Prisoner Correspondence Volunteer

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California Prison Focus works to expose and end human rights abuses against incarcerated people in California by acting in solidarity with and elevating the voices of those most impacted. CPF is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization. We aim to share the unheard stories of the currently and formerly incarcerated, raise community awareness and foster dialogue around prison and parole reform, expose reported poor conditions and abuses and provide incarcerated individuals and community members alike with up-to-date information and self-advocacy materials. AND we need your help!

CPF will help you learn about prison activism as you work, so jump in and get involved now!

*respond to the letters from people who are incarcerated and send out resources
*transcribe letters for incident reports, the newsletter and other programs
*digitally tracking incident reports through data input. This involves thoroughly reading reports and logging them into our digital form, in order for this information to be more readily accessible and organized for reports and investigative purposes.

There are also other tasks we do based on needs of the office.

Our office is generally open on Wednesdays and Thursdays, but if that doesn't work for you, we can be flexible with your schedule.

Please respond to this ad, in addition, please fill out our volunteer form:

If you would like to learn more about our organization please go to our website:

We hope to hear from you!

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4408 Market St Ste A, OAKLAND, CA 94608, US

Mission Statement

California Prison Focus works to expose and end human rights abuses against incarcerated people in California by working in solidarity with and elevating the voices of those most impacted.


We stand up strong against the abusive conditions of the California prison system, and advocate for an end to prolonged solitary confinement. We are an all-volunteer organization and operate entirely on individual donations and small grants.Volunteers and our incarcerated correspondents are the lifeblood of CPF.

Quarterly Newspaper: Prison Focus, is distributed free to SHU prisoners and at a small cost to former prisoners, their family, activists and friends of CPF. Our paper is primarily written by and for prisoners, their friends and families with volunteers editing and contributing some content. Past issues and articles are available on our website.

Prison Visits: We travel regularly to Pelican Bay and Corcoran state prisons to uncover and disseminate information on the current conditions prisoners must endure. We have been conducting prisoner interviews in California’s SHU facilities since 1991, logging more than 1,000 interviews across 50 visits. Our finding are published in our newspaper and other publications.

Prisoner Correspondence: We receive dozens of letters from prisoners each week. We always need help to sort through these letters, document them, and respond to prisoners' requests and needs.

KPOO Radio: Our radio show provides the most up-to-date information about prison conditions and prison reform and airs every Thursday morning in the Bay Area on 89.5 FM from 11:00 am to noon.


We'll work with your schedule.


4408 Market StreetSuite AOakland, CA 94608



  • Advocacy
  • Critical Thinking
  • People Skills
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Verbal / Written Communication


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Orientation or Training
  • We are looking for at least a three month commitment of at least 2 hours a week.
  • We also have a monthly activist meeting, the last Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:30.

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