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Advocacy Organizations

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Action Committee for Women in Prison (ACWIP)
ACWIP advocates for the humane and compassionate treatment of all incarcerated women, and works for the release of all women who are unjustly imprisoned, including individual female prisoners who pose no danger to society. They also strive to reduce the overreliance on incarceration by shifting the focus from punishment to rehabilitation and restorative justice.

The Aleph Institute
The Aleph Institute is a non-profit Jewish organization dedicated to assisting and caring for the well-being of members of specific populations that are isolated from the regular community, including prisoners and people institutionalized or at risk of incarceration due to mental illness or addictions.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) National Prison Project
ACLU National Prison Project is dedicated to ensuring that the nation's prisons, jails, and detention centers comply with the Constitution, domestic law, and human rights principles.

Civil Rights Corps
Civil Rights Corps is a non-profit organization dedicated to challenging systemic injustice in the American legal system through advocacy, public education, and innovative systemic civil rights litigation.

The Criminal Justice Committee for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP) San Antonio Branch
The NAACP’s Criminal Justice Committee seeks to strengthen families and communities by promoting alliances, research, legislation, and initiatives that will reform criminal justice policies and advocate for public safety as a civil right.

Discipleship Unlimited
Discipleship Unlimited operates faith-based dorms in multiple prisons in Texas and offers weekly programs and yearly outreaches that enrich inmates.

The Equal Justice Initiative
The Equal Justice Initiative, founded by Bryan Stevenson, is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, challenging racial and economic injustice, and protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.

The Fortune Society
The Fortune Society’s mission is to support successful reentry from incarceration and promote alternatives to incarceration, thus strengthening the fabric of communities.

Grassroots Leadership (link no longer available)
Grassroots Leadership fights against for-profit incarceration by organizing with community, faith, human and civil rights, criminal justice reform, and labor organizations.

Lighthouse Way
Lighthouse Way is dedicated to helping inmates find penpals outside of prison.

Ministry Against the Death Penalty (MADP)
MADP is a faith-based organization that fosters creative, reflective, and educational programs meant to inspire social change and strengthen commitment to human rights. This organization was founded by Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking.

The National Center for Victims of Crime
The National Center for Victims of Crime advocates for stronger rights, protections, and services for crime victims, and provides education and training to improve the treatment and understanding of these victims.

Prisoner Activist Resource Center
Prisoner Activist Resource Center is a prison abolitionist group committed to exposing and challenging the institutionalized racism, sexism, ableism, heterosexism, and classism of the Prison Industrial Complex.

Prison Fellowship
Prison Fellowship is a faith-based advocate organization for federal and state criminal justice reforms that rehabilitate those responsible for crime, validate victims, and encourage communities to play a role in creating a safe, redemptive, and just society.

The Sentencing Project
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.

Texas Appleseed
Texas Appleseed promotes social and economic justice for all Texans by leveraging the skills and resources of volunteer lawyers and other professionals to identify practical solutions to difficult systemic problems.

Texans Care for Children
Texans Care for Children seeks to create an effective juvenile justice system that practices prevention and rehabilitation, and supports strong and safe communities by offering opportunities for youth to succeed.

Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP)
TCADP is a statewide, grassroots advocacy organization working to end the death penalty through active involvement in the Texas Legislature.

Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (TCJC)
TCJC is committed to identifying and advancing real solutions to the problems facing Texas’s juvenile and criminal justice systems. They provide policy research and analysis, form effective partnerships, and educate key stakeholders to promote effective management, accountability, and best practices that increase public safety and preserve human and civil rights.

Texas Inmates Family Association (TIFA)
TIFA’s mission is to break the cycle of crime by strengthening families through support, education, and advocacy. They offer members parole workshops, monthly chapter meetings, online resources, a quarterly newsletter, and access to the executive director of TIFA.

Texas Jail Project
The Texas Jail Project is dedicated to improving the conditions for approximately 70,000 people — mothers, fathers, brothers, sons, sisters and daughters — incarcerated in Texas jails on any given day.

Texas Voices For Reason & Justice
Texas Voices For Reason & Justice supports the prevention of child sexual abuse through carefully structured laws that target violent, forced, and/or dangerous predatory acts of sex against children.

WriteAPrisoner helps prison penpals receive letters from free worldwide penpals in order to find friendship and moral support.