Legal resources for people in prison in New Jersey

NJ Office of the Corrections Ombudsman

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 Ombudsman 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 Ombudsman 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 Ombudsman confirmed this listing on April 01, 2019.

New Jersey Parents' Caucus

275 Route 10 East

Suite 220-414

Succasunna, NJ 07869

(908) 994-7471

(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 April 10, 2019.

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

Lewisburg Prison Project, Inc.

P.O. Box 128

Lewisburg, PA 17837-0128

(570) 523-1104 phone

Serves: National,PA

Focus area/description: The Lewisburg Prison Project assists inmates with the conditions of their confinement. We provide inmates across the United States with information and legal bulletins regarding conditions of confinement. This includes prisoners' rights to personal safety, adequate medical care, religious freedom, freedom of speech, access to information, and a safe, clean environment.

In the Middle District of PA, we are able to advocate for and provide civil legal advice and assistance to inmates regarding violations of their constitutional rights. The Middle District of PA includes the Allenwood Federal Correctional Complex, USP Lewisburg, USP Canaan, and FCI Schuylkill. In addition, there are twelve PA DOC state prisons and 34 county jails. The Lewisburg Prison Project is an affiliate of the PA Institutional Law Project. We do not assist with criminal or habeas cases.

Lewisburg Prison Project, Inc. confirmed this listing on April 01, 2019.

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


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 April 11, 2019.

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Problem: There are too many outdated resource lists floating around.

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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.

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