Recommended Links

Death Penalty

  • American Bar Association - Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project: This project of the Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section of the ABA provides information regarding the American Bar Association's call fora moratorium on executions due to inadequate legal representation, racial bias, the execution of the mentally ill and children, and other deficiencies in the way the death penalty is now being imposed, and developments in efforts to bring about a moratorium.
  • American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project: The Project administers an on-line confidential practice area for capital defense attorneys. This site contains sample pleadings, including allsuccessful "Ineffective Assistance of Counsel" cases, jurisdictional statements from a number of death penalty states, a comprehensive library, and a training and events calendar.
  • Amnesty International: Includes reports, facts and statistics on capital punishment throughout the world.
  • California Appellate Project: Excellent resource for attorneys representing death row inmates on direct appeal and in state habeas corpus proceedings. In order to access the site, you must register and verify that you are currently representing death row inmates.
  • Canadian Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty: Information-packed site about death row inmates, clemency campaigns, and innocence claims.
  • Capital Defense Weekly: This site contains the current and archived issues of Capital Defense Weekly, a comprehensive round-up of the week's death penalty law developments and execution information, as well as other news about the death penalty. The site also has several useful links and resources, and an option to subscribe for free to the weekly so that it is emailed to you each week.
  • Clark County Indiana Prosecutor: This pro-death penalty site has an extensive catalogue of resources and web links on both sides of the issue.
  • Death Penalty Information Center: Contains an extensive collection of information regarding the death penalty such as which states have capital punishment, the number of people on death row in each state, exonerations of people who were sentenced to death,executions by state, imposition of the death penalty upon those who werechildren at the time of the crime or the mentally regarded, as well as currentdevelopments and links to many other sources of information. Now includesa searchable database with detailed information about all U.S. executionsin the modern era.
  • Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama: The Equal Justice Initiative of Alabamais a private, nonprofit organization that provides legal representation toindigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair and just treatmentin the legal system. EJI represents many of the men on Alabama's Death Row.
  • Federal Capital Defense Counsel - Habeas Assistance Project: This site is maintained by the Federal Defense Counsel Project, whichassists people facing federal death penalty trials, and the Habeas Assistanceand Training Project, which assists people representing the condemned inpost-conviction proceedings. It includes materials such as an overview of thefederal death penalty trial process, summaries of court opinions, statutes,briefs, and matters pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Georgia Capital Defender Office: The Georgia Capital Defender Office serves as a trial resource center forattorneys handling death penalty cases in Georgia. The Office is available inevery capitally charged felony case to serve as a resource and to provideconsultation to locally appointed counsel.
  • Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty: GFADP is a state-wide grassroots coalition of individuals and organizations united toabolish the death penalty in Georgiaand around the world.
  • Hands Off Cain: Excellent international anti-death penalty site.
  • Illinois State Appellate Defender : The best place to go for Seventh Circuit death penalty information.
  • Innocence Project of the National Capital Region: The site provides access to information about our Project, innocence news,upcoming events, case updates, volunteer opportunities, links and onlinedonations.
  • Justice Center at University of Alaska: This site contains a good deal of general information and internet links aboutthe death penalty.
  • Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy: Many valuable resources for capital practitioners, particularly in Kentucky.
  • Louisiana Indigent Defense Board: This site contains a large collection of pretrial motions for capital cases.
  • Missouri Public Interest Litigation Clinic: Good collection of post-conviction motions, pleadings, and clemency petitions.
  • Equal Justice USA
  • Murder Victims Family for Reconciliation: Murder Victims Family for Reconciliation is a national organization of familymembers of both homicide and state killings who oppose the death penalty,advocate for programs and policies that reduce the rate of homicide and promotecrime prevention and alternatives to violence and supports programs thataddress the needs of victims, helping them to rebuild their lives.
  • Murder Victims Families for HumanRights: Murder Victims' Families for Human Rights is an international, non-governmentalorganization of family members of victims of criminal murder, terroristkillings, state executions, extrajudicial assassinations, and "disappearances"working to oppose the death penalty from a human rights perspective.
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL): NACDL, founded in 1958, withmore than 10,400 direct members and 80 state and local affiliate organizationswith another 28,000 members, is the preeminent organization in the UnitedStates advancing the mission of the nation's criminal defense lawyers to ensurejustice and due process for persons accused of crime or other misconduct. Its website includes information on continuing legal education programs that itconducts regularly, indigent defense news, information and legislationaffecting the criminal justice system, resources for lawyers, and othertopics. The site is designed as both an open forum for the discussion ofcriminal justice policies and practice as well as a private online service formembers of NACDL.
  • National Coalition Against the Death Penalty: Contains good information about ongoing legislative drives, as well asup-to-date information on impending executions.
  • New York State Defender Association: Great resource for criminal defense and capital litigation in the Northeast.
  • The Sentencing Project: The Sentencing Project is an independent source of criminal justice policyanalysis, data and program information for the public and policy makers.
  • Texas Defender Service: Excellent resources for lawyers fighting the death penalty in Texas.

Prisons and Jails

  • American Corrections Association: "The official home of corrections," with lots ofinformation including some on health care, and HIV. Also see http://www.corrections.com/aca,the American Corrections Association, which includes an archive of April 2002oral talks on hepatitis in prison.
  • Centerforce:Support for families and visitors of prisoners, in Northern and Central California. The Centerforce mission is tostrengthen individuals and families affected by incarceration through acomprehensive system of education and support. Also see: Center for AIDS Prevention Studies
  • The Fortune Society:Staffed primarily by ex-offenders, The Fortune Society is a not-for-profitcommunity-based organization dedicated to educating the public about prisons, criminaljustice issues, and the root causes of crime. We also help ex-offenders andat-risk youth break the cycle of crime and incarceration through a broad rangeof services.
  • National Commission on Correctional Health Care: Provides standards, guidelines, and technical assistance onhealth care for prisoners. The mission of the National Commission onCorrectional Health Care is to improve the quality of health care in jails,prisons and juvenile confinement facilities. They are not activists, butaccredit prison health programs as meeting their standards; accreditation isvoluntary, but over 500 institutions are accredited. They have some of the bestreports and figures; for example, see The Health Status of Soon-To-Be-Released Inmates volumes 1 and 2.
  • National Criminal Justice Research Service: Huge database of reports on prison, law enforcement,courts, and crime.
  • National Archive of Criminal Justice Data.
  • The Osborne Association:offers many services for prisoners in New YorkState, including the AIDS in Prisonproject, which accepts collect calls about HIV or AIDS from New York prisoners. Also see the statisticsthat cycle through a box on the screen.
  • Prisoner Activist Resource Center: PARC is a source for progressive and radicalinformation on prisons and the criminal prosecution system.
  • Prisonsucks.com: Aclearinghouse for useful, verifiable statistics about the crime controlindustry.
  • Texas Inmate Families Association
  • Women's Prison Association; WPA is a service and advocacyorganization committed to helping women with criminal justice histories realizenew possibilities for themselves and their families.

Private Prisons

HIV/AIDS Medical and Service Information

(Note:Hepatitis C section below.)

  • American Civil Liberties Union: HIV issues, including a section on prison.
  • The Body's: "Prisoners andHIV/AIDS" page has links to dozens of articles including personalaccounts, legal information, HIV and HCV treatment, and general news.
  • "HIV in Prison 2000": - by Bureau of Justice Statistics,U.S. Departmentof Justice.
  • PASAN: Canadian organization withamazing prison planning and discharge resources -- much of it useful in the U.S. and othercountries as well. See especially "PROS & CONS: A Guide to CreatingSuccessful Community-Based HIV/AIDS Programs for Prisoners," published2002; it's available through the "IN PRINT" link on the home page.
  • Prison Initiative of the National Minority AIDS Council:See their resource list for: Conferences; Correctional setting-specificpublications; Newsletters; Pamphlets, brochures & handouts on HIV/AIDS;Videos; General health info/STD; Hepatitis; Policy reports & other goodstuff; Additional resources for inmates.
  • Prisonpoz: Has an email list on HIV andrelated conditions in prison. 

HVC (Hepatitis C) and Prison --Resources

  • The National Hepatitis C Prison Coalition:was formed to bring together organizations and individuals interested inraising awareness and providing support to prisoners who are suffering fromhepatitis and HIV/HCV co-infection. Our goal is to help educate prisoners andadvocate for better testing, treatment and prevention of these diseases. Sitehas many useful links on HCV, HIV, and prisons (check the bottom of the homepage, as well as the "Links" page).

Indigent Defense

  • Reports of the Georgia Supreme Court Indigent Defense Commission: This site contains the recently-released Report of the Chief Justice'sCommission on Indigent Defense and the Spangenberg Report, both of which callfor dramatic reform to Georgia'sindigent defense system.
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Indigent Defense Page: NACDL, founded in 1958, withmore than 10,400 direct members and 80 state and local affiliate organizationswith another 28,000 members, is the preeminent organization in the UnitedStates advancing the mission of the nation's criminal defense lawyers to ensurejustice and due process for persons accused of crime or other misconduct. This link will take you directly to NACDL's "Indigent Defense" webpage.