Other Resources in Texas

Disclaimer-TIFA does not maintain a relationship with these organizations, and their appearance here does not constitute an endorsement by TIFA

Grassroots Leadership

Grassroots Leadership fights against for-profit incarceration by organizing with community, faith, human and civil rights, criminal justice reform, and labor organizations.

Faith-Family, Advocates, & Inmates Take Hope (FAITH)

Our mission is to provide moral support and a loving Christian environment to express our feelings as we deal with the difficult journey that is incarceration of a loved one.

Texas Advocates for Justice

Is a community organizing and base-building program of Grassroots Leadership that unites individuals and families who are directly impacted by mass incarceration and criminalization in Texas. We believe no true, long-lasting change in the way our society deals with incarceration will be altered unless that change effort is led by those whose lives and communities have been directly impacted. We use our personal stories and direct experience with incarceration to build power and lead campaigns to transform the criminal justice system and build safe and healthy communities.


Texas Appleseed

Texas Appleseed promotes social and economic justice for all Texans by leveraging the skills and resources of volunteer lawyers and other professionals to identify practical solutions to difficult systemic problems.

Texans Care for Children

Texans Care for Children seeks to create an effective juvenile justice system that practices prevention and rehabilitation, and supports strong and safe communities by offering opportunities for youth to succeed.

Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP)

TCADP is a statewide, grassroots advocacy organization working to end the death penalty through active involvement in the Texas Legislature.

Texas Criminal Justice Coalition 

The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (TCJC) is committed to identifying and advancing real solutions to the problems facing Texas ’ juvenile and criminal justice systems. We provide policy research and analysis, form effective partnerships, and educate key stakeholders to promote effective management, accountability, and best practices that increase public safety and preserve human and civil rights.

Texas CURE

The main mission of all CURE Chapters is to work together to achieve Criminal Justice and Prison reform by advocating for local and national proactive legislation. We do this by working with families and friends of those incarcerated and meeting with members of the TDCJ Administration and the Texas Legislature.

Fan Project

Texas prisons have had recorded temperatures of over 140-degrees Fahrenheit

People die every year in Texas prisons because of extreme temperatures

You can help save a life by becoming a member of Texas CURE or making a donation today.

Texas CURE created the Fan Project to supply fans to indigent inmates

Fans are needed year round in TDCJ as some inmates are exposed to excessive heat from poor heating systems during the winter months

Texas Civil Rights Project

We are Texas lawyers and advocates for Texas communities, boldly serving the movement for equality and justice in and out of the courts. We envision a Texas where all communities thrive with dignity and justice, and without fear.TCRP believes that legal advocacy and litigation are critical tools to protect and advance the civil rights of everyone in Texas, particularly our State’s most vulnerable populations, and to effect positive and lasting change to law and policy. We believe that by serving the rising social justice movement in Texas with excellent legal representation and bold strategies, we can respond to the needs of the communities we serve.

Texas Jail Project

The Texas Jail Project is dedicated to improving the conditions for approximately 70,000 people — mothers, fathers, brothers, sons, sisters and daughters — incarcerated in Texas jails on any given day.

Texas Prisons Air-Conditioning Advocates

We advocate for inmates and their families, as well as others regarding the life-threatening and torturous conditions inmates are experiencing within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) facilities due to the extreme summer temperatures. 

Texas Voices for Reason and Justice

Texas Voices For Reason & Justice supports the prevention of child sexual abuse through carefully structured laws that target violent, forced, and/or dangerous predatory acts of sex against children. Existing laws encompass a wide range of offenders and require the exact same resources be used for both violent, dangerous offenders and those whose offenses were neither violent, forced, nor dangerous. Current laws, as structured, are not keeping our children safe. They are, in fact, costing the taxpayer millions of dollars to prosecute, monitor, incarcerate, and severely punish many individuals who are of no danger to children, society, or the communities in which they live. We believe that laws which will truly benefit the safety of our children and society in general must differentiate between those who are dangerous offenders and those who are not.

The Epicenter Initiative

The Epicenter Initiative is a nonprofit dedicated to helping youthful offenders serving extreme sentences in the adult prison system. Our purpose is to rehabilitate these youthful offenders, advocate for their release on parole after 20 years, and prepare them for societal reintegration by providing them with a network of support. Our vision is to restore hope and initiative to youthful offenders serving extreme sentences by giving them a second chance while it still matters. 

Windham School District

The mission of the Windham School District (WSD) is to provide appropriate educational programming and services to meet the needs of the eligible offender population in TDCJ and reduce recidivism by assisting offenders in becoming responsible, productive members of their communities.



#cut50 is a national bipartisan effort using evidence-based solutions and unlikely alliances to reduce the number of people in prisons and jails while making communities safer.

Action Committee for Women in Prison (ACWIP)

ACWIP advocates for the humane and compassionate treatment of all incarcerated women, and works for the release of all women who are unjustly imprisoned, including individual female prisoners who pose no danger to society. They also strive to reduce the overreliance on incarceration by shifting the focus from punishment to rehabilitation and restorative justice.

The Aleph Institute

The Aleph Institute is a non-profit Jewish organization dedicated to assisting and caring for the well-being of members of specific populations that are isolated from the regular community, including prisoners and people institutionalized or at risk of incarceration due to mental illness or addictions.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) National Prison Project

ACLU National Prison Project is dedicated to ensuring that the nation’s prisons, jails, and detention centers comply with the Constitution, domestic law, and human rights principles.

Civil Rights Corps

Civil Rights Corps is a non-profit organization dedicated to challenging systemic injustice in the American legal system through advocacy, public education, and innovative systemic civil rights litigation.

The Criminal Justice Committee for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored The NAACP’s Criminal Justice Committee

The Criminal Justice Committee for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored

The NAACP’s Criminal Justice Committee seeks to strengthen families and communities by promoting alliances, research, legislation, and initiatives that will reform criminal justice policies and advocate for public safety as a civil right.

Discipleship Unlimited

Discipleship Unlimited operates faith-based dorms in multiple prisons in Texas and offers weekly programs and yearly outreaches that enrich inmates.

The Equal Justice Initiative

The Equal Justice Initiative, founded by Bryan Stevenson, is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, challenging racial and economic injustice, and protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.


FAMM’s mission is to create a more fair and effective justice system that respects our American values of individual accountability and dignity while keeping our communities safe.

The Fortune Society

The Fortune Society’s mission is to support successful reentry from incarceration and promote alternatives to incarceration, thus strengthening the fabric of communities.

Ministry Against the Death Penalty (MADP)

MADP is a faith-based organization that fosters creative, reflective, and educational programs meant to inspire social change and strengthen commitment to human rights. This organization was founded by Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking.

Prisoner Activist Resource Center

Prisoner Activist Resource Center is a prison abolitionist group committed to exposing and challenging the institutionalized racism, sexism, ableism, heterosexism, and classism of the Prison Industrial Complex.

Prison Fellowship

Prison Fellowship is a faith-based advocate organization for federal and state criminal justice reforms that rehabilitate those responsible for crime, validate victims, and encourage communities to play a role in creating a safe, redemptive, and just society.

Prison Legal News

Prison Legal News, a project of the Human Rights Defense Center, is an independent 72-page monthly magazine that provides cutting edge review and analysis of prisoners’ rights, court rulings and news concerning criminal justice-related issues. PLN has a national (U.S.) focus on both state and federal prison issues, with some international coverage. PLN provides information that enables prisoners and other concerned individuals and organizations to gain a better understanding of a broad range of criminal justice topics, including issues related to the protection and enforcement of prisoners’ rights. Some of the areas we cover include prison labor, the private prison industry, medical and mental health care for prisoners, misconduct and abuse by prison and jail staff, settlements and verdicts in lawsuits against detention facilities, juvenile justice, the death penalty, the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA), prison censorship, HIV and hep C, solitary confinement, and racial and socio-economic disparities in our criminal justice system. Plus much more!

Prison Policy Initiative

The non-profit, non-partisan Prison Policy Initiative produces cutting edge research to expose the broader harm of mass criminalization, and then sparks advocacy campaigns to create a more just society.

The Marshall Project

The Marshall Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system. We achieve this through award-winning journalism, partnerships with other news outlets and public forums. In all of our work we strive to educate and enlarge the audience of people who care about the state of criminal justice.

The Sentencing Project

The Sentencing Project works for a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities and practices, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration.

Disclaimer-TIFA does not maintain a relationship with these organizations, and their appearance here does not constitute an endorsement by TIFA