FAQ’s, Resources & References

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Research and resources to support prisoner rights include organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Brennan Center for Justice, and the Prison Policy Initiative. These organizations conduct research on issues related to mass incarceration and advocate for criminal justice reform.

Additionally, the National Reentry Resource Center, a program of the Council of State Governments Justice Center, provides resources and technical assistance to states, tribes, territories, and local governments to improve reentry outcomes for individuals returning to communities from prison or jail.

Another important resource is the International Centre for Prison Studies, which provides data and research on imprisonment worldwide, and the Vera Institute of Justice, which conducts research and pilot programs on various issues related to criminal justice.

Beyond Survival, the book distributed by the Human Spirit Project, also provides valuable insight and personal resources for individuals currently or previously incarcerated, family members and supporters, and correctional staff and administrators. The book offers firsthand accounts, practical advice, and resources for successfully navigating the prison system and reintegrating into society.

It is also worth noting that the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (known as the Nelson Mandela Rules) provide a set of guidelines for the treatment of prisoners and the management of prisons. These rules are widely considered to be the international benchmark for the treatment of prisoners, and are an important resource for advocates of prisoner rights.

Lastly, the National Commission on Correctional Health Care and the American Correctional Association provide accreditation and standards for healthcare and overall conditions in prisons and jails, respectively.

In summary, there are many organizations, resources, and guidelines available that support prisoner rights and advocate for improved prison conditions. It is important for individuals and organizations to stay informed and use these resources to advocate for change.

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