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Fortune Society

Organization whose mission is to support successful reentry from prison and promote alternatives to incarceration

From Education to Incarceration

Compilation of essays on dismantling the school to prison pipeline.

Anthony J. Nocella, II, Priya Parmar & David Stovall
Guidelines for Safety and the Welcoming of Friends with a History of Sexually Abusing Children

Guidelines developed by a Quaker meeting for including individual worshippers who may have committed child sexual abuse. 

Friends Meeting of Washington
Hell is a Very Small Place: Voices from Solitary Confinement

This collection of voices of people experiencing solitary confinement features first-hand accounts collected by Solitary Watch. The Director of the ACLU National Prison Project, David C. Fathi, called it "an extraordinary collection of testimonials from men and women who have endured solitary confinement and, unlike many others, survived." Glenn E.

Casella, Jean and Ridgeway, James, editors
History of Eastern State Penitentiary

This is a short, six-page history of Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, the first of its kind in this country. Quakers helped in the design and approach of Eastern State, especially in the innovation of solitary confinement. This short history goes from the development of the prison to its closing in the 1970s.

Eastern State Penitentiary
How Quakers can help end Mass Incarceration

How Quakers can help end Mass Incarceration - A video from the QuakerSpeak project:

The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world, with over 2.4 million people currently behind bars. What can Quakers do about it?

Quaker Speak
How to Curb our Mass Incarceration Epidemic

Highlights “humane and thoughtful” programs for juvenile offenders.

O'Brien, Soledad
How to Safely Reduce Prison Populations And Support People Returning To Their Communities

2010 Report on strategies for addressing mass incarceration

Justice Policy Institute
HTV Circles: Six Years of Safer Communities

A report on the process used to establish circles of support and accountability for sexual offenders returning to communities after prison, including lessons learned. 

Britain Yearly Meeting
Human Rights Defense Center

The Human Rights Defense Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of the human rights of people held in U.S. detention facilities. This includes people in state and federal prisons, local jails, immigration detention centers, civil commitment facilities, Bureau of Indian Affairs jails, juvenile facilities and military prisons.

Human Rights Defense Center