Women Prisoners' Resource Guide

Compiled For Wild Flowers & APLAN March 2003

by an unknown author

Clearly the United States Prison Systems are at the greatest level of oppression and abuse against women. Women prisoners are the fastest growing population in jail/prison. in 1970, 5,600 women were incarcerated in federal and state prison. At year end 2000, 91,612 women were in state and federal prison, making up 6.6% of the total prison population.

818 SW 3rd ave.
PMB #354
Portland, OR 97204

Clearly the United States Prison Systems are at the greatest level of oppression and abuse against women. Women prisoners are the fastest growing population in jail/prison. in 1970, 5,600 women were incarcerated in federal and state prison. At year end 2000, 91,612 women were in state and federal prison, making up 6.6% of the total prison population.

Women in prison struggle against greater unjust conditions than male prisoners. . Women are subjected to over crowded and ill-equipped facilities (there is only one prison for incarcerated women in the state of Oregon), underfunded educational and vocational programs (most of which are designed by and for men), extremely poor medical care (rarely do women receive even the most basic gynecological care) and routine sexual harassment by male staff and guards. life for women prisoners is a struggle and constant battle. Women in prison must fight for their daily existence and their basic necessities. Every woman incarcerated is a warrior, a survivor and an inspiration.

This resource guide is for her, for you. To aide you in your struggle. To help you find the resources and support that you deserve. This guide is for your hope, a TY reminder that you are not alone. A reminder that we are all in solidarity and struggle with you.

Please let us hear from you if any of the information in this guide is incorrect, if you have any additions and if you are disappointed in any way with a group or program Stay strong, stay hopeful, keep fighting. We are out here for you.

-wild flowers collective

Women Prisoners Organizations
Activist for Women in Prison
P.O. BOX 1733
Portland, OR 97207

Break the Chains
c/o Lilly
T. 0. Box 11331
Eugene, Or 97440

California Coalition for Women Prisoners
A Project of Network on Women in Prison
1540 Market Street, ROOM 490
San Francisco, CA 94102
4152557036 X. 4
P. 0. BOX 34 19 6
San Diego, CA 92153
Newsletter The Fire Inside
Annual protests
Organize visits to women prisoners in CA
Advocate for women prisoners

California Coalition for Battered Women in Prison
1540 Market Street, Suite 490
San Francisco, CA 94102

Nevada Empowered Women Project
428 Hill Street, #200
Reno, NV 89501
7753489566 phone
7553487478 fax

3135 Industrial Road, Suite 200
las Vegas, NV 89109
7023693234 phone
7027911992 fax

Prison Activist Resource Center
P. 0. BOX 3201
Berkeley, CA 94703

Sojourner. The Women s Forum
42 Seaverns Avenue
Jamaica Plain MA 02130
Response Guide
Pen Pal program

Women Embracing Freedom Together (WEFT)
Contact Lora Wetzel
P. 0. BOX 1733
Portland, OR 97207

Western Prison Project
Contact Brigette Sarabi
P.O. BOX 40085
Portland, OR 97240
(503) 3358449

Women in Prison
22 Highbury grove
London N5 ZEA

Women s Project
2224 South Main Street
little Rock, AX 72206

Women Prisoner Legal Aid
APLAN Anarchist Prisoner Legal Aid Network
818 SW 3 Avenue
Portland OR 97212

Battered Women s Clemency Project (ACLU)
1980 Alhambra
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
7346620776 phone

Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM)
220 South State Street, #830
Chicago, IL 6o6O4
3123325537 phone
3123322570 fax

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
1540 Market Street, Suite 490
San Francisco, CA 94102
4152557036 phone

LincolnPeters Defense Alliance
c/o Mendocino Environmental Center
106 West Stanley Street
Ukiah, C A 95482
7074681660 phone
7074622370 fax

National Clearinghouse for Defense of Battered Women
125 South 9 Street, Suite 302
Philadelphia, PA 19107
2153510010 phone
2153510779 fax
Help, assistance and support for battered women
National Women s Law Center
11 Dupont Circle, #800
Washington, D.C. 20036
2025885180 phone
2025885185 fax

Pregnant Women/Mother Prison Resources
Aid to Imprisoned Mothers(AIM)
524 Larkin Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30313-1210

Aid to imprisoned Mothers(AIM)
P.O. Box 986
Montgomery, AL 36101-0986

Families Against Mandatory Minimums
16l2 K Street, Suite 700
Washington, D.C. 20006
2028226700 phone
2028226704 fax

Oregon Chapter
Contact Lorraine Heller
9601 Leahy Rd, #301
Portland, OR 97229

Family Net
300 Santa Isabel, Suite C
Costa Mesa, CA 926271431

Family Reentry, Inc.
9 Mott Avenue, Suite 104
Norwalk, CT 06850

Mothers Reclaiming Our Children
4167 S. Normandie Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90037

ProFamily Advocates
Prisoner Advocacy Organization
P. 0. BOX 17892
Long Beach, CA 90807

South Carolina Advocates for Pregnant Women
PMB 243, 164D Market Street
Charleston, SC 294011984
8435790637 phone

Women s Care Inc.
1841 Broadway, Suite 715
New York, NY 10023

Art/Writing Programs
Art Behind Bards
P.O. BOX 2034
Key West, FL 33040
3052947345 phone

P. O. 23OX 971471
Weipahu, Hi 96797

Inner Voices
P. O. BOX 4500, #219
Bloomington, IN 47402

Inmate Centers of America
P. 0. BOX 1673
Glen Burnie, MD 21060

The Prisoners Advocate/Art From the inside
P.O. BOX 1651
Sacramento, CA 95812

Prisoners literature Project
c/o Bound Together Books
1369 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Prisoner Art Project
P. 0. BOX 3671
Anaheim, CA 928033671
Prison Creative Arts Project
CIO Jesse Jannetta, PLAP
3150 Angell Hall
Ann Arbor, MI 481 109
7346477673 phone

Sojourner. The Women s Forum
42 Seaverns Avenue
Jamaica Plain, NA 02130
Response Guide
Pen Pal program

Women s Health Mental/Physical
CA Alliance for the Mentally Ill/ Criminal Justice Advisory Group
263 Argonne, B104
Long Beach, CA 90803

Health Resource Center
372 Main Street
Beacon, NY 12508

Helping Everyone Share Healthy Emotions Anonymous
P.O. BOX 1752
Keene, NH 03431

International Incest Survivors Resource Network
P. 0. Box 7375
Las Cruces, NM 88006-7375

Jail Psychiatric Services
984 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94JO3

The Light House-A Center for Healing
421 SW Washington ST.
Hillsboro, OR 97123
(Post-release healing programs for WA County & OR inmates only)

National Association for Rights, Protection & Advocacy
P.O. Box 16311
Rumford, Al 02916

National Prison Hospice Association
T. 0. BOX 3769
Boulder, CO 80307-3769
3035445923 phone

Natural Health Prison Project
32 Greenwood Avenue, #4
Quincy, NA 021702620

Psychiatric Inmates Rights Collective
615 Gilroy Drive, #1
Capitola, CA 9555010

Women in Prison Health Packet
Oberlin Action Against Prisons
P.O. BOX 285
Oberlin OH 44074

Women Prisoners Convicted by Drugging
c/o Norma Stafford
P.O. BOX 1926
Clearlake, CA 95422

Break the Chains
P.O. BOX 11331
Eugene, OR 97440

The Fire Inside Newsletter
California Coalition for Women Prisoners
1540 Market Street, ROOM 496
San Francisco, CA 94102

Out of Time
c/o out of Control
3543 18th Street, BOX 30
San Francisco, CA 94110

Box 954
Chapel Hill NC 27514

Off Our Backs
2423 16th Street NW, 2nd Floor
Washington D.C. 20009

Prison Art Newsletter
F. 0 Box 31 15 74
San Francisco, CA 94131-0574

Women in Prison, A Newspaper
861 Gray Avenue Suite N-220
Yuba city, CA 95991

Gay & Lesbian Prisoners Project
29 Stanhope Street
Boston, MA 02116

League for Lesbians and Gay Prisoners
1202 East Pike Street, #1044
Seattle, WA 98122

outside IN
P. 0. BOX 5714
Santa Fe, NM 87502

489 College Street, Suite, 500
Toronto, Ontario M6G IA5

People Organized to Stop Rape of Prisoners
P.O. BOX 632
Ft. Bragg, CA 95437

Prison Project
c/o Diedra Farmer
P.O BOX 1224
Boston, NA 02117

520 Hudson Street, #134
New York, 34Y 10014

Trans/gender Variant in Prison committee
California Prison Focus
2940 16th Street #307
San Francisco, CA 94103
Fax 4152529311

Transsexuals in Prison
c/o Mrs. Patricia Fisher
CP 293 Suce Cote des Neiges Blvd.
Montreal, Quebec H3SD 236

Book Projects
Books through Bars
c/o Black Stockings Bookstore
172 Allen Street New York, NY 10002

Books through Bars
New Society Publishing
4,722 Baltimore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19143 (no books to OR prisons)

Books through Bars of ithaca
Autumn Leaves Used Books
115 The Commons
Ithaca, NY 14850 (NY only)

Books to PrisonersPDX
P.O. Box 11222
Portland, OP. 97211

Books to Prisoners
c/o Left Bank Books
92 Pike Street
Seattle, 7Y4 98101

The Prison Book Program
c/o Lucy Parsons Center Bookstore
549 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA 02118-1125
6172676272 phone

31 Montford
Asheville, NC 28801

Prison Library Project
P.M.B. 128
915-C West Foothill Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711-3356

Women s Prison Book Project
c/o Arise Bookstore
2441 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 554405

Prison is patriarchy. Women unite and resist! iInterested in corresponding with a woman on the outside? Join up with the Coffee Creek Radical Women s Correspondence project by filling out the bottom of this sheet and returning it to
break the chains
C/o lily
p.o. box 11331
eugene, or 97440
818 SW 3rd
PMB #354
portland, or

This is is a project for those who identify as women.

Coffee Creek Ladies
Want a pen pal or just get a few notes from women on the outside? You don t have to be a a radical woman! Just tell us a bit about yourself below and we ll see what we can do. We will make your name and sid # known to some women on the outside who have expressed interest in corresponding with women on the inside. Mind that we will try to connect you with women on the outside but we can t promise that all women will write to you consistently or even, at all. In the event that your pen pal drops out, write us again!
Why do you want a pen pal?
And the last bit is totally optional, but we have found that a common first question in in this area is are you in for?

The Coffee Creek Radical Women s Correspondence Project is a project connecting women on the outside with women on the inside. It is an effort to educate and inspire both the incarcerated woman and the free woman. We chose to work with and for women as an act of solidarity and to recognize that women s struggles, especially in prison work, are often quite different from those of men. Furthermore, we recognize the initial and valid trepidation s some women may have about working with incarcerated men. This project is focused on women in Oregon for three reasons we

understand the need to work within our own communities, we believe in starting small with lots of energy and because Coffee Creek has proved to be a hotbed for abuse and deception.

The Anarchist Prisoners Legal Aid Network
The Anarchist Prisoner s Legal Aid Network (APLAN) is a prisoner-guided initiative, formed to provide legal aid and outside support for imprisoned anarchists. We believe that anarchists need to support those who are arrested and already in jail. This isn t always easy, yet is a challenge our movement needs to take on.

There are dozens of anarchists in prison, many of whom face abuses by the prison authorities. Some are even held in segregation units with violent white racists. We can fight repressive action taken against anarchist prisoners, but it will take effort from inside and outside the prisons to do this.

Anarchist prisoners can contribute to struggles on the outside, but need outside contact to do this. APLAN aims to facilitate these efforts and thus strengthen anarchist practice as a whole.

We hope to provide sound legal advice and aid for anarchist prisoners. This support for imprisoned comrades is not based upon respect for the judicial apparatus, but is provided in the spirit of mutual aid and solidarity in struggle. The sharing of research material and resources will be an immediate goal. We welcome contact with those who have specific knowledge of legal matters.

We hope for broad involvement, in multiform ways, from throughout the anarchist movement. Write for information about current activities and how to get involved.

Anarchist Prisoners Legal Aid Network
818 SW 3rd Ave. PMB 354
Portland, OR 97204