Torture

Behind Enemy Lines

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.”

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

Prison Justice League

"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."

Location

78765 Austin , TX
Texas US

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.

Location

01040 Holyoke , MA
Massachusetts US

WISDOM

"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.

Location

53207 Milwaukee , WI
Wisconsin US