Legal resource database
We can't provide legal assistance to incarcerated people, but we edit the only up-to-date list of the organizations that do. This database includes law firms and organizations that provide free legal assistance to incarcerated people on civil (non-criminal) matters. We automatically remove entries that have not been re-confirmed by the organization within the last 12 months:
- District of Columbia
- North Carolina
- New Jersey
- New York
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
If your state is not listed above, these national groups offer help to prisoners in any state by providing legal assistance or inexpensive, high-quality self-help materials.
We have included only those organizations whose existence we were able to confirm within the last year. If your organization is not listed, you can send us a letter with the information we need for inclusion.
A challenge to our colleagues:
We built the internet's first always-up-to-date list of legal services for incarcerated people. Can you make a similar list for a different kind of resource?
Problem: There are too many outdated resource lists floating around.
Our Solution: Have one resource list that one organization checks each year.
Our Method: Inspired by the Cincinnati Books for Prisoners group, we made a list of every legal services organization on every resource list we could find. Then we send a letter by snail mail to each organization each year asking them to confirm/update their listing. If they respond, we include them on the site for the next 365 days. All the organization needs to do is to sign the form we send them and mail it back in the enclosed envelope. If they don't respond, we keep them on our mailing list and try again next year.
This way, any incarcerated person using the list can be assured that the organization they are writing to recently did exist and was responding to mail. And if an organization fails to respond for some reason (staff turnover, postal problems, the dog ate our letter, etc.) they get another chance next year.
It's a win for everyone. We've built a database for legal services. What list can your organization edit?