ACLU Capital Punishment Project (

The ACLU’s Capital Punishment Project fights valiantly for those on death rows across the United States. They monitor conditions of confinement and are often the last resort for the innocent who sit on death row with no other avenue of recourse.


ACLU National Prison Project (

The ACLU’s National Prison Project is dedicated to ensuring that out nation’s prisons, jails, juvenile facilities and immigration detention centers comply with the Constitution, federal law, and international human rights principles, and to addressing the crisis of over-incarceration in the United States.


ACLU Oregon (

ACLU Oregon is the Oregon branch of the ACLU. They are also a friends of


American Friends Service Committee (AZ Area Program) (

The AFSC (Arizona Area Program) is a group which fights for restorative justice; a common sense kind of justice that allows for the offender to be reintegrated back into society upon the payment of his/her debts. They are also a friend of


Assisting Families of Inmates (

AFOI really is a great group! They support families of inmates and advocate for better visitation policies. They also assist families of inmates in the state of Virginia by providing low-cost transportation services for prison visitation. Their Milk and Cookies program assists children of inmates with much-needed support groups and after-school programs.


Barbara Carole (

Barbara Carole is the author of Twelve Stones: Notes on a Miraculous Journey; a terrific spiritual memoir which I highly recommend to any interested in the Christian faith, or just an amazing journey from an amazing woman. To top this off, Barbara is a huge supporter of prison education.


California Coalition for Women Prisoners (

CCWP is a grassroots social justice organization, with members inside and outside prison, that struggles for racial and gender justice. They publish a great newsletter entitled The Fire Inside and are highly regarded amongst prison abolition activists.


CellPals (!/pages/CellPals/136557923043377/)

Cellpals is a prison pen-pal service who cares deeply about the needs of their incarcerated clients. They are also a supporter of Prison and prison education in general.


Craig Coscarelli (

Craig Coscarelli is a very talented paralegal and a good friend. He is the publisher of the State and Federal Criminal Law Review, The Update: Federal Criminal & Immigration Law, and the Texas Criminal Law Review. Along with his prison legal news publishing, he also freelances as a paralegal and works in conjunction with several attorneys in the state of Texas. Anyone looking for good, honest legal services should contact Craig.


Death Row Inmates (

Death Row Inmates is a great group which advocates for the abolition of the death penalty, general death penalty reform, and prisoners’ rights. They also have an all-inclusive, and very impressive, death row advocacy social network. Their campaigns include their Convicts Against Cancer, Papyrus Collective (their publishing branch), National Inmate Donor Registry (an initiative supporting prisoners donating organs), and their very economical pen-pal service.


Elite Paralegal Services (

Elite Paralegal Services is a very good prisoner service company. They provide everything from case law and the drafting of legal briefs to internet research and personal assistant services for prisoners.


Epoch Publications (

Epoch Publications, a publisher of documents and provider of services to prisoners, has recently launched The Prison Insider. The Prison Insider is a magazine and website dedicated to the support of inmates, and their families and loved ones. Furthermore, inmates are encouraged to submit works of poetry, art, and articles (fiction and non-fiction) to be posted to the site’s blog. Epoch gives a voice to the voiceless.


Gerald Balone (

Gerald Balone is an author and motivational speaker. After spending 37 years in 17 prisons in New York, Mr. Balone decided that he had had enough. Now he speaks to groups of kids and attempts to set them on the right path so that they don’t have to go through what he did. Plus, he’s a friend of


Help from Beyond the Walls (

Help from Beyond the Walls, a company founded and operated by former prisoners, is dedicated to providing services that prisoners need at a low cost. They provide services such as research, pen pal ads, purchasing books and magazine subscriptions, and much more. Plus, they support prisoner activists and


Inmatefone (

Inmatefone is a service which assists prisoners and their families with low-cost telephone service. They are supporters of and good people to boot.


International CURE (

International CURE is the international branch of Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants; an international prisoners’ rights advocacy group. International CURE is very much on the international stage and at the forefront of prisoner’s rights the world over.


J Journal (

J Journal is a twice-yearly publication of new creative writing that poses questions about justice, directly and tangentially. They publish articles, essays, and poetry and are one of the better justice-related literary publications around.


Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

The JJIE is a great project which covers all things juvenile justice. Issues such as homelessness and addiction have been tangled with.


Kentucky Education Television (

KET produces video, print, and online resources for learners and teachers from preschool through professional development, and provides adult education programming to PBS stations nationwide.


Lewisburg Prison Project (

LPP assists inmates who feel their civil rights have been violated concerning their conditions of confinement (medical, safety issues, etc). LPP also offers a number of legal bulletins for a small fee. Plus, they are supporters of!


Missouri CURE (

Missouri CURE is the Missouri branch of Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants; an international prisoners’ rights advocacy group. The leadership at Missouri CURE has been very generous and kind to


National CURE (

National CURE is the national branch of Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants; an international prisoner’s rights advocacy group. They are a stark supporter of prisoners, their families, and the improvement of conditions of confinement. They are pro-prison education.


Ohio Justice & Policy Center (

OJPC is a non-profit, non-partisan law firm representing people marginalized by the criminal justice system and advocating local and statewide smart-on-crime reform. ( is a social network exclusively for inmates, their friends, families, and those who wish to correspond with them.


Prison Journal

The Prison Journal is a great publication which publishes primarily poetry, artwork, and essays from prisoners. The managers are very decent people who continue to publish the Prison Journal out of the kindness of their hearts and their own pocket. Their efforts are much appreciated and highly regarded.


Prisoners’ Network (

Prisoners’ Network is an international pen-pal service which connects its members to people throughout the world. They also operate a national information reference service that can provide instant access to thousands of agencies.


Prison Reform Trust (

The Prison Reform Trust is a prison reform group out of the United Kingdom. They are good friends of and have been instrumental in informing those in the United Kingdom of the work that the blog does.


Prisonworld Magazine (

Prisonworld Magazine is a great prisoner publication which has a soft spot for prisoner-authors.


Dianne Sikel (

Dianne Sikel is a true prison educator. She teaches communication & empowerment workshops in the Maricopa County Jail in Arizona. She teaches both men and women and does so on a volunteer basis.


Safer Society Foundation ( @SaferFoundation)

The Safer Society Foundation’s work focuses on providing information and resources to help create safer communities through prevention and effective public policy, to provide victims with healing and restitution, and to provide offenders with the tools to be accountable for their actions and to work toward rehabilitation.



VA CURE is the Virginia branch of Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants; an international prisoners’ rights advocacy group. They are very decent people and do a lot of great work in the state of Virginia.


The Voices.Con Newsletter (

Voices.Con provides a free monthly newsletter for those serving a term-to-life sentence and their supporters. They are an excellent source of information relating to parole preparation, parole-related politics, understanding parole law and current rulings, and the importance of retaining the proper council and psychologists for parole hearings.


Write A Prisoner (

Write A Prisoner is a very large prison pen-pal site. They boast several thousand visitors a day from the United States and abroad. And their site is translated into 51 different languages. To top this off, they offer a Back to Work program for soon-to-be released prisoners, a Books Behind Bars program which assists prison education departments with obtaining good literature.


National Alliance on Mental Illness-DC Branch (

Established in 1981 as D.C. Threshold, NAMI DC has been serving the families of persons with mental illness in the nation’s capital for over a quarter of a century. Their education, support, and advocacy efforts include offering information to the community on mental illness, as well as providing consumer and family support and education programs.


Southern Poverty Law Center (

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society.

About Christopher Zoukis, MBA

Christopher Zoukis, MBA, is the Managing Director of the Zoukis Consulting Group, a federal prison consultancy that assists attorneys, federal criminal defendants, and federal prisoners with prison preparation, in-prison matters, and reentry. His books include Directory of Federal Prisons (Middle Street Publishing, 2020), Federal Prison Handbook (Middle Street Publishing, 2017), Prison Education Guide (PLN Publishing, 2016), and College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons (McFarland & Company, 2014).

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