“Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless,
Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow.”
Note: The links below are include for reference only and may not reflect the views or approach of the LEAF Ministry. We encourage all people to search their hearts; work for justice and speak for those whose voice is to small to be heard.
Center on Children and the Law –
Run by the American Bar Association. This site is not prison focused per se, but covers all aspects of children and the law. Good resource for child advocacy.
Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents
From the International Association of Chiefs of Police. This 38 page PDF gives advice to police departments on how to safeguard children during the process.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation is devoted to developing a brighter future for millions of children at risk of poor educational, economic, social and health outcomes. There are many studies and articles pertaining to incarceration. The easiest way to find information is to enter keywords into their search box.
Prisoners with Children
Committed to social change through education, public policy changes, legal advocacy and grass roots organizing. Most information is based on California law, but good general information as well.
Project WHAT? (“We’re Here and Talking”)
A training program staffed by youth that raises awareness about the effects of parental incarceration on children, with the long-term goal of improving services and policies that affect these children.
National Council on Crime and Delinquency
A national group covering most aspects of social justice including prisons and families of the incarcerated. You’ll need to dig.
Domestic Violence and Abuse Help Guide
Since so many crimes have some aspect of domestic violence and abuse, this help guide seems fitting.
Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
A national organization working to reduce incarceration as a solution
Models for Change
A plethora of information regarding the Juvenal justice system and what is working in various parts of the country.
The November Coalition
Educates on prisoner rights and advocates for constitutional constraints.
Catholic Mobilizing Network
National Organization to abolish the death penalty
Death Penalty Focus
National organization fighting against the death penalty
Death Penalty Information Center
Similar to Death Penalty Focus
Families Against Mandatory Minimums
Their name says it all.
Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation
A national anti-capital punishment organization comprised of families of murder victims.
Note: The LEAF Ministry does not offer legal advice. The links and documents below are for general legal information only. Each case is specific and laws change. We suggest using professional legal council for answers to your questions.
We The People – Legal Primer
Good overview, with an easy to understand dictionary of legal words, phrases, abbreviations and symbols. This is one of the most requested documents by inmates working on their own defense.
The Jailhouse Lawyer’s HandbookThis Handbook is a resource for prisoners who wish to file a federal lawsuit addressing poor conditions in prison or abuse by prison staff. It also contains limited general information about the American legal system.