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"Our mission is to nurture healthy and positive futures for children and their families affected by incarceration. We seek to break the cycle of intergenerational incarceration by empowering our Amazing Kids for success. Amazing Grace is a cost-free program offering summer camp experiences for children plus year-round activities that include their families."

"At Boston University, we believe in the power of education to elevate, nurture, and transform. While all college students grow as they engage in new ways of thinking, the impact of education is especially evident in prison. Rigorous study gives prisoners the intellectual leverage they need to revise their view of themselves and leave prison better equipped to contribute positively to their families and communities."

"A directory of reentry services available to people returning from incarceration to greater Boston."

"CLSACC provides free civil legal assistance and affordable psychological counseling for people with low incomes."

"We are a 501(c)(3) organization composed of a coalition of individuals and faith communities committed to helping people who are incarcerated build better lives for themselves and their families. We work cooperatively with the Massachusetts Department of Correction (DOC), offering educational programs that focus on skill-building and personal growth, essentials we believe will help support people in prison to achieve success post-incarceration."

"Massachusetts legal aid programs put together this website to help you find practical information about your legal rights in Massachusetts."

"DeeperThanWater is a coalition of organizations dedicated to exposing the rampant human rights abuses that prisoners in the United States are subjected to, using the lens of water justice to highlight the toxicity of the carceral state."

"Since 1988, Dismas House has been welcoming former prisoners back to greater Worcester. In our homes, Dismas House, the Dismas Family Farm, and the Father John Brooks House, former prisoners are engaged in the hard work of rebuilding lives, and rekindling hope for themselves and their families."

"Our goal is to ensure a smooth and safe reentry into the community by providing support at the prison and job readiness assistance to ex-offenders upon their release."

"The Emerson Prison Initiative (EPI) provides high-quality college courses to people incarcerated in Massachusetts."

"... the Future Hope Apprenticeship Program looks to assist with job opportunities in the construction trade, along with life-skills, education and job readiness training for a sustainable FUTURE."

"Our Transitional Employment Program provides on-the-job and life-skills training for those transitioning out of incarceration and our Take Back the Kitchen Program introduces young people to the power of cooking from scratch and making other healthy lifestyle decisions."

"The Massachusetts Bail Fund pays up to $500 bail so that low-income people can stay free while they work towards resolving their case, allowing individuals, families, and communities to stay productive, together, and stable."

"A compilation of laws, regulations, cases and web sources on criminal record law."

"[Parent support] groups serve as a safe place for parents to express frustrations and concerns about their children and families and get advice from other parents who understand." "We currently provide twelve parent support groups in eight different prisons."

"Partakers supports Massachusetts prison education by coordinating teams of volunteers who mentor incarcerated women and men as they pursue higher education through the Boston University Prison Education Program, the Tufts Prison Initiative, and the Emerson Prison Initiative."

"We recruit, train and coordinate undergraduate and graduate student volunteers to serve as academic tutors and teaching assistants (TAs) at 9 different correctional facilities in the area."

"90-95% of NEADS puppies are trained in 7 correctional facilities throughout New England. Our statistics show that, under the guidance of NEADS staff, inmates are able to provide consistent training at a high level simply because of the amount of time they are able to devote to the dogs."

"Prisoners’ Legal Services is a not-for-profit legal services corporation ... that provides civil legal assistance to people who are incarcerated in Massachusetts state prisons and in the county jails and houses of correction."

"Roca’s mission is to disrupt the cycle of incarceration and poverty by helping young people transform their lives."

"Monday Nights are designed to create a safe space where men re-entering the community from prison or jail feel welcomed and loved.  A support group is followed by a meal and fellowship."

"THRIVE Communities is a community-based response to the challenges faced by adults returning from prison. Designed to empower returning citizens and engage local community members, THRIVE cultivates genuine experiences of community that are inclusive of all men and women - defining people not by their experiential differences, but by the best parts of their character."

ACROSS THE COUNTRY

 

"The Fortune Society’s mission is to support successful reentry from incarceration and promote alternatives to incarceration, thus strengthening the fabric of our communities." Based in Long Island City, NY.

"Free Minds uses books, creative writing, and peer support to awaken DC youth incarcerated as adults to their own potential." Based in Washington, D.C.

"The Greenburger Center for Social and Criminal Justice advocates for reforms to the criminal justice system. We believe the criminal justice system should focus on rehabilitation and not only punishment." Based in New York.

"Our scholars conduct research and evaluations to improve justice policy and practice at the national, state, and local levels."

"The Marshall Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system." Based in New York, NY.

"The Medill Justice Project, founded at Northwestern University in 1999, is an award-winning national investigative journalism center that examines potentially wrongful convictions, probes systemic criminal justice issues and conducts groundbreaking research." Based at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

"The National Bail Fund Network is a national project that works with organizers, advocates, and legal providers across the country that are using, or contemplating using, community bail funds as part of efforts to radically change local bail systems and reduce incarceration." Based in Brooklyn, NY.

"Prison Book Program is a grassroots organization that exists for one purpose—to send free books to prisoners." Based in Quincy, MA.

"Prison Fellowship trains and inspires churches and communities—inside and outside of prison—to support the restoration of those affected by incarceration." Based in Lansdowne, VA.

"The non-profit, non-partisan Prison Policy Initiative produces cutting edge research to expose the broader harm of mass criminalization, and then sparks advocacy campaigns to create a more just society." Based in Easthampton, MA.

"Searchable and continually updated, the directory is an online, state-by-state listing of primarily on-site degree-granting postsecondary education programs in prisons." Based in Cambridge, MA.

"RTA's mission is to use the transformative power of the arts to develop social and cognitive skills that prisoners need for successful reintegration into the community." Based in Katonah, NY.

"...The Sentencing Project works for a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities and practices, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration."

"Straight Ahead Ministries exists to see Jesus Christ transform the lives of juvenile offenders. ... We walk with youth through every step of their faith journey, providing ongoing support and resources for young people that begins while they are in lock-up, continues as they return to their communities, and follows through as they become self-sufficient, productive members of their communities." Based in Worcester, MA.

"Through retreats, mentorship, education opportunities, and employment assistance, Thrive For Life Prison Project provides accompaniment and consolation on the inside, and then the means to re-enter society and meaningfully contribute to the community once an individual is released." Based in New York, NY.

DOCUMENTARIES

TV, Film, and Podcast

 

"Ear Hustle brings you stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by those living it."

"Former gang members confront their past and create lives of possibilities and hope through Homeboy Industries."

Oscar-nominated documentary. "What does it take to build a world-class French restaurant? What if the staff is almost entirely men and women just out of prison? What if most have never cooked or served before, and have barely two months to learn their trade?"

"He’s a District Attorney for Nueces County in Texas. He’s a proponent of criminal justice reform. He’s a self-proclaimed “Mexican biker lawyer covered in tattoos.” He’s a Dallas Cowboys fan. He’s never prosecuted a single case. He’s Mark Gonzalez, and he’s our guest today.
We’re going to discuss how law enforcement impacts real people, how sweeping reform needs to come to America, and how District Attorneys can change enforcement on a local level."

"From Boston, Massachusetts, this is Mass Exoneration, a new podcast about people convicted of crimes — crimes they never committed — and what happened next, for them, and for the people they had to leave behind."

"In this follow-up to the groundbreaking film The New Asylums, FRONTLINE examines what happens to the mentally ill when they leave prison and why they return at such alarming rates."

"The American criminal justice system consists of 2.2 million people behind bars, plus tens of millions of family members, corrections and police officers, parolees, victims of crime, judges, prosecutors and defenders. In We Are Witnesses, we hear their stories."

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