
classes and support groups (including family reunification, women-to-women and
parenting) for former prisoners convicted of a felony. Does not provide legal services and
only provides services after release.

Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana
Address: 1600 Oretha C. Haley Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70113
Phone:
(504) 522-5437; (504) 522-5430 fax
Website:
www.jjpl.org
Services: Provide legal services for juveniles.
Louisiana CURE
Contact:
Checo Yancy
Address: P.O. Box 181
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
Website:
www.curelouisiana.org
Phone:
(225) 270-5245
Services: Advocacy organization that works to reduce crime through criminal-justice reform and the
rehabilitation of errants.

MAINE
ACLU of Maine
Contact:
Shenna Bellows
Address: 121 Middle Street, Suite 301
Portland, ME 04101
Phone:
(207) 774-5444; (207) 774-1103 fax
E-mail:
info@aclumaine.org
Website:
www.aclumaine.org
Services: Handle prison-conditions cases. Direct representation by the ACLU of Maine is available
in cases involving violations of constitutional rights.
Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic
Address: University of Maine School of Law
246 Deering Avenue
Portland, ME 04102
Phone:
(207) 780-4370; toll-free: (877) 780-2522
Services: Provide legal representation for low-income individuals in Cumberland, York, and
Southern Androscoggin. Assist in civil cases including divorce, parental rights and
responsibilities, general civil litigation, civil-rights litigation, and non-fee-generating tort
litigation. Provide criminal defense for any class of crime at the state level and in the U.S.
District Court for the District of Maine. Also, protection from abuse and harassment
litigation in all service areas. Clients are represented by seniors in law school who are
specially licensed to practice law in the State of Maine. Does not provide legal advice or
information over the phone. Does not maintain a waiting list of potential clients. Does not
provide services on a walk-in basis. Can only provide services to inmates who have been
transferred from or are currently at the Maine Correctional Center.
Maine CURE
Address:
E-mail:

23 Washington St
Sanford, ME 04073
kaymaine@yahoo.com

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Services:

Advocacy organization that works to reduce crime through criminal-justice reform and the
rehabilitation of errants.

NDRAN CURE (National Death Row Assistance Network)
Address: June 1 - September 15:
6 Tolman Road
Peaks Island, ME 04108
September 15 - June 1:
12200 Road. 41.9
Mancos, CO 81328
Phone:
June 1 - September 15:
(207) 766-2418
September 15 - June 1:
(970) 533-7383
E-mail:
claudia@ndran.org
Website:
www.ndran.org
Services: Networks for prisoners facing capital charges and convictions, helping with legal and
investigative issues. Trains family, loved ones, and concerned advocates in capital case
procedures. Also does investigative work on old cases of people claiming innocence.
Publishes Cell Door Magazine, written and illustrated by prisoners, twice yearly.

MARYLAND
ACLU of Maryland
Contact:
Debbie Jeon
Address: 3600 Clipper Mill Road - #350
Baltimore, MD 21211
Phone:
(443) 524-2558 (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 pm to 3 pm); (410) 366-7838 fax
Website:
www.aclu-md.org
Services: Handle prison-conditions cases. Direct representation by the ACLU is available only in
cases involving violation of constitutional rights. The Baltimore office also handles all
cases concerning prisoners in Eastern Shore jails.
Alternative Directions, Inc.
Address: 2505 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone:
(410) 889-5072; (410) 889-5092 fax
Services: Alternative Directions provides free legal assistance to persons in prison or recently
released from incarceration. Most cases handled involve family and domestic legal
issues. The program also provides monthly workshops to prisoners on legal rights and
responsibilities. Mentoring program for children whose parents are incarcerated.
Maryland CURE
Address: P.O. Box 23
Simpsonville, MD 21150
E-mail:
marylandcure@comcast.net
Website:
www.marylandcure.webs.com
Services: Promote and provide information about rehabilitative programs. Advocate for sensible
use of prison space, alternatives to incarceration, and resources and programs that will
assist prisoners. Local and National CURE newsletters available with a MD CURE
membership.
Office of the Public Defender, Collateral Review Division
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Phone:
Website:
Services:

Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 767-8460; (410) 333-8496 fax
www.opd.state.md.us
Handle post-convictions, parole revocation and extradition matters for prisoners
throughout Maryland. Services limited to Maryland state prisoners only.

Prisoner Rights Information System of Maryland
Contact:
Stephen Meehan
Address: P.O. Box 929
Chestertown, MD 21620
Services: Handle civil-rights cases pertaining to conditions-of-confinement issues (no criminal
work). Limited to state prisons. Provide direct referrals, free legal service to retain
counsel and representation at Inmate Grievance Office hearings in select cases. Also
handle medical complaints, sentencing reviews and miscellaneous legal problems.

MASSACHUSETTS
ACLU of Massachusetts
Contact:
Legal Intake
Address: 211 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02110
Phone:
(617) 482-3170; (617) 451-0009 fax
E-mail:
info@aclum.org
Website:
www.aclu-mass.org
Services: Handle cases involving civil-liberties violations; provide limited direct referrals.
Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project (PLAP)
Contact:
Sarah Morton
Address: Gannett House 100
Harvard Law School
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone:
(617) 495-3969 (non-collect)
Hotline:
(617) 495-3127 (in-state prisoners only)
Services: Representation of prisoners at disciplinary and/or parole hearings. Also assist State
prisoners with other prison-related problems via hotline. Services for Massachusetts
prisoners only. No self-help manuals. Does not send legal materials in the mail.
Prisoners’ Legal Services
Contact:
Leslie Walker
Address: 10 Winthrop Square, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02110
Phone:
(617) 482-2773; (617) 451-6383 fax
E-mail:
lwalker@plsma.org
Website:
www.plsma.org
Services: Provide direct services to Massachusetts prisoners on the following matters: civil-rights
violations, denial of medical care, brutality, recovery of “lost” property, sentence
calculation, parole application and revocation, advice and referrals for disciplinary
hearings and post-conviction proceedings (no direct representation), and visitation.
Publish a free quarterly newsletter, MCLS Notes, in English and Spanish. MCLS accepts
collect calls from Massachusetts prisoners on Monday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m.
(800) 882-1413/(617) 482-4124 (County Facilities) (877) 249-1342 (DOC Facilities).
Suffolk County House of Correction, Inmate Legal Services
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Phone:
Services:

Boston, MA 02118
(617) 635-1000 x2178
General legal services, exclusively serving indigent prisoners confined to the Suffolk
County House of Correction in Boston. By appointment and referral, assist with routine
jail credit, sentencing, and habeas corpus; claims for bail money and personal property;
post-conviction motions, parole and disciplinary hearings; and assistance with pro se civil
matters, including referral and coordination with outside counsel.

MICHIGAN
ACLU of Michigan
Contact:
Michael Steinberg
Address: 2966 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
Phone:
(313) 578-6800; (313) 578-6811 fax
E-mail:
bbove@aclumich.org
Website:
www.aclumich.org
Services: Handle prison-conditions cases and provide direct referrals. Services are limited to state
prisons and jails.
Michigan CURE
Contact:
Kay D. Perry
Address: P.O. Box 2736
Kalamazoo, MI 49003-2736
Phone:
(269) 383-0028; (269) 373-2545 fax
E-mail:
kayperry@aol.com
Services: Grassroots criminal-justice-reform organization that includes prisoners, their families and
other concerned citizens. Through advocacy, work to establish a humane and effective
criminal-justice system. Publish quarterly newsletter for members and self-help brochures
and booklets.
FIND-CURE (Furnishing Imprisoned Non-Citizens with Direction)
Contact:
Maia Justine Storm
Address: PO Box 51334
Kalamazoo, MI, 49005
Phone:
(269-384-5755)
E-mail:
gooseko@att.net
Services: Provides information, resources, and tools for incarcerated and detained non-citizens.
This is so that they can advocate for themselves and for systemic reforms.
Sex Offenders Restored through Treatment (SORT)
Contact:
Wayne Bowers, Director
Address: P.O. Box 761
Milwaukee, WI, 53201
Phone:
(517) 482-2085
E-mail:
sata@satasort.org
Website:
www.satasort.org
Services: Offers education about types of abuses, ways to control abuse, and positive approaches
to therapy and restorative justice. Also lends support through referrals, networking, and
sharing positive information for those at risk as victims and offenders, those victimized,
those who have offended, therapists, the justice system, policy makers, and the public.

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MINNESOTA
ACLU Minnesota
Contact:
Teresa Nelson
Address: 2300 Myrtle Ave, Suite 180
St. Paul, MN 55114
Phone:
no incoming calls; (651) 647-5948 fax
E-mail:
support@aclu-mn.org
Website:
www.aclu-mn.org
Services: Handle various matters, including post-conviction, habeas corpus, and prison conditions
only if they present a Bill of Rights violation. Provide direct referrals.
AMICUS
Address:
Phone:
Website:
Services:

15 S. 5th Street - #1100
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 348-8570; (612) 348-6782 fax
www.amicususa.org
Provide one-on-one volunteer services for prisoners in Minnesota State prisons.
Reconnect and assist ex-offenders with housing, clothing and job-seeking resources.
Offer scholarships and pre- and post-release programs.

Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners
Contact:
Brad Colbert
Address: LAMP Clinic
875 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
Phone:
(651) 290-6413; (651) 290-6407 fax
Services: Provide civil legal services to persons incarcerated in Minnesota state prisons who
cannot afford or in any manner obtain a private attorney.
Legal Rights Center
Contact:
Community Worker
Address: 1611 Park Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone:
(612) 337-0030; (612) 337-0797 fax
E-mail:
office@legalrightscenter.org
Website:
www.legalrightscenter.org
Services: Handle post-conviction, direct referrals and criminal defense cases only. Do not handle
appeals.

MISSISSIPPI
ACLU of Mississippi
Contact:
Nsombi Lambright
Address: P.O. Box 2242
Jackson, MS 39225-2242
Phone:
(601) 355-6464; (601) 355-6465 fax
E-mail:
msacluoffice@msaclu.org
Website:
www.msaclu.org
Services: Conduct civil-rights actions. Cases are limited to constitutional issues; no criminal work.
Mississippi CURE
Contact:
Sondra Humphrey, Director
Address: P O Box 97175

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E-mail:
Website:

Pearl, MS 39288-7175
sondra@mississippicure.org.
www.mississippicure.org

MISSOURI
4-H For Life
Missouri Department of Corrections
Contact:
Institutional Activities Coordinator
Address: 11593 State Highway O
Mineral Point, MO 63660
Phone:
(573) 438-6000 x1534
Services: Provide enhanced visiting, parenting education and group activities to incarcerated
individuals and their families at Potosi Correctional Center. Program uses National 4-H
organization framework.
ACLU of Eastern Missouri
Contact:
Anthony Rothert
Address: 454 Whittier Street
St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone:
(314) 652-3111
Website:
www.aclu-em.org
Services: Pursue prison-conditions issues and provide research, information and referrals to
prisoners.
Agape House
Contact:
Linda Lehenbauer, Manager
Address: 810 East High
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Email:
agapehousejc@earthlink.net
Phone:
(573) 636-5737
Services: Provide overnight lodging for family and friends visiting inmates in prison areas. Also
provide family-reunification support.
Center for Women in Transition
Contact:
Betsy Reznicek, Director of Advancement
Address: 7529 S. Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63111
Phone:
(314) 771-5207
Fax:
(314) 771-0066
Email:
cwit@cwitstl.org
Website:
http://cwitstl.org/
Services: Provides information, referrals and volunteer mentors for women exiting incarceration.
Provides advocacy for needs of children of offenders and alternative sentencing for
women.

Criminal Justice Ministry
Contact:
Carleen Reck
Address: 100 North Jefferson Ave
St. Louis, MO 63103
Phone:
(314) 652-8062; (314) 531-6712 fax
Website:
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Services:

Provide information, referrals, mentoring, public information and advocacy.

Girl Scout Council of Greater St. Louis
Address: 2300 Ball Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146
Phone:
(314) 592-2300
Website:
www.girlscoutsem.org
Services: Provide transportation and expenses for Girl Scouts Beyond Bars, Girl Scout troop
meetings in St. Louis and activities with moms and their daughters at the correctional
center.
Good Samaritan Project
Address: 3030 Walnut Street
Kansas City, MO 64108-3811
Phone:
(816) 561-8784; (816) 753-4582 fax
Website:
www.gsp-kc.org
Services: Provide supportive and responsive care for individuals affected by HIV/AIDS, through
education and advocacy.
Let’s Start
Contact:
Address:
Phone:
Website:
Services:

Cynthia Stevenson
1408 South 10th Street
St. Louis, MO 63104
(314) 241-2324
www.letsstart.org
Provide support for women coming out of prison, their children and the caregivers of the
children. Also provide public education and advocacy.

Lutheran Ministries
Contact:
Loretta Walters
Address: Humanitri
1120 South 6th Street
St Louis, MO, 63107
Phone:
(314) 772-7720
Services: Run the Next Steps Home Program, which assists ex-inmates, who have a sustainable
income, with housing and community resources. Provide transportation, self-help
support group, mentoring, religious ministry and referrals.
Missouri CURE
Address: P.O. Box 1245
Cape Girardeau, MO 63702
Phone:
1-(877) 525-CURE (2873)
E-mail:
missouricure@hotmail.com
Website:
www.missouricure.org
Services: Advocacy organization that works to reduce crime through criminal-justice reform and the
rehabilitation of errants.
Parents as Teachers
Contact:
Chris Denham
Address: Mexico Education Center
905 North Wade
Mexico, MO 65265
Phone:
(573) 581-3773 x2416
Services: Provide parent education, counseling, information, referrals, gifts for children and family
reunification support. Serve Audrain County.

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PATCH of Chillicothe
Address: P.O. Box 871
Chillicothe, MO 64601
Phone:
(800) 284-0145
E-mail:
director@chillicothepatch.org
Website:
www.chillicothepatch.org
Services: Provide mother-child visits in a supervised private setting, pre- and post-visit counseling,
parent education, parent support group, and limited transportation for children for visits at
Chillicothe Correctional Center.
Project COPE: Congregation Offender Partnership Enterprise
Address: 3529 Marcus Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63115
Phone:
(314) 389-4804; (314) 389-4804 fax
E-mail:
office@projcope.org
Website:
www.projcope.org
Services: Ecumenical agency engaging congregations in supportive partnerships with individually
selected ex-offenders as they re-enter the St. Louis community.
Regeneration Courage 2 Change, Inc.
Contact:
Wilma Warren
Address: P.O. Box 300573
St. Louis, MO 63130
Phone:
(314) 368-2426
Email:
regencourage2chg@aol.com
Services: Provides a mentoring/life-skills program for children with incarcerated parents, parent
education, self-help support group, information, referrals, religious ministry, family
reunification support, community residential services, public education, advocacy, reentry housing, drug and alcohol treatment program.

MONTANA
ACLU of Montana
Contact:
ACLU of Montana Legal Intake
Address: P.O. Box 9138
Missoula, MT 59807
Phone:
(406) 443-8590, extension 3057
E-mail:
aclu@aclumontana.org
Website:
www.aclumontana.org
Services: Provide representation in prison-conditions cases.

NEBRASKA
ACLU of Nebraska
Contact:
Amy Miller
Address: 941 O Street - #706
Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone:
(402) 476-8091; (402) 476-8135 fax
E-mail:
info@aclunebraska.org
Website:
www.aclunebraska.org
Services: Handle civil-rights actions and habeas corpus. Cases are limited to constitutional issues.
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Nebraska AIDS Project
Address: 250 S. 77th St, Suite A
Omaha, NE 68114
Phone:
(800) 782-2437 (in-state only)
(402) 552-9260; (402) 552-9251 fax
E-mail:
info@nap.org
Website:
www.nap.org
Services: Statewide AIDS service organization providing prevention strategies, support services
and case management to persons living with HIV/AIDS. Provides practical support,
volunteers, support groups and emergency assistance. Clients must be diagnosed as
HIV-positive. Support services available for family members and significant others.

NEVADA
ACLU of Nevada
Address: 732 South 6th Street - #202A
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone:
(702) 366-1226; (702) 366-1331 fax
E-mail:
aclunv@aclunv.org
Website:
www.aclunv.org
Services: Handle habeas corpus and prison- and jail-conditions cases. All services depend on the
availability of volunteer counsel.
Friends and Family of Incarcerated Persons, Inc.
Address: P.O. Box 27708
Las Vegas, NV 89126
Phone:
(702) 870-5577
E-mail:
ffipffip1@cox.net
Services: Provide support and help for the “outmates,” those on the outside who have a loved one
in prison or jail. Call for meeting times. Meetings take place at Christ Episcopal Church,
2000 South Maryland Parkway, Meeting Room #1.

NEW HAMPSHIRE
New Hampshire CLU
Contact:
Claire Ebel and Barbara Keshen
Address: 18 Low Avenue
Concord, NH 03301
Phone:
(603) 225-3080; (603) 226-3149 fax
Services: Handle prison conditions, First Amendment and prisoners’ rights cases.

NEW JERSEY
ACLU of New Jersey
Contact:
Legal Department
Address: P.O. Box 32159
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone:
(973) 642-2084; (973) 642-6523 fax

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E-mail:
Website:
Services:

info@aclu-nj.org
www.aclu-nj.org
Legal defense of serious violations of constitutional rights; violations must originate within
the State of New Jersey.

Garden State CURE
Contact:
Donna Brewer
Address: PO Box 1215
Willow Grove, PA, 19090
Phone:
(215) 892-8796
E-mail:
donntay@aol.com; info@gardenstatecure.org
Website:
www.gardenstatecure.org
Services: Advocacy organization that works to reduce crime through criminal-justice reform and the
restoration and rehabilitation of errants.
H.O.P.E. For Ex-Offenders, Inc.
Contact:
Rev. Jonathan Whitfield
Address: 259 Passaic Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Phone:
(201) 646-1995 (for incarcerated prisoners) or 0103 (youth, multicultural or in-state)
Services: Provide employment referrals, housing, clothing, food, transportation, medication, legal
matters, assistance with identity replacement, family services etc., for prisoners in Bergen
and Passaic, Essex, Hudson, and Morris counties. Advocacy program for individuals who
have been convicted or charged of a crime (new or old charges).
Hyacinth AIDS Foundation
Address: 317 George Street - #203
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone:
(732) 246-0204; (732) 246-4137 fax
(800) 433-0254 (in-state only)
E-mail:
info@hyacinth.org
Website:
www.hyacinth.org
Services: Offer the following services to prisoners with AIDS or who are HIV-positive: support
groups; liaison with paroled/released prisoners; and AIDS information for corrections
staff. Services are available to state and county prisoners, but not at every facility since
access to each facility must be granted separately. Also offer support groups for families
and a rental-assistance program in Essex County only.
New Jersey Association on Correction (NJAC)
Address: 986 S. Broad Street
Trenton, NJ 08611
Phone:
(609) 396-8900; (609) 396-8999
Services: Provide direct services to offenders and ex-offenders and advocates to improve the
criminal-justice system. Direct services are offered through two pre-release facilities,
Clinton House and Bates House. The two resource centers serve probationers and
parolees. Residential facilities are restricted to state prisoners on community release.

NJAC’s Clinton House
Address: 21 N. Clinton Avenue
Trenton, NJ 08609
Phone:
(609) 396-9186; (609) 396-0099 fax
Services: Clinton House is a 42-bed residential community-release program for adult male
offenders. Most of the residents are A304s (classified violent offenders). Eligibility criteria
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includes work release with a strong focus on reintegration and deinstitutionalization.
Distribute newsletters and kindness from the Human Kindness Foundation.
NJAC’s Sanford Bates House
Contact:
Lisa Conover
Address: 33 Remsen Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone:
(732) 846-7220
Services: Residential program for men on parole. Services include individual, group and family
counseling, employment assistance, substance-abuse counseling and financial
counseling. Assist in the transition from incarceration to living in the community.
Office of the Ombudsman, New Jersey Department of Corrections
Contact:
Dan Dibenedetti
Address: Department of Corrections, Ombudsman’s Office
P.O. Box 855
Trenton, NJ 08625
Phone:
(609) 292-8020 or 8021 (Inmate Line, collect calls not accepted)
(609) 633 2596 (Families Line)
Website:
www.state.nj.us/correctionsombudsman/faqs
Services: Provide assistance to prisoners with problems and complaints. The office functions
independently of the state prison facilities to ensure the development of trust,
confidentiality and objectivity between Ombudsmen and prisoners. Ombudsmen are
expected to be alert and to follow through on any violation of due process; to observe that
basic living standards are met; to be especially responsive to all allegations of staff
brutality; and to observe searches and crisis situations as required.

NEW MEXICO
ACLU of New Mexico
Contact:
Peter Simonson
Address: P.O. Box 566
Albuquerque, NM 87103
Phone:
(505) 266-5915; (505) 266-5916 fax
E-mail:
psimonson@aclu-nm.org
Website:
www.aclu-nm.org
Services: No direct services to prisoners; referrals only. Investigate complaints alleging that an
indigent defendant has not been appointed a Public Defender. Refer complaints from
penitentiary prisoners to the appropriate Public Defender office or to the prison
compliance monitor in Santa Fe. Refer prisoners looking for statutes or cases to the
Prison Research Staff at the UNM Law Library. Check complaints regarding food,
sanitation, medical treatment, mail, lawyer access and visiting privileges for city and
county jail inmates.
Coalition for Prisoners’ Rights
Contact:
Mara Taub
Address: P.O. Box 1911
Santa Fe, NM 87504
Phone:
(505) 982-9520
Services: Publish a short monthly newsletter published since 1976; News from/ for prisoners
national-wide; offers a variety of resource list; emphasizes analysis of US punishment
systems; free to prisoners and others who send a self-addressed stamped envelope; no
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Dismas House, Inc.
Contact:
Cheryl James
Address: P.O. Box 6101
Albuquerque, NM 87197
Phone:
(505) 343-0746
Fax:
(505) 345-4513
Web:
www.Dismashousenewmexico.org
Services: 90-day transitional reentry program which includes room, board and other services,
including case management, counseling, relapse prevention programs, job development,
education and life-skill programs. Enriched program specifically tailored towards
individuals re-entering society.
Faces of New Mexico (NM CURE)
Contact:
Elena Bost
Address: PO Box 543
Deming, NM 88031
Phone:
(575) 546-9003
E-mail:
nmcure@yahoo.com
Services: Advocacy organization that works to reduce crime through criminal-justice reform and the
rehabilitation of errants.
New Mexico Public Defender Department, Post-Conviction Unit
Contact:
John Walker
Address: 505 Marquette NW, Suite 120
Albuquerque, NM, 87102
Phone:
(505) 841-5100; (505) 841-5134 fax
Services: Provide court appointed representation services for conditions-of-confinement issues and
substantive underlying case challenges.
PB&J Family Services
Address: 1101 Lopez Road, S.W.
Albuquerque, NM 87105
Phone:
(505) 877-7060; (505) 877-7063 fax
E-mail:
info@pbjfamilyservices.org
Website:
www.pbjfamilyservices.org
Services: Has provided parenting education to incarcerated mothers and fathers for nearly 25
years, helping them to prepare for release and successfully reunite with their families.
Disability Rights New Mexico
Address: 1720 Louisiana Blvd. NE - #204
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Phone:
(800) 432-4682; (505) 256-3184 fax
Services: Provide information and referrals; advocacy; negotiation or court action on behalf of
individuals and groups; training regarding legal rights; benefits and assistance with other
disability issues. (In-state calls only.)

NEW YORK
ACCESS/Argus Community Inc.
Contact:
Dianna Diaz
Address: 760 East 160th Street
Bronx, NY 10456
Phone:
(718) 401-5741; (718) 993-9662 fax

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E-mail:
Services:

ddiaz@arguscommunity.org
Intensive case management for HIV+ persons, including ex-offenders and their families
with or without Medicaid. Provide referrals, escort to appointments, and home visits. Can
work with prisoners with a 30-day discharge date. Will work with parole, if clients
agree/consent.

AIDS Related Community Services
Contact:
Jennifer Palecek
Address: 235 Main St
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone:
(845) 471-0707; (845) 471-0857 fax
AIDS-line: (800) 992-1442
Website:
www.arcs.org
E-mail:
jpalecek@arcs.org
Services: Provide support groups, short-term counseling, AIDS crisis intervention, comprehensive
case-management services. Prison service initiative for state correctional facilities.
Referrals available for medical, legal, dental, funeral, and other services. Will provide
materials on current HIV/AIDS and updated medical information.
Cephas Attica, Inc.
Contact:
Jim Haid
Address: 660 Smith St
Buffalo, NY, 14210
Phone:
(716) 856-6131; (716) 566-7438 fax
E-mail:
info@peaceprintspm.org
Website:
www.peaceprintspm.org
Services: Provide group counseling in Attica, Wyoming, Collins, Orleans, Albion, Rochester,
Gowanda, and State School for Youth at Industry prisons (13 groups weekly) and aid
prisoner families. Post-release services include housing for parolees with a commitment
to Cephas, Attica’s 90-day program. Also offer assistance with educational opportunities,
housing and job opportunities and substance-abuse aftercare. Available 24 hours a day
for counseling.
The Children’s Center
Contact:
Alessandra Rose
Address: Bedford Hills Correctional Facility
247 Harris Road
Bedford Hills, NY 10507
Phone:
(914) 241-3100 x4050; x3199 fax
Services: Offer a wide range of services to prisoner mothers and their children. Programs include:
foster-care workshops, parenting classes, nursery, Infant Development Center, children’s
advocacy, family literacy, seasonal and holiday activities, story corner and transportation
assistance. The Children’s Playroom is open every day of the year. Provide the Foster
Care Handbook for Incarcerated Parents and Parenting from Inside/Out: The Voices of
Mothers in Prison.

CURE New York
Contact:
Joann Pujals
Address: 207 Riverside Ave
Scotia, NY 12302
Phone:
(518) 346-6848
E-mail:
curenewyork@aol.com
Website:
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Services:

Educational and advocacy organization that works for criminal-justice reform and the
rehabilitation of errants. Produce a quarterly newsletter focusing attention on New York
criminal-justice issues.

Civil Rights Clinic
Contact:
Claudia Angelos
Address: N.Y.U. Clinical Law Center
245 Sullivan Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10012
Phone:
(212) 998-6430; (212) 995-4031 fax
Services: In conjunction with a law school program, students handle an extremely limited number of
civil-rights cases for New York State prisoners incarcerated close to New York City.
Fortune Society
Address: 2976 North Boulevard
Long Island city, NY, 11101
Phone:
(212) 691-7554
E-mail:
info@fortunesociety.org
Website:
www.fortunesociety.org
Services: Ex-offender self-help organization with a national membership of 30,000. Work with
ex-offenders in the New York area. Offer one-on-one counseling (ex-offender to
ex-offender); one-on-one tutoring; job-training placement; tutoring in preparation for the
high school GED diploma; and outpatient substance-abuse services. No legal services.
Act as a referral agency for halfway houses, drug- or alcohol-addiction programs, and
numerous other social services. Conduct an alternatives-to-incarceration program and
AIDS counseling, and provide mental health services. Publish Fortune News, free to
prisoners upon request. Can be found on Facebook and Twitter.
Legal Action Center
Contact:
Paralegal on Call
Address: 225 Varick Street - 4th Floor
New York, NY 10014
Phone:
(800) 223-4044; (212) 243-1313; (212) 675-0286 fax
E-mail:
lacinfo@lac.org
Website:
www.lac.org
Services: Assists HIV-positive people and their families with a variety of matters, such as HIV
confidentiality and testing, discrimination based on HIV status, criminal record, or
alcohol/drug history, government benefits, health care proxies and living wills. The Center
also helps HIV+ individuals with criminal records get and clean up their rap sheets, get
Certificates of Relief from Disabilities and Good Conduct, and learn how to overcome
discriminatory barriers to jobs and housing.
New York City Board of Correction
Contact:
Cathy Potler
Address: 51 Chambers Street, Rm. 923
New York, NY 10007
Phone:
(212) 788-7840; (212) 788-7860 fax
Website:
www.nyc.gov/boc
Services: Evaluate the performance of the Department of Corrections, establish and ensure
compliance with minimum standards of confinement, health care, and mental-health care
in all city correctional facilities. Review prisoner and employee grievances, investigate
serious incidents and make recommendations in critical areas of correctional planning.
New York CLU
Contact:
Legal Intake Committee
Address: 125 Broad Street, 19th Floor

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Phone:
Website:
Services:

New York, NY 10004
(212) 607-3300 (Monday and Thursday, 11 AM-1 PM); (212) 607-3329 fax
www.nyclu.org
Handle rare post-conviction and habeas corpus cases, only if they raise new civil-liberties
issues. Refer most prison issues to either the Prisoners’ Rights Project of Legal Aid or
Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York.

The Osborne Association
Address: 809 Westchester Avenue
Bronx, NY 10455
Phone:
(718) 707-2600; (718) 707-3105 fax
E-mail:
info@osborneny.org
Website:
www.osborneny.org
Services: Operate model programs and provide direct services to defendants, individuals currently
and formerly incarcerated, and their families in New York City and Dutchess County, and
at 8 prisons and Rikers Island jail. Do not provide direct legal services. Most programs
have eligibility requirements related to residence, education, addiction or supervision
status. Special focus on children affected by parental incarceration. Publications and
information about services available online.
Ossining Prison Ministry, Inc.
Contact:
Marion Farrell
Address: 34 S. Highland Avenue
Ossining, NY 10562
Phone:
(914) 941-0540; (914) 941-3929 fax
Services: Provide breakfast and supervised childcare on Saturdays and Sundays to visiting families
and friends of prisoners at Sing Sing Prison. Some counseling is also provided and other
hospitality as needed.
Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York
PLS Ithaca
Address: 114 Prospect Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
E-mail:
bhutchings@plsny.org
Website:
www.plsny.org
Services: Provide civil legal services to indigent prisoners in New York State correctional facilities in
cases where no other counsel is available. Handle cases involving disciplinary
procedures, medical care, excessive force, mental-health care, conditions of
confinement, sentence computation, parole and jail-time credit. Serve prisoners in
Auburn, Butler, Camp Georgetown, Camp Monterey, Camp Pharsalia, Cape Vincent,
Cayuga, Elmira, Five Points, Southport, Watertown, and Willard.
PLS Albany
Contact:
Address:
Phone:
E-mail:
Website:
Services:

PLS Buffalo
Contact:

James Bogin
41 State Street, Suite M112
Albany, NY 12207
(518) 438-8046;
jbogin@plsny.org
www.plsny.org
Serve prisoners in Bedford Hill, Camp Mt. McGregor, Camp Summit, CNYPC, Coxsackie,
Downstate, Great Meadow, Eastern, Fishkill, Green Haven, Greene, Hale Creek,
Hudson, Johnstown, Marcy, Mid-state, Mohawk, Oneida, Sing Sing, Sullivan, Walsh and
Washington.

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Address:
Website:
Services:

237 Main Street, Suite 1535
Buffalo, NY 14203
www.plsny.org
Serve prisoners in Albion, Attica, Buffalo, Collins, Gowanda, Groveland, Lakeview,
Livingston, Orleans, Rochester, Wende, and Wyoming.

PLS Plattsburgh
Contact:
Michael Cassidy
Address: 121 Bridge Street. - #202
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone:
(518) 561-3088; (518) 561-3262 fax
E-mail:
mcassidy@plsny.org
Website:
www.plsny.org
Services: Serve prisoners in Adirondack, Altona, Bare Hill, Camp Gabriels, Chateaugay, Clinton,
Franklin, Gouverneur, Moriah, Ogdensburg, Riverview, and Upstate.
Prisoners’ Rights Project of the Legal Aid Society
Address: 199 Water Street
New York, NY 10038
Phone:
(212) 577-3530; (212) 509-8433 fax
Website:
www.legal-aid.org
Services: Primary work involves conditions-of-confinement litigation in federal court. Also provide
referrals and offer information, advice, and various forms and information packets to
individual prisoners seeking information on their legal rights and remedies. Services
limited to prisoners in New York State prisons and New York City jails.
Providence House, Inc.
Contact:
Sister Janet Kinney, CSJ, Executive Director
Address: 703 Lexington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11221
Phone:
(718) 455-0197; (718) 455-0692 fax
Services: Helps transform the lives of homeless, abused, and formerly incarcerated women and
their children – one family at a time. Its services and programs provide shelter and
support through its network of transitional residences, individual apartments and
permanent supportive housing located in Brooklyn, Queens and New Rochelle, New
York. Strives to break the cycle of homelessness and return to incarceration by assisting
its residents to obtain education and training, learn job skills, gain employment, and,
ultimately, find a permanent home for their families.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Contact:
F Zach Singleton
Address: 249 Broadway
Bethpage, NY 11714
Phone:
(516) 623-5710; (516) 378-0062 fax
E-mail:
dismas157@aol.com
Website:
www.svdprvc.org
Services: Provide bail assistance, transportation in emergencies and reasonable assurance of
housing and emergency clothing. Services are limited to Long Island residents who are
returning to Long Island from prison and those incarcerated in Long Island.
Southern Tier AIDS Program
Contact:
Joe Barnett
Address: 122 Baldwin Street
Johnson City, NY 13790
Phone:
(800) 333 0892; (607) 798-1706; (607) 798-1977 fax
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Website:
Services:

www.stapinc.org
Provide services for HIV+ individuals: transitional services to prepare inmates for release,
education programs, one-on-one counseling, group and individual support group
services, and free case management upon release. Also provides educational programs
and materials for corrections officials and parole officers.

Women’s Prison Association and Home
Contact:
Georgia Lerner
Address: 110 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003
Phone:
(646) 292-7742; (646) 292-7763 fax
E-mail:
info@wpaonline.org
Website:
www.wpa.org
Services: Founded in 1844, WPA is the nation’s oldest service and advocacy organization
committed to helping women with criminal justice histories realize new possibilities for
themselves and their families. Its services make it possible for women to obtain work,
housing and health care; to rebuild their families; and to participate in a law-abiding life in
the community. Through the Institute on Women and Criminal Justice, WPA aims to stem
over-reliance on incarceration and ensure that women and women’s issues are
represented in the discourse on criminal justice reform.

NORTH CAROLINA
ACLU of North Carolina
Contact:
Intake Department
Address: P.O. Box 28004
Raleigh, NC 27611
Phone:
(919) 834-3390; (919) 828-3265 fax
E-mail:
contact@acluofnc.org
Website:
www.acluofnorthcarolina.org
Services: Handle habeas corpus and prison-conditions cases. Provide direct referrals, including
referrals for damage suits.
The Center for Community Transitions, Inc.
Contact:
Erik Ortega, for reentry
Sandra Willoughby, for families
Address: PO Box 33533
Charlotte, NC 28233
Phone:
704-374-0762, for Erik Ortega
704-494-0001, for Sandra Willoughby
Email:
eortega@centerforcommunitytransitions.org
swilloughby@centerforcommunitytransitions.org
Website:
www.centerforcommunitytransitions.org
Services: LifeWorks! program provides assistance with employment readiness, search, case
management, and assistance with transportation for clients. Families Doing Time
program provides counseling, community referrals, reentry planning for the family,
reunification planning and parenting.
Community Success Initiative
Contact:
Dennis W. Gaddy
Address: P.O. Box 61114
Raleigh, NC 27661
Phone:
919-834-7626 ext.11
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Website:
Services:

www.communitysuccess.org
Through a network of community partners, Community Success Initiative works with men
and women in prison, former prisoners, people in transition, and their families through
their "Resource Center Without Walls". They provide small group trainings and individual
mentoring in general life skills, leadership, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and areas
related to transitioning back into family and community life.
The Initiative also convenes gatherings that provide the opportunity for people with life
experience with the criminal justice and prison systems to network with each other,
exchange knowledge and resources, and solve problems. These gatherings usually take
the shape of family sessions to strengthen family relationships as well as support and
empowerment groups for prisoners and former prisoners. They also collaboratively
convene roundtables for people to learn more about the criminal justice and prison
systems from people with real life experiences, and organize advocacy efforts around
related issues.

North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services, Inc.
Contact:
Brenda Richardson
Address: P.O. Box 25397
Raleigh, NC 27611-5397
Phone:
(919) 856-2200
Website:
www.ncpls.org
Services: Legal services to North Carolina prisoners only. Provide a range of services from advice
about prisoners’ legal rights to representation in all state courts. Handle a variety of legal
matters involving prison conditions and criminal convictions. Write NCPLS for a brochure
detailing which types of cases receive top priority, providing information on how to
request assistance from NCPLS, and listing information packets and legal forms available
to prisoners.
Prison-Ashram Project
Address: c/o Human Kindness Foundation
P.O. Box 61619
Durham, NC 27715
Phone:
(919) 383-5160; (919) 383-5140 fax
E-mail:
humankindness@humankindness.org
Website:
www.humankindness.org
Services: Publish an interfaith spiritual newsletter and distribute some free books. Publications
discuss the foundation of self-honesty, courage, kindness, humor, and wonder.

NORTH DAKOTA
ACLU of North Dakota
Contact:
Intake Department
Address: P.O. Box 1190
Fargo, ND 58107
Phone:
(605) 332-2508; (605) 332-5648 fax
E-mail:
northdakota@aclu.org
Website:
www.aclund.org

OHIO
STOP AIDS of Cincinnati (Planned Parenthood)
Contact:
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Phone:
Website:
Services:

Cincinnati, OH 45202 **ADDRESS ACCURATE UNTIL DECEMBER 2011
(513) 421-2437; (513) 421-0301 fax
www.stopaidscincy.org
Free HIV and Hepatitis C testing.

ACLU of Ohio
Contact:
Jeff Gamso
Address: 4506 Chester Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44103
Phone:
(216) 472-2200; (216) 472-2210 fax
E-mail:
contact@acluohio.org
Website:
www.acluohio.org
Services: Review complaints about prison and jail conditions. For state prison complaints, prisoner
is asked to file a grievance and appeal and send the response if s/he is dissatisfied with
it.
Caracole, Inc.
Address: 1821 Summit Road, Suite 001
Cincinnati, Ohio 45237
Phone:
(513) 761-1480
Email:
oracle@caracole.org
Website:
www.caracole.org
Services: Caracole provides safe, affordable housing and supportive services for individuals and
families living with HIV/AIDS.
CURE Ohio
Contact:
Address:
Phone:
Email:
Website:
Services:

Ellen Kitchens
P.O. Box 14080
Columbus, OH 43214
(877) 826-8504 (toll-free)
ellen.kitchens@gmail.com; cure-ohio1@cure-ohio.org
www.cure-ohio.org
Provide a legislative voice for Ohio prisoners and their families. Talk to legislators, public
officials, and the general public about the need for criminal-justice reform. Publish a
bimonthly newsletter, Against All Odds.

AIDS Resource Center Ohio
Address: 4400 N. High Street, Ste. 300
Columbus, OH 43214
or
15 W St #200
Dayton, OH, 45402
Phone:
(614) 299-2437 or (937) 461-2437; (614) 291-7162 fax
Hotline:
(800) 332-2437
Website:
www.arcohio.org
Services: Offer education about AIDS transmission and prevention for pre-release prisoners,
prisoners in drug-treatment programs, and prisoners in programs for sex offenders (upon
request from state institutions). Upon release, ex-offenders with AIDS may become ARC
clients. Client services include support groups for clients and their families, legal and
medical referrals, and a buddy program. Distribute a wide variety of literature about
HIV/AIDS for all ages. Operate statewide toll-free hotline. Hotline for hearing impaired is
(800) DEAF-TTY.
Ohio Justice and Policy Center
Address: 215 E. 9th Street - 6th Floor
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Phone:
E-mail:
Website:
Services:

(513) 421-1108; (513) 562-3200 fax
contact@ohiojpc.org
www.ohiojpc.org
Educate and assist Ohio prisoners with use of grievance and administrative remedies to
solve complaints dealing with conditions of confinement and protect prisoner rights under
the PLRA and Ohio H.B. 455. Help prisoners’ families understand prison procedures and
their rights as family members. Also litigate on significant prisoner rights issues and run
an empowerment program for Ohio incarcerated women.

Women’s Re-Entry Resource Network
Contact:
Mary Kozina, Director
Gloria Pickett, Operation Manager
Address: 1468 West 25th Street
Cleveland, OH 44113
Phone:
(216) 696-7535; (216) 658-4727 fax
Services: Provide case-management and counseling services at Cuyahoga County Jail, parenting
classes, anger management group, surviving abuse together group (conducted in prison),
educational and GED referrals, creative-writing groups (conducted in prison), clothing
assistance, information and referrals for housing and employment, temporary
transportation assistance, and support services at the Northeast Pre-release Center.

OKLAHOMA
ACLU of Oklahoma
Contact:
Tina Izadi
Address: 3000 Paseo Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
Phone:
(405) 524-8511; (405) 524-2296 fax
E-mail:
acluok@acluok.org
Website:
www.acluok.org
Services: Handle prison-conditions cases and civil-liberties violations. Provide limited referrals. Do
not provide post-conviction assistance or research services to prisoners.
The Education and Employment Ministry (TEEM)
Contact:
Tony Zahn or Michael Jackson
Address: 14 Northeast 13th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Phone:
(405) 235-5671; (405) 235-5686 fax
E-mail:
tzahn@teem.org; mjackson@teem.org
Website:
www.teem.org
Services: Interfaith organization that was originally founded in 1987. Provides education, job
placement, and social services free of charge to any person who is at least 18 years of
age, sober, and has a desire to improve their lives. The mission of TEEM is to reduce
poverty, homelessness, and unemployment in Oklahoma.
Hope for the Hopeless, Inc.'s "Prisoner Reentry Orientation Class for Oklahoma City"
Address: (Location): 900 N. May Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK
(Mailing):
PO Box 1112
Bethany, OK 73008
Phone:
(405) 615-6648
E-mail:
info@h4hweb.org
Website:
www.proclass.h4hweb.org
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orientation to social services, legal services employment, basic needs, and more. It is
free and open to any ex-felon or inmate, family member etc. Every Monday morning at
10:30, except holidays.
Oklahoma Hope Prison Ministry
Contact:
Rosalyn Mitchell, Case Manager
Address: 1839 N, Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74106
Phone:
(918) 599-0663
Email:
operationhope@ohpm.org
Website:
www.ohpm.org
Services: Provides services to the recently released, including assistance with housing and finding
work. Also assists with identification cards, birth certificates, social security cards, bus
tokens and passes to work. Clients must be released within the last year, and are seen
Monday to Wednesday, 9am-2pm.
Oklahoma CURE
Address: P.O. Box 9741
Tulsa, OK 74157-0741
Phone:
(918) 744-9857 (and fax)
E-mail:
okcure@okcure.org
Website:
www.okcure.org
Services: Advocacy organization that works to reduce crime through criminal-justice reform and the
rehabilitation of errants. Also aims to educate the general public on these issues. Can
also be found on Facebook and Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/OKCURE/177133775678190.

OREGON
ACLU of Oregon
Contact:
David Fidanque
Address: P.O. Box 40585
Portland, OR 97204-0585
Phone:
(503) 227-3186; (503) 227-6948 fax
E-mail:
info@aclu-or.org
Website:
www.aclu-or.org
Services: Handle limited post-conviction, habeas corpus, and prison-conditions cases. Direct
referrals are provided to agencies but not to private attorneys. This office has no staff
attorneys.

Community Court Project
Multnomah County Adult Community Justice District Offices
Address: 421 Southwest Fifth Avenue - #600
Portland, OR 97204
Phone:
(503) 988-4048
Services: By collaborating with citizens, law enforcement, court and social-service agencies, the
Community Court Project encourages defendants to contribute positively to their
community through community-service projects and offers them social-service assistance
to address cases.
Better People
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Address:
Phone:
Website:
Services:

4310 NE MLK, Jr. Boulevard
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 281-2663; (503) 281-2667 fax
www.betterpeople.org
A living-wage employment and counseling program for individuals who have legal history.

Legislative Commission on Indian Services
Address: 900 Court Street, NE - #167
Salem, OR 97301
Phone:
(503) 986-1067; (503) 986-1071 fax
Email:
cassandra.ferder@state.or.us
Website:
www.leg.state.or.us/cis
Services: The state regulated office to aid in legislative issues dealing with Tribe and Nation
peoples.
Multnomah County Legal Aid
Address: 921 SW Washington - 500
Portland, OR 97205
Phone:
(503) 224-4086; (503) 295-9496 fax
Website:
www.oregonlawhelp.org
Services: Assist residents in family law, public benefits, landlord tenants, administrative law, senior
law, and other civil matters.
Oregon CURE
Address: 1631 NE Broadway - #460
Portland, OR 97232
Phone:
(866) 357-2873
Website:
www.oregoncure.org
Services: Advocacy organization that works to reduce crime through criminal-justice reform and the
rehabilitation of errants. Provides orientation and support groups for family and friends of
those incarcerated to prepare them for the period of incarceration and release.
Oregon Office of the Governor
Address: Citizens’ Representative Office
Office of the Governor
900 Court Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone:
(503) 378-4582; (503) 378-6827 fax
Services: Handle issues that come to the Governor’s Office dealing with corrections, board of
parole, post-prison supervision, and other law-enforcement areas.
Oregon State Public Defender
Contact:
Peter Gartlan
Address: 1175 State Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone:
503-378-3349
E-mail:
peter.gartlan@opds.state.or.us
Website:
www.opds.state.or.us
Services: Represent financially eligible individuals on direct appeal in criminal cases, parole and
post-prison supervision appeals, and parents in juvenile dependency appeals.
Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
Contact:
Ron Steiner
Address: P.O. Box 361
Portland, OR 97207-0361
Phone:
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E-mail:
Website:
Services:

info@oadp.org
www.oadp.org
Criminal-justice activists joined in a concerted effort to increase the effectiveness of
Oregon’s response to violent interpersonal crime. Our members include victims,
survivors, attorneys, religious leaders, teachers and other concerned citizens. OADP
works toward repeal of the death penalty; support life sentence alternatives in response
to aggravated murder as effective and sufficient; promote research, education and
discussion of issues relating to the death penalty; work to promote principles of
restorative justice for all those affected by murder, including victims’ family members,
prisoners and prisoners’ families. OADP is currently moving towards legislation after the
Governor declared a moratorium on executions in November 2011.

Partnership for Safety and Justice
Contact:
Caylor Roling
Address: P.O. Box 40085
Portland, OR 97227
Phone:
503-335-8449
E-mail:
info@safetyandjustice.org
Website:
www.safetyandjustice.org
Services: Provide resources for those who have been incarcerated. Advocate the laws pertaining to
prisoners to change. Support more treatment options and alternatives to prison. Send
prisoners resource packets.

PENNSYLVANIA
ACLU of Pennsylvania
Address: P.O. Box 40008
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone:
(877) 745-2258 OR (215) 592-1513; (215) 592-1343 fax
E-mail:
info@aclupa.org
Website:
www.aclupa.org
Services: Primarily provide direct referrals. Occasionally handle habeas corpus and prisonconditions cases.
ACLU of Pennsylvania, Greater Pittsburgh Chapter
Address: 313 Atwood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone:
(877) 744-2258 OR (412) 681-7736
E-mail:
pgh@aclupgh.org
Website:
www.pgh.aclu.org
Services: Handle prison-conditions cases and provide referrals.
AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania
Contact:
Rhonda Goldfein
Address: 1211 Chestnut Street - #600m b
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone:
(215) 587-9377; (215) 587-9902 fax
Services: Provide a range of legal services, including information on compassionate release and
referrals to community-based organizations for prisoners living with HIV/AIDS. Publish
AIDS and the Law: Your Rights in Pennsylvania, available free to prisoners and lowincome residents
BEBASHI
Contact:

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Address:
Phone:
Website:
Services:

1217 Spring Garden Street, 1st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 769-3561, x143; (215) 769-3860 fax
www.bebashi.org
Provide discharge-planning and case-management services to HIV+ prisoners in
Pennsylvania State Correction Institutions. Assist with housing, medical and behavioral
health care, public benefits, and support in re-entry. Limited to HIV+ prisoners who are
returning to Philadelphia County upon release. Furnish agency brochures and discharge
planning forms upon request.

Centre Peace, Inc.
Contact:
Thom Brewster
Address: 3013 Benner Pike
Bellefonte, PA 16823-8303
Phone:
(814) 353-9081; (814) 353-9083 fax
E-mail:
thom@centrepeace.org
Website:
www.centrepeace.org
Services: Run Prayer-Mate Program. Prisoners and community members communicate by mail
through this office on a first-name-only basis. Run conflict-resolution training that
teaches non-violent resolution of conflicts and introduction to mediation. Provide life
skills training to men on the Special Needs Unit at SCI-Rockview. Provide vocational
skills training and Bible study groups for select inmates at the Centre County Correctional
Facility. Publish Criminal Justice Advocacy and Support Directory, free for PA prisoners,
victims, and their families. Organize Christmas Cards for Inmates Program by providing
homemade cards to individuals incarcerated in PA. Provide temporary housing for
inmates being released from Centre County Correctional Facility who are homeless.
.
Community Justice Project
Contact:
Donald Driscoll
Address: 429 Forbes Ave., Suite 1705
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Concerned Seniors/Gray Panthers of Graterford
Contact:
Dr. Julia Hall
Address: Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone:
(215) 895-2472; (215) 895-1333 fax
E-mail:
hall@drexel.edu
Services: Advocate for older prisoners incarcerated in Pennsylvania prisons and jails. Provide
information, advocacy, external contacts and opportunities to prepare for return to the
community. Medical, legal, financial and family experts frequently serve as guest
speakers to the group. Services are limited to the State Correctional Institute at
Graterford in Pennsylvania.
Defender Association of Philadelphia
Address: 1441 Samson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone:
(215) 568-3190; (215) 988-0208 fax
Services: Represent indigent adults and juveniles in criminal cases for which association is
appointed as counsel by the courts.
Lewisburg Prison Project, Inc.
Address: P.O. Box 128
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Phone:
(570) 523-1104; (570) 523-3944 fax
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Website:
Services:

www.lewisburgprisonproject.org
Provide direct civil legal services without charge to indigent prisoners who are victims of
crime or abuse, or who have been denied their constitutional rights due to their conditions
of confinement. Serve prisoners in the Middle District of Pennsylvania, including 2
Federal Corrections Complexes, 11 State Prisons, and 34 County Jails. Offer a number
of publications distributed nationwide of specific interest to prisoners. Contact the LPP for
their most recent list of manuals and bulletins on prisoner rights and pro se litigation.
Cannot provide legal services by mail; assist with criminal law, sentencing law, or
divorce; forward anything to other prisoners; or find citations, review briefs, or make
copies.

Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project
Contact:
Angus Love
Address: 718 Arch Street
Suite 304 South
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone:
(215) 925-2966; (215) 925-5337 fax
Website:
www.pailp.org
Services: Represent prisoners on prison-conditions issues and a full range of civil services.
Assistance provided to prisoners in the federal, state, or county jails throughout the
Commonwealth. Distribute various self-help publications regarding disciplinary actions,
political asylum, name change, and a report of leading cases in 3rd Circuit Court of
Appeals, as well as a local referral guide.
Pennsylvania Prison Society
Contact:
William DiMascio
Address: 245 N. Broad Street - #300
Philadelphia, PA 19107-1518
Phone:
(215) 564-6005; (215) 564-7926 fax
E-mail:
geninfo@prisonsociety.org
Website:
www.prisonsociety.org
Services: Provide support for prisoners while incarcerated and upon return to the community, in
addition to providing services for their families. The Re-Entry Services Program (RESP)
assists former offenders with life and employment skills to become productive members
of their communities. The Services to Elderly Inmates (STEP) provides casemanagement and direct services for aging prisoners in state prisons. The Inmate Family
Services (IFS) program teaches parenting skills to individuals incarcerated throughout the
state. The IFS facilitates Support of Kids with Incarcerated Parents (SKIP), a support
group for children between the ages of 8-12 years. The Virtual Visitation program offers
prisoners and their families the opportunity to visit via teleconference when distance
prevents families from traveling to visit loved ones. Staff and volunteers operate the
family resource center at the State Correctional Institution at Graterford.

The Program for Offenders
Contact:
Carol Hertz
Address: 564 Forbes Ave, Suite 930
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone:
(412) 281-7380; (412) 291-1311 fax
E-mail:
chertz@tpfo.org
Services: Provide alternatives to incarceration, with male and female facilities. Runs a number of
programs, including an intensive inpatient drug and alcohol program, employment
services, family services, life skills and adult basic education.
The Program ‘It’s About Change’
Contact:
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Address:
Phone:
Services:

1515 Derry Street
Harrisburg, PA 17104
(717) 238-9950; (717) 236-3585 fax
Supports individuals involved with the criminal justice system, primarily women and
children, to prevent recidivism and promote productive crime-free lives. Offers many
resources to individuals including residential programming, transportation assistance,
budgeting, job placement assistance, GED classes, life skills training, HIV/AIDS CRCS,
computer training, case management, counseling, and pre-release services

Program for Women and Families
Contact:
Dr. Joyce Dougherty
Address: 927 Hamilton St.
Allentown, PA 18101
Phone:
(610) 433-6556; (610) 433-1983 fax
E-mail:
contactus@thepwf.org
Website:
www.thepwf.org
Services: Work exclusively with women offenders at the local level. Provide employment
counseling, housing counseling, individual and group counseling, case management,
parenting classes, and HIV/AIDS prevention programs. Also operate a small transitional
residence.
Project IMPACT (Inside Muncy Parenting and Children Together)
Contact:
Rhonda Hummel or David Deibler-Gorman
Address: S.C.I. Muncy
P.O. Box 180
Muncy, PA 17756
Phone:
(570) 546-3171 x419 or x521
Email:
tredwards@pa.gov
Services: Run a children’s center at SCI-Muncy where prisoners can spend individual time with
their children. Project IMPACT also offers activity workshops, prenatal classes and
parenting support groups. Children up to age 17 can join this project.
Urban League Employment Program
Contact:
Josh Dixon
Address: 502 S. Duke Street
Lancaster, PA 17602
Phone:
(717) 394-1966: (717) 295-5044 fax
Website:
http://www.urbanleagueofscpa.com
Services: Provide job-search workshops, individualized job-search assistance, counseling, and
follow-up employment services. Also, offer a free job-listing service for employers.

WWW.Prisoners.com
Contact:
Sandra Feigley
Address: P.O. Box 5251
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone:
(717) 236-6045
Website:
www.prisoners.com
Services: Present prison-related issues to the world through our website and present prisoner
issues to Pennsylvania legislators. Not attorneys. Cannot assist with legal advice.

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ACLU of Puerto Rico
Contact:
William Ramirez, Esq.
Address: Union Plaza Building - #205
416 Avenida Ponce de Leon
San Juan, PR 00918
Phone:
(787) 753-8493; (787) 753-4268 fax
E-mail:
aclupr@prtc.net
Services: Provide limited assistance to prisoners. Services are restricted to general counseling and
direct referrals. Provide advocacy against the death penalty and work in coalition with
local prison-advocacy organizations.
Programa de Apoyo y Enlace Comunitario (PAE)
Address: PO Box 1017
Aguada, PR 00602
Phone:
(787) 252-3439
Universidad de Puerto Rico, Escuela de Derecho: Clínica de Asistencia Legal
Address: PO Box 21907
San Juan, PR 00931-1917
Phone:
(787) 999-9570/Fax: (787) 999-9580
Website:
www.law.upr.edu
Services: By appointment.
Sociedad Para Assistencia Legal de Puerto Rico
Address: PO Box 21490
Río Piedras, PR 00928
Phone:
(787) 765-3875; (787) 765-0126; (787) 765-0136 fax
Website:
www.salpr.org
Services: By appointment.
Asociación de Servicios para Ex Adictos y Ex Confinados Rehabilitados (ASEER, Inc.)
Contact:
Katherine Torres
Address: PO Box 19
Saint Just, PR 00978-0019
Phone:
(787) 755-0810; 787-755-0870
Email:
aseerinc@yahoo.com
Servicios Legales de PR
Address: 1859 Ave. Ponce de León, Stop 26
Santurce, PR 00907
Phone:
(787) 728-8686/1800-981-5342
Website:
www.servicioslegales.org
Services: By appointment.

RHODE ISLAND
ACLU of Rhode Island
Contact:
Steven Brown
Address: 128 Dorrance Street - #220
Providence, RI 02903
Phone:
(401) 831-7171; (401) 831-7175 fax
E-mail:
riaclu@riaclu.org
Website:
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Services:

OpenDoors
Contact:
Phone:
Email:
Website:
Services:

Provide limited assistance to prisoners. Services are restricted to post-conviction, habeas
corpus, prison conditions, and direct referrals. Especially concerned with prison problems
that raise significant First Amendment or due process issues.

Ron Fortes
(401) 781-5808
rfortes@opendoorsri.org
www.opendoorsri.org
The OpenDoors reentry program uses a holistic approach to support offenders as they
prepare to leave prison, return home, and stabilize in the community. The agency's
programs include discharge planning within Men’s Minimum Security, policy and
advocacy on criminal justice issues, the one-stop Resource Center, and the Employment
Program. OpenDoors programs seek to ameliorate the condition of the poor and promote
economic self-sufficiency by improving job-readiness, addressing barriers to employment,
and teaching job-retention skills.

SOUTH CAROLINA
ACLU of South Carolina
Address: P.O. Box 20998
Charleston, SC 29403
Phone:
(843) 720-1423; (803) 254-7374 fax
E-mail:
info@aclusouthcarolina.org
Website:
www.aclusouthcarolina.org
Services: Provide limited assistance to prisoners. Services are restricted to post-conviction, habeas
corpus, prison conditions, and direct referrals.
Alston Wilkes Society
Address: 3519 Medical Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
Phone:
(803) 799-2490; (803) 540-7223 fax
Website:
www.alstonwilkessociety.org
Services: Statewide social-service organization that provides a broad range of direct services and
referral assistance to offenders, ex-offenders and their immediate families. Provide
assistance to prisoners regarding parole and release planning, as well as advocacy and
legislative services. Operate halfway houses for adult offenders, group homes for
emotionally disturbed juveniles, and a facility for homeless male veterans. Provide public
information and educational programs to citizens of South Carolina, and provide a range
of volunteer services to adults and juveniles. Accept out-of-state referrals of residents of
South Carolina and of probationers under jurisdiction of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

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SOUTH DAKOTA
ACLU of South Dakota
Contact:
Intake Department
Address: P.O. Box 1170
Sioux Falls, SD 57101
Phone:
(605) 332-2508; (605) 332-5648 fax
E-mail:
southdakota@aclu.org

TENNESSEE
ACLU of Tennessee
Contact:
Melody Fowler-Green
Address: P.O. Box 120160
Nashville, TN 37212
Phone:
(615) 320-7142
Website:
www.aclu-tn.org
Services: Handle habeas corpus, if a civil-rights question is involved, and prison- and jail-conditions
cases. Provide direct referrals and legal assistance regarding discrimination based on
AIDS/HIV.
Reconciliation Ministries, Inc.
Contact:
Ann Charvett
Address: 702 51st Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37209
Phone:
(615) 292-6371; (615) 292-6383 fax
Website:
www.reconciliation84.org
Services: We only respond to requests relating to Tennessee prisoners. Provide a guesthouse for
families coming to Nashville to visit a prisoner in a Middle Tennessee correctional facility.
Accommodations are free to visiting families and some transportation assistance is
available. Reservations are required. For ex-offenders looking to relocate, contact the
Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole. Offer a weekly support group for adults with
loved ones in prison. Provide advocacy for families, information, and referrals. Offer
publications of interest to prisoners and their families: Separate Prisons Newsletter,
available free; Handbook for Families and Friends of Tennessee Prisoners, contact office
for cost; Two in Every 100, a workbook for young children with a parent in prison, contact
office for cost. Parole packets with information about preparing for parole in Tennessee
are $8.
Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
Address: Box 120552
Nashville, TN 37212
Phone:
(615) 256-3906
E-mail:
info@tenneseedeathpenalty.org
Website:
www.tennesseedeathpenalty.org
Services: Coordinate legislative and community opposition to the death penalty. Publish quarterly
newsletter, Tennessee Lifelines, free to Tennessee death-row prisoners.

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TEXAS
ACLU of Texas
Contact:
Lisa Graybill
Address: P.O. Box 12905
Austin, TX 78711-2905
Phone:
(512) 478-7309; (512) 478-7303 fax
E-mail:
info@aclutx.org
Website:
www.aclutx.org
Services: Handle city, county, state and federal prison-conditions cases.
Dallas County Jail Programs Division
Contact:
Yolanda Laura
Address: 133 N. Riverfront Boulevard, LB31
Dallas, TX 75207
Phone:
(214) 653-3474; (214) 653-2832 fax
Services: Coordinate education courses (literacy and GED through community college), recreation,
library, and substance-abuse programs for prisoners within the Dallas County Jail
system. Assist in referrals to outside community agencies for released prisoners.
Texas CURE
Address:
Phone:
E-mail:
Services:

PO Box 551147
Dallas, TX 75355-1147
(972) 276-9865
dill.c@tx.rr.com
Provide referrals and information, no legal assistance. Organize prisoners, their families
and other concerned citizens to achieve reforms in the Texas criminal-justice system.
Publish a quarterly newsletter, News & Notes, free to Texas prisoners and Texas CURE
members contributing $10 or more.

Texas Inmates Families Association (TIFA)
Contact:
Susan Fenner
Address: P.O. Box 300220
Austin, TX 78703-0004
Phone:
(512) 371-0900
E-mail:
tifa@tifa.org
Website:
www.tifa.org
Services: Advocacy organization for families with incarcerated loved ones. Help families help their
incarcerated family members with conditions issues, such as medical care, abuse, and
violence. Provide educational and other information. Advocate for legislative and criminal
justice reform and public awareness. Hosts chapter meetings in some cities.
Welcome House, Inc.
Contact:
Don Johnson
Address: 921 N. Peak Street
Dallas, TX 75204
Phone:
(214) 887-0696; (214) 887-0931 fax
E-mail:
donjohnsoned@sbcglobal.net
Services: Offer housing, food, clothing, and the introduction to recovery as described by AA
guidelines. Provide a safe place to live for male prisoners. Affiliated with Dallas’s court
system, we frequently accompany offenders to court and testify to their program
adherence. Also offer a mentoring program, GED assistance, life-skills, family and marital
counseling, and a recovery support group. Assist parolees in establishing a home in a
structured drug-free environment. Distribute a free client brochure on agency specifics.

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Texas Advocacy Project, Inc.
Contact:
Andrea Sloan
Address: P.O. Box 833
Austin, TX 78767-0833
Phone:
(512) 476-5377; (800) 777-3247 (toll-free)
E-mail:
info@texasadvocacyproject.org
Website:
www.texasadvocacyproject.org
Services: Provide free legal assistance for any victim of domestic violence or sexual assault in
Texas.

UTAH
ACLU of Utah
Address: 355 North 300 W
Salt Lake City, UT 84103
Phone:
(801) 521-9289; (801) 532-2850 fax
E-mail:
aclu@acluutah.org
Website:
www.acluutah.org
Services: Review complaints resulting in systemic violations of prisoner rights. Monthly meetings
with prison officials to resolve ongoing problems; medical care, mental health, and
general conditions.

VERMONT
ACLU of Vermont
Contact:
Dan Barrett
Address: 137 Elm Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
Phone:
(802) 223-6304; (802) 233-6304 fax
E-mail:
info@acluvt.org
Website:
www.acluvt.org
Services: Handle post-conviction cases involving civil-liberties issues; limited prison-conditions
cases; damage suits (no fees). Provide direct referrals. Services limited to Vermont
prisoners, residents, and prisoners transferred to other states.
CURE Vermont
Contact:
Gordon Bock, Chairman
Address: PO Box 484
Montpelier, VT 05601-0484
Phone:
(802) 371-9932 (no collect calls)
E-mail:
cure.vermont@gmail.com
Website:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/CURE-Vermont/179170365481459
(click "like" and --- if you wish --- "subscribe" to either an RSS feed or an SMS feed)
Services: Exists solely to promote positive changes in the criminal justice system, by working with
policy makers in all branches of government. Provides information and encouragement to
its members so that they will work with policymakers to foster constructive changes. Does
not provide legal representation.
Dismas of Vermont
Contact:
Jan Tarjan, Executive Director
Phone:
Burlington Dismas House: (802) 658-0381
Rutland Dismas House: (802) 775-5539
Email:
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Website:
Services:

www.dismasofvermont.org
Dismas of Vermont’s mission is to reconcile prisoners with society and society with
prisoners. Works locally to serve former prisoners in their difficult transition from prison to
the community, with houses in Burlington, Winooski and Rutland. An opportunity for
housing in Hartford, Vt. is in development. Only prisoners considered “local” to each
house will be selected, and each prospective resident must apply through his or her
caseworker.

Prisoners’ Rights Office
Contact:
Dawn Seibert
Address: 6 Baldwin Street - 4th Floor
Montpelier, VT 05633
Phone:
(802) 828-3194; (802) 828-3163 fax
Website:
www.defgen.state.vt.us
Services: Handle limited civil-rights actions, post-conviction relief, habeas corpus and prisonconditions cases; direct referrals; parole revocation; and prison disciplinary matters. Only
assist Vermont prisoners charged with Vermont crimes that are still incarcerated or under
supervision.
South Royalton Legal Clinic
Contact:
Sharon Mee
Address: PO Box 117
South Royalton, VT 05068
Phone:
(802) 831-1500; (802) 831-1115 fax
Services: Provides free legal services to low income residents in a variety of civil matters. The
primary service area for representation is Orange and Windsor counties.
Vermont Catholic Charities, Inc.
Contact:
Deacon Dennis Moore
Address: 55 Joy Drive
South Burlington, VT 05403
Phone:
(802) 658-6111 ext. 1402; (802) 860-0451 fax
E-mail:
dmoore@vermontcatholic.org
Services: Provide one-on-one pastoral counseling, family visitation, prisoner-supervised passes,
and referral services. Services are limited to Vermont offenders, ex-offenders and their
families. Also provide Catholic Mass and other Church services. Ensure that each
prisoner receives a Christmas gift—i.e., socks, shampoo, writing paper, etc. Furnish
clothing whenever possible to needy prisoners. Assist ex-offenders with employment and
housing assistance.

VIRGINIA
ACLU of Virginia
Contact:
Rebecca Glenberg
Address: 530 East Main Street - #310
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone:
(804) 644-8022; (804) 649-2733 fax
E-mail:
intake@acluva.org
Website:
www.acluva.org
Services: Handle select litigation limited to state prison facilities and county jails.
AIDS/HIV Services Group
Contact:
Emily Johnson
Address: 953 2nd Street SE
Charlottesville, VA 22902

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Phone:
E-mail:
Website:
Services:

(434) 979-7714; (434) 984-0249 fax
emily.johnson@asgva.org
www.asgva.org
ASG provides education, HIV testing, case management including transportation
assistance, job readiness training, and housing assistance. ASG provides linkages to
care and community resources for inmates or recently released individuals and their
family members who are living with, affected by, or at risk for HIV or AIDS in Virginia.

Assisting Families of Inmates
Contact:
Fran Bolin
Address: 1 N. 5th Street - #416
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone:
(804) 643-2401; (804) 643-2464 fax
E-mail:
family@afoi.org
Website:
www.afoi.org
Services: Provide visiting-day transportation for families and friends of state prisoners between
Richmond and most major state prisons. Provide information and referrals for community
resources that assist families and provide chaperones to accompany children on visits
with incarcerated mothers. Collaborate with CIS to run a school-based counseling
program for children of incarcerated parents, called Milk and Cookies. Cooperate with
United Methodist Church to recruit and enroll eligible children for the All God’s Children
summer camp. Provide visitation services between families and inmates through our new
video visitation program.
Offender Aid and Restoration of Arlington County
Contact:
Coordinator of Re-entry
Address: 1400 N. Uhle Street - #704
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone:
(703) 228-7030; (703) 228-3981 fax
E-mail:
info@oaronline.org
Website:
www.oaronline.org
Services: Provide support, emergency assistance, identification, direct referrals, and planning for
transition into the community. Prepare clients to obtain and maintain suitable
employment. Limited to residents of Arlington County, City of Alexandria, and City of Falls
Church.
Offender Aid and Restoration of Charlottesville/Albemarle
Contact:
Jason Ness
Address: 750 Harris Street - #207
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Phone:
(434) 296-2441; (434) 979-4038 fax
E-mail:
jness@oar-jacc.org
Website:
www.oar-jacc.org
Services: Offer pretrial services, supervision of community service and restitution, job assistance,
and emergency assistance for offenders and families.
Offender Aid and Restoration of Richmond, Inc.
Contact:
Barbara Slayden
Address: 1 N. 3rd Street - #200
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone:
(804) 643-2746; (804) 643-1187 fax
E-mail:
info@oarric.org
Website:
www.oarric.org
Services: Post-release services are provided to inmates released from a jail in the greater
Richmond area and inmates from a state or federal prison returning to the Richmond
area.

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Opportunities, Alternatives & Resources of Fairfax County, Inc.
Address: 10640 Page Avenue - #250
Fairfax, VA 22030-4000
Phone:
(703) 246-3033; (703) 273-7554 fax
E-mail:
info@oarfairfax.org
Website:
www.oarfairfax.org
Services: Provide referrals to community resources, employment and vocational guidance, one-onone volunteers (prisoner visitation) at Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and
emergency assistance for ex-offenders to obtain food, clothing and temporary housing.
Family assistance services include: family support group, one-on-one counseling (by
appointment), emergency assistance to obtain food, clothing and temporary housing and
Saturday Friends, a support group for children of offenders and the children’s main care
givers. Assistance available only for Fairfax County residents and ex-offenders from
Fairfax County returning from state correctional institutions. Limited resources also
available to residents and ex-offenders in Loudon and Prince William Counties.
Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center
Contact:
Rob Lee
Address: 2421 Ivy Road - #301
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Phone:
(434) 817-2970; (434) 817-2972 fax
E-mail:
roblee@vcrrc.org
Services: Provide expert legal consultative services to attorneys and law firms that represent deathsentenced inmates. We only represent inmates in Virginia.
Virginia CURE
Contact:
Carla Peterson
Address: P.O. Box 2310
Vienna, VA 22183
Phone:
(703) 272-3624; (703) 272-3624 fax
E-mail:
vacure1@cox.net
Website:
www.vacure.org
Services: All-volunteer membership organization. Provide referrals, public information and
education on the criminal-justice system, and prison and criminal-justice-reform
advocacy. Network with state legislature, prisoner family-support groups, religious
leaders, and administrative agencies that deal with prison and criminal justice issues.
Publish infrequent newsletter on Virginia prison issues, Inside Out. Dues: $2 (or 6
stamps) prisoners; $15 individuals; $25 family; $50 supporter; $150 life
member/organization; $250 benefactor.

WASHINGTON
ACLU of Washington
Address: 901 Fifth Avenue, Suite 630
Seattle, WA 98164
Phone:
(206) 624-2180 (10 AM-2 PM, Monday-Thursday); (206) 624-2190 fax
E-mail:
administration@aclu-wa.org
Website:
www.aclu-wa.org
Services: Handle complaints, on a limited basis, regarding jail and prison conditions and treatment
of prisoners (depending on available staff resources). No post-conviction appeals.
Columbia Legal Service
Contact:
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Address:
Website:
Phone:
Services:

101 Yesler Way - #300
Seattle, WA 98104
www.columbialegal.org
(206) 382-3399 (collect) or (206) 464-1518 (TDD); (800) 542-0794
Handle conditions-of-confinement and civil-rights claims.

Post-Prison Education Program
Address: Central Building – Suite 180
810 Third Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104-1606
Website:
http://www.postprisonedu.org
Services: The Mission of the Post-Prison Education Program is to offer hope and create
opportunities for former prisoners returning to society by providing access to higher
education.
Spokane County Public Defender
Contact:
John Rodgers
Address: 1033 W. Gardner
Spokane, WA 99260-0280
Phone:
(509) 477-4246; (509) 477-2567 fax
Services: By court appointment only, handle adult felony, juvenile felony and misdemeanor and
county misdemeanor crimes. Also handle civil commitments and juvenile dependency
cases.

WEST VIRGINIA
ACLU of West Virginia
Address: P.O. Box 3952
Charleston, WV 25339-3952
Phone:
(304) 345-9246; (304) 345-9262 fax
E-mail:
mail@acluwv.org
Website:
www.acluwv.org
Services: Handle complaints on a very limited basis, regarding jail and prison conditions.
Alderson Hospitality House
Contact:
Tina Marquart
Address: P.O. Box 579
Alderson, WV 24910
Phone:
(304) 445-2980
Website:
www.aldersonhospitalityhouse.org
Services: Provide free lodging, meals, transportation and support to families and loved ones visiting
women incarcerated in Alderson Federal Prison Camp. Publish free quarterly newsletter,
The Trumpet. Donations are accepted.

WISCONSIN
ACLU of Wisconsin
Contact:
Legal Department
Address: 207 East Buffalo Street - #325
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone:
(414) 272-4032 x216; (414) 272-0182 fax
E-mail:
inquiries@aclu-wi.org
Website:
www.aclu-wi.org

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Services:

Do limited prison-conditions work. Prefer cases that involve constitutional issues and that
may have a broad enough impact to succeed in changing legislation or administrative
remedies.

AIDS Network
Contact:
Jenny Shaffer
Address: 600 Williamson Street
Madison, WI 53703
Phone:
(608) 252-6540; (800) 486-6276; (608) 252-6559 fax
E-mail:
info@aidsnetwork.org
Services: Provide information, referrals and advocacy by mail, and when permitted, by phone and
visits. Assist in obtaining medical care, AODA treatment and housing. Educate prisoners’
attorneys on possible effect of HIV infection on a client’s case. Services are limited to
prisoners in county, state or federal correctional facilities within South Central Wisconsin.
A newsletter is available.
Horizon, Inc.
Contact:
Address:
Phone:
E-mail:
Website:
Services:

Stacey Yonkoski
2511 W. Vine Street
Milwaukee, WI 53205
(414) 342-3237; (414) 342-3258 fax
staceyy@camwc.net
www.horizonshouse.org
Provide alternatives to incarceration (halfway houses) for women.

Madison-area Urban Ministry
Contact:
Linda Ketcham, Director
Address: 2300 South Park Street - #2022
Madison, WI 53713
Phone:
(608) 256-0906; (608) 256-4387 (fax)
E-mail:
mum@emum.org
Website:
www.emum.org
Services: Work on issues of re-entry of formerly incarcerated people, affordable housing, healthy
neighborhoods, and mentoring children who have an incarcerated parent.
Project RETURN
Contact:
Wendel Hruska
Address: 2821 N. 4th Street - #202
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Phone:
(414) 374-8029; (414) 374-8033 fax
E-mail:
wendel@projectreturnmilwaukee.org
Website:
www.projectreturnmilwaukee.org
Services: Assist people leaving prison with finding permanent family-supporting jobs and affordable
housing, while remaining drug-free. Affirm and challenge ex-offenders to become
productive Milwaukeeans.

Wisconsin Community Services Inc.
Contact:
Holly Patzer, Executive Director
Address: 3732 W. Wisconsin Ave Suite 200
Milwaukee, WI 53208
Phone: (414) 290-0418; (414) 271-4605 fax
E-mail:
hpatzer@wiscs.org
Website:
www.wiscs.org
Services: Operate community and alternative programs for offenders, including employment and
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intervention, alcohol/drug and mental-health services,
educational services for high risk youth.

mediation services and

Wisconsin CURE
Contact:
Kathleen Hart
Address: P.O. Box 183
Greendale, WI 53129
Phone:
(414) 409-7028
E-mail:
harthouse9@yahoo.com
Services: Advocacy organization that works to reduce crime through criminal-justice reform and the
rehabilitation of errants.

WYOMING
ACLU-Wyoming Chapter
Contact:
Linda Burt
Address: P.O. Box 20706
Cheyenne, WY 82003
Phone:
(307) 637-4565; (307) 637-4565 fax
E-mail:
wyoaclu@aol.com
Website:
www.aclu-wy.org
Services: Provide general prisoner assistance primarily by screening and referral.
Wyoming Defender Aid Program
Contact:
Dianne Courselle
Address: 1000 E. University Avenue, Dept. 3035
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone:
(307) 766-3223; (307) 766-2105 fax
E-mail:
dcoursel@uwyo.edu
uwdefaid@uyo.edu
Services: Handle post-conviction and habeas corpus cases. Provide direct referrals and legal
research.
University of Wyoming Legal Services
Contact:
John Burman
Address: 1000 E. University Avenue, Dept. 3010
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone:
(307) 766-2104; (307) 766-4823 fax
E-mail:
uwlsp@uwyo.edu
Services: Provide legal assistance for civil

matters

that

are

not

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University of Wyoming Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project
Contact:
John Burman
Address: University of Wyoming, College of Law
1000 East University Avenue, Dept. 3010
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone:
(307) 766-3747
E-mail:
dvlap@uwyo.edu
Services: Providing civil legal assistance to low income victims of domestic violence, sexual assault
and stalking. Do not handle any criminal cases or bankruptcies.

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Amnesty International
Address: 5 Penn Plaza
New York, NY 10001
Phone:
(212) 807-8400
Website:
www.amnestyusa.org
Services: An independent worldwide movement working for the international protection of human
rights. Seek the release of men and women detained because of their beliefs, ethnic
origin, language, or religious creed, provided they have not used violence (prisoners of
conscience). Work for a fair and prompt trial for all political prisoners and work on behalf
of such people detained without charge or trial. Oppose the death penalty, torture or
other inhumane treatment of prisoners. For prisoners who have been ill-treated by prison
personnel, will provide a "Questionnaire on Torture and Ill-treatment." (Do not send
transcripts.) Publish numerous reports on human-rights violations around the world,
including death-penalty reports. Write for complete list. All AI reports are available on the
website.
Open Door Books Montreal Montreal
Address: QPIRG-Concordia c/o Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve W.
Montreal, QC H3G 1M8
Canada
Phone:
(514) 848-7583
E-mail:
bookstoprisoners@gmail.com
Services: Fills research requests free of charge for prisoners in Canada and in the U.S.
Sends books free of charge to prisoners in Canada. Does not send books to the U.S.
Human Rights Watch
Address: 350 5th Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10118-3299
Phone:
(212) 290-4700; (212) 736-1300 fax
Website:
www.hrw.org
Services: Conduct fact-finding investigations into human-rights abuses in all regions of the world.
Working with local partners, monitor conditions of detention around the world. Publish
findings in books and reports.
Penal Reform International
Address: Unit 450, The Bon Marche Centre
241-251 Ferndale Road
London SW9 8BJ
United Kingdom
Phone:
+44 20 7924 9575;
+44 20 7924 9697 fax
E-mail:
info@penalreform.org
Website:
www.penalreform.org
Services: Provide assistance to local human rights organizations, NGO’s, and local governments in
the reform of criminal-justice and prison systems and in fighting to abolish the death
penalty. Work through regional offices in Moscow, Bucharest, and Washington.

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Prison Fellowship Ministries
Contact:
Suzanne Fisher
Address: P.O. Box 17434
Washington, DC 20041
Phone:
(703) 481-0000; (703) 481-0003 fax
E-mail:
info@pfi.org
Website:
www.pfi.org
Services: Through our national ministries in 112 countries, offer the following service: Angel Tree
for prisoners’ children and families (1-800-55-ANGEL).

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BOOKS, REPORTS, ETC.
This section is organized alphabetically by publishing organization. All publication prices are subject to
change. Contact individual organizations for specific and current ordering and subscription information.

American Correctional Association
To following publication is available from the American Correctional Association, Attention Roberta
Gibson, 206 North Washington Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314; (800) 222-5646 x0129:
Corrections Compendium—A peer-reviewed, research-based journal of the American Correctional
Association for corrections professionals. Reports on trends in corrections, legal developments and
provides monthly surveys on various corrections issues. Published four times a year. The cost is $72 for
one year.

Biddle Publishing
To order the following, contact the publisher at PO Box 73, Southeastern, PA 19399; (610) 213-3735.
Website: www.biddle-audenreed.com.
Going to Prison? 5th Edition—A guide to help prepare those en route to prison. The new edition is
expanded to include updated information on Federal facilities and Community Corrections Management
offices and States’ DOC. The cost is $9.95 (plus $2.50 shipping).

Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice Publications
CJCJ has an extensive list of publications, all of which are available on the Center’s website at
www.cjcj.org. To obtain hard copies of any of the publications, write the Center at: 440 9th Street, San
Francisco, CA 94103; (415) 621-5661.

Columbia Human Rights Law Review
The Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual, 9th Edition—A handbook of legal rights and procedures designed for use
by people in prison. The JLM informs prisoners of their legal rights, shows them how to secure these
rights through the judicial process, and guides them through the complex array of procedures and legal
vocabulary which make up this system. The JLM also instructs prisoners in techniques of legal research
and explains the need to take note of important legal developments. Available free online at
http://www3.law.columbia.edu/hrlr/index_jlm.php. $100 for non-inmates and $30 for inmates and their
families. To place your order or get more information, please call or write to Columbia Human Rights Law
Review, Attn: JLM Order, 435 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10027; (212) 854-1601; (212) 854-7946
(fax).

Education Behind Bars Newsletter
Offer a free, bimonthly publication focused upon prison education. Its targeted readership includes
prisoners, incarcerated students, prison educators, prison administrators, and lawmakers. Education
Behind Bars Newsletter is available in print for incarcerated readers and in an electronic format at
PrisonEducation.com for those with internet access. Prisoners can subscribe to this free publication by
writing to: Education Behind Bars Newsletter, P.O. Box 69, Berryville, AR 72616.

Foreverfamily Publications

The following publications are available from Foreverfamily, 387 Joseph Lowery Blvd, 2nd Floor, Atlanta,
GA 30310; (404) 223-1200; assistant@foreverfam.org; www.foreverfam.org. Publications are free to
prisoners and their families or $10 prepaid for non-prisoners.

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Parenting from Prison: A Handbook for Incarcerated Mothers—A guidebook for mothers who are
incarcerated.
Jail and Justice—A handbook for incarcerated women.

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders Publications
To order the following publications, write GLAD at 30 Winter Street - #800, Boston, MA 02108; (617) 4261350:
National Resource List for Prisoners—A resource listing for prisoners nationally (2 pages). Free to
prisoners.
New England Prisoner Packet—Resources and legal information for people in New England
prisons. Free to prisoners.

InsideOut Dad™
An evidence-based reentry program designed to connect incarcerated fathers to their families and
prepare them for release. The curriculum kit for facilitators to run the group-based program can be
purchased for $400 (available in secular and Christian versions.) Visit www.fatherhood.org/iod
or www.fatherhood.org/iodchristian for more information on the InsideOut Dad™ curriculum, or to
purchase. For information on InsideOut Dad™ curriculum training visit: http://www.fatherhood.org/training

Law Offices of Alan Ellis Publications
Publications available from the offices of Alan Ellis, P.C. at P.O. Box 150, Lemont, PA 16851-0150
include:
The Federal Prison Guidebook 2010-2012 Edition—This book contains comprehensive descriptions of
every federal prison in the United States and costs $79, plus shipping.
Federal Sentencing Guidebook 2008 Edition—A book which helps navigate the complexities of federal
sentencing. Costs $19.95.
Federal Post Conviction Guidebook—Easy-to-understand guide to appeals habeas corpus 2255 motions.
Free to prisoners.

Legal Action Center Publications
Incarcerated individuals can receive the following publications from the Legal Action Center at 225 Varick
Street, New York, NY 10014; (212) 243-1313 or (800) 223-4044. Other publications are also available
online at: http://lac.org/index.php/lac/criminal_justice_publications
“Are You?” – This booklet is for New Yorkers with HIV or AIDS, a drug or alcohol problem and/or a
criminal record who want to know their rights to be free of discrimination. It explains: laws that forbid
discrimination; limits on what employers, landlords, and others may ask; how to get a job or housing
despite the stigma associated with HIV, addiction, and having a criminal record; and what to do when
confronted with illegal discrimination.
“Your New York State Rap Sheet” – This manual tells you how to get a copy of your criminal record and
how to correct any mistakes in it. It also explains how and what information employers get about your
record and when they can get it.
“Criminal Records and Employment” – This manual explains what New York employers may and may not
ask about your criminal record, how you should describe your record, and what rights you have to be free

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of job discrimination because of your record.
“Lowering Criminal Record Barriers” – This manual explains which cases are eligible to be sealed and
how to seal them. It also explains who is eligible for a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities or a Certificate
of Good Conduct, which can improve your chances of getting a job or housing, as well as how to apply for
these Certificates.

Lewisburg Prison Project Publications
The following publication is available from the Project at P.O. Box 128, Lewisburg, PA 17837; (570) 5231104; www.lewisburgprisonproject.org.
Barron’s Law Dictionary—Available for $17.50.
Legal Bulletins—Each bulletin provides information on constitutional law as applied to federal and state
institutions. Each one covers a specific topic (First Amendment, due process, medical care, postconviction, etc.), and includes case citations and practical instructions for legal actions. Write the Project
for a current listing of bulletins. Prices range from $1.50-$3.00. Most cost $1.50 and are distributed
nationwide.

Michigan-CURE Publications
The following free publications are available from MI-CURE, P.O. Box 2736, Kalamazoo, MI, 49003-2736;
(269) 383-0028:
Keeping Love Alive While in Prison
Thoughts on Getting Out
What You Can Do to Ensure the Best Possible Health Care While You Are in Prison
Getting through the Parole Process in Michigan

National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Publications
The following publications are available from the Coalition at 1705 DeSales St., NW, Fifth Floor,
Washington, DC 20036; (202) 331-4090:
Abolitionist Directory— The directory lists organizations and contacts, by state, working to end the death
penalty. It is available on the website at www.ncadp.org.
National Execution Alerts— Featured on its website at www.ncadp.org which includes links to the action
page of the state Affiliate in the state where the execution is scheduled.

National Legal Aid and Defender Association Publications
The following publication is available from the NLADA at PO Box 79083, Baltimore, MD, 21279-0083;
(202) 452-0620, x215.
Directory of Legal Aid and Defender Services—A directory of civil and criminal public law offices
throughout the United States. The price is $45 for program members, $55 for individual members, and
$95 for non-members.

National Veterans’ Legal Services Program Publications
To purchase the following documents, contact the Veterans’ Project at 1600 K Street, NW, Washington
DC, 20006; www.nvlsp.org; (202) 265-8305:

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The Veterans Advocate—This newsletter addresses veteran law and advocacy issues. For incarcerated
veteran organizations and accredited service organizations, the cost is $80 for a one-year subscription or
$120 for a two-year subscription.
Veterans Benefits Manual—This manual is a comprehensive guide to veterans’ law. To purchase, call
(800) 533-1637.

Oxford University Press
To order the following publications or for more information please visit www.oup.com/us or call 1-866-4458685.
Prisoner’s Self Help Litigation Manual, 4th Edition -- Clear, comprehensive, practical advice provides
prisoners with everything they need to know on conditions of confinement, civil liberties in prison,
procedural due process, the legal system, how to litigate, conducting effective legal research, and writing
legal documents. Written by two legal and penitentiary experts with intimate knowledge of prisoner's
rights and legal aid work, authors John Boston and Daniel E. Manville strategically focus on federal
constitutional law, providing prisoners and those wishing to assist them with the most important
information concerning legal rights. The cost is $39.95.
Brief Writing and Oral Argument, 9th Edition—Provides a selection of legal writing samples, such as
memoranda, trial briefs and correspondence. It is designed to assist individuals conducting their own
legal affairs. The cost is $35, including postage and handling.

Reconciliation Inc Publications
The following publications are available free to prisoners and their families from Reconciliation Inc at:
reconciliation84@gmail.com; www.reconciliation84.org; 702 51st Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37209;
(615) 292-6371:
Handbook for Families and Friends of Tennessee Prisoners—A handbook for family members of
Tennessee prisoners.
Parole Packets—The packets provide information on preparing for parole in Tennessee.
Two in Every 100-—This workbook is for young children with a parent in prison. It is designed to be
completed with a parent, teacher, or counselor.

The Sentencing Project Publications
To order the following publications, contact the Project at 514 10th Street, N.W. - #1000, Washington, DC
20004; (202) 628-0871. Most publications can be found at the website and downloaded for free, except
the books. More publications are also available on the website: www.sentencingproject.org:
-

Aging Behind Bars: “Three Strikes” Seven Years Later (2001), $5.00.
Americans Behind Bars: One Year Later (1992), $6.00.
Americans Behind Bars: U.S. and International Use of Incarceration (1995), $8.00.
An Analysis of the Economics of Prison Siting in Rural Communities, $5.00.
Big Prisons, Small Towns: Prison Economics in Rural America (2003), $3.00.
Diminishing Returns: Crime and Incarceration in the 1990s (2000), $5.00.
Incarceration & Crime: A Complex Relationship (2005), $2.00.
Intended and Unintended Consequences: State Racial Disparities in Imprisonment (1997) $8.00.
The “Meaning of Life”: Long Prison Sentences in Context (2004), $8.00.
State Sentencing and Corrections Policy in an Era of Fiscal Restraint (2002), $3.50.

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Books:
- Invisible Punishment—The Collateral Consequences of Mass Imprisonment, 2002, edited by Marc
Mauer and Meda Chesney-Lind. Available for $17.95.
- Race to Incarcerate (1999), by Marc Mauer. Available for $22.95.
- Race to Incarcerate (2000), by Marc Mauer. Available for $14.95.

Starlite, Inc. Publications
The following publication is available from the publisher at P.O. Box 20004, St. Petersburg, FL 33742;
(727) 392-2929 or (800) 577-2929:
The Citebook—A legal reference book listing case citations on many issues, from access to the courts to
witnesses. It also includes an overview of the federal and state court systems, a basic guide to filing legal
pleadings, addresses for all federal courts and state and federal adult prisons, the U.S. Constitution, and
a glossary of legal terms. Latest edition available for $61.95, including shipping/handling/priority mail.

Westlaw Publishing
The following publications are available from Westlaw Publishing, 610 Opperman Drive, St Paul, MN
55123; (800) 328-9352:
Criminal Law in a Nutshell, by Arnold H. Loewy. This book provides an overview of criminal law. Available
for $38 ($27 online).
Criminal Procedure in a Nutshell, by Jerold H. Israel and Wayne LaFave. This book concentrates on
constitutional criminal procedures and their limitations. The Fourth, Sixth, and Fourteenth Amendments
are heavily covered. A table of cases is also included. Available for $38 ($27 online).
The Law and Policy of Sentencing and Corrections, by Lynn S. Branham. This book provides an overview
of the sentencing process, the status of pretrial detainees and convicted offenders, prisoners’ rights and
responsibilities, and a chapter on prisoner remedies. The book ends with a chapter on the restoration of
rights for released offenders. Available for $38 ($27 online).
Prisoners and the Law, by Ira P. Robbins. This six-volume, 6,500 page comprehensive set covers a full
range of issues and legal questions concerning prisoners’ rights, including AIDS, drugs, overcrowding,
security, appeals, weapons, correspondence, visitation issues, prisoner safety, probation, parole, etc.
Available for $17.38.

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NEWSLETTERS
Many organizations listed in this Directory publish newsletters that are usually available at minimal cost.
See organizations’ listings for additional details. The following newsletters cover a broad range of
corrections and criminal-justice issues. Subscription rates are subject to change.
Against All Odds—Published by CURE-Ohio, P.O. Box 14080, Columbus, OH 43214; (937) 299-8298.
Available on CURE-Ohio’s website: www.cure-ohio.org
AIDS Network Newsletter— Only available online. Published twice a year by the AIDS Network,
www.aidsnetwork.org; 600 Williamson Street, Madison, WI 53703; (608) 252-6540.
Art of Prison Survival—This bimonthly publication includes profiles of prison artists, previews of prison art
to be exhibited at upcoming Prison Foundation shows, news of prisoners, staff, activists and programs
that are improving the prison environment. It is only available online. Contact Prisons Foundation, PO Box
58043, Washington DC, 20037; www.prisonsfoundation.org.
Coalition for Prisoners’ Rights Newsletter—National monthly newsletter published by the Coalition, P.O.
Box 1911, Santa Fe, NM 87504-1911; (505) 982-9520. To receive the monthly issues regularly, send a
self-addressed stamped envelope (with the CPR return address) – up to 12 at one time.
Compassion—Bimonthly newsletter written by death-row prisoners, Compassion, c/o St. Rose Peace and
Justice, 140 W. South Boundary Street, Perrysburg, OH 43551. There are various donation/participation
rates; however, a one-year subscription is $50.00. Your subscription will also underwrite $25.00 in
scholarships benefiting family members of murdered victims.
CorrectCare—Quarterly newspaper on correctional health care. Prison libraries may request copies. Go
to www.ncchc.org/pubs/correctcare.html. Printed in its entirety online and copies are mailed only to
members. Contact National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC), 1145 W. Diversey
Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614; (773) 880-1460.
Correctional Law Reporter—Covers recent precedent-setting court decisions and legislative
developments affecting prisons and jails. Cost is $179.95 for six issues. Contact Civic Research Institute,
P.O. Box 585, Kingston, NJ 08528; (609) 683-4450; www.civicresearchinstitute.com
Corrections Professional—Monthly publication, provides corrections news for corrections staff.
Subscriptions are $265 per year (plus $39.50 shipping). Contact LRP Publications, PO Box 24668 West
Palm Beach, Fl 33416; (800) 621-5463; custserve@lrp.com; www.shoplrp.com
Damien Center Newsletter—A bimonthly newsletter on AIDS-related issues. Subscription available free
upon written request. Contact Damien Center, 26 N. Arsenal, Indianapolis, IN 46201; (317) 632-0123 or
(800) 213-1163 (in-state only).
Delaware Center for Justice Commentary—Quarterly newsletter available free to Delaware prisoners
upon request. Also available online at: www.dcjustice.org. Contact the Delaware Center, 100 West 10th
Street - #905, Wilmington, DE 19801; (302) 658-7174.
Dispatch—A quarterly newsletter on AIDS-related issues. Available from AIDS Delaware, 100 W. 10th
Street - #315, Wilmington, DE 19801; (302) 652-6776.
FAMMGram—Available from Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), 1612 K Street, N.W. #700, Washington, DC 20006; (202) 822-6700. Donations are requested.

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Fortune News—Available free to prisoners. Contact the Fortune Society, 29-76 Northern Boulevard, Long
Island City, NY 11101; (212) 691-7554. Also available on the Fortune Society’s website:
www.fortunesociety.org.
GRATERFRIENDS The Newsletter—Published monthly. Subscriptions are $3 for prisoners and $15 for
non-prisoners. Contact the Pennsylvania Prison Society, 245 N. Broad Street - #300, Philadelphia, PA
19107-1518; (215) 564-6005. Also available on the Pennsylvania Prison Society’s website:
www.prisonsociety.org.
HEPNews —The Hepatitis Education Project published this newsletter 2-4 times per year. Subscriptions
and back issues are available by request via our website at: 206-732-0311; 911 Western Ave. #302,
Seattle, WA 98104; http://www.hepeducation.org/contact-form.
 
Inside Out—Infrequent newsletter on Virginia prison issues. Available free with membership. Dues are $2
(or 6 stamps) for prisoners, $15 for individuals, $25 for families, $50 for supporting members, $150 for life
members/organizations and $250 for benefactors. Contact Virginia CURE, P.O. Box 19307, Alexandria,
VA 22320-0307; (703) 765-6549.
Justice Quarterly—Published six times a year. Justice Quarterly is published by Routledge Journals with
editorial control by the Academy of Criminal Justice Services (ACJS). Online subscription is attained
through membership of the ACJS, $75 annually. More details of membership can be found at
www.acjs.org. More details of subscription can be found at: support@tnfonline.com; Routledge Customer
Service, 325 Chestnut Street, 8th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 191106; (800) 354-1420.
Lifelines—Published every 4 months for members. To obtain a subscription, contact the National
Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, 1705 DeSales St., NW, Fifth Floor, Washington, DC 20036; (202)
331-4090:
Maryland CURE Newsletter—Local and national CURE newsletters available with a Maryland CURE
membership. Dues are $2 a year for prisoners, $10 a year for individuals and $15 for family membership.
Contact MD CURE, P.O. Box 23, Simpsonville, MD 21150; marylandcure@comcast.net
Michigan CURE Newsletter—Quarterly newsletter available to members. Contact MI-CURE, P.O. Box
2736, Kalamazoo, MI 49003-2736; 269) 383-0028.
Prison Legal News—This monthly journal covers prison-related news and analysis from across the
country. A one-year subscription is $30 for prisoners, $35 for individuals and $90 for lawyers and
institutions. Contact: www.prisonlegalnews.org; Prison Legal News, PO Box 2420, West Brattleboro, VT
05303; (802) 257-1342.
The Prison Mirror—Monthly newsletter published by and for the men of the Minnesota Stillwater
Correctional Facility. Subscriptions are $12. Contact Pat Pawlak, 970 Pickett Street North, Bayport, MN
55003-1490; (651) 779-2700.
Razor Wire Newsletter—Published twice a year. The newsletter covers criminal-justice public education
and advocacy work. The cost is $10 for prisoners, $15 for students and $30 for all others. Contact the
November Coalition, 282 W. Astor, Colville, WA 99114; (509) 684-1550; www.november.org
Resist Newsletter—This newsletter is published six times a year. The suggested donation is $25. Contact
Resist at 259 Elm Street, Somerville, MA 02144; (617) 623-5110. Also available on the Resist website:
www.resistinc.org/newsletters/newsletters.html.

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Separate Prisons Newsletter—This monthly newsletter is free to families of Tennessee prisoners and is
sent to many Tennessee prison libraries and prisoner newspapers. Contact reconciliation84@gmail.com;
Reconciliation Inc, 702 51st Avenue, N, Nashville, TN 37209; (615) 292-6371; www.reconciliation84.com
The Trumpet—Free newsletter, published three times a year; accepts donations. Contact Alderson
Hospitality House, P.O. Box 579, Alderson, WV 24910; (304) 445-2980.
The Veterans Advocate—Monthly newsletter covers veterans’ law and advocacy issues. Subscriptions
are $80 a year. $120 for a two-year subscription. Contact the National Veterans Legal Services Program,
1600 K Street, NW, Washington DC, 20006; www.nvlsp.org; (202) 265-8305.

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EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
College Guild
Provides free, non-credit, general interest correspondence courses to prisoners. To receive an
application, write to P.O. Box 6448, Brunswick, ME 04011.
College Level Examination Board
For more information, contact the Board at 45 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10023; (212) 713-8000.
College Level Examination Program
Offers equivalency examinations in a range of subjects. If you feel you have acquired knowledge of a
subject outside the usual formal educational channels you may take the college level examination, and
with satisfactory test results, obtain college credit. For a catalogue of test subjects offered and for
information about making the necessary arrangements, contact the Program at P.O. Box 6600, Princeton,
NJ 08541-6600; (800) 257-9558. E-mail: clep@info.collegeboard.org.

DUPLICATING SERVICES
Photo Duplication Service
Provides copies of collections from the Library of Congress, manuscripts, prints, photographs, maps, etc.
Copyrighted materials cannot be copied without special permission. Fees vary according to the nature of
the request. Order forms and price schedules are available. Written requests and prepayment are
required. Contact the Library of Congress, Photo Duplication Service, 101 Independence Avenue S.E.,
Washington, DC 20540-4570; (202) 707-5640; duplicationservices@loc.gov.

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