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Prison Ministries

Alternative Directions 
http://probonomd.org/current.html 
Mary Joel Davis, Executive Director
24505 North Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone: 410-889-5072

A small non-profit organization that assists families separated due to incarceration to deal with domestic relations, housing, child support, divorce papers and other issues. Provides educational seminars in prisons and jails and refers cases to pro bono counsel. This organization also conducts a program called Positive Directions, which was awarded a Prisoner Reentry Initiative grant to assist ex-offenders in returning to society permanently.

Alternatives to Violence
http://avpusa.org

Emma Lou Davis Comstock
P.O. Box 215
Smithsburg, MD 21783-0215
Phone: 301-824-2652

e-mail: emmaloudav@aol.com

AVP is a nationwide and worldwide association of volunteer groups offering experiential workshops in conflict resolution, responses to violence, and personal growth.

Christian Jail Ministry
www.christianjailministry.org
Dale and Andrea Pace
P.O. Box 2050
Ellicott City, MD 21041
Phone: 410-997-0253
Fax:: 410-313-9294

e-mail:cjmmd@earthlink.net and dale@christianjailministry.org

The Christian Jail Ministry, based at the Howard County, MD, Detention Center since 1979, meets spiritual, personal and social needs of jail and prison inmates, former inmates, their families, corrections personnel, and those involved in ministry to prisoners through an effective Christ-centered, faith-based approach. About 300 volunteers from several dozen churches provide Sunday and special worship services, Bible classes, discipleship training, counseling, and 12-step help for addictions. CJM also encourages churches to better address the social needs of former prisoners and inmate families and encourages social justice. The many ministries include a poetry program, gift cards for inmates to send, Christmas for inmates' children, volunteer training and a newsletter available by e-mail and designed to fit church bulletins.

The Community of St. Dysmas
www.toad.net/~stdysmas
The Rev. William Lundgren, Pastor
Robert L. Mauck, Office Manager
5010 Briarclift Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21229-1351
Phone: 410-233-7897

e-mail:stdysmas@toad.net
themaucks@verizon.net

The Community of St. Dysmas is an Evangelical Lutheran congregation within the Maryland correctional system. The congregation held its first services in the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women, in Jessup in April 1985, and has since grown to include the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup for men (in October 1985), the Maryland Correctional Institution in Hagerstown for men (in November 1996), and more recently at RCI and MCTC. The congregation has a speakers' bureau of former members, council members, and pastors, who are available to speak before church or community groups or at worship services. Volunteers are the cornerstone of this ministry.

Episcopal Chapel of the Transfiguration
Louisiana State Penitentiary
Angola, LA

Trinity Episcopal Church
3552 Morning Glory Avenue
Baton Rouge LA 70808
Prison Ministry Chairs: Ann Gonzales, Charles deGravelles

www.trinitybr.com
Contact: Michael Hackett
Phone: 775-806-2074
Fax:     985-549-5092

mhackett@selu.edu

The Chapel “parish” is governed by the inmates and volunteers from Trinity Episcopal Church. A full Eucharist is held the first Tuesday of every month in the prison chapel with nearly 50 “outside” volunteers taking part with the inmates. Their work also includes a ministry to senior inmates and praying for those prisoners who have lost a loved one.

Epiphany Ministry, Inc.
www.epiphanyministry.org
Peggy New, Executive Director.
P.O. Box 1923
Conway, SC 29528
Phone: 843-248-3677
Fax: 843-248-8835

e-mail: pnew@epiphanyministry.org
Maryland leaders:
John and Jacque Benjamin
Phone: 410-257-2595
email: johnfbenjamin@gmail.com
jacque.benjamin@gmail.com

A ministry to incarcerated juveniles involving a three-day weekend followed by monthly follow-up sessions. It now operates in 10 states. "The impact is tremendous," said a chaplain. " ... Attitudes change. They learn to trust, forgive and love."

Good News Jail & Prison Ministry
Chase Wood, Chaplain
Anne Arundel County Jennifer Road and Ordnance Road Detention Centers
Phone: 410-222-7374

e-mail: dcwood00@.aacounty.org


A nonprofit organization that trains and places chaplains in jails and prisons to meet the spiritual needs of prisoners — at no cost to the taxpayers. Founded 35 years ago, this ministry is now in 79 institutions in 16 states and is supported by churches and individuals. The ministry includes counseling, preaching, teaching, administering a Bible Correspondence Course and working with lay people who volunteer their time inside prisons and jails

Hope House
www.hopehousedc.org
Carol Fennelly
Rachel Foley
PO Box 60682
Washington, DC 20039
202-545-9671

Founded in 1997, Hope House provides creative programs for inmates incarcerated far from home and their families; works to raise the level of awareness among the general public about inmate issues and concerns; creates programs for the children and wives of prisoners which assist them in dealing with separation from their loved ones. But mostly Hope House offers comfort and the knowledge that these inmates, so far from home, have not been forgotten. It began our its work with incarcerated men and families from the Washington area, Hope House now reaches incarcerated fathers from around the nation. Its slogan: "Helping fathers be dads."

Jewish Prisoner Services International
Neil Steinhorn, Regional Coordinator
17 Warren Rd., #3A, Baltimore
Phone: 410-653-3300

e-mail: Calrip5@aol.com or jewishprisonerservices@msn.com

Ships Jewish books and ritual items and maintains an audiovisual library for chaplains or prisoners; provides a penpal service; sets up volunteer visits for classes, programs or individual contact; offers a marriage enrichment program. Serves as an advocate for religious rights, and provides post-release assistance.

Kairos
www.kairosprisonministry.org
Ford Rowan
St. Anne's, Annapolis
Phone: 410-263-1136

e-mail: fordrowan@aol.com

Kairos is a three-day interdenominational Christian weekend offered by volunteers inside prisons with follow-up group reunions and meetings.

National Prison Hospice Association

www.npha.org
Fleet Maull, Director
P.O. Box 4623
Boulder, CO 80306-4623
Phone: 303-447-8051
Fax: 303-447-8055

e-mail: npha@npha.org

NPHA promotes hospice care for terminally ill prisoners. Its purpose is to assist corrections and hospice professionals in their continuing efforts to develop high quality patient care procedures and management programs. It provides a network for the exchange of information between corrections facilities, community hospices and other concerned agencies about existing programs, best practices and new developments in the prison hospice field.

National Women's Prison Project, Inc.
www.nwpp-inc.org
Alfrieda Robinson-Dawkins, Founder
1701 Madison Ave., Suite 505, Baltimore, MD 21217
Phone: 410-233-3385
Cell: 410-258-4928
e-mail: natwomensprisonprojectinc@yahoo.com

Founded by Alfrieda ("Freda") Robinson-Dawkins, who was in prison for a decade, the project works to help women return to their communities with counseling, mentoring, education, housing, transportation, drug treatment and education, medical assistance, scholarships and community referrals.

Pastors to Prisoners
http://pastorstoprisoners.org
Rev. Jack Oien, Founder, CEO
PO Box 4381
Chula Vista, CA 91909-4381
(619) 691-7720


Pastors to Prisoners is a California nonprofit organization providing ongoing financial support to ordained ministers uniquely burdened and willing to work with the incarcerated as full-time volunteer yard pastors under the direction of state chaplains in prison facilities. The goal for inmates is spiritual freedom in prison and success in society. Its motto: "Helping Broken People Put the Pieces Together."

Patmos Ministries
www.patmosministries.net
Dr. Patricia N. Marks, Executive Director
8201 Blairton Rd.
Springfield, VA 22152

Phone: 703-569-7237
Fax: 703-569-0763

e-mail: pnmarks@patmosministries.net

The goal of Patmos Ministries is to bring additional financial resources to programs that improve and enhance the lives of those who are or who have been incarcerated. To meet this goal, Patmos Ministries provides the services of grant seeking, grant writing, and organizational development to programs primarily focusing on the incarcerated, re-entrants and their families. Patmos Ministries will also research funding opportunities, analyze and evaluate data about existing and needed services, conduct outreach activities to encourage churches and organizations to provide reentry support and to promote positive publicity about prison ministry.


Prison Fellowship Ministries

www.prisonfellowship.org
Ron Nix, Director, Maryland-Delaware-DC
Phone: 800-578-4196

e-mail: ron_nix@pfm.org

A cross-country network of local churches and trained volunteers who use their gifts to minister to those in prisons, to families, and to ex-offenders, to promote criminal justice reform. Programs include the Angel Tree project and camps for inmates' children..

The Prisons Foundation
http://prisonsfoundation.org
Helen Thorne, President
Dennis Sobin, Washington Operations Director
1718 M Street NW, #151
Washington, D.C. 20036
e:mail: staff@prisonsfoundation.org

The Prisons Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the arts and education behind bars and to workiing for law and prison reform. Its Web site includes stories, letters and music by former and current inmates and links to related resources.

Touchstones Discussion Project
www.touchstones.org
Howard Zeiderman
522 Chesapeake Ave.
Annapolis, MD 21403
Phone: 410-263-2121

e-mail: hz@touchstones.org

Group discussions based on the great books curriculum of St. John’s College enable prisoners to gain self- and mutual respect, to feel they are human beings, and to learn thinking and communication skills.

Reentry Programs

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Baltimore
www.catholiccharities-md.org
Harold A. Smith, ACSW, Executive Director
320 Cathedral Street
Baltimore MD 21201-4421
Phone: 410-625-8475

Many ministries, including those for the homeless and unemployed, seniors, children and families.

CREST 
www.aacrest.org
9A Central Ave.
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
(410) 761-0323
Fax : (410) 761-8617
 
Owen Taylor, coordinator
410-761-0323
 
Community Re-Entry Support Team (CREST) is a coordinated assembly of community institutions, concerned businesses, government agencies, and related faith-based resources providing a single clearing house for the activities and services of its members. Members include representatives from government agencies, community and faith-based organizations, local churches, and concerned businesses in Anne Arundel County.

Jericho Program
Episcopal Community Services of Maryland
www.ecsm.org
Jean P. Cushman, Executive Director, ECSM
cushman@ecsm.org 
Bonnie Ariano, Director of Jericho, for general information
bariano@ecsm.org 

James "Buddy" Jones, call about program participation
bjones@ecsm.org

901 N. Milton Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21213
Phone: 410-522-3293

Based in East Baltimore, the Jericho Program is funded by the Department of Labor, parishes, foundations and individuals. Jericho helps men reenter their communities by providing intensive year-long services with the main objective of getting and retaining employment. Jericho provides:
*Job readiness training
*Job placement services
*Year-long support services and mentoring.
Jericho provides referrals to and/or time-limited financial support for some services, such as:
*Mental health and physical health services
* Substance abuse recovery support
*Vocational training, GED preparation
* Temporary housing
* Veterans' resources
All participants receive bus passes, incentives based on performance, work clothing, daily meals and basic computer training. Particpants must be nonviolent male ex-offenders, 18 years of age or older, and recently released (6 months or less).
  • National Women's Prison Project, Inc.
    www.nwpp-inc.org
    Alfrieda Robinson-Dawkins, Founder
    1701 Madison Ave., Suite 505, Baltimore, MD 21217
    Phone: 410-233-3385
    Cell: 410-258-4928
    e-mail: natwomensprisonprojectinc@yahoo.com

    Founded by Alfrieda ("Freda") Robinson-Dawkins, who was in prison for a decade, the project works to help women return to their communities with counseling, mentoring, education, housing, transportation, drug treatment and education, medical assistance, scholarships and community referrals.

    Open, Inc.

    www.openinc.org
    Ned Rollo, Executive Director
    P.O. Box 47223
    Garland, TX 75047-2223
    Phone: 972-271-1971
    Fax: 972-278-5884

    e-mail: info@openinc.org

    OPEN INC. (Offender Preparation and Education Network, Inc.) is a small nonprofit organization founded in Dallas in 1979. It develops educational materials and programs used by correctional agencies to help offenders prepare to live as law-abiding citizens. OPEN's products are considered unique because they are developed specifically for offenders and approach issues from the offender's viewpoint. OPEN also provides technical assistance and training for correctional staff to improve their effectiveness and job satisfaction, and publishes a quarterly newsletter, Insights, to provide a forum for criminal justice professionals to share information about innovative and effective correctional programming.

    A Peaceful Habitation Home and Aftercare Ministry, Inc. (N.M.)
    www.apeacefulhabitation.org.
    Leticia Chavez-Paulette, Executive Director
    P. O. Box 50326
    Albuquerque, NM  87181
    Phone: 505
    -440-5937
    e-mail: letiplet@msn.com

    A Peaceful Habitation Home & Aftercare Ministry, Inc. is a Christian program for women coming out of prison. All residents are expected to live and work together as a family for six months in a Christian atmosphere that is smoke, drug, and alcohol free.

    Positive Directions --
    Center for Prevention & Recovery

    www.positivedirections.org
    Phone: 203-227-7644
    e -mail: info@positivedirections.org
    A small nonprofit that that promotes and supports individuals, families and communities in southwestern Connecticut by providing prevention programs and treatment services for mental health and addictive behaviorswas awarded a Prisoner Reentry Initiative grant to assist ex-offenders in returning to society permanently. (See listing for Alternative Directions under Prison Ministries above.)

    Prison Aftercare Ministry
    (www.stjamespotomac.org/prisonaftercare.htm)
    James Finch , Coordinator
    Phone: 202-862-8423
    St. James’, Potomac (Diocese of Washington)
    Parish: 301-762-8040
    e-mail: machinal@comcast.net

    Using Stephen Ministries, St. James' and two other churches, have trained volunteer aftercare me-inisters, coordinated with chaplains, to help inmates in two Montgomery County facilities grow spiritually and educationally inside prison and after release to help them build a constructive life.

    Prisoners Aid Association
    www.prisonersaid.org
    Michael Brown, Executive Director
    204 E. 25th St.
    Baltimore, MD 21218

    Phone: 410-662-0353
    cell: 443-324-3274

    e-mail: prisonersaid@hotmail.com

    A Baltimore institution since 1869, the PAA provides shelter, housing, food, training, job counseling and placements to newly released prisoners. Ex-offenders rebuild abandoned row houses, live in them, manage, clean and cook in them —learning skills and teaching others. Merged with Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR) in August, 1999, to combine existing talents, programs, services and expertise.


    The Reentry Center
    www.oedworks.com/exoffender.htm
    Felix Mata, Project Director
    302 Mondawmin Mall
    2401 Liberty Heights Ave.
    Baltimore, MD 21215
    Phone: 410-523-1060

    e-mail: fmata@oedworks.com

    A citywide task force formed in 2002 by the Mayor's Office created a one-stop center where ex-offenders find job-training, education and housing help. Volunteers are badly needed to assist the staff, especially in teaching computer skills.

    Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington
    www.samaritanministry.com
    David Downes, Executive Director
    1516 Hamilton St. NW
    Washington, DC 20011
    Phone: 202-722-2280
    Fax: 202-722-2288

    e-mail: info@samaritanministry.com

    The Samaritan Ministry helps ex-offenders and others who are homeless improve their lives beyond the provision of emergency aid. Its
    volunteers come from over 40 Episcopal Churches in Washington, D.C., and nearby Maryland and Virginia suburbs, which support the joint efforts. Its basic approach is called Next Steps, a unique self-help program that promotes change, dignity and self-reliance. Other programs involve health, employment, social services and transitional housing.

    The Way Home
    http://dioceseofdelaware.net/ministry.html
    Barbara G. Carter, Co-Director
    Diocese of Delaware
    2020 N. Tatnall St., Wilmington, DE 19802
    Phone: 302-656-5441
    Fax: 302-656-7342

    e-mail: barbaragcarter@aol.com

    The Way Home, an interfaith community ministry, supports men and women in their transition from prison to home, and engages the community in this work. The program offers three years of post-release case management and helps with the initial needs of food, shelter, clothing, spiritual support, mentoring, job search and transportation.


    Prevention Ministries

    The Children's Center
    http://epiphany-md.org
    The Rev. Phebe McPherson, Rector
    Epiphany Church, Odenton
    Phone: 410-902-7002
    Center: 410-674-4400

    e-mail: phebe50@verizon.net

    Parish-supported affordable, safe child care and afterschool programs, including Mother’s Night Out. Created in cooperation with local and state agencies, inmates, businesses, donors, friends and neighbors.

    Christ Church Link
    www.christchurch.ang-md.org/cclink.htm
    Emily Aubin, Coordinator
    Christ Episcopal Church, Columbia
    Phone: 410-309-9695
    e-mail: christchurchlink@comcast.net

    A telephone-based information and referral service using trained volunteers to help persons and families in need reach the services and agencies that can help them. It is a cooperative ministry of Christ Church, Baptist Family and Children's Services and the Mid-Maryland Baptist Association. Christ Church Link also gives backpacks and school supplies and Christmas gifts to children in need.


    Criminal Justice Reform


    American Corrective Counseling Services, Inc.

    www.accs-inc.com
    Kirk Barrus, Vice President, Marketing
    180 Avenida La Pata
    San Clemente, CA 92673
    Phone: 800-325-3910
    Fax: 800-325-3873

    e-mail: Kirkcb@accs-inc.com

    A private company that operates Bad Check Restitution Programs and Misdemeanor Programs for prosecutors designed to provide alternatives to prison at no cost to the taxpayers. First time offenders are given an opportunity to comply with program terms and avoid prosecution on a post filing/pretrial basis. ACCS tracks the offender,provides intervention counseling classes, manages restitution issues and communicates all information back to the prosecutor and the courts. Cost paid by offenders.

    American Friends Service Committee
    www.afsc.org
    Middle Atlantic Regional Office
    4806 York Road
    Baltimore MD 21212
    Phone: 410-323-7200
    Fax: 410-323-7292

    E-mail: ggillespie@afcs.org
    Washington Office e-mail: dennis.hartzell@glib.org

    The American Friends Service Committee has provided service, development, social justice and peace education throughout the world since 1917. It was organized by Quakers to help conscientious objectors aid civilian victims during World War I. Programs focus on peace building and demilitarization, social and economic justice and youth issues, criminal justice reform, prison ministry, restorative justice, alternatives to incarceration, and opposition to the death penalty.

    Conquest Offender Reintegration Ministry (CORM)
    www.conquesthouse.org
    P.O.Box 41493
    Washington, DC 20018-0893
    Phone: 202-723-2014
    e-mail: corm_info@verizon.net

    Christian-based agency that works with local churches and volunteers to reach out to ex-offenders and at-risk youth and help them successfully reintegrate into society and the local church.

    Criminal Justice Policy Foundation
    www.cjpf.org
    Eric Sterling, President

    8730 Georgia Avenue, Suite 400
    Silver Spring, MD 20910
    Phone: 301-589-6020
    Fax: 301-589-5056

    e-mail: esterling@cjpf.org

    A private, non-profit educational organization that promotes solutions to the problems facing the criminal justice system. It assists policy makers, criminal justice professionals, and the public by disseminating information about preventing crime and improving the quality of justice through education programs, publications, and the news media.

    CURE
    (Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants)

    www.curenational.org
    Charles and Pauline Sullivan
    P.O. Box 2310
    Washington, DC 20013-2310
    Phone: 202-789-2126

    e-mail: info@curenational.org

    A national effort to reduce crime through criminal justice reform. Issues include opposing the death penalty, treating juveniles as adults, and utilizing restorative justice methods, education and “training rather than chaining.”

    Episcopal Peace Fellowship
    www.EpiscopalPeaceFellowship.org

    Jacqueline G. Lynn, Executive Director
    John Cosby, Coordinator, Restorative Justice Interest Group
    637 South Dearborn Street
    Chicago, IL  60605
    Phone: 312-922-8628

    e-mail: epfnational@ameritech.net
    e-mail: jc_cosby@juno.com

    The Episcopal Peace Fellowship is a body within the church whose mission is to aid and encourage all Episcopalians to strive for justice and peace among all people and to bear nonviolent witness to Christ's call for peace. Originally founded in 1939, this fellowship quickly adopted the task of supporting Episcopalian conscientious objectors and their families during World War II. Today, among other activities, it monitors the work of the national Episcopal Church and introduces peace and justice related resolutions to the General Convention. The site provides links witih other groups in the church involved with peace and justice and restorative justice issues.

    Families Against Mandatory Minimums
    www.famm.org
    Laura Sager, National Campaign Director
    1612 K. St. NW, Suite 700
    Washington, DC  20006
    Phone: 202-822-6700
    Fax: 202-822-6704
    e:mail: famm@famm.org

    Maryland Chapter
    Sylvia Williams
    900 Cator Ave., #4
    Baltimore, MD 21218

    The FAMM foundation is a national organization of citizens working to reform federal and state mandatory sentencing laws that remove judicial discretion. FAMM educates the public and policymakers about mandatory sentences through media outreach, grassroots campaigns and direct action. FAMM does not argue that crime should go unpunished — but that the punishment should fit the crime.

    International Community Corrections Assn. (ICCA)
    www.iccaweb.org
    Jane Browning, Executive Director
    1730 Rhode Island Ave., NW, Suite 403
    Washington, D.C. 20036-3101

    Phone: 202-828-5605
    Fax: 202-828-5609
    e-mail: icca@iccaweb.org

    ICCA is a private, nonprofit organization representing a continuum of community-based corrections programs. It provides information, training and other services to ehnance the quality of services and supervision for adult and juvenile offenders, as well as to promote effective management practices. Its goal is to promote and enhance community-based corrections as a vital component of the justice system.

    Interfaith Drug Policy Initiative
    www.idpi.us
    Charles Thomas, Executive Director
    Troy Dayton, Associate Director
    P.O. Box 6299
    Washington, D.C. 20015
    Phone: 301-270-4473
    Fax: 301-270-4483
    e-mail contact: tylerhsmith@gmail.com

    The Interfaith Drug Policy Initiative was established in November 2003 to mobilize people of faith and religious groups behind more compassionate and less coercive alternatives to the war on drugs.

    Justice Maryland
    www.justicemaryland.org
    Kimberly Haven, Executive Director
    Alfreda Robinson, Director of Outreach and Education
    1800 N. Charles St., Suite 700
    Balltimore, MD
    Phone: 410-244-6334
    Fax: 410-244-6448

    e-mail: info@justicemaryland.org

    Justice Maryland is a statewide organization comprised of individuals and organizations united to identify and reform those parts of Maryland's justice systems that perpetuate the cycle of poverty and racial injustice. Established in 2002, Justice Maryland uses public education, organizing and systemic advocacy to achieve: the successful reentry of former offenders into their families and communities; improved conditions of confinement and increased rehabilitative opportunities for prisoners; and a n end to the over-incarceration and overrepresentation of poor people and people of color in Maryland's jails and prisons.

     

    Justice Policy Institute
    www.justicepolicy.org
    Jason Ziedenberg, Executive Director
    1003 K St. NW, #500
    Washington,  DC 20001

    Phone: 202-558-7974

    e-mail: jziedenberg@justicepolicy.org
    e-mail: info@justicepolicy.org

    The Justice Policy Institute is a private nonprofit research center and a public policy organization dedicated to ending society's reliance on incarceration and promoting effective and just solutions to social problems.

    The Justice Project
    (Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform)

    www.cjreform.org
    Wayne Franklin Smith, Executive Director
    1725 Eye Street NW
    Fourth Floor
    Washington, DC 20006-2412
    (202) 638-5855

    The Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, (CCJR), brings to the attention both of American citizens and of legislators at state and federal levels the far too dramatic gaps that still exist between American principles of justice and the American practice of the criminal justice system in daily life. Its message is clear, simple and disturbing: the criminal justice system in the United States, especially the system of capital punishment, is riddled with flaws, and corrective steps can -- and must -- be taken. In particular, the project advocates the passage of effective legislation to protect against the possibility of innocent people being sentenced to death.

    Maryland Justice Policy Institute
    www.md-justice-policy-inst.org
    Frank M. Dunbaugh, Executive Director

    Phone: 410-974-0555
    e-mail: MJPI@worldnet.att.net

    Studies public policies and practices and proposed alternatives with respect to all aspects of crime and violence, crime prevention, criminal law, corrections, victim restoration, dispute resolution and other related subjects, especially as implemented in Maryland.

    Mother Jones
    www.motherjones.com/prisons
    This Web site, titled "Debt to Society,"  has a wealth of information and statistics in many areas of criminal justice, including state-by-state incarceration rates.

    PARC (Prison Activist Reform Center)
    www.prisonactivists.org
    P.O. Box 339
    Berkeley, CA 94701
    Phone: 510-893-4648
    Fax: 510-893-4607

    PARC is a grassroots collective project launched in 1994 out of Berkeley’s LongHaul, an activist community center and political library. It is maintained by longtime prison activists and legal workers and serves as a information clearinghouse. Its goals: to expose widespread injustices in prisons; to inspire people to take positive action for prisoners’ human and civil rights; and to provide practical support to activists who are taking such action.

    Prison Policy Initiative
    www,prisonpolicy.org
    P
    eter Wagner, Executive Director
    P.O. Box 127
    Northampton MA
    01061
    Phone: 413-527-1333
    e-mail:
    staff@prisonpolicy.org

    The nonprofit, nonpartisan Prison Policy Initiative documents the impact of mass incarceration on individuals, communities and the national welfare. It produces accessible and innovative research to empower the public to participate in creating better criminal justice policy. Initiative is most famous for documenting the distortion in the democratic process caused by the Census Bureau counting people where they are confined, not where they come from.

    Public Justice Center
    (http://publicjusticecenter.org)
    John Nethercut, Executive Director
    500 E. Lexington St.
    Baltimore, MD 21202
    Phone: 410-625-9409
    Fax: 410-625-9423
    e-mail: nethercutj@publicjustice.org

    Challenging the legal and social systems that cause injustice by giving a legal voice to people who have been shut our or ignored by society, whetherindividuals or entire classes of people; e.g., homeless schoolchildren, immigrant workers, evicted tenants and those needing medical attention.

    The Quixote Center
    www.quixote.org
    P.O. Box 5206
    Hyattsville, MD 20782
    Phone: 301-699-0042
    Fax: 301-864-2182
    e-mail: quixote@quixote.org

    A faith-based social justice center, which includes a number of projects. Among them is Equal Justice USA, a grassroots campaign for human rights in the legal system. Through education and mobilization, the projects seeks to expand public opposition to the death penalty, as well as to bring into clear focus the racial, economic and political biases active in U.S. courts, prisons, jails and policing agencies.


    REAL JUSTICE Conferencing
    www.realjustice.org
    Phone: 610-807-9221
    e-mail: usa@realjustice.org

    REAL JUSTICE conferences, also called family group conferences, restorative justice conferences and community accountability conferences, originated as a response to juvenile crime. It is a new victim-sensitive approach to addressing wrongdoing in various settings in a variety of ways: schools, police with first-time offenders, courts with probation officers, correctional and treatment facilities, colleges, universities and workplaces.

    The Restorative Justice Institute
    www.rji.org
    Greg Richardson, Executive Director
    e-mail: grichardjd@aol.com

    Restorative justice involves the victim, offender and community in a search for solutions that promote repair, reconciliation and restoration through accountability, restitution, mediation, advocacy and forgiveness. The institute is working with legal, judicial, community and corrections groups to include this process in the criminal justice system.

    The Sentencing Project
    www.sentencingproject.org
    1705 DeSales St. N.W., 8th floor
    Washington, DC 20036
    Phone: 202-628-0871
    Fax: 202-628-1091
    e-mail: staff@sentencingproject.org

    The Sentencing Project is a nonprofit organization tihat promotes decreased reliance on incarceration and increased use of more effective and humane alternatives. It is a nationally known source of criminal justice policy analysis, data and program information. Its reports, publications and staff are relied upon by the public, policymakers and the media. TSP, incorporated in 1986, has become a national leader in the development of alternative sentencing programs, the reform of criminal justice policy and highly respected research on incarceration, racial disparity and effective means of crime control. Its Web site is designed to provide resources and information for the news media and a public concerned with criminal justice and sentencing issues. The site also includes news and information about the National Association of Sentencing Advocates (NASA), which The Sentencing Project sponsors, and professional information of use to its members. See the book Invisible Punishment: The Collateral Consequences of Mass Imprisonment, by the assistant director, Marc Mauer, at www.sentencingproject.org/pdfs/mauer-focus.pdf

     
    Death Penalty Reform


    CUADP
    Citizens United for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

    www.cuadp.org
    Abraham A. Bonowitz, Director
    PMB 297, 117 U.S. Highway #1
    Tequesta, FL 33469
    800-073-6548

    e-mail: abe@cuadp.org

    CUADP works to end the death penalty in the United States through aggressive campaigns of public education and the promotion of tactical activism. Education involves the use of the mass media to communicate to the U.S. public the message that the death penalty is bad public policy on economic, moral and social groups. To effect political change, alternatives to the death penalty must be made attractive to the majority of U.S. voters. Mass public education must be reinforced at the grassroots level by local organizations and respected individuals. Politicians must be provided the support to lead on this issue, even in the face of unpopular public sentiment.

    Death Penalty Discource Center and Moratorium Campaign
    www.deathpenaltydiscourse.org/
    Sr. Helen Prejean, Chairwoman
    Author, Dead Man Walking
    Sr. Margaret Maggio, Contact
    586 Harding Blvd.
    Baton Rouge, LA 700807
    225-775-8814
    e-mail: hprejean@earthlink.net

    Sr. Helen Prejean, the founder of the Moratorium Campaign and the Discourse Center, is the author of Dead Man Walking and the Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions. She is dedicated to deepening and broadening the discourse about the death penalty and to pressing for a moratorium on executions in every state.

    The Death Penalty Information Center
    www.deathpenaltyinfo.org
    Richard C. Dieter, Executive Director
    1320 18th St. NW, Second Floor
     
    Washington, DC, 20036
    Phone: 202-293-6970
    Fax: 202-822-4787

    e-mail: rdieter@deathpenaltyinfo.org
    e-mail: dpic@deathpenaltyinfo.org

    The Death Penalty Information Center is a non-profit organization serving the media and the public with analysis and information on issues concerning capital punishment. The center was founded in 1990 and prepares in-depth reports, issues press releases, conducts briefings for journalists, and serves as a resource to those working on this issue. The center is widely quoted and consulted by all those concerned with the death penalty. The executive director is Richard C. Dieter, an attorney who has written and spoken extensively on this subject.

    National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
    www.ncapd.org
    Steven W. Hawkins, Executive Director
    1436 U Street NW, Suite 104
    Washington, DC 20009
    Phone: 202-387-3890

    e-mail: shawkins@ncadp.org

    A coalition of organization and individuals committed to the abolition of capital punishment. Provides information, advocates for public policy and mobilizes and supports people and institutions that share the unconditional rejection of the state's use of homicide as an instrument of public policy.

    People of Faith Against the Death Penalty
    www.pfadp.org
    Stephen Dear, Executive Director
    110 W. Main St. #2-G        
    Carrboro NC 27510
    Phone: 919-933-7567
    Fax: 919-933-5611

    e:mail: SJDear1@aol.com

    The mission of PFADP is to educate and mobilize faith communities to act to abolish the death penalty in the United States. Annual membership rates are: $25/individual; $40/household; $100/congregation or group, or whatever contribution can be made.

     

    Victims & Families



    Crime Victims for a Just Society
    www
    .crimevictims.net
    Bonnie Bucqueroux, Executive Director
    Phone: 517-349-4752
    e-mail: info@crimevictims.net

    This organization is committed to exploring progressive solutions to issues of crime and violence in the culture, including community policing, restorative justice, media reform, and community-based problem-
    solving.

    Journey of Hope . . . from Violence to Healing
    www.journeyofhope.org
    George W. White, Executive Director
    William Robert Pelke, President
    P.O.  Box  210390
    Anchorage, AK 99521
    Phone: 877-924GIVE (4483)

    e-mail: bill@journeyofhope.org

    The Journey of Hope...from Violence to Healing is an organization led by murder victim family members, and joined by family members of death row inmates, death row survivors and other activists, who have conducted speaking tours internationally since 1993.  Journey members share their stories of "from violence to healing" in schools, churches, conferences, rallies, media events and various other formats.  The Journey is celebrating its fifth year of incorporation. Sam Reese Sheppard, SueZann Bosler, Marietta Jaeger-Lane, George White and Bill Pelke are the cofounders.

    National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)
    www.trynova.org
    Marlene A. Young, Executive Director
    1730 Park Rd. NW
    Washington, DC  20010
    Phone: 202-232-6682
    800-TRY-NOVA
    Fax: 202-462-2255

    e-mail: marlene@trynova.org

    The National Organization for Victim Assistance, founded in 1975,  is a private, nonprofit organization of victim and witness assistance programs and practitioners, criminal justice agencies and professionals, mental health professionals, researchers, former victims and survivors, and others committed to the recognition and implementation of victim rights and services. 

    Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation
    www.mvfr.org
    Renny Cushing, Executive Director
    2161 Massachusettes Avenue
    Cambridge, MA 02140
    Phone: 617-868-0007
    Fax: 617-354-2832

    "After a murder, victims' families face two things: a death and a crime. At these times, families need help to cope with their grief and loss, and support to heal their hearts and rebuild their lives. From experience, we know that revenge is not the answer. The answer lies in supporting those who grieve for their lost loved ones, not creating more grieving families. It is time we break the cycle of violence. To those who say society must take a life for a life, we say: 'Not in our name.'" — Marie Deans, Founder, MVFR.

    Victim-Offender Mediation Association (VOMA)
    www.voma.org
    William T. Preston, Administrator
    4624 Van  Kleeck Drive
    New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
    Phone: 904-424-1591
    Fax: 904-423-8099

    e-mail: voma@voma.org

    Victim-offender mediation and reconciliation programs involve a face-to-face meeting, in the presence of a trained mediator, between the victim and perpetrator of a crime. The person responsible for the crime is held accountable for his/her actions and is given an opportunity to make things right. The victim is given an opportunity to have questions answered and restitution and emotional needs met. The community becomes involved in the process of restorative justice.

    Victim-Offender Mediation Programs (VOMP)
    www.vorp.com
    Marty Price, Director
    19813 N.E. 13th St.
    Camas, WA  98607
    Phone: 360-260-1551
    Fax: 360-260-1563

    e-mail: martyprice@vorp.com

    Victim-Offender Mediation Programs (VOMP), also known as Victim-Offender Reconciliation Programs (VORP), bring offenders-face-to-face with the victims of their crimes with the assistance of a trained mediator, usually a community volunteer. Crime is personalized as offenders learn the human consequences of their actions, and victims have the opportunity to speak their minds and their feelings to the one who most ought to hear them, contributing to the healing process of the victim.

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