Prison advocate Bonny Kerness describes abusive treatment of prisoners and calls for change: “We need to rekindle a national movement against torture and prisons among people who dare to believe that over 2 million men, women and children need not be imprisoned to make the rest of us feel safe.”
Interfaith Action for Human Rights is a mid-Atlantic coalition of faith communities that seeks to change the culture, policy or practices that cause torture or violate human dignity. IAHR members work on the issue of solitary confinement and conditions of confinement in Maryland, Virginia and DC.
"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."
85745 Tucson , AZ
"The Prison Justice League (PJL) works to improve conditions in Texas prisons through litigation, advocacy, and by empowering [their] members. PJL was founded in 2013 to address conditions of confinement in Texas prisons, protect the civil rights of the incarcerated, and offer an opportunity for the voices of prisoners to be heard on the issues that affect them the most. [The] organization is a member-based organization made up of prisoners from state-run prisons across Texas."
78765 Austin , TX
A Shadow Report Submitted for the November 2014 Review by the United Nations Committee Against Torture of US compliance with the UN Convention Against Torture
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.
01040 Holyoke , MA
"WISDOM is a grassroots organization, comprised mostly of religious congregations of many denominations, which works to have a common voice on issues of social justice in Wisconsin. In all, WISDOM includes participation from about 160 congregations, of 19 different religious traditions." WISDOM does not work exclusively to end mass incarceration, but it is the leading focus of the work.
53207 Milwaukee , WI