Alameda County: Organizations and Programs

For details on volunteer opportunities, see links to Volunteers Needed.

Organization Description Go to Their Web Page
Alameda County Sheriff’s Office – Inmate Services Unit Our mission is to reduce the impact of crime on the community by helping inmates acquire the skills, attitudes, and values needed to find and hold jobs, become socially responsible, and make positive contributions to their families and the community. Web Address
Beyond This Prison Beyond This Prison is an organization that uses the literal and metaphorical framework of incarceration to explore truths about ourselves and others, and to build stronger communities. SF Bay Area, CA. Web Address
California Coalition for Women Prisoners We monitor and challenge the abusive conditions inside California women’s prisons. We fight for the release of women and trans prisoners. We support women and trans people in their process of re-entering the community. Offices in Oakland, CA. Web Address
Community Works Our programs help clients and their families access the inner power to work and live to their full potential. We use our insights on lasting change to keep people out of prison, advocate for a more humane justice system, and support healthy communities for all of us.​ ​It is often our client alumni themselves who step into the role of advocating for policy change, taking their healing and empowerment to the next level.​ ​We call this translational justice. Offices in Oakland and San Francisco, CA. Web Address
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights We organize with Black, Brown, and low-income people to shift resources away from prisons and punishment, and towards opportunities that make our communities safe, healthy, and strong. Offices in Oakland, CA. Web Address
Equal Justice Society The Equal Justice Society is transforming the nation’s consciousness on race through law, social science, and the arts. EJS targets its advocacy efforts on school discipline, special education, and the school-to-prison pipeline, race-conscious remedies, and inequities in the criminal justice system. Offices in Oakland, CA. Web Address
Insight Garden Program Insight Garden Program transforms prisoners’ lives through connection to nature. IGP facilitates an innovative curriculum combined with vocational gardening and landscaping training so that people in prison can reconnect to self, community, and the natural world. This “inner” and “outer” gardening approach transforms lives, ends ongoing cycles of incarceration, and creates safer communities. In 2002, IGP was founded in collaboration with the Insight Prison Project at San Quentin State Prison. Offices in Berkeley, CA.Volunteers Needed Web Address
Juvenile and Inmate Library Services (JAILS) Alameda County Library provides library service to inmates in the county jails. Over 600,000 books are circulated within the two jails in Alameda County: Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and Glenn Dyer Jail in Oakland. Volunteers Needed Web Address
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children LSPC organizes communities impacted by the criminal justice system and advocates to release incarcerated people, to restore human and civil rights and to reunify families and communities. We build public awareness of structural racism in policing, the courts and prison system and we advance racial and gender justice in all our work. Our strategies include legal support, trainings, advocacy, public education, grassroots mobilization and developing community partnerships. Offices in Oakland, CA. Web Address
Prisoners Literature Project The Prisoners Literature Project is an all-volunteer, non-profit group that sends free books directly to prisoners who request them from throughout the United States. Now working out of Berkeley’s Grassroots House (our 501 (c)3 sponsor), we appreciate continuing support from Bound Together Books, Moe’s Books, BookMooch, the Resist Foundation, and many generous folks in the Bay Area. Offices in Berkeley, CA. Volunteers Needed Web Address
Prison Reentry Network Prisoner Reentry Network relies on our outstanding advisors and community members to provide reliable and current information on what happens when people leave California’s prisons. Offices in Oakland, CA. Web Address
Root & Rebound Root & Rebound’s mission is to transfer power and information from the policy and legal communities to the people most impacted by our criminal justice system through public education, direct legal services, and policy advocacy, so that the law serves, rather than harms, low income communities and communities of color in the United States. Offices in Oakland, CA. Volunteers Needed Web Address

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