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Children of Prisoners

Eurochips
Eurochips is the European Network for children of imprisoned parents.

COPING

COPING (Children of Prisoners, Interventions and Mitigations to Strengthen Mental Health) is a child-centred project which aims to investigate the characteristics of children with imprisoned parents, their resilience, and their vulnerability to mental health problems.

HIV/AIDS, Harm Reduction and Drug Use in Prisons

The Body's Prison and HIV/AIDS Page
Up-to-date listing of (primarily US) reports on HIV and hepatitis C in prison.

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
The prison section of the website contains an extensive collection of over 100 articles, info sheets, presentations, and reports on HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and harm reduction in prisons, in Canada and worldwide.

Central and Eastern European Harm Reduction Network's prison pages has significant information on HIV, injecting drug use and harm reduction in prisons in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Drug Policy Alliance 
Leading US organisation working to end the war on drugs. DPA envisions new drug policies based on science, compassion, health and human rights and a just society in which the fears, prejudices and punitive prohibitions of today are no more.

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction 
The EMCDDA it is the central source of comprehensive information on drugs and drug addiction in Europe. Its reports often include information on prisons.

National Hepatitis C Prison Coalition 
US group formed to bring together organizations and individuals interested in raising awareness and providing support to prisoners who are suffering from hepatitis and HIV/HCV coinfection.

Prisoners' HIV/AIDS Support Action Network 
PASAN is a Toronto, Canada based NGO providing HIV/AIDS and harm reduction services to prisoners.

Juvenile Justice and Youth in Prison

Building Blocks for Youth
US initiative of children and youth advocates, researchers, law enforcement professionals and community organizers that seeks to reduce overrepresentation and disparate treatment of youth of colour in the justice system and to promote fair, rational and effective juvenile justice policies.

Center on Juveniles and Criminal Justice
US organisation providing direct service, technical assistance and policy research in the field of juvenile and criminal justice.

Prison Policy, Justice and Human Rights

European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment and Punishment
Under the authority of the Council of Europe, the CPT  visits places of detention to see how persons deprived of their liberty are treated and, if necessary, recommends improvements.

Families Against Mandatory Minimums 
A US NGO challenging inflexible and excessive penalties required by mandatory sentencing laws. FAMM promotes sentencing policies that give judges the discretion to distinguish between defendants and sentence them according to their role in the offense, seriousness of the offense and potential for rehabilitation.

Howard League for Penal Reform
The oldest penal reform charity in the UK. It was established in 1866 and is named after John Howard, one of the first prison reformers.  The Howard League works for humane and rational reform of the penal system.

Howard League for Penal Reform in Scotland
The league is an independent organisation and charity whose members seek improvements to the criminal justice system in Scotland.

International Centre for Prison Studies
Based at King's College London, the ICPS seeks to assist governments and other relevant agencies to develop appropriate policies on prison and the use of imprisonment.

John Howard Society of Canada
Canadian NGO promoting effective, just and humane responses to the causes and consequences of crime.

Justice Policy Institute
US non-profit research and a public policy organization dedicated to ending society's reliance on
incarceration and promoting effective and just solutions to social problems.

Moscow Center for Prison Reform
NGO founded in 1988 to promote a fair, effective and humane system of criminal justice and punishment. MCPR was founded by former political prisoners with the whole-hearted support of Andrei Sakharov, who actively cooperated with us until his death.

NACRO
UK organisation whose vision is a safer society where everyone belongs, human rights are respected and preventing crime means tackling social exclusion and re-integrating those who offend.

National Prison Project
A project of the American Civil Liberties Union, the NPP advocates for criminal justice policy reform and educates the public about the social and fiscal ramifications of our current emphasis on incarceration and the US government's deliberate move away from rehabilitation toward debilitating imprisonment.

Observatoire international des prisons
OIP was founded in 1990 with for goal to promote, everywhere in the world, the respect of the imprisoned persons to the look of the international instruments relating to the human rights.

Penal Reform International 
International NGO with members in five continents and in over 80 countries. PRI promotes the exchange of information and good practice between countries with related conditions.

Prison Activist Resource Center
Source for progressive and radical information on prisons and the criminal prosecution system from the US.

Prison Privatisation Report International 
This online journal  is the most comprehensive international resource on developments in the privatisation of prisons, detention centres and other elements of the criminal justice system.

Prison Reform Trust
UK organisation aimed at creating a just, humane and effective penal system by inquiring into the workings of the system; informing prisoners, staff, and the wider public; and by influencing Parliament, Government and officials towards reform.

Prisonsucks.com
A clearinghouse for useful, verifiable statistics about the crime control industry. Primarily US information. Good links page.

The Sentencing Project
US-based organisation which promotes reduced reliance on incarceration and increased use of more effective and humane alternatives to deal with crime. It is a nationally recognized source of criminal justice policy analysis, data, and program information.

Women and Prison

California Coalition for Women Prisoners
Raises public consciousness about the cruel and inhumane conditions under which women in prison live and advocates for positive changes. CCWP promotes the leadership of and give voice to women prisoners, former prisoners, and theirfamilies. 

Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies
National Canadian NGO campaigning for the rights of incarcerated and criminalised women and girls.

Sisters Inside
Australian NGO which advocates for the human rights of women in the criminal justice system in Queensland, and addresses gaps in the services available to them.

Women in Prison 
UK organisation committed to campaigning to raise awareness of issues of women and incarceration and to reducing the number of women being sent to prison.