2017 Annotated Resources (In progress)brought to you by SOC 373 Students at Eastern Oregon University
This annotated resource page is provided as a resource for students and others seeking research and information about organizations related to criminal justice policies and issues. All suggested citations will be submitted in APA format.This is a course project that will be converted to a PDF and linked here once complete.

2nd Chances


Books to Prisoners


Bureau of Justice Statistics


CAN-DO Foundation


Collateral Consequences


CURE – Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants


Economic Policy Institute


Exoffenders --- jobs for felons


Georgetown U. Prisons and Justice


Campaign to End Overcriminalization


National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


National Criminal Justice Reference Service


National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women


Justice Policy Institute


Justice Policy Network


MacArthur Justice Center


The Marshall Project


National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls


National Institute of Justice


Nation Outside

on Twitter at @NationOutside

Pew Research Center (Criminal Justice)


Prison Legal News


Post-Prison Edu


PRisoN Research Network

on Twitter at @PRisoN_network

Prison Policy News

on Twitter at @PrisonPolicies

Prison Policy Initiative


Prison Watch Network

on Twitter at @Prisonwatchint

Rebuilding Reentry

on twitter at @citizensreturn

Second Prison Project

on Twitter at @SecondPrison

Sentencing Project


Urban Institute Justice Policy Center


U.S. Department of Justice


VERA Institute


Women in Prison


Women’s Prison Association


In the News

CURE National

Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE) is a grassroots organization that was founded in Texas in 1972. It became a national organization in 1985.
CURE is a membership organization. We work hard to provide our members with the information and tools necessary to help them understand the criminal justice system and to advocate for changes.
Nonprofit, grassroots criminal justice & prison reform organization. We believe in rehabilitation, not retribution. Advocating for human rights since 1972.

CURE National's twitter feed for up to date information on the latest news.

The Marshall Project

Online journalism related to criminal justice and incarceration. (Constantly updated)

Sentencing Policy News

from The Sentencing Project
Top stories related to justice policies (constantly updated)

Drug Policy as Race Policy: Best Seller Galvanizes the Debate

by Jennifer Schessler, Published in the New York Times, March 6, 2012
Michelle Alexander's book: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (New Press, 2010)

THE CAGING OF AMERICA: Why do we lock up so many people?

by Adam Gopnik
The New Yorker, JANUARY 30, 2012
A well researched, thoughtful critique of the US corrections system.

Research Related to Justice, Incarceration, and Reentry

Carceral Chicago: Making the Ex-offender Employability Crisis

(June 2008) International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Volume 32.2 pp. 251–81
by Jamie Peck & Nik Theodore
This article explores the urban labor market consequences of large-scale incarceration. The disproportionate effects of mass incarceration for communities of color is also addressed here.

Families for Justice and Healing

Resources and Partners tab offers excellent links to research related to alternative sentencing and restorative justice.
Families for Justice as Healing organizes formerly incarcerated women to join the movement toward creating alternatives to mass incarceration. Membership advocates for community wellness, with women as a focus, and rejects the current U.S. drug policies that prioritize criminalization and incarceration. Asserts that if we are serious about eradicating drug related illness, crime, and violence we must commit to the evidence based solutions that address poverty, addiction, and trauma.

Legal Action Center

The Legal Action Center (LAC): A non-profit law and policy organization whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas. Publications Include
  • Educational Materials for Individuals, Service Providers & Others
  • Policy Papers
  • Voting Rights Videos
Notable LAC Research
After Prison: Roadblocks to Reentry: (2004) a comprehensive analysis and grade report of state laws and policies that serve as legal barriers to reentry in the areas of employment, public housing, public benefits, voting, access to criminal records, adoptive and foster parenting, and drivers’ licenses.
After Prison Report: 2009 Update
Compare US incarceration statistics by state Incarceration Statistics

Mass Imprisonment and the Life Course: Race and Class Inequality in U.S. Incarceration

by Becky Pettit, University of Washington & Bruce Western, Princeton University
Well written article from a sociological perspective re: the emergence of incarceration as a new stage in the life course of young, lowskill, black men.

National Reentry Resource Center

The Council of State Governments Justice Center
The Resource Center, established by the Second Chance Act, provides assistance to the prisoner reentry field. They offer education, training, and technical assistance to states, tribes, territories, local governments, service providers, nonprofit organizations, and corrections agencies working on prisoner reentry. Click on the library tab for publications authored by organizations, researchers, service providers, and practitioners working in the reentry field.

Prison Policy Initiative

The Prison Policy Initiative documents the impact of mass incarceration on individuals, communities, and the national welfare in order to empower the public to improve criminal justice policy.

Reentry Net

A clearinghouse of materials for attorneys, social service providers, and policy reform advocates on reentry and the consequences of criminal proceedings.

Research Related to Sex Offenses

Once Fallen:

resources and research regarding laws, legislation and reforms related to people with records of sex offenses.

Life on the List

by Steven Yoder April 4, 2011 in The American Prospect
Does publicly posting names of convicted sex offenders actually reduce the number of sexual offenses?

Research Related to Justice Involved Women

Reproductive Health Care for Incarcerated Women and Adolescent Females

Abstract: Increasing numbers of women and adolescent females are incarcerated each year in the United States and they represent an increasing proportion of inmates in the U.S. correctional system. Incarcerated women and adolescent females often come from disadvantaged environments and have high rates of chronic illness, substance abuse, and undetected health problems. Most of these females are of reproductive age and are at high risk of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Understanding the needs of incarcerated women and adolescent females can help improve the provision of health care in the correctional system.

National Resource Center on Justice-Involved Women (NRCJIW)

Provides guidance and support to criminal justice professionals – and promotes evidence-based, gender-responsive policies and practices – in order to reduce the number and improve the outcomes of women involved in the criminal justice system.

Women’s Voices: Advocacy by Criminal Justice Involved Women, March 2009

Report by Women's Prison Association on the work of women, both incarcerated and formerly so, who are working to reduce our nation’s reliance on incarceration. This report highlights the efforts of eleven such groups in seven states.

Stories & Inspiration
Videos, feature films, books, poetry, and other on-line material related to incarceration and reentry

Feature Films

A PLACE TO STAND is the authorized story of Jimmy santiago Baca's transformation from an illiterate convict to an award-winning poet and novelist. The film follows Baca's path though abandonment, drug-dealing, and a DEA bust gone awry, ultimately leading to a 5-year narcotics sentence at Arizona State Prison, one of the most violent prisons in the country. Baca survived prison by exploring deep within himself, discovering poetry at his soul's core. Jimmy's best-selling memoir has been called "elegant and gripping" (Los Angeles Times), and "an astonishing narrative that affirms the triumph of the human spirit (Arizona Daily Star).

Sentencing Policy Featured Stories

from The Sentencing Project
Profiles of people affected by the US corrections system