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.

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

Books Through Bars http://www.booksthroughbars.org/

California Prison Moratorium Project
“… seeks to stop all public and private prison construction in California.”
http://www.calipmp.org/

Campaign for the Abolition of the Death Penalty
http://www.politicalresources.net/c-death.htm

Campaign to End the Death Penalty
http://nodeathpenalty.org/content/index.php

Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth http://www.cwcy.org/

Chicano Mexicano Prison Project
http://uniondelbarrio.org/laverdad/?page_id=13

Connecticut  Network to Abolish the Death Penalty
“…it is poor public policy…”
http://www.cnadp.org/

The Crime Report
“Your complete Criminal Justice source”
http://thecrimereport.org/

Critical Resistance
“A national grassroots organization committed to ending society’s use of prisons     and policing as an answer to social problems”
http://www.criticalresistance.org/

Prisoners Advice Service [UK]
“Providing free and confidential legal advice to all adult prisoners in England &  Wales”  http://www.prisonersadvice.org.uk/

Death Penalty Information Center
http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/home

Equal Justice USA
“… mobilizes and educates ordinary citizens around issues of crime and punishment     in the U.S.”
http://ejusa.org/index1.html

Free Mumia Abu-Jamal [New York, NY]
http://www.freemumia.com/
Millions for Mumia  http://www.millions4mumia.org/

Free Babar Ahmad http://www.freebabarahmad.com/

Free Sami Al-Arian
“Political prisoner since Feb. 20, 2003”
http://www.freesamialarian.com/

Free the Cuban Five http://www.freethefive.org/

Free Oso Blanco
“Rise up Warriors de Aztlán!”
http://www.osoblanco.org/main/

Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
http://www.gfadp.org/Home/tabid/36/Default.aspx

Hands Off Cain
“Against Death Penalty in the World”
http://www.handsoffcain.info/

The Innocence Project
“… a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating     wrongfully convicted people…”
http://www.innocenceproject.org/

Iron Cage
“A prison reform coalition”
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IronCage/

Just Detention International
“… a human rights organization that seeks to end sexual abuse in all forms of     detention.”  http://www.justdetention.org/

Justice for Aafia Coalition http://justiceforaafia.org/

Justice Policy Institute
“…to promote effective solutions to social problems and… dedicated to ending     society’s reliance on incarceration.”
http://www.justicepolicy.org/

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.”
http://www.yassinaref.com/index.htm

Mandela Institute for Human Rights and Political Prisoners
http://www.mandela-palestine.org/

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Laayoune, Morocco

The Moratorium Campaign
Sister Helen Prejean
http://www.moratoriumcampaign.org/

Muslims for Justice http://www.muslimsforjustice.org/

National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America
http://www.ncobra.com/

Reprieve
“Reprieve uses the law to enforce the human rights of prisoners…”
http://www.reprieve.org.uk/index.html

Peace and Justice Foundation (Washington, DC)
El-Hajj Mauri’ Saalakhan
http://www.peacethrujustice.org/home.htm

National Prison Rape Elimination Commission
Report, June 2009
http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/226680.pdf

National Lawyers Guild http://www.nlg.org/

National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
http://www.ncadp.org/

National Council of Juvenile and Family Judges
http://www.ncjfcj.org/

People Against Prison Abuse [PAPA]
http://peopleagainstprisonabuse.com/

Prisoners Advice Service [UK]
“Providing free and confidential legal advice to all adult prisoners in England &     Wales”
http://www.prisonersadvice.org.uk/

The Real Cost of Prisons Project http://www.realcostofprisons.org/

Dr. Aafia Siddiqui — The Prisoner 650
“Biography and News Related to Dr. Aafia Siddiqui”
http://www.draafia.org/

The Sentencing Project
“Working for a fair and objective criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing law and practice, and alternatives to incarceration”
http://www.sentencingproject.org/template/index.cfm

Don Siegelman [Legal Defense Fund]
http://www.donsiegelman.net/donations_page_paypal.html

Solitary Watch http://solitarywatch.wordpress.com/

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”
http://www.wrongfuldeathoflarryneal.com/main.html

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