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Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences is an international association established in 1963 to foster professional and scholarly activities in the field of criminal justice. The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences promotes criminal justice education, research, and policy analysis within the discipline of criminal justice for both educators and practitioners.


American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine is an organization of physicians and other medical professionals dedicated to excellence in and advancement of palliative medicine through prevention and relief of patient and family suffering by providing education and clinical practice standards, fostering research, facilitating personal and professional development, and by public policy advocacy.


American Correctional Health Services Association
The American Correctional Health Services Association mission is to be the voice of the correctional healthcare profession, and serve as an effective forum for communication addressing current issues and needs confronting correctional healthcare.


American Friends Service Committee
The American Friends Service Committee carries out service, development, social justice, and peace programs throughout the world. Founded by Quakers in 1917 to provide conscientious objectors with an opportunity to aid civilian war victims, AFSC's work attracts the support and partnership of people of many races, religions, and cultures.


American Probation and Parole Association
The American Probation and Parole Association is at the vanguard in exploring issues relevant to the field of community-based corrections. The American Probation and Parole Association provides training and technical assistance, clearinghouse services and advocacy.


Americans for Better Care of the Dying
Americans for Better Care of the Dying is an organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans can count on good end of life care. Our goals are to: build momentum for reform; explore new methods and systems for delivering care; shape public policy through evidence-based understanding.

American Society of Criminology
The American Society of Criminology is an international organization whose members pursue scholarly, scientific, and professional knowledge concerning the measurement, etiology, consequences, prevention, control, and treatment of crime and delinquency. The Society's objectives are to encourage the exchange, in a multidisciplinary setting, of those engaged in research, teaching, and practice so as to foster criminological scholarship, and to serve as a forum for the dissemination of criminological knowledge.


Assisting Families of Inmates
The mission of Assisting Families of Inmates, Inc. is to help families preserve and strengthen positive relationships with relatives incarcerated in Virginia’s state correctional centers. Through a continuum of direct informational and support services, Assisting Families of Inmates helps families cope with the incarceration and prepare for release and reunification


Bereavement Academy
The Bereavement Academy is an affiliate of the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care in Buffalo, New York. The Institute's mission is to provide education and training for health care professionals, counseling professionals and the general public on topics related to palliative care, bereavement, serious illness, grief, loss and/or other subjects relevant to the field of thanatology.


Campaign for Youth Justice
The Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ) is a national initiative focused entirely on ending the practice of prosecuting, sentencing, and incarcerating youth under the age of 18 in the adult criminal justice system. The Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ) was initiated in 2004 by a parent whose son was transferred to the adult criminal court for prosecution.


Centerforce provides services for prisoners, ex-prisoners, and family members of prisoners through direct services, its annual conference and, through consultation and training for government agencies, community-based organizations and correctional facilities across the country and internationally.


Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice

The Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) is a nonprofit nonpartisan organization whose mission is to reduce society’s reliance on incarceration as a solution to social problems. In pursuit of this mission, CJCJ provides direct services, technical assistance, and policy analysis that work in unison to promote a balanced and humane criminal justice system designed to reduce incarceration and enhance long-term public safety.


Citizens Against Recidivism, Inc.
Citizens Against Recidivism, Inc. was founded in 1992 initially to address the needs of family members who had incarcerated loved ones.  The organization was incorporated in 1996, initially providing supportive counseling to the wives and family members of the incarcerated, cultural programming in various New York State prisons and delinquency intervention programming for youth.


The Crime Report
The Crime Report  (TCR) is the nation’s only comprehensive news service covering the diverse challenges and issues of 21st century criminal justice in the U.S. and abroad. Staffed by working journalists in New York, Washington and Los Angeles, it is published daily through the year by the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.


Critical Resistance
Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe. We believe that basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what really make our communities secure. As such, our work is part of global struggles against inequality and powerlessness.


Detention Watch Network
The Detention Watch Network works through the collective strength and diversity of its members to expose and challenge the injustices of the U.S. immigration detention and deportation system and advocate for profound change that promotes the rights and dignity of all persons.


Dying Well
The publication of this Handbook for Improving End-of-Life Care in Corrections marks a period of remarkable achievement in efforts to establish prison hospice programs. Ironically, this progress comes at a time of unprecedented challenges confronting correctional systems and particularly correctional health care.


Engaged Zen Foundation
The Engaged Zen Foundation is an independent organization originally founded to foster zazen (seated contemplative meditation) practice in prison. Meditative training alters the functioning of the mind of the practitioner and these changes manifest with the development of positive perspectives on life.


Families Against Mandatory Minimums
FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization fighting for smart sentencing laws that protect public safety. We see a country where criminal sentencing is individualized, humane, and sufficient to impose fair punishment and protect public safety. Our supporters include taxpayers, families, prisoners, law enforcement, attorneys, judges, criminal justice experts and concerned citizens.


Fortune Society
The Fortune Society is a nonprofit social service and advocacy organization, founded in 1967, whose mission is to support successful reentry from prison and promote alternatives to incarceration, thus strengthening the fabric of our communities. Fortune works to create a world where all who are incarcerated or formerly incarcerated can become positive, contributing members of society.


Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
The purpose of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association is to exchange information, experiences, and ideas; to promote understanding of the specialties of hospice and palliative nursing; and to study and promote hospice and palliative nursing research.


Hospice Foundation of America
Hospice Foundation of America provides leadership in the development and application of hospice and its philosophy of care with the goal of enhancing the American health care system and the role of hospice within it.


Hospice Patients Alliance
The Hospice Patients Alliance was formed by experienced hospice staff and other health care professionals who saw that hospices were not always complying with the standards of care, and in fact, were in some cases, violating the rights of patients and families and exploiting them for financial gain, or not providing adequate care to control pain or other distressing symptoms during the end of life period.


Iowa Department of Corrections
The Department of Corrections is committed to advancing nationally recognized best practices in Iowa’s correctional system. Progress requires developing opportunities to improve operational, program, and staff efficiency and effectiveness. The Department's Strategic Plan advances important initiatives to provide better management of Iowa's offenders to reduce criminal victimization for a safer Iowa.


JFA Institute
The JFA Institute team works in partnership with federal, state, and local government agencies, and philanthropic foundations to evaluate criminal justice practices and design research-based policy solutions. The Institute is a non-profit agency whose staff has over 30 years experience assisting jurisdictions around the country to implement more effective criminal justice policies.


Justice Policy Institute
Justice Policy Institute is a national nonprofit organization that changes the conversation around justice reform and advances policies that promote well-being and justice for all people and communities. Our research and analyses identify effective programs and policies and we disseminate our findings to the media, policymakers and advocates, and provide training and technical assistance supports to people working for justice reform.


Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
LSPC organizes communities impacted by the criminal justice system and advocates to release incarcerated people, to restore human and civil rights and to reunify families and communities. We build public awareness of structural racism in policing, the courts and prison system and we advance racial and gender justice in all our work.


National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end of life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.


National Institute of Corrections
Providing federal, state, and local corrections agencies with training, technical assistance, information services, and policy/program development assistance.


November Coalition
The November Coalition works with grassroots volunteers nationwide to educate the public about the destructive increase in prison population due to our current drug laws. We alert our fellow citizens, particularly those who are complacent or naive, about the present and impending dangers of an overly powerful federal authority acting far beyond its constitutional constraints. The drug war is an assault and steady erosion of our civil rights and freedoms by federal and state governments.


Open Society Foundations
The Open Society Foundations, a private operating and grantmaking foundation, aims to shape public policy to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform. On a local level, OSI implements a range of initiatives to support the rule of law, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, OSI works to build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as combating corruption and rights abuses.


Osborne Association

The Osborne Association offers opportunities for individuals who have been in conflict with the law to transform their lives through innovative, effective, and replicable programs that serve the community by reducing crime and its human and economic costs. We offer opportunities for reform and rehabilitation through public education, advocacy, and alternatives to incarceration that respect the dignity of people and honor their capacity to change.


Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog
Their target audience is the professionals working in hospice & palliative medicine, as well as patients, families and other medical professionals outside of this field. Their goal is to review current palliative medicine, hospice, end-of-life research with a particular focus on publications not from the major palliative care journals. They also highlight important events in end-of-life care from the news media and entertainment arenas. Pallimed is not intended to replace the patient-physician relationship.


Palliative Care Network (PCN): End-of-Life Care in Prisons

PCN provides a platform for palliative care professionals to teach, interact, and exchange ideas with fellow colleagues in places around the world where the knowledge gap is wider than the technology gap. The Network's directory gives palliative care professionals worldwide access to colleagues to provide educational support. Since its inception, Palliative Care Network (PCN) is involved in various innovative endeavours to promote palliative care education globally by providing free platforms that aid in the exchange of knowledge and promoting collaboration. The document, 'End-of-Life Care in Prisons,' is an example of the kind of information exchange that the Network promotes.


Prison Activist Resource Center (PARC)
PARC is a prison abolitionist group committed to exposing and challenging all forms of institutionalized racism, sexism, able-ism, heterosexism, and classism, specifically within the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC). PARC believes in building strategies and tactics that build safety in our communities without reliance on the police or the PIC. We produce a directory that is free to prisoners upon request, and seek to work in solidarity with prisoners, ex-prisoners, their friends and families. We also work with teachers and activists on many prison issues.


Prison Legal News

Prison Legal News is an independent monthly publication that reports, reviews and analyzes court rulings and news related to prisoner rights and prison issues. PLN has a U.S. focus with some international coverage as well. The website provides access to PLN articles, sells relevant books, and distributes information about related resources.


Prison Memory Project

A new initiative focused on making prison history relevant as a guide to the future, today launched a website and blog featuring its work in Hudson, New York, a small town that is home to an historic prison and the site of the Project's pilot effort.


Prison Radio
Prison Radio mission is to challenge mass incarceration and racism by airing the voices of men and women in prison by bringing their voices into the public dialogue on crime and punishment. Our educational materials serve as a catalyst for public activism. Prison Radio's productions illustrate the perspectives and the intrinsic human worth of the more than 7.1 million people under correctional control in the U.S.


Real Cost of Prisons Project
The Real Cost of Prisons Project seeks to broaden and deepen the organizing capacity of prison/justice activists working to end mass incarceration. The Real Cost of Prisons Project brings together justice activists, artists, justice policy researchers and people directly experiencing the impact of mass incarceration to create popular education materials and other resources which explore the immediate and long-term costs of incarceration on the individual, her/his family, community and the nation.


Sentencing Project
The Sentencing Project is an organization which promotes reduced reliance on incarceration and increased use of more effective and humane alternatives to deal with crime. It is a nationally recognized source of criminal justice policy analysis, data, and program information. Its reports, publications, and staff are relied upon by the public, policymakers and the media.


Solitary Watch
Solitary Watch is a public website aimed at bringing the widespread use of solitary confinement and other forms of torture in U.S. prisons out of the shadows and into the light of the public square. A unique collaboration between journalists and law students, Solitary Watch's mission is to provide the public--as well as practicing attorneys, legal scholars, law enforcement and corrections officers, policymakers, educators, advocates, and prisoners--with the first centralized, comprehensive source of information on solitary confinement in the United States.


Thousand Kites
Thousand Kites is a national project that works directly with stakeholders using communication strategies and campaigns to engage citizens and build grassroots power. It uses performance, web, video, and radio to open a public space for incarcerated people, corrections officials, the formerly incarcerated, grassroots activists, and ordinary citizens to dialogue and organize around United State’s criminal justice system.  The project invited dozens of artist and thousands of participants to join Thousand Kites in sending a message about the impact of mass incarceration.


360 Degrees
This site contains a rich collection of resources on the criminal justice system, including a historical timeline, stories, theoretical background, and interactive modules (for example, the "Are You a Criminal?" on-line quiz). A "one of a kind" website.


Urban Institute
In the mid-1960s, President Johnson saw the need for independent nonpartisan analysis of the problems facing America's cities and their residents. The President created a blue-ribbon commission of civic leaders who recommended chartering a center to do that work. In 1968, the Urban Institute became that center.


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