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 promotes the just treatment of prisoners' and offenders' families by the prison system and society across the UK. It encourages the development of, and acts as a voice for, organisations providing support to these families.

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 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 European Organisation for 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 seeks to help citizens accused of a crime in a country other than their own to assert their rights to due administration of justice.

Families Outside

Families Outside is a Scottish charity which helps hundreds of families each year through the Scottish Prisoner's Family Helpline. 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.

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. It 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 includesadvice on convictions from overseas.

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.