The United States has about two million people locked up behind bars.  Some of them no doubt need to be there, for the good of society.  But, there are a lot that are erroneously imprisoned, either unintentionally or, like Leonard Peltier, political prisoners deliberately framed.

There are many people working to change this.  If you know of more groups, please let me know.  As always, I will add to this list when I find other activists on this issue that aren’t here.

~ Romi

P.S.  I am NOT including prisoners in the Occupied Palestinian Territories or at Guantanamo in this list, however, there are a few unlucky Arabs or Muslims unjustly incarcerated in this country listed here.


Prison cell in Kilmainham Gaol, Ireland. Shot through a peep hole in the door.

Books Through Bars

California Prison Moratorium Project
“… seeks to stop all public and private prison construction in California.”

Campaign for the Abolition of the Death Penalty

Campaign to End the Death Penalty

Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth

Chicano Mexicano Prison Project

Connecticut  Network to Abolish the Death Penalty
“…it is poor public policy…”

The Crime Report
“Your complete Criminal Justice source”

Critical Resistance
“A national grassroots organization committed to ending society’s use of prisons     and policing as an answer to social problems”

Prisoners Advice Service [UK]
“Providing free and confidential legal advice to all adult prisoners in England &  Wales”

Death Penalty Information Center

Equal Justice USA
“… mobilizes and educates ordinary citizens around issues of crime and punishment     in the U.S.”

Free Mumia Abu-Jamal [New York, NY]
Millions for Mumia

Free Babar Ahmad

Free Sami Al-Arian
“Political prisoner since Feb. 20, 2003”

Free the Cuban Five

Free Oso Blanco
“Rise up Warriors de Aztlán!”

Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

Hands Off Cain
“Against Death Penalty in the World”

The Innocence Project
“… a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating     wrongfully convicted people…”

Iron Cage
“A prison reform coalition”

Just Detention International
“… a human rights organization that seeks to end sexual abuse in all forms of     detention.”

Justice for Aafia Coalition

Justice Policy Institute
“…to promote effective solutions to social problems and… dedicated to ending     society’s reliance on incarceration.”

Justice for Yassin
“Yassin Aref is a Kurd from Iraq. He was a resident of Albany, New York. He was unfairly accused of supporting terrorists and sent to a special prison in Terre Haute,  Indiana.”

Mandela Institute for Human Rights and Political Prisoners


Laayoune, Morocco

The Moratorium Campaign
Sister Helen Prejean

Muslims for Justice

National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America

“Reprieve uses the law to enforce the human rights of prisoners…”

Peace and Justice Foundation (Washington, DC)
El-Hajj Mauri’ Saalakhan

National Prison Rape Elimination Commission
Report, June 2009

National Lawyers Guild

National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

National Council of Juvenile and Family Judges

People Against Prison Abuse [PAPA]

Prisoners Advice Service [UK]
“Providing free and confidential legal advice to all adult prisoners in England &     Wales”

The Real Cost of Prisons Project

Dr. Aafia Siddiqui — The Prisoner 650
“Biography and News Related to Dr. Aafia Siddiqui”

The Sentencing Project
“Working for a fair and objective criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing law and practice, and alternatives to incarceration”

Don Siegelman [Legal Defense Fund]

Solitary Watch

The Wrongful Death of Larry Neal
“The Secret Death of a Mentally Ill [African-American] Heart Patient in a     Tennessee Jail and the Subsequent Coverup”