Legal resources for people in prison in New Jersey

NJ Office of the Corrections Ombudsperson

P0 Box 855

Trenton, NJ 08625

1-555-555-5555 (Inmate only toll free number)

(609) 633-2596 (Main)

Serves: NJ

Focus area/description: The Office of the Corrections Ombudsperson provides a mechanism for the continuing resolution of issues, problems or complaints of "State" sentenced inmates within New Jersey's Correctional System regarding their living conditions and treatment.

With status appropriate to the requirements of the position, the Corrections Ombudsperson investigates complaints where the inmate has failed to get satisfactory results through available institutional channels.

Serving as a designated neutral, the Corrections Ombudsman is an advocate for fairness who also acts as a source of information and referral, aids in answering individuals\' questions, and assists in the resolution of concerns during critical situations. In considering any given instance or concern, the interests and rights of all parties who might be involved are taken into account.

NJ Office of the Corrections Ombudsperson confirmed this listing on September 29, 2022.

New Jersey Parents' Caucus

275 Route 10 East

Suite 220-414

Succasunna, NJ 07869


(973) 989-8870

Serves: NJ

Focus area/description: Providing education to parents, family members and youth on their rights and responsibilities and the advocacy skills needed to navigate child-serving systems.
Providing free legal advice and representation to parents and youth by a qualified attorney.
Supporting attorneys at trial.
Providing leadership opportunities to system-involved youth through the NJ Youth Coalition.
Providing peer support programs for parents, family members and youth.
Increasing awareness through public testimonies and legislative advocacy.
Training juvenile justice professionals and providers.

New Jersey Parents' Caucus confirmed this listing on September 29, 2022.

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

Equal Justice Initiative

122 Commerce Street

Montgomery, AL 36104

(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 September 29, 2022.

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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