Prison U. Resources: Website List and Links (Partial List)
1. PrisonSucks.Com http://www.prisonsucks.com/
This site is a veritable gold mine for information, statistical data, and activist resources
related to all aspects of the criminal justice system. It includes links to hundreds of sites, all
clearly classified and indexed.
Here’s a sampling of indispensable links on PrisonSucks.com:
√ Civil Rights Page http://www.prisonsucks.com/research.shtml#Public_Opinion
This page contains links to virtually all of the empirical criminal justice research
available on in the internet organized by category and publication date.
√ Death Row
This page contains a variety of reports and articles. For example, this Quarterly
Report by the Criminal Justice Project by the NAACP Legal Defense and
Educational Fund, Inc.
√ Activist Organizations
This page contains links to most activist organizations!
√ Abolition http://www.prisonsucks.com/abolishprisons/
Links to several useful sites pertaining to prison abolition.
2. Prison Activist Resource Center http://www.prisonactivist.org/
PARC is committed to exposing and challenging the institutionalized racism of the criminal
injustice system and to further developing anti-racism as individuals and throughout our
organization. We provide support for educators, activists, prisoners, and prisoners' families.
This work includes building networks for action and producing materials that expose human
rights violations while fundamentally challenging the rapid expansion of the prison industrial
PARC’s Main Goals
* To expose the myths that sustain widespread injustices in prisons and in the
communities most affected by mass imprisonment.
* To inspire and motivate people to take positive action against the mass-
incarceration system and for prisoners' human and civil rights.
* To provide practical support to activists who are taking such action.
3. Death Penalty Information Center http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/
Up-to-date information on all aspects of the death penalty.
4. Death Penalty Focus http://www.deathpenalty.org/
Founded in 1988, Death Penalty Focus is a non-profit organization dedicated to the
abolition of capital punishment through grassroots organizing, research, and the
dissemination of information about the death penalty and its alternatives.
5. Drop the Rock http://www.droptherock.org/
A powerful array of individuals and organizations throughout New York State is working
vigorously on DROP THE ROCK, the Campaign to Repeal the Rockefeller Drug Laws.
Drop the Rock is composed of young community activists, veteran criminal justice
reformers, artists, students, former inmates, politicians, and religious, civic, and labor leaders,
all of various ages, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, geographic locations, religious
beliefs and political proclivities.
Drop the Rock is at a critical point: while we have garnered broad public support for drug
law repeal, Governor Pataki and the State Legislature have not yet enacted meaningful
change. Drop the Rock must significantly increase pressure on both the Governor and State
Legislature to enact repeal.
6. No More Prisons http://www.nomoreprisons.org/
A site dedicated to educating people about the PIC and developing strategies to oppose it.
7. California Prison Moratorium Project http://prisonactivist.org/pmp/
The California Prison Moratorium Project seeks to stop all public and private prison
construction in California.
The money saved from California's prison construction budget should be used to fund
and actively pursue alternatives to imprisonment for as many people as possible. As a
result, communities will have the power to examine the reasons people break the law, and
seek alternatives to prison.
8. Critical Resistance http://www.criticalresistance.org/
Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial
Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe. We
believe that basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what really make our
communities secure. As such, our work is part of global struggles against inequality and
powerlessness. The success of the movement requires that it reflect communities most
affected by the PIC. Because we seek to abolish the PIC, we cannot support
any work that extends its life or scope.
9. PEN American Prison Writing Program http://www.pen.org/page.php/prmID/152
Founded in 1971, the PEN Prison Writing Program believes in the restorative and
rehabilitative power of writing, by providing hundreds of inmates across the country with
skilled writing teachers and audiences for their work. The program seeks to provide a place
for inmates to express themselves freely with paper and pen and to encourage the use of the
written word as a legitimate form of power. The program sponsors an annual writing
contest, publishes a free handbook for prisoners, provides one-on-one mentoring to inmates
whose writing shows merit or promise, conducts workshops for former inmates, and seeks
to get inmates' work to the public through literary publications and readings.
10. Canadian Coalition Against the Death Penalty http://www.ccadp.org/
Excellent source of information for death penalty opponents; features profiles of men and
women on death row.