Other helpful organisations

For country-specific organisations or information, please see our Country by Country page.

Action for Prisoners’ and Offenders’ Families

Action for Prisoners’ and Offenders’ Families (part of Family Lives) promotes the just treatment of prisoners’ and offenders’ families by the prison system and society across the UK, and runs the Offenders’ Families Helpline in England & Wales and Scotland.

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The FCO Consular network provides assistance to Britons held in prison all over the world. They can also assist families. This page lets you search for prisoner packs and lawyer lists for every country in the world. They also offer advice and tips for people travelling or living overseas, including travel advice by country.


The CEP, the Confederation of European Probation, works to promote the social inclusion of offenders through community sanctions and measures such as probation, community service, mediation and conciliation.

CLINKS Offender Directory

Clinks’ Directory of Offender Services is an online database listing hundreds of voluntary and community organisations working with offenders and their families in the UK.

The Debt Advice Foundation

The Debt Advice Foundation is a registered national debt advice charity offering free, impartial support and advice to anyone worried about debt.

Fair Trials

Fair Trials aims to help people accused of crimes to understand and exercise their fair trial rights by providing information and where appropriate, referrals to local sources of support. They do not charge for any of their assistance, but the assistance they can provide is usually limited to the provision of general information and referrals. In particular, Fair Trials cannot replace the role of your lawyer by providing legal advice or representation that is specific to your case, and they do not provide any welfare or financial support.

The ‘Need Help’ section of their website includes country-specific notes and frequently-asked questions, along with more general advice on rights, with an online form for further requests for information or referrals.

Families Outside

Families Outside is a Scottish charity which helps hundreds of families each year. Through research, training and partnership work, Families Outside aims to raise awareness of the needs of families affected by imprisonment so that they can get the information and support they need to cope.

The Howard League for Penal Reform

The oldest penal reform charity in the world, the Howard League works for a safe society where fewer people are victims of crime.


This charity assists families affected by a death in custody in the UK. They have put together a ‘Skills and Support Toolkit’ to help with contacting an MP, making a Freedom of Information request and much more.

The International Centre for Prison Studies

The International Centre for Prison Studies seeks to assist governments and other relevant agencies to develop appropriate policies on prisons and the use of imprisonment. It carries out its work on a project or consultancy basis for international agencies, governmental and non-governmental organisations. Its World Prison Brief has data about prison populations for most countries in the world.

Penal Reform International

An international non-governmental organisation. PRI has members in five continents and in over 80 countries. PRI develops programmes on a regional basis, assisting both non-governmental organisations and individuals to establish projects for penal reform in their own countries.

The Prison Phoenix Trust

The Prison Phoenix Trust works in an original way to reduce offending behaviour by offering weekly yoga and meditation prison classes to inmates and prison staff all over the UK and Eire. The Trust also sends out resource books, CDs and tapes, and maintains correspondence with prisoners.


Unlock is an online resource containing information on a wide range of issues that can be affected by having a conviction, such as disclosure to employers and criminal record checks. It includes advice on convictions from overseas and Unlock hub.

Zacchaeus 2000

Zacchaeus 2000 works to support those in extreme poverty to negotiate the justice system. Its vision is justice for the vulnerable debtors: everyone has the right to help/representation in court.