ACLU National Prison Project

915 15th Street, N.W., 7th Floor

Washington, DC 20005

Phone: (202) 393-4930; (202) 393-4931 fax

Website: www.aclu.org/prisons

Services: Class action suits involving prison conditions and related issues in state and federal institutions. Litigation is usually limited to cases involving major class actions challenging prison conditions or otherwise of national significance. Also provide advice and materials to individuals or organizations involved in prison issues. Do not handle cases on behalf of individual prisoners or post-conviction cases.

ACLU of Florida

4500 Biscayne Boulevard - #340

Miami, FL 33137-3227

Phone: (786) 363-2700; (786) 363-1107 fax

E-mail: aclufl@aclufl.org

Website: www.aclufl.org

Services: Litigation on constitutional issues.

ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project

125 Broad Street, 18th Floor

New York, NY 10004-2400

Phone: 212-549-2633

Website: www.aclu.org/reproductive-freedom

Services: Advocate for pregnant women while incarcerated to receive the reproductive health services that are needed. Write for a “Know Your Rights” fact sheet.


The Project on Addressing Prison Rape

The Washington College of Law

4801 Massachusetts Ave NW

50th Street Bldg.

Washington, DC 20016

Phone: (202) 274-4385

Website: www.wcl.american.edu/endsilence

Services: National group working to end rape in prison. Also has legal resources for rape victims.

Campaign to End the Death Penalty

PO Box 25730

Chicago, IL 60625

Phone: 773-955-4841

Website: www.nodeathpenalty.org

Services: A national grassroots abolitionist organization that works with prisoners, family members and organizers. CEDP publishes a newsletter called “The New Abolitionist,” which is provided free to prisoners.

Death Penalty Focus

5 Third Street, Suite 725

San Francisco, CA 94103

Phone: 415-243-0143

Website: www.deathpenalty.org

Services: Dedicated to abolishing capital punishment through grassroots organizing, media outreach, nationwide coalition building, and education of political and civic leaders and the public about the death penalty and its alternatives. Does not offer any legal services or become involved in individual legal cases.

DC Books to Prisons Project

P.O. Box 34190

Washington, DC 20043

E-mail: btopdc@gmail.com

Website: http://dcbookstoprisoners.org

Services: Provides books to incarcerated people nationally. Free of charge, but stamps and donations for postage encouraged. Request by prioritized subjects, please limit to one request every five months. Please list prison restrictions if known. Open to larger donation requests for prison libraries.

Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM)

1100 H St. NW, Suite 1000

Washington, DC 20005

Phone: (202) 822-6700; (202) 822-6704 fax

E-mail: FAMM@FAMM.org

Website: www.FAMM.org

Services: Work to change mandatory sentencing laws. Provide information about the laws and how to change them. Offers a newsletter, FAMM-gram.

Florida Justice Institute, Inc.

4320 Bank of America Tower
100 S.E. Second Street
Miami, FL, 33131

Phone: (305) 358-2081

Contact: Randall C. Berg, Jr.

Email: rcberg@floridajusticeinstitute.org

Services: Handles civil rights cases regarding conditions in prisons and jails; advocates and lobbies on behalf of prisoners.

Florida Legal Services 

2425 Torreya Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Phone: (850) 385-7900
Fax: (850) 385-9998

Website: www.floridalegal.org

Services: Provides referrals in civil matters.

Human Rights Watch

Address: 350 5th Avenue, 34th Floor

New York, NY 10118-3299

Phone: (212) 290-4700; (212) 736-1300 fax

Website: www.hrw.org

Services: Conduct fact-finding investigations into human-rights abuses in all regions of the world. Working with local partners, monitor conditions of detention around the world. Publish findings in books and reports.

Innocence Project of Florida.

1100 East Park Ave.

Tallahassee, FL, 32301

Phone: (850) 561-6767

Website: www.floridainnocence.org

Services: Assists inmates with postconviction DNA innocence cases and helps exonerees in obtaining compensation for wrongful convictions.

Innocence Project

40 Worth St., Suite 701

New York, NY 10013

Phone: (212)364-5340


Services: The Innocence Project is a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.

Jailhouse Lawyer’s Handbook

National Lawyers Guild

132 Nassau Street, RM 922

New York, NY 10038

Website: http://jailhouselaw.org

Services: This Handbook is a resource for prisoners who wish to file a §1983 lawsuit in federal court regarding poor conditions in prison and/or abuse by prison staff. The Handbook is available for free online at http://jailhouselaw.org. If requesting a hardcopy of the Handbook, write to either the National Lawyers Guild (address listed above),
or, The Center for Constitutional Rights, 666 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10012. A two-dollar ($2.00) donation to said organizations is suggested to help cover postage costs. Stamps are accepted.

Just Detention International

3325 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 340

Los Angeles, CA 90010

Phone: (213) 384-1400; (213) 384-1411 fax

E-mail: info@justdetention.org

Website: www.justdetention.org

Services: Just Detention International (JDI) is a non-profit health and human rights organization that seeks to end sexual abuse in all forms of detention. JDI’s website provides information for survivors, a legal section with legislation and case law, appeals for action, a comprehensive bibliography, and links to articles, reports, and other resources.


1040 N. Guillemard St.

Pensacola FL 32501

Website: www.openbookspcola.org

Services: Sends free reading material to inmates in Florida.

Prisoner Visitation and Support (PVS)

1501 Cherry Street

Philadelphia, PA 19102

Phone: 215-241-7117 Fax: 215-241-7227

Website: www.prisonervisitation.org

Services: PVS is a nationwide visitation that has 300 volunteers across the U.S. who visit federal and military prisoners. Their goal is to visit any prisoner who wishes to receive a visit and they have access to all prisons and prisoners in the federal and military prison systems. Volunteers visit once a month. Limited services for Spanish-speaking prisoners.

Prison Library Project

915-C West Foothill Boulevard – PMB 128

Claremont, CA 91711

Services: Provide books and cassette tapes to individual prisoners, study groups, prison libraries and prison chaplains free of charge. Also publish Ways and Means: A Resource List for Inmates.


An Internet community/forum that provides general information and networking for families of inmates.  Also, has Florida specific forum that addresses issues ranging from dealing with the D.O.C. to coping with incarceration.

Southern Center for Human Rights

Address: 83 Poplar St, NW

Atlanta, GA 30303, USA

Phone: (404)688-1202

Website: https://www.schr.org

Services: Representing prisoners in challenges to unconstitutional conditions and practices in prisons and jails. Challenging systemic failures in the legal representation of poor people in the criminal courts. Representing people facing the death penalty who otherwise would have no representation.

Special Litigation Section

US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division

950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20530

Website: www.usdoj.gov/crt/split

Services: The Special Litigation Section is one of several Sections in the Civil Rights Division. They work to protect civil rights in the following areas: (1) the rights of people in state or local institutions, including: jails, prisons, juvenile detention facilities, and health care facilities for persons with disabilities; (2) the rights of individuals with disabilities to receive services in their communities, rather than in institutions; (3) the rights of people who interact with state or local police or sheriffs’ departments; (4) the rights of youth involved in the juvenile justice system; (5) the rights of people to have safe access to reproductive health care clinics; and, (6) the rights of people to practice their religion while confined to state and local institutions. They can also act on behalf of people at risk of harm in these areas.