PO Box 25397
1110 Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, NC 27611
Focus area/description: The mission of North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services, Inc. (NCPLS) is to provide legal services to people incarcerated in North Carolina to ensure that all prisoners are treated humanely and in accordance with the law.
NCPLS needs to hear from North Carolina prisoners about serious problems inside the prisons and jails of this state. Our attorneys are not allowed inside except as part of a prearranged tour, so there are many things we can learn about only from our clients.
Although we cannot provide representation to every prisoner who writes to us, we respond to every inquiry we receive, and we try to keep track of recurring complaints so we can identify and concentrate on areas of broad concern.
NCPLS strives to provide legal services of the highest quality in an efficient and effective way.
North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services, Inc. confirmed this listing on July 03, 2023.
The Jailhouse Lawyers Manual is a free guide to legal rights and procedures designed for people in prison. It contains nine sections designed to help incarcerated people learn about their rights, file lawsuits in both state and federal court, attack their conviction or sentence, and address the conditions of their imprisonment. It also contains information about the rights of incarcerated people related to health, safety, religious freedom, and more. We suggest accessing the online version of the manual and mailing the relevant chapters to your incarcerated loved one.
The Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook is a free resource for people in prison who want to file a federal lawsuit addressing poor conditions in prison or abuse by prison staff. This guide will not help challenge convictions or sentences or provide guidance on actions in state courts. It also has 14 appendices that provide sample complaints, legal forms, and guidance on how to reach out to journalists, among other topics. You can download relevant chapters of the handbook and mail them to your incarcerated loved one or request to have a copy mailed to them.
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Problem: There are too many outdated resource lists floating around.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?