Jailhouse Lawyers Initiative
The Jailhouse Lawyers Initiative educates by providing skills, tools, support and legal resources to incarcerated people serving as Jailhouse Lawyers/Law Clerks in order to meet the legal needs of those incarcerated.
The Jailhouse Lawyer Initiative "aims to re-conceptualize the role of jailhouse lawyers as agents of empowerment". The organization develops training programs, continuing education courses, leadership tools, and skills that jailhouse lawyers need in order to advocate for themselves and others. It also "seeks to ensure that paralegal certification and degree programs are accessible and affordable for the incarcerated community". This organization also develops a network for formerly incarcerated legal workers to access legal education and employment after their release.
The Safer Foundation
The Safer Foundation provides employment assistance, financial coaching, mental health services and other forms of re-entry support to previously incarcerated people in Chicago.
NORTHWESTERN PRISON EDUCATION PROGRAM
The Northwestern Prison Education Program provides a free, collegiate, liberal arts education to incarcerated students in Illinois.
Past courses have included--among others:
Criminal Justice Writing
Legal Reasoning & Communication
The Sociology of Chicago
Introduction to Philosophy
Chemistry of Nature & Culture
Genetics and Evolution
Writing the Dramatic Television Plot
The Baltimore Doula Project currently provides doula support to pregnant people incarcerated at the Maryland Correctional Institute for Women (MCIW). As reproductive justice advocates, we aim to provide compassionate and nonjudgmental support to our clients throughout the trying experience of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum behind bars.
We offer education during the prenatal period, 1:1 postpartum visits, and facilitate a bi-monthly support group for folks who are pregnant and newly parenting from the inside.