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ACLU National Prison Project

915 15th St NW, 7th Floor

Washington, DC 20005

Phone: (202) 393-4930

Fax (202) 393-4931


Services: 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. They do not handle cases on behalf of individual prisoners or post-conviction cases.


ACLU of Florida

343 W Flagler St #400

Miami, FL 33134

Phone: (786) 363-2700



Services: Litigation on constitutional issues.


Action Committee for Women in Prison

769 Northwestern Drive

Claremont, CA 91711

Phone: (626)710-7543



Services: The Action Committee for Women in Prison advocates for the humane and compassionate treatment of all incarcerated women everywhere, and works for the release of all women who are unjustly imprisoned, including individual women prisoners who pose no danger to society.



5 Penn Plaza, 16th Floor

New York, NY 10001

Phone: (212) 807-8400

Fax: (212) 627-1451

Services: Amnesty International compiles information about prisoner torture, beatings, rape, et cetera, to include in reports about U.S. prison conditions. Also work on death penalty issues. May not respond to individual letters.



The Project on Addressing Prison Rape

4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW


Washington, DC 20016

Phone: (202) 274-4261


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


Campaign to End the Death Penalty

P.O. Box 25730 

Chicago, IL 60625

Phone: 773-955-4841


Services: A national grassroots abolitionist organization that works with prisoners, family members and organizers. CEDP publishes a newsletter, The New Abolitionist, which is provided free to prisoners.


Death Penalty Focus

5 Third Street, Suite 725 

San Francisco, CA 94103

Phone: 415-243-0143


Services: Dedicated to abolishing capital punishment through grassroots organizing, media outreach, nationwide coalition building, and education of political and civic leaders and the public about the death penalty and its alternatives. Does not offer any legal services or become involved in individual legal cases.


DC Books to Prisons Project

P.O. Box 34190

Washington, DC 20043



Services: Provides books to incarcerated people nationally. Free of charge, but stamps and donations for postage encouraged. Request by prioritized subjects, please limit to one request every five months. Please list prison restrictions if known. Open to larger donation requests for prison libraries. is a web resource that provides researched, fact-based resources about the risks of various substances, the latest approaches to treatment and real stories of recovery.


Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM)

1100 H St. NW, Suite 1000

Washington, DC 20005

Phone: (202) 822-6700; (202) 822-6704 fax



Services: Work to change mandatory sentencing laws. Provide information about sentencing laws and how to change them. 


Florida Institutional Legal Services

14260 W Newberry R #412

Newberry, FL 32669


Phone: (407)801-4350

Fax: (352)331-5202

Services: FILS serves Florida prisoners. FILS publishes the Florida Parental Rights Manual for Incarcerated Parents and their Families (2008) 106 pages, which is available for download from their website or may be obtained by writing the above address.


Florida Justice Institute, Inc.

4320 Bank of America Tower

100 S.E. Second Street

Miami, FL, 33131

Phone: (305) 358-2081 



Services: Handles civil rights cases regarding conditions in prisons and jails. Advocates and lobbies on behalf of prisoners.


Florida Legal Services 

P.O. Box 533986

Orlando, FL 32853 

Phone: (407)801-4350

Fax: (407)505-7327


Services: Provides referrals in civil matters.


Human Rights Watch

Address: 350 5th Avenue, 34th Floor

New York, NY 10118-3299

Phone: (212) 290-4700; (212) 736-1300 fax


Services: Conduct fact-finding investigations into human-rights abuses in all regions of the world. Works with local partners and monitors conditions of detention around the world. Publish findings in books and reports.


Innocence Project of Florida. 

1100 East Park Ave.

Tallahassee, FL, 32301

Phone: (850) 561-6767


Services: Assists inmates with postconviction DNA innocence cases and helps exonerees in obtaining compensation for wrongful convictions.


Innocence Project

40 Worth St., Suite 701

New York, NY 10013

Phone: (212)364-5340

Services: The Innocence Project is a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.


Jailhouse Lawyer’s Handbook


Services: This handbook is a resource for prisoners who wish to file a §1983 lawsuit in federal court regarding poor conditions in prison and/or abuse by prison staff. The handbook is available for free online at


Just Detention International

3325 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 340

Los Angeles, CA 90010

Phone: (213) 384-1400; (213) 384-1411 fax



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. 



156 West 56th Street, Suite 701
New York, NY 10019


About: The Marshall Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system. They impact the system through journalism, rendering it more fair, effective, transparent and humane.

Narcotics Anonymous

PO Box 9999

Van Nuys, CA 91409


Phone:  (818)773-9999 

Services: NA publishes a wide variety of materials concerning drug addiction and recovery, some of which are expressly produced for persons currently incarcerated, including Behind the Walls.




1040 N. Guillemard St.

Pensacola FL 32501


Services: Sends free reading material to inmates in Florida. 


Pen Prison Writing Program

Pen American Center

588 Broadway, Suite 303

New York, NY 10012


Phone: (212)334-1660

Services: PEN Prison Writing Program believes in the restorative, rehabilitative power of writing and provides hundreds of prisoners across the country with skilled writing teachers and audiences for their work. It provides a place for prisoners to express themselves freely and encourages the use of the written word as a legitimate form of power. PEN's Prison Writing Program sponsors an annual writing contest, publishes the free book, Handbook for Writers In Prison, provides one-on-one mentoring to prisoners, conducts workshops, and seeks to promote prisoners’ work publicly through literary publications and readings.


Prisoner Reentry Institute

John Jay College of Criminal Law

524 W 59th St, Rm 609B

New York, NY 10019


Phone: (212)393-6435

Services: The Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI) of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice with the mission of supporting the successful reentry of justice-involved people back into communities. PRI regularly produces studies and publications made available for prisoners, including the Guide to Continuing Your Education after Prison. 


Prison Health News c/o Books Through Bars

4722 Baltimore Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19143


Phone: (215)525-0460, ext. 417

Services: A quarterly newsletter and health resource. The newsletter is published quarterly for people in prison and strives to lift up the voices, experience and expertise of currently and formerly incarcerated people. They respond to all types of health questions from prisoners everywhere in the United States. Write to them for a free subscription or with health questions. Past issues are downloadable from the website.


Prisoner Visitation and Support (PVS)

1501 Cherry Street 

Philadelphia, PA 19102

Phone: (215)241-7117; Fax: 215-241-7227


Services: PVS is a nationwide visitation that has 300 volunteers across the U.S. who visit federal and military prisoners. Their goal is to visit any prisoner who wishes to receive a visit and they have access to all prisons and prisoners in the federal and military prison systems. Volunteers visit once a month. Limited services for Spanish-speaking prisoners.


Prison Library Project

915-C West Foothill Boulevard – PMB 128

Claremont, CA 91711

(909) 626-3066


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.    

An Internet community/forum that provides general information and networking for families of inmates. Also, has Florida specific forum that addresses issues ranging from dealing with the D.O.C. to coping with incarceration.


Solitary Watch

P.O. Box 11374

Washington, DC 20008



Services: Solitary Watch works to expose and oppose the use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons and jails, and offers a free quarterly newsletter to prisoners. Solitary Watch also welcomes submissions of writing by those currently or formerly serving time in solitary. 


Southern Center for Human Rights

Address: 83 Poplar St, NW

Atlanta, GA 30303, USA

Phone: (404)688-1202


Services: Representing prisoners in challenges to unconstitutional conditions and practices in prisons and jails. Challenging systemic failures in the legal representation of poor people in the criminal courts. Representing people facing the death penalty who otherwise would have no representation.


Special Litigation Section

US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division

950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW 

Washington, DC 20530

Phone: toll-free at (877) 218-5228   


Services: The Special Litigation Section is one of several Sections in the Civil Rights Division. They work to protect civil rights in the following areas: (1) the rights of people in state or local institutions, including: jails, prisons, juvenile detention facilities, and health care facilities for persons with disabilities; (2) the rights of individuals with disabilities to receive services in their communities, rather than in institutions; (3) the rights of people who interact with state or local police or sheriffs’ departments; (4) the rights of youth involved in the juvenile justice system; (5) the

rights of people to have safe access to reproductive health care clinics; and, (6) the rights of people to practice their religion while confined to state and local institutions. They can also act on behalf of people at risk of harm in these areas.

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