Prison Outreach and Reform
Aleph Institute - Serving Jewish inmates across the country.
Beit T'shuvah is a residence in Los Angeles for Jewish ex-convicts and those suffering from various addictions, which integrates Jewish spirituality and the 12-step recovery program for recovery and reentry into the community.
The Vera Institute combines expertise in research, demonstration projects, and technical assistance to help leaders in government and civil society improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety.
LEAP - The mission of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) is to reduce the multitude of unintended harmful consequences resulting from fighting the war on drugs and to lessen the incidence of death, disease, crime and addiction by ultimately ending drug prohibition.
ACLU National Prison Project - Litigates nationally on behalf of prisoners. Cases and issues have included conditions in Los Angeles County Jail, religious freedom, shackling of female prisoners.
Bureau of Justice Statistics on Prisons – Statistics about prisons in the United States.
California Office of the Inspector General - Unique state office in United States, charged with independently and regularly investigating and reporting on conditions in California's prisons.
Center for Court Innovation - A public-private partnership that works to reduce crime, aid victims and improve public trust in justice.
Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons - Commission convened in 2005-2006 to address systemic issues in prison system. Report issued -- "Confronting Confinement" focused on dangerous conditions of confinement; challenges facing labor and management; weak oversight of correctional facilities; and serious flaws in the available data about violence and abuse. It also offered recommendations for follow-up.
Federal Bureau of Prisons - Federal agency of the Department of Justice that runs federal prisons throughout the United States.
Human Rights Watch - Domestic campaigns focusing on prison issues.
National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009 - The National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009 will create a blue-ribbon commission charged with undertaking an 18-month, top-to-bottom review of our entire criminal justice system. Its task will be to propose concrete, wide-ranging reforms designed to responsibly reduce the overall incarceration rate; improve federal and local responses to international and domestic gang violence; restructure our approach to drug policy; improve the treatment of mental illness; improve prison administration; and establish a system for reintegrating ex-offenders.
Prison Law Office of California - Litigates on behalf of California state prisoners on a variety of major conditions issues including health and psychiatric care, overcrowding, disability rights and access.
Prisoners' Rights Project of the New York City Legal Aid Society - Protects and enforces the legal rights of New York City and New York State prisoners through litigation, advice, and assistance to individual prisoners.
The Doe Fund develops and implements cost-effective, holistic programs that meet the needs of a diverse population working to break the cycles of homelessness, addiction, and criminal recidivism; and to achieve permanent self-sufficiency.
The Fortune Society supports successful re-entry of formerly incarcerated men and women and promotes alternatives to incarceration, thus strengthening the fabric of our communities.
David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy (DRCPP) coordinates The Fortune Society's policy development, advocacy, technical assistance, training, and community education efforts. The DRCPP integrates Fortune's internal expertise with research and evaluation to advocate for a fairer criminal justice system; promote effective program models and needed supports for people with criminal justice histories; and change the counter-productive laws and policies that create unfair barriers to the successful re-entry of people with criminal justice histories into our communities. Read more about the Fortune Society and the Rothenberg Center here!
Drug Policy Alliance Network – The Drug Policy Alliance Network (DPA Network) is the nation's leading organization promoting policy alternatives to the drug war that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights. For information about Drug Law Reform in New York, click here.
Drug Law Reform Conference (November 2009) - Working to bring about drug policies based on science, compassion, health and human rights.