Legal resources for people in prison in North Carolina

These national resources may also be of help to people in prison in North Carolina:

A Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual--Columbia Human Rights Law Review

Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Attn: JLM Order

435 W. 116th St.

New York, NY 10027

http://www3.law.columbia.edu/hrlr/order_jlm.php

jlm.board.mail@gmail.com

(212) 854-1601


Serves: National,NY


Focus area/description: What is it?
A Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual Ninth Edition (the "JLM Ninth 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 a separate Immigration & Consular Access Supplement. The main volume is about 1077 pages, while the Immigration & Consular Access Supplement is about 102 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.

How much does it cost?*
The JLM is available online and can be downloaded for free: http://www3.law.columbia.edu/hrlr/jlm/toc/

For prisoners who wish to order a copy: The JLM Ninth Edition main volume is $30. The Immigration & Consular Access Supplement is $5. The books may be ordered together, or either 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 Ninth 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. See the pricing chart below. 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?
Complete and send the order form below with a check or money order, payable to Columbia Human Rights Law Review to:

Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Attn: JLM Order
435 W. 116th St.
New York, NY 10027

If you send a money order, keep the receipt in case there is a problem with your order. We do not accept postage stamps as payment and we also do not accept credit cards. Due to the nature of the institutional mail systems, we request that you allow up to eight weeks from the date of your order. Because our office is student-run, your order may not be processed as quickly over school breaks. Please inform us on this form of any restrictions on incoming mail that your facility may have (for example, no padded envelopes or first class mail only). Please print clearly and legibly!!!

ORDER FORM

YOUR NAME:
YOUR ADDRESS:
YOUR PHONE NUMBER:
PERSON TO WHOM THE BOOK SHOULD BE SENT:
ID NUMBER (If applicable):
INSTITUTION:
ADDRESS
CITY:
STATE:
ZIP:
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

Main Volume 4th class mail Immigration 4th Class Mail Main. Vol. & Immigration Supplement 4th class mail Main Volume 1st class mail Immigration Supplement1st class mail Main. Vol. & Immigration Supplement 1st Class Mail
Prisoner not available not available not available $30 $5 $35
Institution $105 $22 $120 $105 $22 $127



*Please note these prices are valid as of September 2011. If this form is more than one year old, prices may have changed. Please contact the Columbia Human Rights Law Review for updated pricing.

A Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual--Columbia Human Rights Law Review confirmed this listing on December 18, 2013.

Equal Justice Initiative

122 Commerce Street

Montgomery, AL 36104

http://www.eji.org/

(334) 269-1806 fax

(334) 269-1803 phone


Serves: National,AL


Focus area/description: EJI litigates on behalf of condemned prisoners, juvenile offenders, people wrongly convicted or charged with violent crimes, poor people denied effective representation, and others whose trials are marked by racial bias or prosecutorial misconduct. EJI works with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment, and serves the state of Alabama and the Deep South in general, working nationally on selected issues. EJI also prepares reports, newsletters and manuals to assist advocates and policymakers in the critically important work of reforming the administration of criminal justice.

Equal Justice Initiative confirmed this listing on June 23, 2014.

Prison Law Project - Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook

National Lawyers Guild

132 Nassau Street, RM 922

New York, NY 10038

http://www.jailhouselaw.org/

(212) 679-2811 fax

(212) 679-5100 phone


Serves: National


Focus area/description: This Handbook is a resource for prisoners who wish to file a Section 1983 lawsuit in federal court regarding poor conditions in prison and/or abuse by prison staff. It also contains limited information about legal research and the American legal system.



The Handbook is available for free online to anyone: prisoners, lawyers, families, friends, activists and others. To download it, go to: www.jailhouselaw.org. If requesting a Handbook by mail from the National Lawyers Guild, two dollars ($2) is requested, but not necessary, to help cover postage costs. Stamps are accepted.



If you are unable to download the Handbook and would like to receive a copy via mail, please write to:



National Lawyers Guild

132 Nassau Street, RM 922, New York, NY 10038



OR



Center for Constitutional Rights

666 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10012



Please note it may take a several weeks to deliver the Handbook due to a shortage of staff and resources. It is usually much faster to download the Handbook from this site and print it yourself.



PLEASE NOTE: This organization does not have the resources to give legal advice or representation, and will not respond to mail regarding these issues. Please send only orders or comments about the JLH itself.

Prison Law Project - Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook confirmed this listing on June 18, 2014.

Human Rights Defense Center

Prison Legal News

P.O. Box 1151

Lake Worth, FL 33460

http://www.prisonlegalnews.org and www.humanrightsdefensecenter.org

(561) 360-2523 phone


Serves: National


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 August 02, 2013.

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?