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The Best 500 Nonprofit Organizations for Prisoners and Their Families (2nd Ed.), edited by George Kayer

The Best 500 Nonprofit Organizations for Prisoners and Their Families (2nd Ed.), edited by George Kayer

(CreateSpace Independent Publishing, July 2014). 130 pages, $18.99

Book review by Gary Hunter

Help! For prisoners and their families, “help” is a word that’s all too familiar. And while many share problems that are similar, each situation is unique. Sometimes the problem is legal, other times it’s domestic and sometimes the problem is just identifying the problem itself. The Best 500 Nonprofit Organizations for Prisoners and Their Families is a book that helps to handle issues related to or resulting from incarceration.

Putting people in prison often creates more problems than it solves. While legal issues are the most obvious concern faced by prisoners and their families, they are only a small part of a much larger picture. The Best 500 Nonprofit Organizations provides information about a wide range of resources available to assist both prisoners and their family members.

Most people are familiar with the American Civil Liberties Union and how the ACLU helps to protect citizens’ constitutional rights, including those of prisoners. But few know about organizations dedicated to lesbian, gay and transgender issues; domestic violence issues; finding pen pals; and providing assistance with reentry and post-release job placement. This book identifies such resources and many more.

Looking for legal help? The Best 500 Nonprofit Organizations provides information on topics as specific as the death penalty and actual innocence to holistic resources like Prison Legal News. Whether you need to connect with organizations that deal with disability benefits or educational programs, or simply want to buy a gift for someone you care about, The Best 500 Nonprofit Organizations includes over 800 listings.

Speak only Spanish? No problem. The Best 500 Nonprofit Organizations has a Spanish section, too. This complete resource guide is categorized by subject and organization to make it easy to find the help you need, quickly and efficiently. You won’t find a more exhaustive collection of useful organizations that cater to prisoners and their families.

For the past 24 years, PLN has provided its readers with details on almost every source included in The Best 500 Nonprofit Organizations. But nowhere else is this list available in one complete directory, brought to you in such an easy-to-read format. Whether you’re just entering the prison system or just getting out, or somewhere in between, you can ease the burden of incarceration with this excellent resource book.

The Best 500 Nonprofit Organizations for Prisoners and Their Families is available on Amazon.com and from Inmate Shopper, P.O. Box 533, North Dighton, MA 02764, 888-712-2993, www.inmateshopper.com (price includes shipping).

 

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