Pennsylvania Prison Society

nonprofit organization in the United States

The Pennsylvania Prison Society is a non-profit organization. It in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States. It helps prisoners and their families. It also helps prisoners after they are out of prison.

It was started in 1787. It used to be called the Philadelphia Society for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons.[1] It was founded by a group of men from Philadelphia. The group of men included Benjamin Franklin,[1] Benjamin Rush,[1] John Swanwick, Tench Coxe, Zachariah Poulson, and William White.[2] William White was the president for a long time.[1]

It now has many small organizations, called "chapters", around Pennsylvania. It has 43 chapters. [3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "The Philadelphia Society for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons". The Library Company of Philadelphia. World Digital Library. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  2. "Pennsylvania Prison Society", Pennsylvania Historical Society, 2006
  3. "Advocating for the just and humane treatment of prisoners". The Pennsylvania Prison Society. Archived from the original on 2009-08-31. Retrieved 2014-01-04.