Other Organizations


Antirecidivism Coalition – provides a support and advocacy network for and comprised of formerly incarcerated men and women

AzHakim Foundation providing comprehensive services for the families of the incarcerated

The Book Truck providing books to teens in undeserved communities across Los Angeles

Echoes of Hope assists emancipated foster youth and other at-risk youth in their efforts to achieve a secondary education

Echoes of Incarceration a documentary initiative produced by youth with incarcerated parents, exploring issues of mass incarceration and its effects on families.

Center for Restorative Justice Works – reweaving the web of relationships that have been torn apart by the Criminal Justice System.

Families of the Incarcerated –Supports and empowers children and families divided by crime and the criminal justice system in Southern California and neighboring communities.

Friends Outside LA County – The Mission of Friends Outside is to assist children and families, prisoners, and former prisoners with the immediate and long-term effects of incarceration, and to act as a bridge between those we serve, the community at large, and the criminal justice system, thereby enhancing the character of justice.

Get On the Bus brings children and their guardians/caregivers from throughout the state of California to visit their mothers and fathers in prison

Homeboy Industries – Homeboy Industries serves high-risk, formerly gang-involved men and women with free services and programs and operates seven social enterprises that serve as job-training sites.

Inside Out Writers uses creative writer as a catalyst for personal transformation, providing a range of services to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youth and young adults.

Justice For Families – A national organization of local organizations committed to ending the youth incarceration epidemic, founded and run by parents and families who have experienced the juvenile justice system with their children.

Legal Services for Prisoners With Children – active in four often overlapping arenas–public policy, legal advocacy, grassroots organization and public education – working with the core belief that incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people have the right and responsibility to speak and be heard in their own voices, transform their lives and communities and fully participate in all aspects of society.

The National Resource Center on the Children and Families of the Incarcerated, the oldest and largest organization in the country focused on children and families of the incarcerated and programs that serve them.

The Osborne Association – works to raise awareness and reform policy around the impact of incarceration and criminal justice policies on children. Tel: (718) 637-6560.

Our Children’s Place is the leading advocate and educational resource for children with incarcerated parents in North Carolina and doing important legislative work in the state (please see their reading list).

The Place 4 Grace provides programs and services that support children and families of imprisoned men and women, with a focus on family-friendly visiting programs, family support and literacy, community awareness and education, gang/prison prevention.

Project Avary offering long-term support, resources, guiding and training for the children of the incarcerated

Project What! is led by youth who have had a parent incarcerated and raises awareness, with the long-term goal of improving services and polices that affect these children. WHAT! stands for We’re Here and Talking, and the group has created a powerful resource guide.

PROJECT WHAT! Resource Guide

ROM Reading Opens Minds works wth facilitites and organizations that offer programming for individuals who have been incarcerated and/or are recovering from addiction.

San Francisco Children of Incarcerated Parents – a coalition of social service providers, representatives of government bodies, advocates and others who work with or are concerned about children of incarcerated parents and their families.

Stand for Children – seeks to make children and their needs a higher political priority.


The Good Men Project

Judith Tannenbaum and Prison Arts (includes an excellent reading list)

Sentencing and Justice Reform Advocacy

Daniel Beaty (see especially Knock Knock)

The Other Death Penalty Project

Father Boyle’s TEDX Talk (“Compassion and Kinship”)

Peter Brook Prison Photography

Shane Bauer, Mother Jones, on US prisons

Amy Cheney’s Reaching Reluctant Readers 

Reaching Reluctant Readers

Juveniles in Justice by Richard Ross

Witness LA (read about POPS)

Reading List:

Contact Amy Cheney for the best, up-to-date multicultural titles for reluctant reading teens and for adult titles.

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Amy’s blog

Chair and Founder: In The Margins Book Award