Our Partners

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Connecting people looking for help and community partners

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Our Referral Network

While we provide extensive support through individual assistance, prison monitoring, mentoring, transportation, and a family helpline, there are many additional services and resources that benefit people who have been incarcerated and their loved ones. We maintain an evolving referral guide, sortable by county and resource type, which contains 183 organizations with which we maintain strong relationships across the Commonwealth. Where community partners are not available volunteers are able to help fill gaps in many underserved areas.

Our Sister Organizations

The Correctional Association of New York (CANY, founded 1844), the John Howard Association of Illinois (JHA, founded 1901), and the Pennsylvania Prison Society (Society, founded 1787) are the only state-wide, independent, nongovernmental correctional oversight entities in the United States. While our models and our levels of access to facilities are distinct, our common mission is to increase transparency among corrections agencies, promote accountability when problems are identified, and to fuel prison reform.
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The Prison Journal

The Prison Journal was developed in 1845 to disseminate information about the Society’s prison and prisoner reform work. In 1993, Sage Publications took on The Prison Journal as a peer-reviewed journal published 6 times a year, with a national and international audience. Receiving manuscript submissions from academic scholars around the world, the publication features research on incarceration, alternative sanctions, and treatment program interventions and evaluations, aiming to advance theory, research, policy, and practice. Rosemary Gido, PhD, has been the Editor of The Prison Journal for the last 23 years. Information about the journal and published articles going back to 1930 are available at journals.sagepub.com/home/TPJ.