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Program Name Program Description City State
One-Eighty

One-Eighty is "a regional training and advocacy group serving the formerly incarcerated and the organizations that work with them." The website hosts a message board where individuals can ask or answer questions about their needs, or offer opportuniries for assistance. There is also a directory of organizations that provide resources, skills, or services to those being released or formerly incarcerated people.

One-Eighty is a project of 2015 JustLeadershipUSA Fellow Jason Cleaveland.

Missouri
Correctional Association (CA) of New York

"Founded in 1844, the Correctional Association of New York (the CA) is an independent non-profit organization that advocates for a more humane and effective criminal justice system and a more just and equitable society." They are an advocacy organization pushing for policies that address the abuses of the criminal justice system.

The issues they focus on are:

New York New York
Community Works

Community Works is a restorative justice arts organization. They seek to use bring together the community through art to "heal from the impact of incarceration and the behaviors leading up to it "create social and institutional change to better meet the needs of incarcerated individuals, their children and their families." They have a variety of programs both in prisons and jails and in the community for individuals and families experiencing incarceration or re-entering.

Oakland California
I Did the Time.

I Did the Time is a re-entry advocacy organization, led by formerly incarcerated people and their families. Their work "supports individuals and families who are working to overcome barriers associated with past offenses with political advocacy and organizing." In particular, I Did the Time is focused on amending Washington state's Freedom from Discrimination Law to include those who have been formerly incarcerated. 

I Did the Time. is a project of Layne Pavey, 2016 JustLeadershipUSA Fellow.

Spokane Washington
National Council For Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls (NCIFIWG)

From the website: "The two primary purposes of the Council are:

1) To ensure that no policies, laws, practices, organizing and services are made about women and girls who are or were incarcerated without including our voices, experiences and ideas for creating more effective outcomes. Our mantra is “Nothing about us, without us!” Through support, awareness and advocacy, the Council is committed to collectively building new and just policy grounded in social justice, human rights and dignity.

Boston Massachusetts
Women on the Rise Telling HerStory (WORTH)

"WORTH (Women On the Rise Telling HerStory) is an advocacy/consultant group comprised of currently & formerly incarcerated women, who have the expertise and understanding to engage, navigate and challenge policy and perceptions concerning incarcerated women." They serve as a hub for many community resources for formerly incarcerated women and provide a community of support and leadership development for formerly incarcerated women.

New York New York
Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable

The Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable is a collaboration between formerly incarcerated residents of Austin and other community members to stregthen programs and efforts related to helpfully and healthfully reintegrate former prisoners into the community. The Roundtable understands that this work takes the support and work of the whole community, and have created many resources and taskforces to that end.

Austin Texas
The Prison Birth Project (PBP)

From the website: "Prison Birth Project (PBP) supports, encourages, and trains currently and formerly incarcerated mothers and trans* parents to become community leaders within a reproductive justice framework. ... In the jail today, we provide trauma-informed doula care, childbirth classes, family-centered advocacy, a peer support group, and a vehicle for member-led organizing. We also offer a group outside the wall for previously incarcerated women & trans* parents. PBP groups help members to remember core strength, heal as individuals and collectively, and create societal change.

Holyoke Massachusetts
Prisoner Visitation and Support (PVS)

From the website:" Prisoner Visitation and Support (PVS) is a volunteer visitation program to federal and military prisoners throughout the United States. Our priority is to visit those prisoners who:

do not ordinarily receive visits from family and friends,

want or need visits,

are in solitary confinement,

on death row, or

are serving long sentences.

Our purpose is to provide prisoners with regular, face-to-face, contact from the world outside of prison to help them cope with prison life and prepare for a successful re-entry into society."

Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM)

"CLAIM offers legal services on family law to incarcerated mothers, formerly incarcerated mothers and caregivers of children whose parents are incarcerated" whose cases are in Illinois. CLAIM visits women incarcerated in Illinois and runs classes in facilities. 

Chicago Illinois

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