Criminal Justice Reform - Resources
Organizations - Pennsylvania and Lehigh Valley
- Abolitionist Law Center
- ACLU-PA (American Civil Liberties Union, Pennsylvania)
‣ Smart Justice Campaign
‣ School to Prison Pipeline - end zero tolerance policies.
‣ Civil Asset Forfeiture
- Americans for Prosperity, Pennsylvania
- CADBI - Coalition Against Death by Incarceration (Allentown)
- CADBI - Coalition Against Death by Incarceration (Philadelphia)
- Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley
- Decarcerate PA (Philadelphia)
- Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM)
Text FAMM to 21333 to get involved.
‣ FAMM U.S.: www.famm.org
‣ FAMM Pennsylvania: www.famm.org...pennsylvania
- Heeding God's Call - responding to gun violence
- Industrial Workers of the World - Web, on Facebook
- International Institute for Restorative Practices (Bethlehem, PA)
- The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program is an international education program that brings together campus-based college students with incarcerated students. The program holds training institutes for participants and educators, and the website includes video and podcast resources.
- The Phoenix Think Tank (formerly The Graterford Think Tank) is one of several local groups of Inside-Out alumni (both incarcerated and non-incarcerated) and/or trained Inside-Out faculty who meet regularly on a volunteer basis at a correctional facility. The Phoenix Think Tank, which is connected with Temple University, meets at Phoenix SCI (near Philadelphia.)
- A Lehigh Valley Think Tank is being formed among Lehigh Valley Colleges (Jan. 2020), with the Muhlehberg College Inside-Out Program.
- Justice Action Network
‣ national organization with Pennsylvania partners and activities
- The Justice Collaborative
- Lehigh Valley Committee Against State Killing (LV-CASK) - a committee of LEPOCO, affiliated with Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (PADP).
- NAACP Allentown - Web, on Facebook
- NAACP Bethlehem - Web, on Facebook.
- NAACP Easton - Web
- No#215Jail Coalition
- Pennsylvania Prison Society
- Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition
- Pennsylvania Innocence Project
- Philadelphia Bail Fund
- Philadelphia District Attorney's Office
- The Program for Women & Families (Allentown) - works to build a safe community by providing youth, adult offenders, and their families with opportunities to build healthy, productive lives.
- Reform Alliance
- Yokefellow Prison Ministries (Lehigh Valley)
Other Web Resources
- American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment, by Shane Bauer (2018)
Shane Bauer interview about American Prison (NPR: Sept. 30, 2018)
"My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard", by Shane Bauer (Mother Jones: July/August 2016)
- Start Here: A Road Map to Ending Mass Incarceration, by Greg Berman & Julian Adler (2018)
NPR interview with Berman and Adler (April 6, 2018)
- Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson (2014)
Prison Industrial Complex for Beginners by James Braxton Peterson (2016)
- The New Jim Crow, by Michele Alexander (2010)
The New Jim Crow (wikipedia) - an extensive outline of Michele Alexander's book.
- The Executed God: The Way of the Cross in Lockdown America, by Mark Lewis Taylor (2nd Edition: 2015)
- Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis, by Christian Parenti (2008)
- "Broken on All Sides" – web-based educational resources and books about prisons, criminal justice, racism, and capitalism.
The House I Live In (2013: 109 min.) - a powerful documentary about the Drug War and mass incarceration in the U.S.
Policing the Police (2016: 56 min.) - a Frontline documentary about the Newark Police Department and the efforts to reign in abusive policing practices in the U.S.
Gideon's Army (2014: 96 min.) - a documentary about the under-funded and under-resourced public defenders whose job it is to provide the poor with fair legal representation.
The Central Park Five (2012: 119 min.) - a documentary about the case of five Black and Latino teenagers in New York who were unjustly convicted of raping a white woman and who spent between 6 and 13 years in prison before their convictions were overturned.
Broken on All Sides (2012: 68 min.)
( Contact Justice & Advocacy at email@example.com to schedule a local showing of this documentary. )
PBS Frontline: Locked Up in America (view on-line or order DVD)
- Behind Bars (CBS 60 Minutes: Mar. 4, 2018)
The German prison system that emphasizes rehabilitation over punishment (and other prison-related stories).
- Sister Hearts (2017: 16 min)
- Maryam Henderson-Uloho spent thirteen years in prison in Louisiana, seven in solitary confinement. After her release she struggled to find housing or employment. She began selling secondhand goods out of a suitcase on a street corner in New Orleans. In just three years, she grew her business to a brick-and-mortar thrift store--one that also provides housing and employment for other formerly-incarcerated women. She calls those women--and her store--Sister Hearts.
- Breaking Down the Box (2016: 41 min)
- on solitary confinement. Examines the mental health, racial justice and human rights implications of the systemic use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons. (More resources and DVD order form at nrcat.org/breakingdownthebox)
- 13th (2016: 100 min.)
On racism and U.S. criminal justice system. The title refers to the 13th Amendment to U.S. Constitution which freed the slaves and prohibited slavery - except as punishment for a crime
- Rikers: An American Jail (2016: 56 min.)
DVD (free) and discussion guide
- Pull of Gravity (2013: 81 min.)
about reentry stories for several people in Philadelphia
- Brave New Films (series of short videos on many topics, including these):
- "Kids for Cash" the movie - story of Luzerne County, PA, juvenile judges convicted of taking bribes. In theaters, DVD, and download. (May 2014)
Look for updates to this list from time to time.