University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the Women for Justice Records



Overview of the Collection

Creator Women for JusticeHoward, Rebecca
Collection Title Women for Justice Records
Dates 1971-1997
Identification 2008-002
Physical Description 7.00 Linear Feet
Language of Materials English
Repository University of Houston Libraries M.D. Anderson Library 4333 University Drive Houston, TX, 77204-2000 URL: http://info.lib.uh.edu/ Email: rmrichardson@uh.edu Phone: 713-743-9229

Historical Note:

Women for Justice was a model program, which started in 1971 and gradually ended around 1997. The program, ran by women, became an independent organization in 1977 after originally being apart of the Women in Action’s Criminal Justice Division. It was dedicated to working with inmates, ex-offenders, all criminal justice agencies, Houston/Harris County Courts, and Goree State Prison.

The primary purpose of the program was to teach offenders to deal with the trauma of incarceration while they awaited trial or served short term sentences. Moreover, the organization strived to help inmates and offenders understand the court system as it pertained to them. The program tracked as many clients as possible so that they could be assisted in making future plans. Additionally, a community based Resource Center was established. Social services were provided to inmates, ex-offenders, parolees and their families in a non-threatening atmosphere by a group of citizen volunteers aptly named Volunteers in Action.

The services provided varied greatly. The Christmas project, which was conducted during the week of Christmas, provided inmates with donated socks, toiletries, apparel, etc. Job counseling was provided free of charge to help former inmates and parolees in search of employment. There were daily/weekly prison visitations/workshops given by Volunteers in Action. Women for Justice received financial support from numerous organizations and companies such as Shell Oil Company, Exxon U.S.A, and First Presbyterian Church. In addition, the M.D. Anderson Foundation donated a house, which allowed for the organization to effectively perform daily activities and operations.


Scope and Contents

The collection is organized in eleven series and housed in 6 boxes. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the material is the correspondence between the inmates and the organization. The series are organizational material, administrative documents, Goree unit TDC, correction system: laws & conditions, volunteer program, client services, Christmas projects, external correspondence, published information and photographic materials. Of special interest are inmate correspondence, program records and organizational information. These records document to some degree the deplorable conditions of Texas prison system during this era.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian. Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis.


Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Corporate Name:
Women for Justice
Genre/Form of Material:
Administrative records
Clippings (information artifacts)
Correspondence
Photographs
Topical Term:
Inmates of institutions
Jails -- Texas
Prisons -- Texas
Volunteer workers in corrections -- Texas

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Women for Justice Records, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Acquisition Information:

Donated by Mrs. Rebecca Howard (with assistance from her daughter Beverly Huffman), 2008


Detailed List of Contents

Organizational Material

Scope and Contents
This section houses information regarding the organization from its inception in 1971. Organizational documents regarding “Women for Justice” are compiled together.
Box Folder
1 1 Early Steering Committee
2 Constitution and By-Laws
3-5 Projects and Proposals
6 Guidelines
7 Non-Profit Corporation Status for “Women for Justice”
8 “Women for Justice” Brochure-Draft
9 Draft for Proposal 1975



Administrative Documents

Scope and Contents
General Correspondence and organizational meetings and membership rosters and IRS information of the organization etc are available.
Box Folder
1 10 Annual Report 1977
11 Board of Directors Rosters
12 Board Meetings
13-15 Organizational Spiral Notebooks
16-35 General Business Correspondence
Box Folder
2 36-44 General Business Correspondence
45-47 Financial Statements and Auditor’s Reports
48 IRS, W-4 Returns
49 Membership Rosters
50 Volunteer Meetings
51 Services Performed
52 Membership Directories
53 Program Structure
54 Parole Board Correspondence
55-61 Program Reports
62 “Women in Action” Newsletters
63-64 “Criminal Justice Highlights” Newsletters
65 Criminal Justice Information System” Newsletters



Goree Unit, TDC

Scope and Contents
Goree Prison Unit visitation program is a very important part of the group and the apparel requests, stationary donations etc happened at regular intervals of time.
Box Folder
2 66-67 Goree Correspondence
68 Goree Programs 1976
69 Supply Requests 1979
70 Supply Requests 1980



Correction System - Laws & Conditions

Scope and Contents
The facts about the Texas Department of Corrections, jail reforms and various other information regarding the improvement of the prison system have been compiled together.
Box Folder
2 71-72 Jail Reforms and Renovations
73 Judge Carl Bue Court Order on Reorganization of Jails
74 Jail Committee
75 Statistics: Criminal Justice & Harris County
76 Survey of Women inmates in Harris County Jail
77 Texas Department of Corrections (TDC) Rules
78-79 Rights of Arrested
80-81 Information/guides
82 D.C: Case Study of Children of women inmates



Volunteer Program

Scope and Contents
Training and recruitment of volunteers, volunteer meetings and various other workshops pertaining to the volunteers has been put together in this series.
Box Folder
2 83 Volunteers in Action
84 Women in Action 1975
85 Training Material 1971, 1973
86 Training Material 1974
87 Training Material 1975
88 Training Material 1976
Box Folder
3 89 Volunteers for Probation Training 1976
90 Volunteer Communication
91 Rules and Guidelines
92 General Meeting Volunteers 1976
93 General Meeting Volunteers 1977
94 Volunteer Management Seminar
95 Potential Volunteers 1976
96 The art and science of helping
97 Applications for Training 1976
98 Volunteer Recruitment and Support 1975-76
99 National Volunteer Awards
100 Job Description
101 Volunteer Roster 1975-76
102 Volunteers Information
103-108 Volunteer Record Sheets



Client Services

Scope and Contents
This series has a large collection of inmate letters and logs of the prison visitation by volunteers and logs about the donation of apparel to the inmates.
Box Folder
3 109 Resource Center Activities Record Book
110 Inspirational Quotes
111 Donated Apparel Logs
112 Donated Apparel Logs
113 Daily Logs September 1979
114 Daily Logs November 1979
115 Daily Logs February 1980
116 Daily Logs March 1980
117 Daily Logs April 1980
118 Daily Logs May 1980
119 Daily Logs August 1980
120 Daily Logs September 1980
121 Daily Logs October 1980
122 Daily Logs December 1980
123 Daily Logs January 1981
124 Daily Logs February 1981
125 Daily Logs March 1981
126 Daily Logs April 1981
127 Daily Logs May 1981
128 Daily Logs June 1981
129 Daily Logs July 1981
130 Daily Logs August 1981
131 Daily Logs September 1981
132 Daily Logs October 1981
133 Daily Logs November 1981
134 Daily Logs December 1981
135 Daily Logs January 1982
136 Daily Logs February 1982
137 Daily Logs March 1982
138 Daily Logs April 1982
139 Daily Logs May 1982
140 Daily Logs June 1982
141 Daily Logs July 1982
142 Daily Logs August 1982
143 Daily Logs September 1982
144 Daily Logs October 1982
145 Daily Logs November 1982
146 Daily Logs December 1982
147 Daily Logs January 1983
148 Daily Logs February 1983
149 Daily Logs March 1983
150 Daily Logs April 1983
Box Folder
4 151 Daily Logs May 1983
152 Daily Logs June 1983
153 Daily Logs July 1983
154 Daily Logs August 1983
155 Daily Logs September 1983
156 Daily Logs October 1983
157 Daily Logs November 1983
158 Daily Logs December 1983
159 Daily Logs January 1984
160 Daily Logs February 1984
161 Daily Logs March 1984
162 Daily Logs April 1984
163 Daily Logs May 1984
164 Daily Logs June 1984
165 Daily Logs July 1984
166 Daily Logs August 1984
167 Daily Logs September 1984
168 Daily Logs October 1984
169 Daily Logs November 1984
170 Daily Logs December 1984
171 Daily Logs January 1985
172 Daily Logs February 1985
173 Daily Logs May 1985
174 Daily Logs June 1985
175 Daily Logs July 1985
176 Daily Logs August 1985
177 Daily Logs September 1985
178 Daily Logs October 1985
179 Daily Logs November 1985
180 Daily Logs December 1985
181 Daily Logs January 1986
182 Daily Logs February 1986
183 Daily Logs March 1986
184 Daily Logs April 1986
185 Daily Logs May 1986
186 Daily Logs June 1986
187 Daily Logs July 1986
188 Daily Logs August 1986
189 Daily Logs September 1986
190 Daily Logs October 1986
191 Daily Logs November 1986
192 Daily Logs December 1986
193 Daily Logs January 1987
194 Daily Logs February 1987
195 Daily Logs March 1987
196 Daily Logs April 1987
197 Daily Logs May 1987
198 Daily Logs June 1987
199 Daily Logs July 1987
200 Daily Logs August 1987
Box Folder
5 201 Daily Logs September 1987
202 Daily Logs October 1987
203 Daily Logs November 1987
204 Daily Logs December 1987
205 Daily Logs January 1988
206 Daily Logs February 1988
207 Daily Logs March 1988
208 Daily Logs April 1988
209 Daily Logs May 1988
210 Daily Logs June 1988
211 Daily Logs July 1988
212 Daily Logs August 1988
213 Daily Logs September 1988
214 Daily Logs October 1988
215 Daily Logs November 1988
216 Daily Logs December 1988
217 Daily Logs January 1989
218 Daily Logs February 1989
219 Daily Logs March 1989
220 Daily Logs April 1989
221 Daily Logs May 1989
222 Daily Logs June 1989
223 Daily Logs July 1989
224 Daily Logs August 1989
225 Daily Logs September 1989
226 Daily Logs October 1989
227 Daily Logs November 1989
228 Daily Logs December 1989
229 Daily Logs December 1990
230 Daily Logs January 1994
231 Daily Logs December 1994
232 Daily Logs December 1995
233-234 Commissary money requests
235 Legal Studies Clinic
236-237 Inspirational Verse
238-242 Inmate Letters
Box Folder
6 243-262 Inmate Letters



Christmas Projects

Scope and Contents
Christmas Project was one of the most important events during any calendar year. The inmates were given gifts and group events were held to get the joyous mood among the prisoners.
Box Folder
6 262 1974
263 1976
264 1977
265 1978
266 1979
267-268 1980
269 1981
270 1984
271-272 1985
273 1986



External Correspondence

Scope and Contents
This series holds the documents about the organizations and corporate donors who helped “Women for Justice” run the various programs of theirs by monetarily contributions or in any other form.
General
Box Folder
6 274 Speaking Engagements
275 Board of Corrections Appointment Correspondence
Donation Solicitation
Box Folder
6 276-277 Shell Oil Company
278 St. Albert’s Catholic Church
279 Price Waterhouse
280 New Convent Presbytery
281 M.D. Anderson Foundations
Box Folder
7 282 Exxon U.S.A
283 Synod of the Sun
284 Tenneco
285 Grace Presbytery Church
286 Hogg Foundation
287 First Presbyterian Church
288 Gulf Oil Company
289 Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church
290 Windwood Presbytery Church
291 First City National Bank



Published Information

Scope and Contents
Printed information about organizations or criminal justice information in general.
Box Folder
7 292 Pamphlets and Brochures
293 Greeting Cards
294 Clippings regarding Woman in Action/ Women for Justice
295 Clippings regarding Harris County Criminal Justice Information
296 Clippings regarding Texas Criminal Justice Information
297 Clippings regarding National Criminal Justice Information



Photographic Materials

Scope and Contents
Prints and slides of Women for Justice activities/volunteers.
Box Folder
7 298 Living Conditions
299 Visitation and Rap Session
300 Christmas Programs/Projects
301 Miscellaneous Photographs
302 Slides



Memorabilia

Box Folder
7 303 Merriam-Webster Dictionary containing Contraband