Prison Justice Resources

MONTRÉAL:

Prison Radio Show on CKUT 90.3
Prison Radio seeks to confront the invisibility of prisons and prisoner struggle, by focusing on the roots of incarceration, policing, and criminalization, and by challenging our ideas about what prisons are and the people inside our jails.

Prisoner Correspondence Project
A collectively-run initiative based out of Montreal, Quebec. It coordinates a direct-correspondence program for gay, lesbian, transsexual, transgender, gendervariant, two-spirit, intersex, bisexual and queer inmates in Canada and the United States, linking these inmates with people a part of these same communities outside of prison.

Re-Con
A prisoner-initiated working group of QPIRG-Concordia created in 1999 by lifers, long-term prisoners, and volunteers at the Federal Training Centre penitentiary in Laval, Quebec. Re-Con aims at establishing positive links with various communities and attempts to diminish the effects of long-term incarceration. An additional goal of Re-Con is to counter the negative perceptions that are often held toward those incarcerated. Contact: recon.ftc@gmail.com

Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar
The calendar is a joint fundraising and educational project between outside organizers in Montreal and Toronto, and three political prisoners being held in maximum-security prisons in New York State: David Gilbert, Robert Seth Hayes and Herman Bell. 

No One Is Illegal Montreal
No One Is Illegal is a migrant justice movement rooted in anti-colonial, anti-capitalist, ecological justice, Indigenous self-determination, anti-occupation & anti-oppressive communities. We are part of a worldwide movement of resistance that strives and struggles for the right to remain, the freedom to move, and the right to stay.

Innocence McGill
Innocence McGill is a legal clinic at the McGill Faculty of Law dedicated to researching and investigating claims of wrongful conviction for serious crimes in Quebec.

CANADA:

PrisonJustice.ca
In support of prisoners and prison justice activism in Canada.

Justice Behind the Walls
Online publication of the books Justice Behind the Walls and Prisoners of Isolation: Solitary Confinement in Canada by Michael Jackson. Also includes links to Canadian Case Law, Appendices

Book Clubs for Inmates
Currently operating 17 book clubs in 14 Canadian federal penitentiaries.

Tracking the Politics of Criminalization and Punishment in Canada
Critical commentary that aims to make sense of recent developments in the politics of criminalization and punishment in the Canadian context.

US:

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program
Inside-Out brings college students together with incarcerated men and women to study as peers in a seminar behind prison walls.

Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity
The Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity coalition (PHSS)- originating in the San Francisco Bay Area and made up of grassroots organizations, family members, formerly incarcerated people, lawyers, and individuals- formed in 2011 to amplify the voices of CA prisoners on hunger strike striving to achieve their Five Core Human Rights Demands. The coalition continues to work in solidarity with CA prisoners and their families to amplify prisoners’ voices and end the torture that is solitary confinement.


ARTICLES, GUIDES, ZINES:

Journal of Prisoners on Prisons
For 25 years, the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons (JPP) has been a prisoner written, academically oriented and peer reviewed, non-profit journal, based on the tradition of the penal press.

Still We Rise: A Resource Packet for Transgender and Gender Non-conforming People in Prison

Zines:
What is Prisoner Support? (2015)
Defiant Hearts: Birth and the Prison Industrial Complex (2010)
My Sister’s Keeper: A Guide for Women Returning Home from Prison or Jail
(2008)
The School to Prison Pipeline (2012)
Imprisoned Pride: how queer and trans prisoners get written out of the mainstream pride movement (2009)

Legal:
We the People Legal Primer
The Jailhouse Lawyer’s Handbook

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