Prison Advocacy & Support

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Lydia’s Place is a faith-based organization dedicated to helping female offenders and their dependent children to rebuild their lives and become productive members of society – many in jail programs – parenting life skills re-entry, programs keeping mama’s and kids together during incarceration.  At the office offers Drop in counseling, case management, drug and alchol support classin braddock
710 Fifth Avenue Suite 2000 , Pittsburgh, PA  15219
Phone:  412-391-1082   FAX:  412-471-3492

Project Blanket- Helps male and female prisoners with history of substance abuse make the transition from prison to the community.
Contact Rev. Harvey at 412-244-0329 strentgh

The Pennsylvania Prison Society, (PPS) (215) 564-6005
245 N. Broad Street, Suite 300 Philadelphia, PA 19107
toll free (800) 227-2307 fax-  (215) 564-7926
To become a member via the mail send us a check in the amount corresponding to your membership level to the address shown below. Please include the following information with your check: Full Name, Address, Telephone Number and Email Address  for member questions Call:215-564-6005, ext. 106
$40 Regular Member, $5 Prisoner, $10 Family of Prisoner/Student

Families Outside 412-661-1670 x.603 
921 Penn Avenue 4th Floor  Pittsburgh, PA 15222   Provides low-cost transportation for prison visitors, video-visiting, case management, support groups, re-entry assistance, counseling and family therapy.. Also just started offering tele-conference phone calls or virtual phonecalls where you can see your loved one in prison. It’s 15$ for 15 minutes I think.
or  Ronald Bennett 412-6768-7911

One Vision One Life 412-434-1287  Violence Prevention Initiative 1901-15 Center Ave Suite 302 Pgh, AP 15219  To reduce crime and violence by reaching out and providng opportunities for a better way of life.  Programs for ex-offenders

Amachi Pittsburgh- Pittsburgh Leadership Program 100 Ross Street 4th floor Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-281-3752   Mentoring program for children of incarcerated parents,  children of promise.                                                  

American Civil Liberties Union- 412-681-7736 Greater Pittsburgh Chapter 313 Atwood Street Pittsburgh, PA 15213             
The American Civil Liberties Union ( is the nation’s foremost advocate of individual rights — litigating, legislating, and educating the public on a broad array of issues affecting individual freedom in the United States.                                                                                    

Book ‘Em – Pittsburgh’s Books to Prisoners Program – 412-361-3022 (leave message)  Prisoners write to: Book ‘Em P.O. Box 71357 Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Book ‘Em sends free books to people incarcerated and prison libraries. You can drop Book Donations off at the Thomas Merton Center during the week and Volunteer Sessions every sunday from 3 – 8 at the Thomas Merton Center 5125 Penn Ave Pgh, PA 15224 in garfield, Please look on the website for most requested book list. 

PA Prison Directory Action – 412-802-8575   74 page resource guide for people in prison in PA their loved ones and advocates. Available for Free through Book ‘EM. See above information

Human Rights Coalition -FedUp! –412-802-8575 –5125 Penn Ave Pgh, PA 15224  FedUp! is the Pittsburgh chapter of the Human Rights Coalition dedicated to upholding the rights of prisoners through providing resources and support, exposing injustices, and building relationships with people in prison and their advocates. Resources for people abused in prison.


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