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PAC is pleased to be part of Transformative Arts, a collaboration of the California Arts Council and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

NAACP Criminal Justice Fact Sheet

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has put together an extensive fact sheet on the origins of the criminal justice system including background and a wide variety of statistics on the effects of law enforcement, the courts, and the corrections systems.

 

The Sentencing Project

The Sentencing Project is a non-profit organization that does research to work toward a fair criminal justice system and supports alternatives to incarceration.

 

Prison Policy Initiative 

The Prison Policy Initiative has published multiple fact sheets related to incarceration statistics.

 

ACLU Mass Incarceration 

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) web page with information related to mass incarceration statistics in the US.

 

The Innocence Project

The Innocence Project is a non-profit organization that helps exonerate those who are wrongly convicted of a crime with DNA and aims to improve the criminal justice system so further injustices like this do not occur.

Prison: The Hidden Sentence

Prison: The Hidden Sentence is a podcast and blog that helps share the stories of people who have incarcerated loved ones, raising awareness for the impact the incarceration process has on their own life.

Transformative in-Prison Workgroup

The Transformative in-Prison Workgroup is a California state-wide organization that believes in the transformative power of prison programming and works to make it more accessible through research and educating the public.

 

PRISON ARTS PROGRAMMING

(for a complete list, please visit Justice Arts Coalition)

Transformative Arts 

Transformative Arts is the partnership between the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the California Arts Council. Its goals are to positively affect people who are incarcerated and promote social and emotional well-being, healing, and transformation within and beyond correctional institutions.

 

Justice Arts Coalition 

The Justice Arts Coalition is a collective of teaching artists, advocates for the arts, and currently or previously incarcerated artists who utilize the arts to rethink justice. Their site provides an extensive list of justice arts-related resources.

 

Peter Merts Photography

Peter Merts is a photographer for Transformative Arts programming, many of his photographs are featured here on the PAC website. He has documented many PAC events. Check out his website for his complete collection of work.

 

William James Association

The William James Association is an organization which believes in and utilizes the transformative power of art in their work within the currently or formerly incarcerated and high-risk youth.

 

Playwrights Project

The Playwrights Project is an organization which uses the power of theater and creativity to empower youth in San Diego and underserved populations like those who have been affected by the justice system.

 

Alabama Prison Art + Education Project

The Alabama Prison Art + Education Project (APAEP) helps provide education opportunities to those incarcerated within the Alabama prison system.

 

Poetic Justice

Poetic Justice is an organization that offers restorative writing programming for women who are incarcerated.

 

RESOURCES FOR SURVIVORS OF CRIME

California Victims Compensation Board

The California Victims Compensation Board (CalVCB) is a California State program that can help pay expenses that result from a violent crime such as mental health services, healthcare services, and income loss.

 

Crime Survivors Resource Center

The Crime Survivors Resource Center provides many resources for survivors of crime including step by step guidance, legal advocacy, crisis support, and mental health support.

 

National Center for Victims of Crime

The National Center for Victims of Crime has two lists of extensive resources for survivors of crime including a website link or phone number for each program.

 

Alliance for Safety and Justice’s Trauma Recovery Centers

The Alliance for Safety and Justice’s Trauma Recovery Center (TRC) model is a program that is run throughout six states including California which aims to help victims of violent crimes of underserved populations heal from trauma with integrated services. Find a TRC near you by following the link.

 

Healing Dialogue and Action

Healing Dialogue and Action is a support program that provides a space for individuals who have a loved one in the incarceration system and those who have survived a crime to share their struggles and find healing in dialogue with one another.

 

Project Rebound

Project Rebound is a program that provides support through resource for previously incarcerated individuals who wish to enroll in higher education at CSU schools.

RESOURCES FOR RETURNED RESIDENTS

Homeboy Industries

Homeboy Industries is a non-profit organization that offers a wide range of re-entry services to previously incarcerated populations such as an employment and re-entry program, educational services, mental health services, and much more.

 

Anti Recidivism Coalition 

The Anti Recidivism Coalition is an organization with an aim to support and advocate for previously incarcerated individuals. This resource page lists the various resources they offer for returning residents including counseling services, housing services, and career development programs.

 

Returning Citizens Magazine

Returning Citizens Magazine has a thorough webpage that guides those who are re-entry on how to begin the process with advice on topics like housing, legal aid, and transportation. This site also assists in the employment search by providing lists of second chance companies.