Activist Links


California Coalition for Women Prisoners
A grassroots organization fighting for the rights of incarcerated women; publishes The Fire Inside, a bi-monthly newsletter by and about women prisoners.
California Prison Focus
A grassroots organization working to stop human rights violations, improve medical care, and end isolation units in California prisons.
California Prison Moratorium Project
Grassroots organization that works to stop prison construction.
Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) 
An alliance of organizations concerned with state budget priorities and dedicated to reducing the number of prisons and prisoners in California.
Families to Amend Three Strikes (FACTS)
Statewide California organization working to amend California’s Three Strikes Law
Justice Now
Law clinic focused on the needs of women prisoners in the areas of compassionate release, healthcare access, defense of parental rights, sentencing mitigation and placement in community programs.
Prison Activist Resource Center
A volunteer prison abolitionist group that exposes prison conditions and the role prisons play.  Publishes a resource guide.
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity
Coalition based in the Bay Area made up of grassroots organizations and community members committed to amplifying the voices of and supporting the prisoners at Pelican Bay and other California prisons while on hunger strike.
Project WHAT! (“We’re Here And Talking”)
A training program staffed by youth that raises awareness about the effects of parental incarceration on children, with the long-term goal of improving services and policies that affect these children.
Stop the Injunctions Coalition
A diverse group of concerned community members fighting gang injunctions in Oakland and advocating for effective approaches to issues of crime and violence which address root causes.
Youth Justice Coalition
Working to build a youth, family and prisoner-led movement to challenge race, gender and class inequality in Los Angeles County’s and California’s juvenile injustice systems.

Other Regions

Partnership for Safety and Justice
Advocates for progressive prison reform in Oregon.
The Correctional Association of New York
Through monitoring, research, public education and policy recommendations, the Correctional Association strives to make the administration of justice in New York State more fair, efficient and humane.


ACLU Prisoner Rights Project
National branch of the ACLU involved in impact litigation regarding conditions of confinement.
American Friends Service Committee
A Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs, including a special focus on prisons.  AFSC opposes maximum security prisons, lockdowns and the death penalty, and works to improve prison conditions.
Center for Constitutional Rights
Dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
A national organization working to reduce society’s reliance on the use of incarceration as a solution to social problems.
Critical Resistance
A national organization devoted to stopping the expansion of the Prison Industrial Complex.
Death Penalty Focus
A national membership organization fighting against the death penalty.
Drug Policy Alliance
Fights for drug policies based on science, compassion, health and human rights.
Families Against Mandatory Minimums
National organization working to reform federal and state mandatory minimum sentencing laws.
Focuses on advocacy on behalf of the federal inmate population.
Freedom Archives
An organization that manages over 5000 hours of audio tape recordings from the late 60-s through the mid-90′s that chronicles the progressive history of the Bay Area, United States, and international solidarity movements.
Just Detention International
A small national organization dedicated to combating the rape of prisoners; also provides limited assistance to survivors of jailhouse rape.
Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation
A national anti-capital punishment organization comprised of family members of murder victims.
National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW)
An organization that works to secure the human and civil rights, health and welfare of all women, focusing particularly on pregnant and parenting women, and those who are most vulnerable – low income women, women of color, and drug-using women.
The November Coalition
A grassroots organization working to expose the sham and end the War on Drugs.
Real Cost of Prisons Project
Brings together prison/justice policy activists with political economists to create popular education workshops and materials which explore both the immediate and long-term costs of incarceration on the individual, her/his family, community and the nation.
The Rebecca Project for Human Rights
A national legal and policy organization that advocates for public policy reform, justice and dignity for vulnerable families, including those dealing with incarceration.
Transgender, Gender Variant and Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP)
An organization whose mission is to challenge and end the human rights abuses committed against transgender, gender variant/genderqueer, and intersex people in California prisons and beyond.