Key Theme: Prisons

Aleph Institute
A non-profit charitable institute dedicated to, “1) providing critical social services to families in crisis; 2) addressing the pressing religious, educational, humanitarian and advocacy needs of individuals in institutional environments; and 3) implementing solutions to significant issues relating to our criminal justice system, with an emphasis on families, faith-based rehabilitation and preventive ethics education.”

Angulimala – The Buddhist Prison Chaplaincy Organisation (UK)
Seeks to make available the teachings of Buddhism and Buddhist practice in prisons in the United Kingdom.

Buddhist Peace Fellowship – Prison Program
“The BPF Prison Program is deeply committed to working with prisoners, their families, and all other persons associated with the prison system to address the systemic violence within the prison-industrial complex. We are committed to engaging in compassionate action through the following key areas: advocacy and education, death penalty news, networking and resources, ministry and training, and correspondence.”

Chabad of California – Jews in Prison
A program of Chabad of California, which seeks to, “provide support before, during, and after incarceration to both the Jewish inmates and their families and friends.”

Engaged Zen Foundation
An organization originally founded to support the practice of zazen (seated meditation) in prisons, EZF is now, “inexorably committed to the abolition of punitive incarceration in any form, the dismantling of the prison industrial complex, and the adoption of alternative, restorative, methods of dealing with what is colloquially known as ‘criminal justice.'”

Inmate Religious Beliefs and Practices Technical Reference Manual
“This manual provides practical guidelines for administrators and chaplains to appropriately accommodate inmate religious beliefs and practices…Fourteen religious traditions are covered: Buddhism, Eastern Rite Catholicism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Moorish Science Temple of America, National of Islam, Native American, Odinism/Asatru, Protestant Christianity, Rastfari, Roman Catholic Christianity, Sikh Dharma, and Wicca.”

Justice Fellowship
“Justice Fellowship is a non-profit on-line community of Christians working to reform the criminal justice system to reflect biblically based principles of restorative justice for America’s criminal justice system.”

National Buddhist Prison Sangha
Offers spiritual guidance and support to prison inmates, chaplains, and prison staff concerning meditation and other Buddhist matters; founded and maintained by Zen Mountain Monastery, New York.

Nur Ashki Jerrahi Order/Sufi Prison Project
A group associated with the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Order which provides Sufi teachings and practices to prison inmates in the Portland, Oregon area.

Pagan Federation Prison Ministry (UK)
Part of the Pagan Federation, an advocacy and education group in the UK, this project seeks to connect pagan inmates with pagan chaplains.

Prison Dharma Network
An international, non-sectarian support network that provides prisoners and those who work with them with contemplative practices, with an emphasis on sitting meditation and other Buddhist teachings.

Prison Legal News
An independent magazine that provides “review and analysis of prisoner rights, court rulings and news about prison issues…. PLN provides information that enables prisoners and other concerned individuals and organizations to seek the protection and enforcement of prisoner’s rights at the grass roots level.”

Prison Ministry Links (Christian)
List of organizations dedicated to supporting the practice of Christianity in prisons, among prison inmates and their families.

The Prison Religion Project – Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism
The Prison Religion Project is an issue-specific public policy project of the Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism at Saint Mary’s College of California. The Prison Religion Project strives to serve as a bridge to greater understanding in this important area of religious rights by working toward the development of suggested prison religious accommodation policies and by providing educational materials about accommodation of diverse religious orientations in prison settings. In addition, prison religious accommodation is a subject of issue-specific conferences held by the Center.

Religion Behind Bars
A report from the First Amendment Center on, “the extent to which prisoners exercise their First Amendment right to freedom of religion.”

Religious Diversity News: Prisons
Pluralism Project database of archived news articles searched by key theme.