General Programs Groups

ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) – http://www.aclu.org
Search for “Prisoner Assistance”.

Action Committee for Women in Prison – http://www.acwip.net
Advocates for the humane and compassionate treatment of all incarcerated women.Collaborates with other organizations dedicated to reforming the criminal justice system.

Alternatives to Violence Program – http://www.avpusa.org
To empower people to lead nonviolent lives through affirmation, respect for all, community building, cooperation, and trust.Founded in and developed from the real life experiences of prisoners and others, and building on a spiritual base, AVP encourages every person’s innate power to positively transform themselves and the world.

American Bar Association – http://www.abanet.org/crimjust
Criminal Justice Section of Bar Association.

American Center for Law & Justice – http://www.aclj.org
The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) and its globally affiliated organizations are committed to ensuring the ongoing viability of freedom and liberty in the United States and around the world.The ACLJ and its worldwide affiliates engage in litigation, provide legal services, render advice to individuals and governmental agencies, as well as counsel clients on global freedom and liberty issues.

American Corrections Health Services Association – http://www.achsa.org
The mission of the American Correctional Health Services Association (ACHSA) is to serve as an effective forum for current issues and needs confronting correctional health care. We provide education, skill development, and support for personnel, organizations, and decision-makers involved in correctional health services.

American Friends Service Committee – http://www.afsc.org/
By promoting community-based systems of criminal justice that promote healing, reconciliation, and righting the harm done by perpetrators of violence, AFSC is developing alternatives to current criminal justice practices around the world.

Annie E. Casey Foundation – http://www.aecf.org/
Developing solutions to build a brighter future for children, families and communities.

Center for Court Innovation-Problem-Solving – http://www.courtinnovation.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.viewPage&pageID=505&documentTopicID=31  Founded as a public/private partnership between the New York State Unified Court System and the Fund for the City of New York, the Center for Court Innovation helps the justice system aid victims, reduce crime, strengthen neighborhoods, and improve public trust in justice. The Center combines action and reflection to spark innovation locally, nationally, and internationally.

Child Welfare Information Gateway –  https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/supporting/support-services/prisoners/
Supporting children and families of prisoners.

Children of Incarcerated Parents – http://youth.gov/youth-topics/children-of-incarcerated-parents

Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE) – http://www.curenational.org
CURE  is a grassroots organization that was founded in Texas in 1972. It became a national organization in 1985. CURE 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. We also believe that human rights documents provide a sound basis for ensuring that criminal justice systems meet these goals.

Corrections One is a website for those employed in the prison industry – http://www.CorrectionsOne.com

Documenting the effects of mass incarceration – http://www.prisonpolicy.org
While we are most famous for our work documenting how mass incarceration skews our democracy, that’s just one part of our mission. We’re demonstrating how mass incarceration impacts everyone, not just those directly involved in the criminal justice system. Our research and the campaigns we spark empower new voices to help set criminal justice policy in this country.Today in 2013, most of our attention goes to our prison-based gerrymandering project.

Drug Enforcement Agency – http://www.usdoj.gov/dea/index.htm
The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States.

FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) – http://www.famm.org
FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization fighting for fair and proportionate sentencing laws that allow judicial discretion while maintaining public safety.FAMM advocates for state and federal sentencing reform, and mobilizes thousands of individuals and families whose lives are adversely affected by unjust sentences to work constructively for change.

FCN (Family Corrections Network) – http://fcnetwork.org  (temporarily unavailable)
In 2006, the Federal Resource Center on Children of Prisoners merged with FCN to create the National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated (NRCCFI). The FCN website is the cornerstone for the NRCCFI. NRCCFI at FCN continues to work alongside families of the incarcerated, program providers, policy makers, researchers, educators, correctional personnel.

Human Kindness – http://www.humankindness.org
The Human Kindness Foundation is a non-profit organization which stresses a way of life based upon three common principles taught by the great sages of all religions: Simple living, a dedication to service, and a commitment to personal spiritual practice. The primary purpose of the Prison-Ashram Project is to inspire and encourage prisoners and prison staff to recognize their depth as human beings, and to behave accordingly. Our inmost nature is divine

Human Rights and the Drug War – http://www.hr95.org
Dedicated to the nonviolent prisoners of the US Drug War, to their families, and to all who work for their freedom and to restore respect for all Human Rights. The Human Rights and the Drug War project was launched in 1995 as Human Rights 95 (HR95).

Human Rights Defense Center – https://www.humanrightsdefensecenter.org/

Inside Circle – http://insidecircle.org
The Inside Circle Foundation (ICF) exists to assist prison convicts in maximum-security prisons in taking behavioral, emotional and spiritual responsibility for their lives. ICF is a not-for-profit organization created by convicts and citizens dedicated to the personal growth of men in prison.

Justice Solutions of America – http://www.justicesolutionsofamerica.com/ – prison consulting services.
Federal Prison Consultants – http://www.federalprisonconsultants.com/, a division of Justice Solutions of America, Inc. is a nationally based federal prison consulting company with decades of experience in the federal prison consulting industry, which was proudly named after this pioneering division. Federal Prison Consultants was created with over 200 years of combined paralegal, criminal justice and corrections experience with experts who function as federal prison advocates and federal sentencing mitigation specialists who are preeminent in the field of Federal Prisoner Rehabilitation, Rights and Advocacy.

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – http://www.criminaljustice.org/public.nsf/freeform/publicwelcome?opendocument
The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) is the preeminent organization in the United States advancing the mission of the nation’s criminal defense lawyers to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or other misconduct.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service – http://www.ncjrs.gov
Criminal Justice reference info.

National and Regional and State and local support organizations –prisoner’s assistance directory for 2012 (most current one we could find) – http://www.aclu.org/files/assets/2012_prisoners_assistance_directory.pdf

National Legal Aid and Defender Association – http://www.nlada.org
Legal Aid.

PEW Research Center – http://www.pewresearch.org/
Statistics and reports on many topics including criminal justice.

PREA – http://www.prearesourcecenter.org/
PREA calls for federal, state, and local corrections systems to have a zero-tolerance policy regarding prison rape (as defined by PREA) in prisons, jails, police lock-ups, and other confinement facilities. The Act requires development of standards for detection, prevention, reduction and punishment of prison rape.

Prison Policy Initiative – http://www.prisonpolicy.org/
Reports on incarceration issues.

Prison the Hidden Sentence – www.prisonthehiddensentence.com
Those on the outside are serving time too.  Information and stories for and from those on the outside supporting loved ones in prison.

Prison Watch Network – https://prisonwatchnetwork.org/
Reports on prisoner human rights abuses.

The American Jury Institute / Fully informed jury association – http://www.fija.org
Protect citizens from abuse of power by government.

The Real Cost of Prison Projects – http://www.realcostofprisons.org
The Real Cost of Prisons Project seeks to broaden and deepen the organizing capacity of prison/justice activists working to end mass incarceration. The Real Cost of Prisons Project brings together justice activists, artists, justice policy researchers and people directly experiencing the impact of mass incarceration to create popular education materials and other resources which explore the immediate and long-term costs of incarceration on the individual, her/his family, community and the nation.

The Sentencing Project – Research and Advocacy for Reform – http://www.sentencingproject.org
Sentencing advocacy and reform.