Have a Pagan friend, family member or pen pal in prison? Want to send them information about free or discounted prison resources? Or download and print some Pagan materials to send them? Here’s your one-stop page – and THANK YOU for supporting them! There are other prison and reentry resources in the Subject “Resources” on the blog.
Hint: to save your incarcerated friend or family member the price of stamps and envelopes, email these places and order things for them. On the inside, books and magazines can be traded for stamps, food, antibiotic ointment, paper, and other books!
Gullveig Press Word Documents
Our newsletter style resources are printed with very small margins and tight line spacing with very little white space so we can fit the most information on the fewest sheets of paper. Contact us for FREE Word documents that you can print for your incarcerated pen pal. Currently we have:
* 50 page Pagan Prisoner Primer Word document about a wide variety of traditions, exercises and some free resources, including our 18 page Pagan festival calendar including Yoruban, Germanic and Roman weeks; lunar calendar of Athens; festivals from the multicultural Roman Empire, Celts, Norse, Anglo-Saxons, Haitian and New Orleans Vodou, Nigerian and Brazilian Orisha Religions, Baltic peoples and Athens. Dates of the new and full moon are included, along with Mercury Retrograde. It costs $6 to be printed and mailed for prisoners because that’s what it costs us.
* A 2 page guide of resources available to Pagan prisoners who send a SASE.
* We have a few one or two page PDFs about Wiccan topics that may especially educate Chaplains.
* We have the 2 page Wiccan newsletters written for prisoners by Lady CrowMoon for several Sabbats.
* As Texas has the most prisons, we have a Prisoner Resource Guide especially for Texas.
* Again because Texas has the most prisons, we have downloaded Reentry information about halfway houses and other resourceses.
Blessed Bee, Inc. Offers free subscriptions of its titles Witches&Pagans and SageWoman to prison chaplains and prison libraries. (SageWoman available for women’s facilities only.) Witches&Pagans features interviews with those who create and lead our traditions, visits to the sacred places and people who inspire us and in-depth discussions of our ever-evolving practices. Also: practical daily magic, ideas for solitary ritual and devotion, craft- projects, Pagan poetry and short fiction, reviews in every 96-page issue. Requests for a free library or chaplain subscription must be submitted on official prison letterhead. PO Box 687, Forest Grove, OR 97116. (If your friend cannot get the Chaplain to do their legal duty, call on the behalf of “the Pagan community” of the facility. It’s much harder to ignore you. Contact the Omsbudsman if that gets you nowhere.)
“Steel Bars, Sacred Waters: Celtic Paganism for Prisoners” edited by Heather Awen. See here for more. (556 pages), $12, includes shipping and taxes. Gullveig Press, PO Box 126, St Johnsbury, VT 05819 (or this website or Amazon)
“Enchantment Encumbered: the Study and Practice of Wicca in Restricted Environments” by Ashleen O’Gaea with Carol Garr, Mother Earth Ministries-ATC (about 380 pages) $20, includes shipping. P.O. Box 35906, Tucson, AZ 85740 (or Amazon)
“Candles in the Cave: Northern Tradition Paganism for Prisoners” by Raven Kaldera (about 420 pages) $10 in stamps or $8 plus $4 (media rate) or $6 (normal speed) shipping for prisoners. Higher price for those on the outside. Asphodel Press, 12 Simond Hill, Hubbardston, MA 01452 (or Lulu.com if on outside)
Unitarian Universalist Church. A very popular humanist, Christian, atheist, Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, Hindu and agnostic church, accepting many cultures, genders, races, sexual orientations, nationalities, faith perspectives, political parties, ages and abilities; spiritual but not religious, values of love, diversity, justice, spiritual growth, the worth and dignity of all. CUUPS is their Pagan group. Free membership for prisoners. Member resources: Quest, their monthly publication, and the UUA’s quarterly magazine; monthly reading packets with chapters from your choice of 20+ UU books; correspondence courses such as NewUU, Spirit of Life, World Religions and A Holy Curiosity; a letter-writing match with a non-incarcerated UU, for an exchange of friendly letters on topics of mutual interest. CLF Prison Ministry, 24 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210 to request a membership packet.
Pagan Life Academy Explore the wheel of the year through this series of 8 myths, with study questions and rituals created especially for Pagan inmates, chaplains, and prison volunteers. Each $5 package contains: Story from mythology Ritual for one holiday Questions to think about and answer Basic instructions for holding a ritual Poetry and words to chants A chart of nature, color, and spiritual correspondences. Send money order to Cherry Hill Seminary, P.O. Box 212804, Columbia, SC 29221. Specify which you want: Samhain, Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Litha, Lammas, Mabon. each costs $5. You also need to buy one copy of Welcome & Instructions for $3. Full set $43.
ADF Druidry Dedicant Path, an Indo-European Reconstructionist polytheisms organization. Everyone is welcome. Write for annual membership form, noting that you are incarcerated. For $10, you’ll receive paper copies of the Dedicant Path manual & Our Druidry. Must have someone on the outside, because the choices of the 3 required books are only available on Amazon or Barnes & Noble; expect to pay $50+ on books. Mentor can answer questions monthly by mail. ADF Druidry, PO Box 17874, Tucson, AZ 85731
Sivananda Yoga Prison Project
Serves all prisoners requesting help and guidance in their spiritual life. Letters are received almost daily and every one is individually responded to. A free copy of Swami Vishnu-devananda’s The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga is sent to inmates upon request. Prisoner Outreach, PO Box 195, Budd Road, Woodbourne NY 12788 (This book is a classic, normally $16, 300+ pages. As yoga books are in high demand, I highly recommend it!) Email: YogaRanch@sivananda.org / Website:www.sivananda.org
The Heart Mountain Project
We offer a 17-page meditation manual free of charge to prisoners. Choose from several styles of meditation practice to attain deep relaxation, clear thinking, and peace of mind—a place you can go at any time to find renewed strength to deal with life’s challenges. A Spanish translation is available. c/o Doug Booth, 1223 South St. Francis Drive Suite C, Santa Fe NM 87505
Prison Yoga Project offers the free book A Path for Healing and Recovery with physical practices, breathing practices and meditation to improve mental, emotional and physical well-being. Specify gender. (I believe that your pen pal has to use a precious stamp, for you may not order it for them.) PO Box 415, Bolinas, CA 94924 www.prisonyoga.org
PRISON MINDFULNESS INSTITUTE PO Box 206 South Deerfield, MA 01373 www.prisonmindfulness.org Free books to prisoners on mindfulness practices, Buddhism, and other contemplative paths. Online Directory of Prison Dharma Organizations.
Compassion Works For All Dharma Friends PO Box 7708 Little Rock AR 72217-7708 Buddhist-based monthly newsletter “Dharma Friends” free to prisoners. Support in meditation practice, healing and psychological guidance, and some reentry counseling and resource information through letter-writing.
Pen Prison Writing Program. Founded in 1971, the PEN Prison Writing Program believes in the restorative, rehabilitative power of writing and provides hundreds of prisoners across the country with skilled writing teachers and audiences for their work. It provides a place for prisoners to express themselves freely and encourages the use of the written word as a legitimate form of power. PEN’s Prison Writing Program sponsors an annual writing contest, publishes the free book Handbook for Writers In Prison, provides one-on-one mentoring to prisoners, conducts workshops, and seeks to promote prisoners’ work publicly through literary publications and readings. 588 Broadway, STE 303, New York, NY 10012 (Pen pals have loved this.)
1 in 6. Visit the website 1 in 6 about men healing from sexual assault at any age by any gender. 1 in 6 will send prisoners a FREE book on trauma recovery.
Fair Shake is a reentry resource hub with the nation’s largest free resource directory, a free ‘office in the cloud’ for all formerly incarcerated people and lots of free tools and information for all reentry stakeholders. We have free software for all prisons and jails. We’ve created a 120+ page Reentry Packet which your family or friends can download or print for free. We can also mail a copy of the packet to you with your donation of $8 (our cost) or more. If you have Trulincs, feel free to sign up for our newsletter at email@example.com. PO Box 63, Westby, WI 54667, www.fairshake.net (Immensely helpful!)
Prisoner Support Directory. PARC corresponds with and mails this resource packet to prisoners, their friends and family members. We are often the first point of contact for people to connect with prisoners’ rights organizations, community organizations, prison literature and arts projects, family and visiting resources, health care and legal resources, parole and pre-release resources, and the prison abolition movement. Many resources for different states. Free. Prison Activist Resource Center. PO Box 70447, Oakland CA 94612 Download at https://www.prisonactivist.org/resources
National Prisoner Resource List provides free information about places where prisoners and their families can find support, advocacy, health care information, and outlets for their creativity. We often hear from people that a resource on the NPRL helped them get the services they needed or simply made them feel less hopeless because they found someplace to turn for support. Free magazines, HIV information, continuing education, legal help, artist and writer resources, penpal programs, and much more. 1306 Hancock Street, Suite 100, Quincy, MA 02169 Download at https://prisonbookprogram.org/resources/national-prisoner-resource-list/
Pagan Prisoner Advocate’s Guide by Dixie Deerman (High Priestess Lady Passion) Free download. Print version available at Amazon. “Lady Passion explains how some laws penalize magical practices and make Pagans prone to arrest or committal. And she gives a blow-by-blow account of the petty and perverse ways that prison and institutional staff employ to violate the religious rights of Pagan and Wiccan inmates and patients. Lady Passion’s experiences besting bigots with her wicked mix of cunning, courage, compassion, and resolve provide a model for volunteers to emulate. Ultimately, Lady Passion encourages readers to step up and volunteer to advocate for convicts and the committed, and provides surefire insider tips to ensure they succeed.”
Coalition for Prisoners’ Rights (CPR). Publishes free to prisoners: a short monthly newsletter nationwide, the booklet Psychological Soldier, a Guide to a Healthy Life in Solitary, and a small meditation manual, Doing your Time with Peace of Mind. CPR also offers a variety of resource lists. Self addressed stamped envelope appreciated. Cannot offer any legal advice. We also have a number of resource lists, by state and topic. PO Box 1911, Santa Fe, NM 87504
Prison Health News. Prison Health News is a quarterly newsletter and health resource. Their newsletter is published four times a year for people in prison and strives to lift up the voices, experience and expertise of currently and formerly incarcerated people. They respond to all types of health questions from people in prisons and jails everywhere in the United States. Write to them for a free subscription or with health questions. Prison Health News c/o Books Through Bars, 4722 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19143, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://prisonhealthnews.wordpress.com/
Women in Prison Health Packet. A health manual free to women in prison. Oberlin Action Against Prisons, P.O. Box 285 Oberlin, OH 44074
Black and Pink. An open family of LGBTQ and/or HIV+ prisoners and “free world” allies who support each other. As a national organization made up of thousands of prisoners, B&P provides a free prisoner-generated monthly newspaper to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer prisoners and prisoners living with HIV regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. B&P also provides a free non-romantic pen pal program. B&P is unable to promise anyone a pen pal, but they regularly recruit “free world” volunteers to write prisoners. May not timely respond to letters. Black and Pink National Office, 6223 Maple St #4600, Omaha, NE 68104 Website: https://www.blackandpink.org
THE PRISON SCHOLAR FUND 1752 NW Market St # 953 Seattle, WA 98107 http://www.prisonscholars.org Seeking partners and investors willing to supply talent and funds for educational grants to prisoners. Write with a summary of your post-secondary goals and the classes you’re interested in. Accepted scholars are funded for a single class, with further requests considered upon successful completion of the first course.
NATIONAL RESOURCE CENTER ON CHILDREN & FAMILY OF THE INCARCERATED at Rutgers–Camden 405-7 Cooper St., Room 103 Camden, NJ 08102 (856) 225-2718 Raises awareness about the needs and concerns of the children of the incarcerated and their families. Also provide school scholarships to children of incarcerated parents.
The Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI) of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice provides the 63- page Back to School: A Guide to Continuing Your Education after Prison (2015 revision), which is available at no charge. The guide provides step-by-step instructions on getting ready and applying to educational programs after release from prison. It also covers internet basics, resumes, financial aid, transferring credits, obtaining necessary documents, and the various educational programs to choose from. The PRI has other publications available; ask for their list of research and publications. 524 W 59th St, Rm 609B, John Jay College of Criminal Law, New York, NY 10019
SAFE STREETS ARTS FOUNDATION 2512 Virginia Ave. NW, #58043 Washington DC 20037 Accepts and sells/distributes prisoner art, publishes prisoner books online, and stages annual shows at the Kennedy Center in DC. All services free; write for submission guidelines; state whether you are a writer or artist (SASE ensures quick reply).
ART OF PRISON SURVIVAL c/o Prison Foundation 2512 Virginia Ave., NW #58043 Washington, DC 20037 Bimonthly publication w/ profiles of prison artists. $2 donation. Stamps accepted
JOURNAL OF PRISONERS ON PRISONS c/o J. Piché, Asst. Prof., Dpt.of Criminology University of Ottawa 120 University, Room 13049 Ottawa Ontario Canada K1N 6N5 www.jpp.org Prisoners and former prisoners may submit papers, collaborative essays, interviews, book reviews, and photo or graphic essays. No fiction or poetry.
COMPASSION 140 W. South Boundary Street Perrysburg OH 43551 www.compassionondeathrow.net Bimonthly newsletter edited and written by Death Row prisoners, sent free to Death Row prisoners.
Prisons Foundation. Prisons Foundation publishes books written by or about prisoners. Their publishing program includes all types of books or manuscripts published on their website in the exact manner submitted, with no censorship and no charge to publish a book online. The prison author retains full rights to their book, for later placement with a literary agent or commercial publisher if desired. Placing a book on their website will help bring it to the attention of agents and larger publishers. Additionally, the Foundation exhibits art by imprisoned artists at its many galleries and presents prisoner-written plays annually at the Kennedy Center. 2512 Virginia Ave NW, #58043, Washington, DC 20037
The AFSC Prison Watch Project has published the Fifth Edition of the Survivors Manual: Surviving in Solitary, by Bonnie Kerness (2012, 94 pages), which is free to prisoners and $3 for all others. This book is a powerful collection of voices from solitary, as people currently or formerly held in isolation vividly describe their conditions and their daily lives. The collection also includes artwork and poetry. AFSC Prison Watch Project, 89 Market Street, 6th floor, Newark NJ 07102
Just Detention International (Formerly Stop Prisoner Rape). Nonprofit organization that seeks to end sexual abuse in all forms of detention. Anyone who has experienced any form of sexual harm in custody – including sexual harassment, sex in exchange for protection, sexual assault, etc. – is encouraged to contact JDI for support and a packet of information. Prisoners can write to JDI via confidential, legal mail by addressing their letter to Cynthia Totten, Attorney at Law, CA Attorney Reg. # 199266, at 3325 Wilshire Blvd, STE 340, Los Angeles, CA 90010
A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual 10th Ed, 2014, 1288 pages, $30. A handbook of legal rights and procedures designed to inform prisoners of their rights and how use to judicial process to secure these rights on both the federal and state level, with an emphasis on New York State law. The additional Immigration & Consular Access Supplement (102 pages) contains information about the immigration law consequences of criminal convictions for people who are not U.S. Citizens. The JLM is $30 if shipped directly to prisoners; $105 for all others. The Supplement is $5 for prisoners, $22 for all others. Available free by individual chapter if downloaded from the website by an outside source, printed out, and mailed to the prisoner. The 11th edition should be out soon. Columbia Human Rights Law Review, 435 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10027, http://blogs2.law.columbia.edu/jlm
Prisoners’ Self Help Litigation Manual. The Prisoners’ Self-Help Litigation Manual (John Boston & Dan Manville, 4th Ed, 2010, 960 pages, $39.95 + $6 S&H) is an indispensable guide for prisoners and prisoner advocates seeking to understand the rights guaranteed to prisoners by law and how to protect those rights. Clear, comprehensive, practical advice provides prisoners with everything they need to know on conditions of confinement, civil liberties in prison, procedural due process, the legal system, how to litigate, conducting effective legal research, and writing legal documents. Written by two legal and penitentiary experts with intimate knowledge of prisoner’s rights and legal aid work, authors John Boston and Daniel E. Manville strategically focus on federal constitutional law, providing prisoners and those wishing to assist them with the most important information concerning legal rights. PO Box 1151, Prison Legal News, Lake Worth, FL 33460
Protecting Your Health and Safety: A Litigation Guide For Inmates by Robert E. Toone. Southern Poverty Law Center. 325 pages. $10 and shipping. An easy to read, plain language guide prisoners can use to identify and litigate federal civil rights claims against prison officials. Topics discussed include the First to Fourteenth Amendments, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Rehabilitation Act. Over 130 page discussion on how to write a complaint, seek in forma pauperis status, ask for appointment of counsel, respond to motions to dismiss, respond to motions for summary judgment, conduct discovery, and even present your case at trial. PO Box 1151, Prison Legal News, Lake Worth, FL 33460
The Disciplinary Self-Help Litigation Manual (Dan Manville, 2nd Ed, 2015, 368 pages, $49.95 + $6 S&H) is designed to inform prisoners of their rights when faced with the consequences of a disciplinary hearing. This authoritative and comprehensive work educates prisoners about their rights throughout this process and helps guide them at all stages, from administrative hearing through litigation. This invaluable how-to guide offers step by step information for both state and federal prisoners and includes a 50 state analysis of relevant case law. PO Box 1151, Prison Legal News, Lake Worth, FL 33460
NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS PO Box 9999 Van Nuys CA 91409 (818) 773-9999, ext. 135 www.na.org Publishes Behind the Walls (price: 95 cents) a booklet for prisoners. Those who will be incarcerated for at least six months can request a free subscription to Reaching Out, a quarterly recovery-oriented newsletter. Materials in Spanish and other languages. (You may not order Reaching Out for your friend.)
DISABILITY RIGHTS EDUCATION & DEFENSE FUND 3075 Adeline St., Suite 210, Berkeley, CA 94703 (510) 644-2555 www.dredf.org Provides assistance to state prison inmates concerning medical advice, provides referrals. Write for list of pubs. on disability rights & newsletter.
PM Press. Publishing company that gives prisoners a 50% discount. Wide range of books about various liberation movements including prison abolition, anarchism, punk rock, parenting, ecology, Marxism, LGBTQ, feminism, history, unusual fiction, graphic novels, coloring books, humor. Free catalogue. PO Box 23912, Oakland, CA 94623
NATIONAL REENTRY RESOURCE CENTER 22 Cortland St. 22nd Floor New York NY 10007 (877) 332-1719 csgjusticecenter.org/reentry/reentryservices-directory Online list of reentry services by state.