Human Rights Pen Pal

We believe that the power of pen and paper can transcend prison walls


Parole after SHU materials:

Lifer Parole Packet (pdf)
Compiled by Legal Services for Prisoners with Children. This guide is a compilation of resources from UnCommon Law, Life Support Alliance, & Prison Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition to help Lifers navigate the parole process, including the psychological evaluations.

Webinar: Parole After SHU
There are two videos, one is a training for parole attorneys and family advocates, and the second is a community presentation specifically for people with family members currently in or recently released from SHU to General Population. There are also links at the bottom of the page with related materials.

Rethinking Parole for Long-term SHU Prisoners (pdf)

Alternative Ways to Approach the Debriefing Issue (pdf)

Tips from Hearings (pdf)

Psychological Effects of Long Term SHU (pdf)

Some Reflections on the Effects of Long Term SHU: Imprisoned Responses to Reading Excerpts from Dr. Terry Kupers’ Report (pdf)

California Department of Corrections and rehabilitation links:

Inmate Locator

Public Information Officers for Adult Facilities

Visiting Sergeant/Lieutenant Contact Info

Ombudsman contact info – for complaints or issues

Find a Facility

Receiving Calls from an Incarcerated Person

Sending Money to an Incarcerated Person

Sending Packages to an Incarcerated Person

Visitation Guide

Scheduling a Visit using the VPASS System


Some of our favorite links and fellow comrades in the struggle:

Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity

Agreement to End Hostilities
Representatives of the CA Hunger Strike issued a statement calling for an end to all violence and hostility between different groups of prisoners throughout the state of CA from maximum security prisons to county jails. The statement asks prisoners to unite beginning October 10th, 2012.

Prisoner Human Rights Movement BLUE PRINT
Representatives of the Prisoner Human Rights Movement, authoring and signing the Agreement to End Hostilities, and standing together in unity to stop indefinite solitary confinement in California’s prisons

Center for Constitutional Rights
CCR works hard to empower those who have been imprisoned, supporting movements begun by prisoners and foregrounding their stories and voices in our work.

Critical Resistance

All of us or None
All of Us or None is a grassroots civil and human rights organization fighting for the rights of formerly- and currently- incarcerated people and our families.  We are fighting against the discrimination that people face every day because of arrest or conviction history.  The goal of All of Us or None is to strengthen the voices of people most affected by mass incarceration and the growth of the prison-industrial complex. Through our grassroots organizing, we are building a powerful political movement to win full restoration of our human and civil rights.

Sentencing and Justice Reform Advocacy

San Francisco Bay View

California Prison Focus

Root and Rebound

Black Agenda Report

Jericho Movement

Legal Services for People with Children

Freedom Archives

The Prison Literature Project

Policing in the United States 1845 – Present
This is a timeline of policing created by Critical Resistance and used in their Abolishing Police workshop.