Outside Bay Area: Organizations and Programs

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

Organization Description Go to Their Web Page
Alcoholics Anonymous Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem. New York, NY. Web Address
Antirecividism Coalition ARC serves more than 450 formerly incarcerated men and women, who commit to living crime-free, gang-free and drug-free; enrolling in school, working, or actively searching for work; and being of service to their community. The majority of ARC members live in Los Angeles County, where the organization was founded. Los Angeles County, CA. Web Address
Bureau of Justice Statistics BJS mission: To collect, analyze, publish, and disseminate information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government. These data are critical to federal, state, and local policymakers in combating crime and ensuring that justice is both efficient and evenhanded. Web Address
Correctional Educational Association Since 1930, CEA has provided leadership, direction, and services to correctional educators and institutional correctional education programs around the world. CEA has also been the only professional advocacy group for juvenile justice and adult correctional education to the private sector, political organizations, and social agencies in the United States. USA, Offices in Laurel, MD. Web Address
Duke University Certificate in Prison Studies The certificate in Prison Studies can be earned within the M.Div. program and provides students with the opportunity to engage specifically with people in prison and the system that imprisons them in the context of theological education and formation for ministry. Durham, NC. Web Address
Families Against Mandatory Minimums FAMM’s mission is to create a more fair and effective justice system that respects our American values of individual accountability and dignity while keeping our communities safe. USA, Offices in Washington D.C. Web Address
Friends Outside Established in 1955, Friends Outside has over 55 years of experience working inside institutions and with families and children of incarcerated individuals. Offices in Stockton, CA. Volunteers Needed Web Address
Human Rights Watch Human Rights Watch is known for its accurate fact-finding, impartial reporting, effective use of media, and targeted advocacy, often in partnership with local human rights groups. Many of the most serious human rights violations in the US occur in the realm of criminal justice. The criminal justice system—from policing and prosecution through to punishment—is plagued with injustices like racial disparities, excessively harsh sentencing, and drug and immigration policies that improperly emphasize criminalization. As a result, the United States has the largest reported prison population in the world. Offices in New York, NY. Web Address
Prison Policy Initiative The non-profit, non-partisan Prison Policy Initiative produces cutting edge research to expose the broader harm of mass criminalization, and then sparks advocacy campaigns to create a more just society. Northampton, MA. Web Address
Sister Helen Prejean – The Ministry Against the Death Penalty MADP fosters creative, reflective and educational programs that awaken hearts and minds, inspire social change, and strengthen our democracy’s commitment to human rights. Web Address
Sister Joan Chittister – Fund for Prisoners Impact the lives of those in prison through: Free Spiritual Materials, Forming Spiritual Communities, Prison & Halfway House Retreats to begin the kind of caring conversations that give people something to believe in and a sense of the presence of God in themselves. Erie, PA. Web Address
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – SAMHSA The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. Web Address
Vanderbilt Prison Project Vanderbilt Prison Project is a service-based organization committed to inspiring and educating towards improvement in the criminal justice system. Nashville, TN. Facebook Page or
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Veterans Administration – for Incarcerated and Re-Entry Vets Veterans can sometimes run into issues with law enforcement and the criminal justice system resulting in incarceration. It is important justice-involved Veterans are familiar with VA benefits including what VA benefits they may still eligible to receive, what happens to the VA benefits they are already receiving if they become incarcerated, and what programs are available to assist them with reintegrating back into the community once released from incarceration. Web Address
Women’s Prison Association WPA works with women at all stages of criminal justice involvement. We promote alternatives to incarceration and help women living in the community to avoid arrest or incarceration Offices in New York, NY. Web Address

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