Prison Visiting

AFSC Michigan Criminal Justice Program

The Michigan Criminal Justice Program is a program of the American Friends Service Committee in their Michican program office. They focus on providing education and materials about support groups, legal assistance, and other programs.

The Michigan Criminal Justice Program also includes the Good Neighbor Project, which is a "co-mentorship program designed to match up free-world individuals with Michigan prisoners who are serving Life or Long Indeterminate sentences." 

Location

48197 Ypsilanti , MI
Michigan US

Ex Prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement

We believe that social change can only be led by the people who most need the change. No one can give power to someone else. Therefore, those of us who have the least advantage, the least power within the traditional system, have to work together to change the situation ourselves.

Location

01610 Worcester , MA
Massachusetts US

grassroots leadership

"Grassroots Leadership fights to end for-profit incarceration and reduce reliance on criminalization and detention through direct action, organizing, research, and public education." They do visitation, run programs, monitor facilities for human rights abuses, and hold benefits and vigils, in addition to other events and campaigns.

Location

78702 Austin , TX
Texas US

Insight Prison Project

"A pioneer in the field of Restorative Justice, IPP offers transformational programs for prisoners and parolees, which are supported by crime victims and community volunteers. IPP currently conducts 25 weekly classes at San Quentin State Prison, involving some 300 prisoners, as well classes in 15 other prisons in California, Massachusetts, and Colorado. 

Location

94915 San Rafael , CA
California US

Mariposas Sin Fronteras

"Mariposas Sin Fronteras is a Tucson, AZ based group that seeks to end the systemic violence and abuse of LGBTQ people held in prison and immigration detention." They do bond fundraising, direct visitation, and statewide advocacy work.

Their leadership "consists largely of LGBTQ immigrants, many of whom have been detained. We actively organize towards a society based on the principles of equality, justice, respect, and liberation for all."

Location

85745 Tucson , AZ
Arizona US

Patapsco Friends Meeting worship with men in Hagerstown prison

Several years ago, a man incarcerated in a state prison in Hagerstown, MD wrote to Patapsco Friends meeting to say that he wanted us to start a Quaker worship group in the prison. He said that he had participated in a worship group at a prison he had been transferred from and that if we would come regularly, he would find others who wanted to sign up. He was as good as his word, and we have been meeting each Saturday morning for several years with a group ranging from as few as 3 to as many as 9 each week.

Location

Ellicott City , MD
Maryland US

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."

Location

19102 Philadelphia , PA
Pennsylvania US

Restoration Project, Florence

From the website: "Restoration Project, Florence is a growing network of people both in and outside of immigration detention centers in Florence and Eloy, Arizona.

"We grew out of the work of the Restoration Project, Tucson. We work in partnership with the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project to offer friendship and community support to some of their clients.   

Location

85701 Tucson , AZ
Arizona US