Update: While we try to respond to all messages we receive in a timely way, we're currently prioritizing urgent questions from advocates, journalists, and policymakers related to stopping the spread of COVID-19 in prisons and jails.
If you're concerned for a loved one who is incarcerated, we suggest consulting our Legal Resources page to find organizations that can help, or our virus response page for information on what states and counties are doing about COVID-19. We regret that we cannot help with individual requests for release.
And unfortunately, our staff are unable to help with student projects until further notice.
Journalists working on deadline are likely to receive the fastest response using the form below, but may also request a media phone number. Regardless of deadline, and on any topic, we will call journalists back as soon as possible.
Tipsters looking to send us documents may want to use our encryption key.
We can't provide legal assistance, so family members looking for help for incarcerated loved ones may want to check our edited list of organizations that provide legal services.
And if you want to reprint our material, see our reprint policy.
We also welcome old fashioned snail mail. Write to us at:
Prison Policy Initiative
PO Box 127
Northampton Mass. 01061