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Dispatches from Ontario Prisons.
The University of Guelph's alternative student paper, the Peak, dedicates an entire issue to incarceration.

Report from Arrest the Legacy: from Residential Schools to Prisons dialogues.
Gender Matters: building strength in reconciliation report (June 2012) of the cross country dialogues on improving conditions and opportunities for Aboriginal women and girls impacted by residential schools who are criminalized or in conflict with the law. Published by the Native Women's Association of Canada.
Online Report and Videos.
Canadian Prison Advocacy and Outreach Coalition: Advocacy re: HIV and harm reduction behind bars in Canada
End the Prison Industrial Complex is a prison abolition group based in Kingston, Ontario
CPR is CFRC’s Prison Radio program (Kingston, ON)
Queer and Trans Prisoner Justice in Montreal and Beyond

Tracking the Politics of 'Crime' and Punishment in Canada Check out Justin Piché's blog for critical commentary that aims to make sense of recent developments in the politics of 'crime' and punishment in the Canadian context.

Check out the Toronto Star series on Crime and Punishment
Various articles, interviews and stats. Aug 2008

Roundtable on Prison Abolition
Upping the Anti, a journal of theory and action, featured a roundtable with prison abolitionists from across Canada. Nov 2007
Justice Behind The Walls: dedicated to protecting human rights in Canadian prisons.
Prisoners' HIV/AIDS Support Action Network (PASAN) based in Toronto.
Canadian HIV AIDS Legal Network - Focus on prisons
Just Blog: A Rittenhouse production
John Moore, an Ojibway man, was wrongfully convicted 32 years ago. He spent 10 years in prison and has been living with Life sentence since then. He is seeking exoneration.
Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS): Working with and for women and girls in the justice system.
Citizens Against Private Prisons based in Ontario (archived site)
Open Door Books Collective - Montreal: Provides free literature and information to people being held by the state across North America.
OPIRG-Carleton (Ottawa, ON) Books to Prisoners Project
Books Beyond Bars, Halifax
Journal of Prisoners on Prisons
Justice for Girls: Support, justice, and equality for teenage girls who have experienced violence and live in poverty.
Innocence Project Osgoode Hall
Innocence Project UBC
Innocence Project McGill
Justice for Mohamed Harkat Committee (the Fight against National Security Certificates)
Coalition Justice for Adil Charkaoui (the Fight against National Security Certificates)
Canadian Prison Law
The Office of the Correctional Investigator: Ombudsman for federal offenders who investigates individual prisoner complaints.
National Parole Board

Prison Activist Resource Centre (PARC): the source for progressive and radical information on prisons and the criminal prosecution system. Runs a prison news listserve.
California Prison Focus: working to stop human rights violations, improve medical care and end long-term isolation in California's prisons.
Critical Resistance: Focusing on the Prison Industrial Complex.
Women and Prison: A Site for Resistance. Includes Art, Writing, Poetry, Politics.
Books Not Bars: Fighting to redirect California's public resources away from punishment for young people and towards opportunity.
The Sentencing Project. Promotes reduced reliance on incarceration and increased use of more effective and humane alternatives to deal with crime.
Prison Moratorium Project
Western Prison Project
Research on the Prison Industrial Complex
Prison Legal News: produce monthly publication on court rulings and news related to prisoner rights and prison issues
Chicano Mexicano Prison Project
Prison Book Program (MA)
Books Through Bars (Philidelphia)
Books to Prisoners: Full Listing of programs in the US
Families Against Mandatory Minimums
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
The Coalition For The Abolition of Prisons
Justice Policy Institute: promoting effective solutions to social problems and dedicated to ending society’s reliance on incarceration.
Views, Thoughts, and Analysis from the Hearts and Minds of North American Political Prisoners and Friends

The International Conference on Penal Abolition (ICOPA)
Human Rights Watch - Prisons
The International Conference on Penal Abolitionist (ICOPA).
The next ICOPA is being held in Longdon, England in July, 2008 and is being hosted by the Howard League.
Sisters Inside: Working with women in Queensland, Australia
Justice Action - Australia
International Centre for Prison Studies: Global Research on Prisons from Kings College, London, England

International Conference on Penal Abolition (ICOPA XII) Held July 2008, England.
Read a report from the conference, put together by Justice Action in Australia. Link to the PDF.
Check out a documentary on the 2006 ICOPA conference held in Tasmania:
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United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners