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ACLU of Northern California
39 Drum Street San Francisco, DA 94111
Phone: (415) 621-2493
Legal assistance telephone: (415) 621-2488
Fax: (415) 255-1478

  • Takes legal requests for post-conviction matters, habeas corpus, prison conditions; provides referrals
  • When corresponding, put "Intake" in Address Line 1

ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties
P.O. Box 87131
San Diego, CA 92138
Phone: (619) 232-2131
Fax: (619) 232-0036

  • Takes legal requests for post-conviction matters, habeas corpus, prison conditions; provides referrals

ACLU of Southern California
1313 West Eighth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Legal intake phone: (213) 977-5253
Fax:  (213) 977 5297

  • Takes legal requests for post-conviction matters, habeas corpus, prison conditions; provides referrals
  • When corresponding, put "ACLU/SC Legal Intake" in Address line 1

California Coalition for Women Prisoners

  • Visits women in prison; advocates on behalf of female prisoners; provides support for former prisoners; publishes biannual newsletter free to women in prison
  • Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
    1540 Market Street, Suite 490
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Phone: (415) 255-7036
    Fax: (415) 552-3150
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    • Responds to requests for information, trainings, technical assistance, litigation, limited transportation; emphasizes female prisoners and their families

    Catholic Charities of the East Bay, Detention Ministry
    433 Jefferson Street
    Oakland, CA 94607
    Phone: (510) 768-3100
    Fax: (510) 451-6998
    Contact: Michael Radding, Director of programs

    • Provides religious and pastoral services in Alameda and Contra Costa jails and juvenile facilities; facilitates victim/offender mediations; offers counseling and emergency-assistance referrals; offers immigration services and naturalization

    The Center for Children of Incarcerated Parents
    P.O. Box 41-286
    Eagle Rock, CA 90041
    Phone: (626) 449.2470
    Fax: (626) 449-9001

    • Provides free resources by mail to incarcerated parents, therapeutic services for children of offenders, and family reunification projects for prisoners and children

    2955 Kerner Boulevard, 2nd Floor
    San Rafael, CA 94901
    Phone: (415) 456-9980 
    Fax: (415) 456-2146
    Central California Office:
    4709 North El Capitan Avenue, Suite 201
    Fresno, CA 93722
    Phone: (559) 276-6160 
    Fax: (559) 276-1656

    • The Centerforce mission is to support, educate, and advocate for individuals, families and communities impacted by incarceration.
    • Centerforce provides services for incarcerated individuals, formerly incarcerated individuals, and their loved ones 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. Direct services for clients are provided by our four Service Areas: Children and Families Services, Prison & Transitional Services, and Information Services.
    • Operates network of prison visitor centers throughout the state that includes transportation and drop-in childcare; provides health education services to prisoners

    Community Connection Resource Center
    4080 Centre Street, Suite 202
    San Diego, CA 92103
    With offices in Sacramento, Los Angeles, Fresno, and Riverside counties
    Phone: (619) 543-8500

  • Provides extensive reentry and pre-release planning resources for prisoners and ex-offenders; operates youth offender program

    Friends Outside
    P.O. Box 4085
    Stockton, CA 95204
    With chapters throughout the state
    Phone: (209) 955-0701
    Fax: (209) 955-0735

    • Operates visitor centers that provide childcare, transportation, information and resources; offers inmate parenting classes and personal case management services; services offered at all state prisons

    Immigrant Legal Resource Center
    1663 Mission Street, Suite 602
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    Phone: (415) 255-9499

    • Does not offer direct services to immigrants, but publishes extensive local resource guide (at

      Justice Now
      1322 Webster Street, Suite 210
      Oakland, CA 94612
      Phone: (510) 839-7654
      Fax: (510) 839-7615

    • Provides legal services and resources to women in prison on release and reentry, healthcare, defense of parental rights, sentencing mitigation, and placement in community-based programs

      Law Center for Families
      510 16th Street, Suite 300
      Oakland, CA 94612
      Phone: (510) 451-9261
      Fax: (510) 763-2169

      • Provides multilingual services including individual representation, advice, referrals, community education programs to Alameda county residents for free or on sliding scale; focuses on family law, consumer law, public benefits, and language access

      Northern California Service League
      40 Boardman Place                                      
      San Francisco, CA 94103                             
      Phone: (415) 863-2323                                          
      Fax: (415) 863-1882 

      586 North First Street, Suite 101
      San Jose, CA 95112
      Phone: (408) 297-9601
      Fax: (408) 297-9604

      • Offers counseling and referrals for prisoners and families; provides extensive pre- and post-release reentry resources; operates transitional housing for women with children

      Penal Law Program, CSU Community Legal Information Center
      25 Main Street
      Chico, CA 95929
      Phone: (530) 898-4354
      Fax: (530) 898-4911

      • Provides free legal information and referrals to prisoners in the areas of correctional injustices, sentencing, probation, pardons, certificates of rehabilitation, medical records and appeals

      Prison Activist Resource Center (PARC)
      1904 Franklin Street, suite 515
      Oakland CA 94612
      Phone: (510) 893-4648        

      • 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. This work includes building action networks and materials that expose the continuing neglect and outright torture of more than 2 million people imprisoned within the USA; as well as the 5+ million who are under some form of surveillance and control by the so-called justice system. 

      Prison Law Clinic, UC Davis
      UC Davis School of Law
      1 Shields Avenue
      Building TB30
      Davis, CA 95616
      Phone: (530) 752-6942

      • Provides free legal services to prisoners

      Prisoners Literature Project
      Bound Together Bookstore c/o Prisoners Literature Project
      1369 Haight Street
      San Francisco, CA 94117
      Phone: (415) 672-7858

      • Sends free books to prisoners (US-wide)

      Public Interest Law Firm, Law Foundation of Silicon Valley
      111 West Saint John Street, Suite 315
      San Jose, CA 95113
      Phone: (408) 293-4790 

      • Can provide advocacy and litigation in civil matters; offers resources

      Reentry Council of the City and County of San Francisco
      Phone: (415) 553-9349


    • Publishes annual San Francisco area reentry resource guide

      US Department of Justice

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