San Quentin, CA 94964
Focus area/description: The Prison Law Office provides free legal services to people in California state prisons and county jails, and occasionally to people on California state parole. Assistance is generally limited to cases regarding conditions of confinement. Further, the office does not typically assist or represent people in lawsuits in which money damages are the primary objective. Instead, the office focuses on cases in which a change in conditions is sought. The office attempts to resolve such cases informally, if possible (by advocating to prison officials), or through formal litigation. With regard to condition of confinement matters, the decision to assist with any particular case depends on the issue or problem presented, the chance of success, the amount of time and resource necessary to properly assist, the office's resources, staff availability and caseload. The Prison Law Office publishes and periodically updates The California State Prisoners Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Prison and Parole Law. Click here for Ordering Information. The Prison Law Office is also happy to provide self-help and informational materials, some of which are published on their website, including a habeas corpus manual, parolee rights manual, and personal injury lawsuit packet, as well as material regarding administrative remedies, divorce, guard brutality, immigration, loss of personal property, plea bargains, release dates, workers' compensation, and worktime credits. If you or a family member believe the Prison Law Office can assist with one of the above issues, please feel free to contact their office. Letters concerning individuals and prison conditions can be addressed to: Prison Law Office General Delivery San Quentin, CA 94964. Due to the large number of inquiries, the Prison Law Office cannot accept telephone calls.
Prison Law Office confirmed this listing on April 25, 2017.
39 Drumm St.
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 621-2493 Administrative office
(415) 621-2488 Civil liberties line
Focus area/description: The ACLU of Northern California works to preserve and guarantee the protections of the Constitution's Bill of Rights. It aims to extend these freedoms to segments of our population who have traditionally been denied their rights, including people of color; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgendered people; women; mental-health patients; prisoners; people with disabilities; and the poor.
Civil liberties line is open Monday to Friday, 10am-3pm, closed 12-1pm. No walk in services.
ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) of Northern CA confirmed this listing on May 17, 2016.
Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Attn: JLM Order
435 W. 116th St.
New York, NY 10027
Focus area/description: What is it?
A Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual Tenth Edition (the "JLM Tenth Edition") explains the legal rights of prisoners, and how to navigate through the justice process to secure those rights. It contains information on how to address legal issues on both the federal level and the state level, with an emphasis on New York State law. The JLM does NOT have information on substantive law (for example, the elements of crimes or degrees of a crime). It is a softcover book that comes in one volume, with separate Immigration & Consular Access and Texas Supplements. The main volume is about 1288 pages, while the Immigration & Consular Access Supplement is about 116 pages and the Texas Supplement is 408 pages. Both books are mailed stamped "direct from publisher."
The main volume of the JLM contains "basic" self-help litigation information, covering legal research, seeking legal representation, choosing a court, and filing a lawsuit, as well as more specific chapters on habeas corpus, parole, DNA, and the Prison Litigation Reform Act. It also contains topics like religious freedom, infectious diseases, mental disabilities, and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender prisoners. The Immigration & Consular Access Supplement contains information about the immigration law consequences of criminal convictions for people who are not U.S. citizens, and also contains information about your right as a non-U.S. citizen to access your country's consulate if you are charged with a crime. The Texas supplement contains information specific to prisoners navigating the justice process in Texas courts and institutions.
How much does it cost?*
A 10th edition of the JLM is available online and can be downloaded for free: http://blogs2.law.columbia.edu/jlm/
For prisoners who wish to order a copy: The JLM Tenth Edition main volume is $30. The Immigration & Consular Access Supplement is $5. The Texas Supplement is $20. The books may be ordered together, or each book may be ordered separately. Priority shipping is included in both prices.
For non-inmates, organizations, or institutions that wish to order a copy: The JLM Tenth Edition is $105 for the main volume and $22 for the Immigration & Consular Access Supplement. Priority shipping is included in both prices. If you are ordering for a prisoner, follow the instructions for prisoner pricing. Prices and availability may be subject to change.
Note: Regrettably, the law prohibits us from providing any legal advice to prisoners. As an organization with limited funds, we cannot offer any further discounts nor make any billing arrangements other than listed above. We also do not have used copies to distribute. If you would like to use the JLM but are unable to purchase one, please inquire with your prison library to see if they will order one. We apologize for any inconvenience.
How do I place an order?
To place an order, complete the order form below and send it to Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Attn: JLM Order, 435 W. 116th St., New York, NY 10027 along with a check or money order for the proper amount. Please print clearly and legibly!
Please make your check or money order payable to "Columbia Human Rights Law Review." Unfortunately, we are unable to accept postage stamps or credit cards as payment. Overpayments will be considered donations and processed as such. If you are ordering for a prisoner, please follow the prisoner pricing.
Please keep a record of your order, especially if you pay by money order, in case there is a problem with receiving or processing your order. Due to the nature of the institutional mail systems, we request that you allow up to eight weeks from the date of your order for delivery. Because our office is student-run, your order may not be processed as quickly as over school breaks. Please inform us of any restrictions on incoming mail that your facility may have (for example, no padded envelopes, or first class mail only).
ID NUMBER (If applicable):
ORDER (Please circle the price):* Standard shipping requires 4-6 weeks.
1st Class shipping 1-2 weeks. All prisoner orders are sent via 1st Class Mail
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A Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual--Columbia Human Rights Law Review confirmed this listing on May 13, 2016.
P.O. Box 128
Lewisburg, PA 17837-0128
(570) 523-1104 phone
Focus area/description: The Lewisburg Prison Project (LPP) is a non-profit organization that assists prisoners who write LPP when they encounter treatment they perceive to be illegal or unfair. The Lewisburg Prison Project primarily assists inmates in the middle district of Pennsylvania with issues that arise from their conditions of confinement. The LPP also furnishes inmates with appropriate legal materials. As of 2010, the organization does not have an attorney on staff; therefore, the LPP is not able to give legal advice, file suits, or address criminal or post-conviction cases.
The Lewisburg Prison Project offers a range of low-cost legal bulletins ($1-3, prices subject to change) on specific topics concerning prisoners' rights and legal dictionaries for purchase. Inmates can write to the LPP to request a bulletin order form.
2013 Legal Bulletins include:
1.1 Civil Actions in Federal Court: How to select, file, and follow legal actions.
1.2 Legal Research: Guide to Legal Research.
1.3 Access to Records: How to get your records; privacy.
1.5 Federal Tort Claims Act
1.8 Injunctive Relief
2.1 Religious Rights in Prison
2.3 Speech, Visitation, Association
4.1 Rights of Pretrial Detainees
Due Process in Prison
6.1 Disciplinary Hearings
6.4 Urinalyis Drug Testing
"Cruel and Unusual Punishment": Eighth Amendment
7.1 Assaults and Beatings: Assaults by staff or inmates.
7.3 Conditions of Confinment: Heat, exercise, etc.
8.1 Medical Rights
8.2 Psychiactric and Disability Rights
8.3 Aids in Prison
9.1 Post-Conviction Remedies
9.2 Detainers: Choices and Strategies
9.3 Pennsylvania Megan's Law: Overview of requirements
9.4 DNA Collection and Testing
Lewisburg Prison Project, Inc. confirmed this listing on May 13, 2016.
Prison Legal News
P.O. Box 1151
Lake Worth, FL 33460
(561) 360-2523 phone
Focus area/description: The Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC) publishes Prison Legal News, a monthly magazine (for incarcerated people, $30/year; for others see website) that reports legal developments and news surrounding prisons and jails and prisoner rights. HRDC also publishes and distributes litigation manuals, law and self help books. HRDC also challenges prison and jail conditions via litigation, typically on free speech issues. For details contact: Prison Legal News, P.O. Box 1151, Lake Worth, FL 33460, (561) 360-2523, www.prisonlegalnews.org www.humanrightsdefensecenter.org.
Human Rights Defense Center confirmed this listing on April 25, 2017.
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