Inside Books Project offers a Resource Guide with helpful resources targeted to inmates and their loved ones.  The entire IBP Resource Guide is included below both as a searchable online resource and in downloadable PDF form.

Inside Books Project sends this Resource Guide free of charge to any inmate in Texas. To request a Resource Guide, please send a request letter to the address below:

Inside Books Project
ATTN: Resource Guide
12th Street Books
827 W 12th Street
Austin TX  78701

Click here to download the entire IBP Resource Guide as a PDF.
Feel free to print and distribute! This Resource Guide was updated January 2016.

Inside Books Project would like to thank all the organizations and people listed in this guide for their assistance putting this guide together and for the work they do.  Please help us keep this Resource Guide up-to-date. Send corrections, entries to be deleted, or new entries to our mailing address or email them to: insidebooksproject@gmail.com

 

Table of Contents (click a heading below to jump directly to that section):

 

Artists’ + Writers’ ResourcesBack to top

THE AMERICAN DISSIDENT

217 Commerce Rd.

Barnstable MA 02630

Send in English, Spanish, or French poems and essays (650 words) with a dash of personal risk, stemming from experience, conflict and/or involvement with power.

ART BEHIND BARS

PO Box 2034

Key West FL 33045

Visual art resources, prisoner support.

Highest Common Denominator Fund

16301 Quorum Drive, Suite 100A

Addison TX 75001

(972) 728-8490

info@hcdmediagroup.com

www.highestcommondenominatorfund.org

Uses storytelling to inspire and inform a national discussion of critical social issues.

Journal of Prisoners on Prisons

c/o Justin Piché, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Criminology

University of Ottawa

120 University, Room 13049

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

K1N 6N5

www.jpp.org

Prisoners and former prisoners may submit papers, collaborative essays, interviews, book reviews, and photo or graphic essays. No fiction or poetry.

MURIEL RUKEYSER POETRY WALL

Cathedral of St John the Divine

1047 Amsterdam Avenue

New York NY 10025

“The place where poems will always be accepted.” Send poetry, signed or unsigned, in any language, for public display on church walls.

PEN AMERICAN CENTER PRISON WRITING PROGRAM

588 Broadway, Suite 303

New York NY 10012

www.pen.org/prison-writing

Free Handbook for Writers in Prison, mentoring program, and annual Prison Writing Contest (submission between January 1 and September 1 of each year).

PRISON ART PROJECT

P.O. Box 47439

Seattle WA 98146-7439

(206) 271-5003

sales@prisonart.org

www.prisonart.org

Online outlet for sale of prisoners’ artwork. Send only photographs or scans (not originals). Include name of item, materials and medium, size, and your asking price.

Prisons Foundation

2512 Virginia Ave. NW, #58043

Washington DC 20037

www.prisonsfoundation.org

Publishes books, plays, poetry collections, art and comic books by and about prisoners on the web. Send SASE or visit the website for guidelines.

Prisoner Express

127 Anabel Taylor Hall

Cornell University

Ithaca NY 14853

prisonerexpress.org

Free newsletter published twice a year with information on the latest writing and artwork projects organized by the Prisoner Express program.

THE REJECTED QUARTERLY

PO Box 1351

Cobb CA 95426

Specializes in rejected literature - must submit 5 rejection slips for each piece you submit. Send SASE for guidelines.

The Sun Magazine

For subscriptions, write to:

The Sun

Subscription Department

P.O. Box 5837

Harlan IA 51593-1337

(888) 732-6736

Send submissions to:

The Sun

107 North Roberson Street

Chapel Hill NC 27516

(919) 942-5282

thesunmagazine.org

Independent, ad-free monthly magazine that publishes personal essays, short stories, interviews, poetry, and photographs by emerging and established artists. Free subscription offered to prisoners. Also accepts submissions.

Books-to-Prisoners ProjectsBack to top

Appalachian Prison Book Project

PO Box 601

Morgantown WV 26507

aprisonbookproject.wordpress.com

Sends free reading material to inmates in Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Does not send to Texas inmates.

Asheville Prison Books Program

67 N Lexington Ave.

Asheville NC 28801

www.main.nc.us/prisonbooks/main.html

Sends free reading material to inmates in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. Does not send to Texas inmates.

BOOKS THROUGH BARS - NYC

c/o Bluestockings Bookstore

172 Allen Street

New York NY 10002

booksthroughbarsnyc.org

Sends free reading material to inmates from all states except AL, FL, LA, MA, MI, MS, NC, PA and OH, with a priority for NY.

Books Through Bars, Philadelphia

4722 Baltimore Ave.

Philadelphia PA 19143

booksthroughbars.org

Sends free reading material to inmates in PA, NJ, DE, NY, MD, VA, WV. Does not send books to Texas inmates.

DC BOOKS TO PRISONS PROJECT

PO Box 34190

Washington DC 20043-4190

www.dcbookstoprisoners.org

Please limit requests to once per 5 months. Can request titles, but prioritized subjects of interest preferred. List prison restrictions. Stamps appreciated. Lacks postage money to respond to all requests and puts lower priority on the following: New England, OR, WA, PA, OH, NY, NJ, WI, and IL.

Inside Books Project

c/o 12th Street Books

827 W. 12th St

Austin, TX 78701

insidebooksproject.org

Sends free reading material to inmates in Texas. One request every three months. Inside Books Project also publishes the handy Resource Guide you are reading now.

Internationalist Prison Book Collective

405 West Franklin Street

Chapel Hill NC 27516

prisonbooks.info

Sends free reading material to inmates in AL, MS, and NC. Does not send books to Texas inmates. Zine catalog available upon request to inmates in any state.

Ithica College Books Thru Bars

c/o Ithaca College Library

PO Box 113

Ithaca NY 14817

www.facebook.com/ICBTB

Sends free reading material to inmates in New York. Does not send books to Texas inmates.

LOUISIANA BOOKS 2 PRISONERS

1631 Elysian Fields Ave. #117

New Orleans LA 70117

lab2p.wordpress.com

Sends free books prisoners in the following states: AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MO, MS, NC, TN, SC, VA, WV. Women and LA prisoners are prioritized. Does not send books to Texas inmates.

MAOIST INTERNATIONALIST MINISTRY OF PRISONS

PO Box 40799

San Francisco CA 94140

prisoncensorship.info

Free books on Marxism, politics, history, law, dictionaries and other reference. Free anti-imperialist newsletter and political study groups for prisoners.

Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project

c/o Boxcar Books and Community Center

408 E. 6th St.

Bloomington IN 47408

pagestoprisoners.org

Sends free reading material to inmates in AZ, AR, FL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, OK, SD, TN, and WI. Does not send books to Texas inmates.

Open Books Prison Books Project

1040 N. Guillemard St.

Pensacola FL 32501

www.openbookspcola.org

Sends free reading material to inmates in Florida. Does not send books to Texas inmates.

PRISON BOOK PROGRAM

1306 Hancock St. Suite 100

Quincy MA 02169

www.prisonbookprogram.org

Sends free reading material to inmates in all states except CA, MI, MD, NV, and TX. Does not send books to Texas inmates. Publishes the “National Prisoner Resource List” free to prisoners in any state nationwide.

THE PRISON LIBRARY PROJECT

915-C West Foothill BLVD PMB 128

Claremont CA 91711

prisonlibraryproject.org

Free reading and educational material to inmates nationwide except HI, ME, MI, NE, NV, WI, PA, and VA.

Prison Mindfulness Institute

11 South Angell St. #303

Providence RI 02906

(401) 941-0791

www.prisonmindfulness.org

www.prisondharmanetwork.net

Sends free books on mindfulness practices, Buddhism, and other contemplative paths. Offers an online Directory of Prison Dharma Organizations, useful for prisoners seeking mentors, pen-pals, and other resources:

prisonmindfulness.org/projects/network-directory/

Prisoner Express

127 Anabel Taylor Hall

Cornell University

Ithaca NY 14853

prisonerexpress.org

Free books to prisoners nationwide. Must send 8 stamps or $3.50 for postage. Specify subjects of interest.

Prisoners Literature Project

c/o Bound Together Books

1369 Haight St

San Francisco CA 94117

www.prisonersliteratureproject.com

Sends free reading material to inmates nationwide.

Providence Books Through Bars

c/o Paper Nautilus Books

5 Angell Street

Providence RI 02906

info@providencebtb.org

www.providencebtb.org

Sends free reading material to inmates nationwide including targeted self-help and inspirational books upon request.

Read Between the Bars

c/o Daily Planet Publishing

P.O. Box 1589

Tucson AZ 85702-1589

readbetweenthebars.com

Sends free reading material to inmates in AZ. Does not send to Texas inmates.

UC Books to Prisoners

PO Box 515

Urbana IL 61803

www.books2prisoners.org

Sends free reading material to inmates in IL. Does not send to Texas inmates.

Wisconsin Books to Prisoners

c/o Rainbow Bookstore Co-operative

426 W. Gilman Street

Madison WI 53703

Sends free reading material to inmates in WI. Does not send to Texas inmates.

Death Penalty ResourcesBack to top

CAMPAIGN TO END THE DEATH PENALTY

PO Box 25730

Chicago IL 60625

nodeathpenalty.org

National grassroots organization dedicated to the abolition of capital punishment.

CANADIAN COALITION AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY

80 Lillington Ave

Toronto Ontario

M1N 3K7 Canada

www.ccadp.org

Pen pal service for Death Row inmates only; send maximum 3 paragraphs for free posting on webpage. Serves Death Row inmates in the U.S. and other countries.

CENTURION MINISTRIES

221 Witherspoon Street

Princeton NJ 08542-3215

Non-legal investigative agency for inmates sentenced to death or life-in-prison. Stringent qualifying criteria and long waiting list.

COMPASSION

140 W. South Boundary Street

Perrysburg OH 43551

Bimonthly newsletter with contributions by prisoners, free to Death Row inmates. Scholarship application for immediate family member of a murder victim.

Death Penalty Information Center

1015 - 18th St., NW, #704

Washington DC 20036

(202) 289-2275

deathpenaltyinfo.org

Analysis and information on issues concerning capital punishment. Does not offer legal service.

Death Row Inmate Project

deathrowinmate.org

thedriproject@gmail.com

A grassroots anti-death penalty advocacy organization inspired by San Quentin, Ca death row inmates, their families, friends, and others interested in achieving social change through education of facts and issues regarding the death penalty.

DEATH ROW SUPPORT PROJECT

PO Box 600 Department P

Liberty Mills IN 46946

www.brethren.org/drsp/

Faith-based pen pal services only for Death Row inmates. Mail from non-Death Row inmates will not be acknowledged.

MURDER VICTIMS’ FAMILIES FOR RECONCILIATION

405 Morson Street

Raleigh NC 27601

www.mvfr.org

Community led by family members of murder victims and the executed that advocates for the repeal of the death penalty.

NATIONAL COALITION TO ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY

2709 S. Lamar Blvd

Austin TX 78704

www.ncadp.org

Information, advocates for public policy, mobilizes and supports individuals and institutions for direct action.

TEXAS DEFENDER SERVICE

1927 Blodgett Street

Houston Texas 77004

(713) 222-7788

texasdefender.org

Aims to improve the quality of representation afforded to those facing a death sentence and to expose and eradicate the systemic flaws plaguing the Texas death penalty. Provides limited direct representation.

TEXAS MORATORIUM NETWORK

3616 Far West Blvd, Suite 117, Box 251

Austin Texas 78731

(512) 961-6389

www.texasmoratorium.org

Grassroots organization dedicated to advancing legislation to establish a temporary halt on executions in Texas.

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS CAPITAL PUNISHMENT CLINIC

School of Law

727 E. Dean Keeton St.

Austin TX 78705

www.utexas.edu/law/clinics/capital/

Law students work closely with experienced attorneys in the representation of indigent defendants charged with or convicted of capital offenses.

EducationBack to top

BLACKSTONE CAREER INSTITUTE

1011 Brookside Road, Suite 300

P.O. Box 3717

Allentown PA 18106-3717

Advanced paralegal course study by mail. Write for free information. Tuition $767.

DISTANCE EDUCATION AND TRAINING COUNCIL

1601 18th Street NW

Washington DC 20009

(202) 234-5100

www.detc.org

List of accredited correspondence institutions.

OHIO UNIVERSITY COLLEGE PROGRAM FOR THE INCARCERATED

Ohio University Correctional Education

102 Haning Hall

1 Ohio University

Athens OH 45701

Correspondence courses for prisoners. Write for free catalog of courses offered and current prices.

PRISONERS’ GUERRILLA HANDBOOK TO CORRESPONDENCE PROGRAMS IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA

Available for $49.95 from:
Prison Legal News

P.O. Box 2420

West Brattleboro VT 05303

(802) 257-1342

Windham School District

PO Box 40

Huntsville TX 77342-0040

www.windhamschooldistrict.org

Windham School District (WSD) provides academic and vocational education to eligible offenders incarcerated within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ).

Family ResourcesBack to top

AMACHI TEXAS

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas

1400 Tillery Street

Austin TX 78721

(512) 472-5437

www.amachi-texas.org

Provides an additional caring adult for children of incarcerated parents or close relatives. Ages 6-16. Serves Travis, Hays, Williamson, McLennan, Burnet and Brazos counties.

FAMILY & CORRECTIONS NETWORK

93 Old York Road Suite 1 #510

Jenkintown PA 19046

www.fcnetwork.org

Provides ways for those concerned with families of the incarcerated to share information and experiences in an atmosphere of mutual respect. Offers an email list and many online resources.

FAMILIES AGAINST MANDATORY MINIMUMS

1100 H Street NW

Washington DC 20005

(202) 822-6700

Gathers data from inmates sentenced to mandatory minimum sentences. To submit a case for profiling, send written summary. Hundreds received, few used, but everyone receives email newsletter.

GIRL SCOUTS BEYOND BARS (Central Texas)

12012 Park Thirty-five Circle

Austin TX 78753

(512) 453-7391

Program allows incarcerated mothers and their daughters to spend positive time together to break the incarceration cycle and enhance the bond between mother and daughter during incarceration.

MOTHERS (FATHERS) FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SOCIAL SYSTEMS

3737 Atlanta Street, Dallas, TX 75215

(214) 421-0303

massjab.org

MASS Inc. has helped people being released from prison readjust to life without bars and providing support for the children and families of adult offenders at high risk for substance abuse, medical or emotional disorders and poverty.

PRISONTALK ONLINE

PO Box 73151

Houston TX 77273-0151

prisontalk.com

support@prisontalk.com

Free online forum for prisoners and their families.

TEXAS ADVOCACY PROJECT

PO Box 833

Austin TX 78767-0833

(512) 476-5377

Family Violence Legal Line:

(800) 374-4673

Family Law Hotline:

(800) 777-3247

Sexual Assault Legal Hotline:

(800) 296-7233

texasadvocacyproject.org

Non profit organization working directly with victims, shelters, law enforcement agencies and courts across Texas to deliver effective legal services to Texans in need.

TEXAS CRIMINAL JUSTICE COALITION

1714 Fortview Road, Suite 104

Austin, Texas 78704

(512) 441-8123

info@texascjc.org

www.texascjc.org

Policy advocacy organization which addresses problems with Texas criminal justice through networking with associations and individuals. Does not provide legal assistance to inmates.

Texas Inmate Families Association (TIFA)

P.O. Box 300220

Austin, TX 78703-0004

(512) 371-0900

tifa@tifa.org

www.tifa.org

Organization for family members of prisoners in Texas. Offers support, education, and advocacy. Multiple chapters across the state.

Health ResourcesBack to top

An End To Silence

The Project on Addressing Prison Rape

The Washington College of Law

4801 Massachusetts Ave NW

50th Street Bldg.

Washington, DC 20016

(202) 274-4385

www.wcl.american.edu/endsilence

National group working to end rape in prison. Also has legal resources for rape victims.

Center For Health Justice

900 Avila St., #301

Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 229-0985

www.centerforhealthjustice.org

Helps incarcerated people who have HIV/AIDS.

EPILEPSY FOUNDATION

8301 Professional Place

Landover MD 20785

(800) 332-1000

For Spanish speakers:

(866) 748-8008

contactus@efa.org

www.epilepsyfoundation.org

Advocacy organization for those living with epilepsy.

HCV Advocate

PO Box 427037

San Francisco CA 94142

hcvadvocate.org

Monthly newletter on Hepatitis C. Also offers Spanish resources. Free sample issue for inmates. $12/yr. subscription.

Just Detention International

3325 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 340

Los Angeles, CA 90010

(213) 384-1400

www.justdetention.org

A health and human rights organization that seeks to end sexual abuse in all forms of detention. Offers a “Resource Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse Behind Bars” - a state-by-state guide to legal and psychological counseling resources for survivors who are still incarcerated, those who have been released, and loved ones on the outside who are searching for ways to help.

Mind Freedom International

454 Willamette, Suite 216

PO Box 11284

Eugene, OR 97440-3484

(877) 623-7743

www.mindfreedom.org

Advocates for rights of people with mental disabilities. No direct medical or legal aid offered. Information and advocacy resources available.

NATIONAL ADVOCATES FOR PREGNANT WOMEN

15 West 36th Street, Suite 901

New York, NY 10018-7910

(212) 255-9252

www.advocatesforpregnantwomen.org

Provides litigation support in both civil and criminal cases across the country, particularly for public defenders and other local lawyers faced with cases that raise legal and medical issues related to pregnancy.

NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS

3803 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 100

Arlington, VA 22203

(703) 524-7600

www.nami.org

Nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

POSITIVELY AWARE

Attention : PA

5537 North Broadway

Chicago, IL 60640

www.positivelyaware.com

National magazine on HIV/AIDS. Covers

treatment, social issues, financial, and legal matters. Free subscriptions to HIV-positive individuals. Issues can also be downloaded from website.

PRISM OPTICAL

PO Box 680030

North Miami FL 33168

www.prismoptical.com

Providers of affordable eye-wear to prisoners nationwide. Write for catalog.

Prison Health News

c/o Philadelphia FIGHT

1233 Locust St., 5th floor

Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 985-4448

nbazargan@fight.org

fight.org/fight-programs/institute-for-community-justice/prison-health-news/

Quarterly newsletter for prisoners - write in to be added to newsletter list.

Prison Yoga Project: A Path for Healing and Recovery

P.O. Box 415

Bolinas, CA 94924

givebackyoga.org/shop/prison-yoga-project-a-path-for-healing-and-recovery

Free 100-page yoga manual written especially for people in prison. Write for a free copy. Focuses on the self-reflection and personal discipline The book contains guides for physical practice (asana), breathing (pranayama) and meditation (dyhana).

RAPE, ABUSE AND INCEST NATIONAL NETWORK (RAINN)

2000 L Street NW Suite 406

Washington DC 20036

National sexual assault hotline:

(800) 656-4673

www.rainn.org

Works to prevent sexual assault, help victims, and bring rapists to justice.

SEX ADDICTS ANONYMOUS

PO Box 70949

Houston TX 77270

(800) 477-8191

info@saa-recovery.org

saa-recovery.org

Spiritual program based on the principles and traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Survivors of Incest Anonymous

World Service Office

PO Box 190

Benson, MD 21018

www.siawso.org

Organization for sexual abuse survivors using the 12 step method. Free literature.

Texas Association Against Sexual Assault

6200 La Calma Drive, Suite 110

Austin, TX 78752

Office: (512) 474-7190

Toll-free 24-hour Hotline: (800) 656-4679

www.taasa.org

Founded to assist sexual assault survivors and to create a Texas free from sexual violence. Connects survivors to rape crisis

centers around Texas.

TEXAS MEDICAL BOARD

Attention: Investigations

P.O. Box 2018

Austin, TX 78768-2018

(512) 305-7100

www.tmb.state.tx.us

Investigates medical malpractice reports.

Immigration ResourcesBack to top

Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)

www.justice.gov/eoir/index.html

Dallas Office:

1100 Commerce St #404

Dallas TX 75202

(214) 767-1814

El Paso Office:

700 E. San Antonio Avenue

Suite 750

El Paso, TX 79901

(915) 534-6020

Houston Office:

Continental Center II

600 Jefferson, Suite 900

Houston, TX 77002

(713) 718-3870

San Antonio Office:

800 Dolorosa Street, Suite 300

San Antonio, TX 78207

(210) 472-6637

Conducts immigration court proceedings, appellate reviews, and administrative hearings.

Immigration Detention Justice Center

www.immigrationdetention.org

Offers legal information and resources to immigrants facing deportation and incarceration. Also provides basic information on getting a loved one released from immigration detention, immigration bonds, the removal process, immigration courts and judges, and finding an immigration lawyer.

National Immigration Project

c/o National Lawyer’s Guild

14 Beacon St., Suite 602

Boston, MA 02108

(617) 227-9727

www.nationalimmigrationproject.org

The National Immigration Project has five programmatic priority areas:

  • Criminal + Deportation Defense
  • Victims of Crimes & Intimate Partner Violence
  • Raids and Immigration Enforcement
  • Noncitizens Living with HIV/AIDS
  • Defending Political Rights

US Citizenship and Immigration Service

(800) 375-5283

www.uscis.gov

Dallas Field Office:

6500 Campus Circle Drive East

Irving, TX 75063.

El Paso Field Office:

1545 Hawkins Boulevard

El Paso, TX 79925

Harlingen Field Office:

1717 Zoy Street

Harlingen, TX 78552

Houston Field Office.

126 Northpoint Drive

Houston, TX 77060.

San Antonio Field Office:

8940 Fourwinds Drive

San Antonio, TX 78239

The government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States.

Información en EspanolBack to top

Caridades Catolicas del Centro de Tejas

Officina de Asuntos Migratorios

1625 Rutherford

Austin, TX 78754

Asesorar a inmigrantes documentados e indocumentados sobre sus derechos.

GLOBAL EXCHANGE

2017 Mission Street, Second Floor

San Francisco CA 94110

Una organización internacional de derechos humanos que fomenta la justicia social incluso para los inmigrantes encarcelados en los EU.

Immigration Equality

40 Exchange Place, 17th floor

New York, NY 10005

(212)714-2904

www.immigrationequality.org

Informacion para inmigrantes que son Lesbian/Gay/Bi/Trans.

LATINO COMMISSION ON AIDS

24 West, 25th Street, 9th Floor

New York NY 10010

(212) 675-3288

Informacion sobre la SIDA en espanol.

MEXICAN CONSULATE

410 Baylor St.

Austin TX 78703

(512) 478-2866

Help for imprisoned Mexican nationals; Ayuda para los mexicanos encarcelados.

National Network for Immigrant & Refugee Rights (NNIRR)

310 8th St., Ste. 303

Oakland, CA 94609

(510) 465-1984

info@nnirr.org

www.nnirr.org

Trabaja para inmigrantes y educacion sobre immigracion.

PROJECT INFORM

205 13th Street, #2001

San Francisco CA 94103

Información en español sobre la SIDA.

Proyecto de Asilo Politico de Austin (PARA)

314 E. Highland Mall Blvd Ste 501

Austin, TX 78752

(512) 478-0546

Proporiciona servicios juridicos gratis o de bajo costo y educacion para promover el trato justo a immigrantes y refugiados en el area central de Tejas.

Proyecto de Proteccion para Inmigrantes Victimas de Crimen (IVCPP)

314 E. Highland Mall Blvd., Ste. 501

Austin, TX 78752,

(512) 478-0546

Provee ayuda los individuos mas vulnerables de nuestra sociedad, inmigrantes victimas de crimen, a traves de proveerles la oportunidad de escapar de un situacion peligrosa y reportar los crimens cometidos contra ellos.

TEXAS MEDICAL BOARD

Attention: Investigations

Mail Code 263

P.O. Box 2018

Austin, TX 78768-2018

Vease la dirección en la sección anterior. Las quejas sobre médicos, así como sobre otros profesionales acreditados e inscritos en la Junta de Examinadores Médicos del Estado de Texas se pueden presentar en esta dirección para ser investigadas.

Legal ResourcesBack to top

Actual Innocence Clinic

The University of Texas School of Law

727 East Dean Keeton Street

Austin TX 78705

(512) 471-1317

www.utexas.edu/law/clinics/innocence/

Screens and investigates claims that inmates are actually innocent of the offense they are serving time for. Immediate reply to inquiries, but not all cases are accepted.

American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

1990 M Street, Suite 610

Washington, DC 20036

(202) 244-2990

www.adc.org

Civil rights organization committed to defending the rights of people of Arab descent and promoting their rich cultural heritage.

Annual Review of Criminal Procedure

c/o Office of Journal Administration-ARCP

Georgetown Law

600 New Jersey Avenue, NW

Washington DC 20001

georgetownlawjournal.org/annual-review-of-criminal-procedure/

Annual Review of Criminal Procedure is written, updated, and edited by members of The Georgetown Law Journal. Includes information on federal criminal procedure, habeas corpus relief, and prisoners’ rights. $25 for 41st edition, $15 for 40th edition - check or money order only. Request order form via postal mail or download from website.

Asian Pacific American Legal Center

1145 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd floor

Los Angeles, CA 90017

(888) 349-9695

www.apalc.org

Provides legal services and education to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, especially those who speak little or no English.

Jailhouse Lawyer’s Handbook

c/o National Lawyers’ Guild

132 Nassau Street, Room 922

New York, NY 10038

(212) 679-5100

www.jailhouselaw.org

A resource for prisoners wishing to file a lawsuit regarding prison conditions and/or staff abuse. Write to request a copy, send $2 - check, money order or stamps. Handbook also available as a free download.

Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual

Columbia Human Rights Law Review

Attn: JLM Order

435 West 116th Street

New York, NY 10027

www3.law.columbia.edu/hrlr/jlm/toc/

Explains the legal rights of prisoners and how to navigate through the justice process to secure those rights. JLM contains information on how to address legal issues on both the federal level and the state level, with an emphasis on New York State law. Written and updated by members of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. Print copy of JLM may be ordered direct from publisher. 9th edition (2012) is $30 for prisoners including shipping - check or money order only. Entire JLM is available for free online.

The Innocence Network

innocencenetwork.org

An affiliation of organizations dedicated to providing pro bono legal and investigative services to individuals seeking to prove innocence of crimes for which they have been convicted and working to redress the causes of wrongful convictions. The Innoncence Network lists member organizations listed elsewhere in this section including the Actual Innocence Clinic, the Innocence Project, the Innocence Project of Texas, the Innocence Project of Thurgood Marshall School of Law, the Innocence Project of Wesleyan University and others.

The Innocence Project

40 Worth St., Suite 701

New York, NY 10013

(212) 364-5340

www.innocenceproject.org

Assists prisoners whose innocence can be proven through DNA testing. Send a brief factual summary of cases involving biological evidence or DNA with a list of evidence used against defendant. No other documents should be submitted for initial review.

The Innocence Project of Texas

1511 Texas Avenue

Lubbock, TX 79409

(806) 744-6525

www.ipoftexas.org

Dedicated to investigating claims of innocence made by inmates and others who have been convicted of crimes they did not commit. To submit a case for investigation, send a letter including information about the crime of conviction, your contact information, and a description of any evidence that could help to prove your innocence. Please note the following initial guidelines:

  • Felony convictions only
  • Texas convictions only
  • No Federal cases
  • Must be alleging “actual innocence,” which is defined as either a situation in which a crime did occur but you did not have anything to do with it or a situation in which no crime occurred.
  • Conviction must be final

Innocence Project of Thurgood marshall school of law

Earl Carl Institute for Legal and Social Policy

Texas Southern University

3100 Cleburne Street

Houston, Texas 77004

(713) 313-1139 (ask for the Center for Criminal Justice Associate Director)

www.earlcarlinstitute.org/centers/criminal_justice/innocence_project.shtml

Reviews claims of actual innocence made by inmates who have been wrongfully convicted. Only handles claims of actual innocence involving DNA evidence testing, mistaken identification, or evidence that a crime never actually occurred. Does not challenge the original trial but rather looks for new evidence to disprove original conviction.

Innocence Project of Wesleyan UniveRsity

Texas Wesleyan Univesity School of Law

1515 Commerce Street

Fort Worth, TX 76102

Does not provide legal aid but rather investigates claims of actual innocence. To submit a case for investigation, please write in with the following details:

  • Full Name
  • Phone Number
  • Criminal Charge
  • County of Prosecution
  • Cause Number(s)
  • Short summary of what happened
  • Why the individual believes that he/she is “actually innocent.”

Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas

600 East Weatherford Street

Fort Worth, TX 76102

(800) 955-3959

(888) 529-5277 (Centralized Intake Hotline)

www.lanwt.org

Provides free civil legal services to eligible low-income residents in 114 Texas counties, with offices in Abilene, Amarillo, Brownwood, Dallas, Denton, Fort Worth, Lubbock, McKinney, Midland, Odessa, Plainview, San Angelo, Waxahachie, Weatherford and Wichita Falls.

Legal Services Corporation

3333 K Street, NW, 3rd Floor

Washington, DC 20007-3522

(202) 295-1500

www.lsc.gov

Contact for referrals offering legal aid in your area.

Legal Services Support
State Bar of Texas

P.O. Box 12487

Austin, Texas 78711-2487

(800) 204-2222, ext. 1855

Refers low income persons to Legal Aid programs in their community for civil issues only. Legal Aid, which normally helps low-income people with civil legal problems, is unable to help inmates while in prison. Legal Services Support does not provide direct legal services for clients, represent clients in legal matters, maintain a list of pro bono (free) attorneys, or place clients with pro bono attorneys. Legal Services Support publishes the comprehensive and up-to-date “Referral Directory : Legal Services and Other Resources for Low-IncomeTexans” which can be downloaded at:
www.texasbar.com/referraldirectory

Lone Star Legal Aid

1415 Fannin Street

Houston, TX 77002

(800) 733-8394

www.lonestarlegal.org

Fourth largest service provider of free legal aid in the United States. Serves 72 counties mostly in East Texas.

MUSLIM LEGAL FUND OF AMERICA

2701 W. 15th St. Suite 640

Plano TX 75075

(972) 331-9021

www.mlfa.org

Committed to preserving, safeguarding, and promoting the civil rights of Muslims in the US. Legal assistance in some cases.

NATional LEGAL AID & DEFENDER ASSociation

1140 Connecticut Ave NW Ste 900

Washington DC 20036

(202) 452-0620

Directory of Legal Aid and Defender Offices (2007-08) lists over 3,000 civil legal aid and public defender offices in the US, local and national support and resource centers, and sentencing advocates and mitigation specialists who work with public defenders and other criminal defense attorneys - $100.

Oxford University Press

2001 Evans Road

Cary, North Carolina 27513

(800) 445-9714

Publishes the following legal manuals. Check or money only. Please add $5.50 shipping for the first book, $1.50 for each additional book.

  • BRIEF WRITING AND ORAL ARGUMENT

Explains the essentials of legal writing and oral presentation, legal document samples, trial and appellate advocacy techniques - $47.

  • AN INTRODUCTION TO THE LEGAL SYSTEM OF THE U.S.

A general introduction to the structure and function of the legal system of the United States. Especially useful for those readers who lack familiarity with fundamental establishments and practices. - $37.50.

  • PRISONERS’ SELF-HELP LITIGATION MANUAL

Covers legal research, the legal system, prisoners’ rights, federal postconviction remedies, law library requirements, civil rights forms, parole, how to litigate in federal courts, and more - $39.95

Prison Legal News

P.O. Box 2420

West Brattleboro, VT 05303

(802) 257-1342

www.prisonlegalnews.org

An independent 56-page monthly magazine that provides a cutting edge review and analysis of prisoner rights, court rulings and news about prison issues. PLN has a national (U.S.) focus on both state and federal prison issues, with international coverage as well. PLN provides information that enables prisoners and other concerned individuals and organizations to seek the protection and enforcement of prisoner’s rights at the grass roots level. PLN is published by the Human Rights Defense Center. $30 for one year subscription for prisoners. Also offers online resources - some free and some paid - including listserv, research, and articles.

SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER

400 Washington Ave.

Montgomery AL 36104

(334) 956-8200

splcenter.org

Civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society. Advocates for prisoners’ rights and offers some legal resources.

State Bar of Texas Lawyer Referral Information Service (LRIS)

State Bar of Texas

Attn: LRIS

P.O. Box 12487

Austin, Texas 78711-2487

(800) 252-9690

(877) 983-9227

Referrals to private (paid) attorneys. Attorneys charge an initial consultation fee of $20 for the first 30 minutes and charge their regular fees beyond that.

TDCJ OFFENDER GRIEVANCE PROGRAM

PO Box 99

Huntsville TX 77342-0099

Contact to comment on the grievance procedure. Grievances must be filed from within units per TDCJ policy. Do not contact the TDCJ Offender Grievance Program with direct grievances.

TEXAS COMMISSION FOR LAWYER DISCIPLINE

Attention: CAAP

PO Box 12487

Austin TX 78711-2487

(800) 932-1900

Write to request a grievance form.

TEXAS CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS ASSOCIATION

6808 Hill Meadow Drive

Austin, TX 78736

(512) 478-2514

Referrals to attorneys; some pro bono.

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

300 South Texas Boulevard

Weslaco, TX 78596

(800) 369-0574

www.trla.org

Third largest legal services provider in the nation and the largest in the state of Texas. Provides free legal services to low-income residents in sixty-eight counties of Southwest Texas. Offices in Austin, San Antonio, Brownsville, Laredo, El Paso, Del Rio and more.

Volunteer Legal Services of Central TeXas

816 Congress Ave. Suite 701

Austin, TX 78701

(512) 476-5550

www.vlsoct.org

Helps low-income clients access the civil justice system by providing volunteer attorneys who donate free legal advice and representation.

L-G-B-T ResourcesBack to top

BLACK AND PINK

614 Columbia Rd

Dorchester, MA 02125

www.blackandpink.org

Provides a free monthly newsletter of prisoner written material, hosts an online listing of penpals, coordinates an art program, provides direct advocacy when possible, and offers religious and erotic materials upon request.

Gay Buddhist Fellowship

PMB 456

2215-R Market Street

San Francisco, CA 94114

www.gaybuddhist.org

Supports Buddhist practice in the gay men’s community. Monthly newsletter.

Human Rights Campaign

1640 Rhode Island Ave. N.W.

Washington, DC 20036-3278

202-628-4160

(800) 777-4723

www.hrc.org

Working for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender equal rights.

INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR GENDER EDUCATION

P.O. Box 540229

Waltham, MA 02454-0229

(781) 894-8340

(781) 899-2212

info@ifge.org

ifge.org

Resources, books to promote understanding and acceptance of all sexual orientations.

National Center for Transgender Equality

1325 Massachussetts Ave. NW, Suite 700 Washington, D.C. 20005

(202) 903-0112

transequality.org

Dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advacacy, collaboration and empowerment.

Prisoner Correspondence Project

QPIRG Concordia

c/o Concordia University,

1455 de Maisonneuve O

Montreal, QC H3G 1M8

info@prisonercorrespondenceproject.com

www.prisonercorrespondenceproject.com

Resource program for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender inmates.

SINISTER WISDOM INC

PO Box 3252

Berkeley CA 94703

www.sinisterwisdom.org

Lesbian literary journal free to women in prisons and mental institutions.

Sylvia Rivera Law Project

147 W 24th St, 5th Floor

New York NY 10011

(212) 337-8550

info@srlp.org

srlp.org

Provides direct representation for low income transgender people and transgender people of color, including a “Prisoner Rights Project” that assists with the following areas:

  • Name Changes
  • Assistance Getting Trans-affirming health care
  • Assistance with Safety Issues
  • Advocacy for gender-affirming placement and conditions
  • Re-Entry Assistance
  • Fingerprinting and criminal history check

Transgender, Gender Variant & Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP)

342 9th Street, Suite 202B

San Francisco, CA 94103

(415) 252-1444

www.tgijp.org

Offers advice and resources to transgender people. Also offeres newsletter, resource guide and survival guide for transgendered prisoners.

TRANZMISSION PRISON BOOKS

P.O. Box 1874

Asheville, NC 28801

Offers free books and resources to LGBT inmates.

Parole + Pre-ReleaseBack to top

Employment Information Handbook

c/o National Institute of Corrections

320 First St. NW room 5002

Washington DC 20534

(202) 307-3198

www.bop.gov/inmate_programs/emp_info_handbk.pdf

Handbook sists employers who hire ex-offenders and federal programs to help ex-offenders, and more. Updated 2011. Free upon written request or download online.

EXODUS MINISTRIES INC.

4630 Munger Avenue, Suite 110

Dallas TX 75204

(214) 827-3772

Provides a 20-unit apartment building for reentering mothers with child custody. 9-month program includes job, personal and financial counseling, and child care.

GALAXY COUNSELING CENTER

1025 South Jupiter Rd.

Garland TX 75042

(972) 272-4429

Family counseling, group therapy, anger management services. Free information upon request. Centers in Dallas, Garland, Plano, and Richardson Texas. Non-profit, sliding scale based on income.

IMPACT PUBLICATIONS

9104-N Manassas Drive

Manassas Park VA 20111

(703) 361-7300

Series of handbooks with information for ex-offenders including:

  • Best Jobs for Ex-Offenders
  • Ex-Offender’s 30/30 Job Solution
  • Ex-Offender’s Job Interview Guide
  • Ex-Offender’s Quick Job Hunting Guide
  • Ex-Offender’s Re-Entry Success Guide
  • Re-Entry Employment and Life Skills Pocket Guide

Write for a free listing of other titles and an order form.

The National Reentry Resource Center

100 Wall Street, 20th Floor

New York, NY 10005

(877) 332-1719

csgjusticecenter.org/nrrc/

Does not offer direct services to individuals. Offers online resources for individuals returning home including an online resource listing reentry services, categorized by state:
csgjusticecenter.org/reentry/reentry-service-directories/

SALVATION ARMY

6500 Harry Hines Blvd

Dallas TX 75235

(214) 956-6000

salvationarmytexas.org

Regularly updated listing of halfway houses, a free residential rehabilitation center, and Bible correspondence course for prisoners.

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF GOODWILLS

12400 Highway 71 West Suite 350

PMB #174

Austin TX 78738

(512) 263.8920

www.texasgoodwills.org

Walk-in job placement centers in many locations across Texas. Send a letter requesting a list of locations at the above address or look to website.

TEXAS RE-ENTRY SERVICES

1408 Saint Louis Avenue

Fort Worth, TX 76104

(817) 834-2833

www.txrs.org

Provides ex-offenders in Tarrant County with opportunities and means to become productive, contributing members of society. Offers a wide range of client services in order to better prepare ex-offenders for their reintroduction into society.

TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION

Labor Market Information Department

(866) 938-4444

www.twc.state.tx.us/dirs/wdbs/wdbmap.html

Online directory to 28 local workforce development boards for job search resources, training programs, resumé and application preparation, career development.

Pen Pal ProgramsBack to top

A Cup of Water Ministries

P.O. Box 161759

Ft. Worth, Texas 76161-1759

acupofwaterministries.org

Pen pal ministry. connect inmates with ministries for books, bible studies, etc.

CANADIAN COALITION AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY

80 Lillington Ave

Toronto Ontario

M1N 3K7, Canada

www.ccadp.org

Pen pal service for Death Row inmates only; send maximum 3 paragraphs for free posting on webpage. Serves Death Row inmates in the U.S. and other countries.

CHRISTIAN PEN PALS

Attn: Veterans’ Ministry

PO Box 2112

Statesville NC 28687

veteranministry.com/registeraninmate.htm

Pen pals for incarcerated veterans. To register, provide name, TDCJ number, and address, DOB, length of sentence, release date, education level, dates of military service, religion, a statement about you and what you want in a pen pal.

FRIENDS BEYOND THE WALL

Attn: New Ad Orders

2600 South Road, Suite 44-244

Poughkeepsie NY 12601

www.friendsbeyondthewall.com

Pen pal listings since 1999. $40 per year with extra services.

Meet-An-Inmate

P.O. Box 1342

Pendleton, Oregon 97801

www.meet-an-inmate.com

Request information and application by writing the address above. Prisoners can list their address and information from $20 per six months.

OUTLAWS ONLINE

Outlaws Online

PO Box 333

Inverness, FL 34451

www.outlawsonline.com

Send for brochure listing prices for paid pen pal ads.

Prison Pen Pals

P. O. Box 235

East Berlin, PA 17316-0235

www.prisonpenpals.com

Request a brochure and application by mail. Prisoners can list address and information from $10 per year.

REACHING BEYOND THE WALLS

PO Box 6905

Rutland, VT  05702-6905

michael@reachingbeyondthewalls.com

www.reachingbeyondthewalls.com

Nonprofit, nonreligious. Free Pen Pal listing on website can include text, pictures, art, poetry etc. Write for questionnaire, include SASE.

Prisoner SupportBack to top

ACLU National Prison Project

915 15th street N.W.

Washington, DC 20005

www.aclu.org/prisoners-rights/

Dedicated to ensuring that U.S. prisons, jails, and other places of detention comply with the Constitution, domestic law, and international human rights principles. ACLU National Prison Project publishes numerous resources including:

  • “Prisoners’ Assistance Directory” (list of resources by state and by subject, please indicate your needs)
  • “Know Your Rights: Medical, Dental and Mental Health Care”
  • “Know Your Rights: Freedom of Religion”
  • “Know Your Rights: Publications Sent by Mail”
  • “Know Your Rights: Legal Rights of Disabled Prisoners”
  • “Know Your Rights: Environmental Hazards and Toxic Materials”
  • “Know Your Rights: The Prison Litigation Reform Act”
  • “Know Your Rights: Privileged and Non-Privileged Mail”

The NPP does not assist individual prisoners with criminal cases. Download above listed publications online or mail in to request printed copy. Please do not send any court documents or documents that you need returned. Note that wait times for printed publications via mail request may be very long due to the volume of prisoner correspondence.

ACLU OF TEXAS

State Headquarters

P.O. Box 8306

Houston, TX 77288-8306

(713) 942-8146

(888) 653-6498 toll free

ACLU of Texas - Austin Regional Office

P.O. Box 12905

Austin, TX 78711-2905

(512) 478-7300

ACLU of Texas - Brownsville Regional Office

P.O. Box 6087

Brownsville, TX 78523-6087

(956) 465-1905

Works in the courts, the legislature, and through public education to protect civil rights and individual liberty. Please do not send legal complaints or request for legal assistance to the above addresses.

CRITICAL RESISTANCE

1904 Franklin Street, Suite 504

Oakland, CA 94612

www.criticalresistance.org

Building an international movement to end the prison industrial complex.

DEPartment OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

810 Vermont Avenue NW

Washington, D.C. 20420

VA Benefits: (800) 827-1000

GI Bill: (888) 442-4551

Health Care Benefits: (877) 222-8387

Mammography Helpline: (888) 492-7844

Toxic issues, Agent Orange, Gulf War Syndrome, etc.: (800) 749-8387

www.va.gov

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program offered to those with an honorable discharge. Mail for application.

Direct Action for Rights And Equality

340 Lockwood Street

Providence, RI 02907

(401) 351-6960

www.daretowin.org

Organizes low-income families in communities of color for social, economic and political justice.

Disabled American Veterans

Waco Regional Office:

1 Veterans Plaza, 701 Clay St.

Waco, TX 76799

(254) 299-9932

Houson Regional Office

6900 Almeda Road, Rm. 1033

Houston, TX 77030

(713) 383-2715

San Antonio Contact Office:

5788 Eckhert Road, Rm. 2A112

San Antonio, TX 78240

(210) 699-5064

www.dav.org

Dedicated to building better lives for America’s disabled veterans and their families.

DISABILITY RIGHTS EDUCATION And DEFENSE FUND

3075 Adeline St. Suite 210

Berkeley, CA 94703

(510) 644-2555

Legal aid for cases involving civil rights violations related to disability.

NAACP LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATIONAL FUND, INC.

99 Hudson Street, Suite 1600

New York NY 10013

212-965-2200

www.naacpldf.org

Legal aid focused on cases involving issues of racial justice.

NATional CENTER ON INSTITUTIONS AND ALTERNATIVES

7222 Ambassador Rd.

Baltimore MD 21244

(410) 265-1490

www.ncianet.org

Criminal justice services to defense attorneys, defendants, inmates, and court systems throughout the US.

NATIONAL CURE

P. O. Box 2310

Washington, DC 20013-2310

(202) 789-2126

www.curenational.org

Grassroots organization believes that prisons should be used only for those who absolutely must be incarcerated and that those who are incarcerated should have all of the resources they need to turn their lives around.

NATIONAL VETERANS LEGAL SERVICES PROGRAM

c/o Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program

PO Box 65762

Washington DC 20035

(202) 265-8305

Pro-bono legal program for veterans denied benefits.

PRISON ACTIVIST RESOURCE CENTER

PO Box 70447

Oakland, CA 94612

prisonactivist.org

Working to expose and challenge the institutionalized racism and classism of the prison industrial complex. Resource directory free to prisoners upon request.

Project for Older Prisoners

c/o Jonathan Turley

National Law Center

2000 H Street NW

Washington, DC 20052

(202) 994-7001

www.law.gwu.edu/Academics/EL/clinics/Pages/POPS.aspx

Students assist individual low-risk prisoners over the age of 55 to help them obtain paroles, pardons, or alternative forms of incarceration.

THE PRISON SHOW

KPFT 90.1FM Houston

419 Lovett Blvd

Houston TX 77006

(713) 526-5738

Radio show airs Friday night 9:00–11:00 p.m. on Houston Pacifica radio. Created by Ray Hill, former convict turned advocate for Texas inmates. Currently hosted by Kathryn Griffin. Long distance call-ins accepted at 9:20 p.m.

TEXAS COMMISSION ON
JAIL STANDARDS

300 West 15th Street #503

Austin, TX 78701

(512) 463-5505

Receives complaints on county jails only - do not send complaints about TDCJ.

TEXAS JAIL PROJECT

1712 E. Riverside Drive, Box 190

Austin TX 78741

(512) 597-8746

www.texasjailproject.org

To improve conditions for Texas prisoners by publicizing the widespread abuse and neglect city and county jails in Texas. TDCJ prisons not included.

Publications + MagazinesBack to top

AK Press

674- A 23rd Street

Oakland, CA 94612

(510) 208-1700

www.akpress.org

Publisher of anarchist books. 30% discount for prisoners. Send 3 stamps for catalog.

Biddle Publishing Company

PO Box 732

Southeastern, PA 19399-0732

(610) 213-3735

www.biddle-audenreed.com

Criminal justice series includes Going To Prison? ($9.95), plus books on death penalty and life inside.

Carolina Academic Press

700 Kent St.

Durham, NC 27701

www.cap-press.com

Publishes many self-help legal books. Write free for catalog. Also accepts manuscripts.

Coaltion for Prisoner’S Rights Newsletter

PO Box 1911

Santa Fe, NM 87504-1911

realcostofprisons.org/coalition.html

Regularly published newsletter on rights of prisoners and legal issues for prisoners. To receive monthly issues by mail, send CPR a stamped self-addressed envelope with CPR as the return address. Up to 12 stamped self-addressed envelopes can be sent at one time. Newsletter may also be downloaded from CPR website.

East Bay Prisoner Support

P.O. Box 22449

Oakland, CA 94609

eastbayprisonersupport.wordpress.com

Sends free anarchist and other literature (up to 30 sheets) to prisoners in CA, AZ, NM, TX, UT and NV. Sends zines to queer, trans and women prisoners in any state. Write in to receive a catalog.

The Fire Inside

c/o California Coalition for Women Prisoners

1540 Market St., Suite 490

San Francisco CA 94102

Quarterly publication for and about women in prison.

Fortune News

Attn.: Fortune News Subscriptions

29-76 Northern Blvd.

Long Island City, NY 11101

fortunesociety.org

Free newsletter on criminal justice issues. Parent organization - The Fortune Society - offers extensive prisoner support to inmates in New York City area.

Inmate Magazine Service, Inc.

PO Box 2063

Fort Walton Beach FL 32549

(855) 936-4674 - toll free

inmatemagazineservice.com

Offers discounted magazine subscriptions to inmates.

Justice Denied

PO Box 68911

Seattle, WA 98168

justicedenied.org

Reasonably priced books on prison issues. Publishes an online magazine (and accepts written submissions) about issues relating to wrongful conviction. Write for a catalog.

PAPERBACK SWAP N SHOP

1111 Fm 517 Rd E

Dickinson TX 77539

(281) 534-3370

paperbackswapnshop.com

Purchase a “grab bag” of used paperbacks for an inmate, 30 books for $34. Order by phone, online, or in person. Mails to Texas prisons.

Prison Action News

For subscriptions, write to:

Boston ABC

PO Box 230182

Boston, MA 02123

bostonabc@riseup.net

Send submissions to:

PAN

Po Box 832

Watertown MA 02472

prisonactionnews@riseup.net

Prisoner resistance reports from around world. Published twice a year.

Prison Legal News

P.O. Box 2420

West Brattleboro, VT 05303

(802) 257-1342

www.prisonlegalnews.org

Online bookstore offering many titles pertinent to prisoners including many legal resources. Also publishes a 56 page monthly monthly magazine. See details under the “Legal” section of this Resource Guide.

Prison Grievances: when to write, how to write

www.prisongrievances.com

A graphic novel that explains the grievance rules and regulations in Texas prisons. Ask your librarian to order a copy for your prison library - $8.46 from Amazon.com. The guide will also be available in Spanish in February 2015.

Solitary Watch

PO Box 11374

Washington, D.C. 20008

www.solitarywatch.com

Information, advocacy, and resources relating to solitary confinement. Publishes a quarterly print edition available for download from the website and available in print by writing the address above.

South End Press

PO Box 382132

Cambridge MA 02238

www.southendpress.org

Radical books, 50% discount for prisoners. Write for catalog.

Texas Prison Bookstore

1301 Dupont Drive

Orange, Texas 77630

(409) 232-0032

texasprisonbookstore@yahoo.com

www.texasprisonbookstore.com

TDCJ approved bookstore that sells and sends books to Texas inmates.

Religious + SpiritualBack to top

ALEPH INSTITUTE

9540 Collins Avenue

Surfside FL 33154

(305) 864-5553

aleph-institute.org

Offers Jewish religious instruction to prisoners, religious articles, correspondence courses, and counseling.

American Friends Service Committee

1501 Cherry Street

Philadelphia, PA 19102

(215) 241-7000

www.afsc.org

Quaker group that works on non-violence issues, including prison reform. Chapters around the U.S.

American Jewish Committee

PO Box 705

New York, NY 10150

(212)751-4000

www.ajc.org

Catholic Home Study Service

PO Box 363

Perryville, MO 63775

www.amm.org

Offers Catholic study courses.

CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS

(888) 537-7111

Call to request a free Book of Mormon.

CROSSROADS BIBLE INSTITUTE

PO Box 900

Grand Rapids, MI 49509-0900

(800) 668-2450

cbi.fm

Offers bible correspondence courses free of charge to inmates. Offers reentry program to connect with local resources.

ENGAGED ZEN FOUNDATION

PO Box 213

Sedwick, ME 04676-0213

www.engaged-zen.org

Free Zen Buddhist resources.

Gassho Newsletter

Attn: Gassho

1167-C Zonolite Place

Atlanta GA 30306

www.aszc.org

A free publication created by and written for incarcerated sangha practitioners. Articles discuss prison life and the practice of Buddhism for those serving time. Each issue is produced in conjunction with the Atlanta Soto Zen Center. Inmates may write and request to be on the mailing list. Also, we welcome questions, articles, artwork, etc. from prisoners for publication.

Human Kindness Foundation

PO Box 61619

Durham, NC 27715

(919) 383-5160

www.humankindness.org

Publishes the book “We’re All Doing Time: a Guide for Getting Free” an interfaith publication dedicated to obtaining personal and spiritual freedom. Book is offered free to any prisoner - English and Spanish versions available. Write for free copy.

INTERNATIONAL PRISON MINISTRY

P.O Box 2868

Costa Mesa CA 92628-2868

(800) 527-1212

www.chaplainray.com

Bibles, concordances, and other Christian literature free to inmates.

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS

Los Angeles ISKCON

3764 Watseka Avenue

Los Angeles CA 90034-4000

iskcon.org

Free books on Krishna consciousness.

ISLAMIC ASSOCIATION OF NORTH TEXAS (IANT)

840 Abrams Road

Richardson TX 75081

www.iant.com

Sends Qurans and pamphlets on Islamic study to inmates and prison libraries.

ISLAMIC SOCiety OF NORTH AMERICA

PO Box 38

Plainfield IN 46168

www.isna.net

Sends Qurans and other introductory books on Islamic study to prison libraries and inmates. Ability to send books depends on your prison’s policies. No catalog available, but write in to receive books.

JEWISH PRISONER SERVICES INTERNATIONAL

PO Box 85840

Seattle WA 98145-1840

(206) 528-0363

jpsi.org

Provides educational, religious, cultural and spiritual resources to Jewish inmates, releasees, and their families, including free Torahs, prayer books, and other Jewish literature.

MIRACLES PRISONER MINISTRY

501 East Adams Street

Wisconsin Dells WI 53965

(608) 253-9598

Offers a 12-step Spiritual Recovery Correspondence Course. Year-long program of study, minimum commitment of 60 days required. Workbooks supplied at no cost. Course may be taken by prisoners or friends and family of prisoners.

Mt. Zion Bible Bookstore

2603 W. Wright St.

Pensacola FL 32505

Religious books.

Naljor Prison Dharma Service

naljorprisondharmaservice.org/prisonservice.htm

A project of SourcePoint Global Outreach. Provides services and resource materials to men and women in prison throughout the United States and to numerous prison outreach organizations. Provides the following resources available online only:

  • The Heart of Dharma Collection (a selection of 10 precious Buddhist Dharma teachings)
  • Glossary of Buddhist Terms
  • 29-page Resource Directory for Prisoners offering spiritual resources for prisoners

PAN AMERICAN LITERATURE MISSION

5215 East Fort Lowell Road

Tucson AZ 85712

Free Bible correspondence courses and Bibles to prisoners.

Set Free Prison Ministries

P.O. Box 5440

Riverside CA 92517

spiritualfreedom-setfree.org

Christian faith-based, non-profit ministry offers bible correspondence courses.

Shalom Center

6711 Lincoln Drive

Philadelphia PA 19119

(215) 844-8494

theshalomcenter.org

Jewish organization dedicated to promoting peace and justice.

ST. DISMAS GUILD

PO Box 2129

Escondid CA 92033

stdismasguild.org

Free newsletter and Catholic literature.

WORLDWIDE VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS

PO Box 740273

Dallas TX 75374

(972) 234-6009

info@wviw.com

www.wviw.com

Self-help support group, marriage seminar, information, mentoring, religious ministry, and family counseling.

Resources For WomenBack to top

2000 ROSES FOUNDATION INC.

P.O. Box 227015

Dallas TX 75222-7015

(214) 941-1333

2000roses.org

Provides safe transitional housing, education, job training and entrepreneurial skills to help women live successfully after incarceration.

BATTERED WOMEN’S JUSTICE PROJECT

c/o BWJP Defense Office

125 South 9th Street, Suite 302

Philadelphia PA 19107

www.bwjp.org

Provides assistance and information to battered women charged with crimes and to their defense teams. Free newsletter. Does not offer direct legal representation.

Chicago Books to Women in Prison

PO Box 14778

Chicago IL 60614

chicagobwp.org

Sends free reading material to female inmates in IL, IN, OH, MS, CT, AZ, KY, FL and CA. Does not send to Texas inmates.

Families United for Racial + Economic Equality (FUREE)

81 Willoughby Street #701

Brooklyn NY 11201

(718) 852-2960

www.furee.org

Brooklyn-based multiracial organization made up of almost exclusively women of color. Organizes low-income families to build power to change the system so that all people’s work is valued.

Fuerza Unida

710 New Laredo Hwy

San Antonio TX 78211

(210) 927-2294

www.lafuerzaunida.org

Women’s group that helps families achieve justice through education, organizing, and advocacy.

Hasting’s Women’s Law Journal

U.C. Hastings College of the Law

200 McAllister Street

San Francisco CA 94102-4707

hwljsubmissions@gmail.com

hastingswomenslj.org

Seeking submissions from women in prison about their experiences.

Justice Now

1322 Webster Street, Suite 210

Oakland CA 94612

www.jnow.org

Justice Now is the first teaching law clinic in the country solely focused on the needs of women prisoners. Interns and staff provide legal services in areas of need identified by women prisoners, including:

  • compassionate release
  • healthcare access
  • defense of parental rights
  • sentencing mitigation
  • placement in community-based programs

Tenacious: Art and Writing by Women in Prison

c/o V. Law - Black Star Publishing

PO Box 20388

Tompkins Square Station

New York NY 10009

Zine by female inmates. $3 per zine, back issues available.

Women and Prison

Beyondmedia Education

4001 N. Ravenswood Ave. Suite 204-B

Chicago IL 60613

www.womenandprison.org

Online publisher covering issue of women in prison. Write for submission guidelines.

WOMEN ORGANIZED TO RESPOND TO LIFE-THREATENING DISEASES

449 15th Street, Suite 303

Oakland CA 94612

(510) 986-0340

www.womenhiv.org

Publishes a quarterly newsletter that includes a cover story of an inspiring woman living with HIV, treatment information and advocacy tips. Send for information and referrals on AIDS and other life threatening diseases.

WOMEN’S PRISON BOOK PROJECT

c/o Boneshaker Books

2002 23rd Ave S

Minneapolis MN 55404

www.wpbp.org

Free books and reading materials to women and transgendered folks incarcerated in state and federal facilities. Serves all US states except CA, CT, FL, IL, IN, MA, MI, MS, OH, OR, and PA.