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Legal resources for people in prison in Minnesota

Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners (LAMP)

Mitchell Hamline School of Law

875 Summit Ave., Room 254

St Paul, MN 55105

651-290-6413 (phone)

Serves: MN

Focus area/description: Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners provides civil and family law legal services to both male and female prisoners incarcerated in Minnesota correctional facilities. Unfortunately LAMP is unable to provide services to federal prisoners, or Minnesota residents incarcerated outside the borders of Minnesota.

Additionally, the Mitchell Hamline School of Law has established a secondary clinic, the Reentry Clinic, that serves female prisoners in Minnesota who are nearing their release dates. Reentry Clinic services are also related to civil issues and family law, and include: name changes, divorces, child custody and visitation matters, emergency housing upon release, and employment searches.

Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners (LAMP) confirmed this listing on August 27, 2021.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Minnesota

P.O. Box 14720

Minneapolis, MN 55414

(651) 645-4097

Serves: MN

Focus area/description: American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota ("ACLU-MN") is a nonpartisan, membership-supported organization dedicated to the protection of civil liberties. It is the Minnesota state-wide affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union and has more than 30,000 members. Its purpose is to protect the rights and liberties guaranteed to all Minnesotans by the state and federal constitutions. The ACLU-MN does not provide legal representation in criminal cases or post-conviction appeals.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Minnesota confirmed this listing on August 03, 2021.

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

Prison Law Project - Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook

National Lawyers Guild

132 Nassau Street, RM 922

New York, NY 10038

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 to anyone: prisoners, lawyers, families, friends, activists and others. To download it, go to:

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

National Lawyers Guild
PO Box 1266
New York, NY 10009


Center for Constitutional Rights
666 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10012

Please note it may take at least 8 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 September 16, 2021.

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?

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