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Legal resources for people in prison in Vermont

ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) of Vermont

P.O. Box 277

Montpelier, VT 05601

(802) 223-6304

Serves: VT

Focus area/description: The American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont is dedicated to the defense of individual rights guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as well as the Vermont Constitution. The ACLU of Vermont is generally not a resource for handling individual convictions or problems, unless related to constitutional rights violations. The national ACLU operates a number of specific projects, including the National Prison Project and the Criminal Law Reform Project. The ACLU of Vermont is able to look at complaints from prisoners in Vermont only.

To Request assistance, fill out and mail in the online complaint form at or write directly to the ACLU. You can also call the ACLU and leave a message with your address if you would like a complaint form mailed to you.

Each complaint is reviewed by staff to see whether it constitutes a civil liberties problem with which the ACLU-VT may be able to help. If the ACLU of Vermont is able to offer you assistance, the ACLU will contact you to gather more information about your situation. Because of its small size and large volume of complaints it receives, the ACLU of Vermont is not able to respond to every request.

ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) of Vermont confirmed this listing on August 11, 2021.

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

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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