6 Baldwin Street, 4th Floor
Montpelier, VT 05633-3301
(802) 828-3194 phone
Focus area/description: This section of the Vermont Office of the Defender General handles prisoners' rights cases.
Prisoners' Rights Office confirmed this listing on April 06, 2018.
P.O. Box 277
Montpelier, VT 05601
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 not a resource for handling individual convictions or problems, unless related to conditions of confinement. 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 https://action.aclu.org/legal-intake/vermont-legal-intake 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, it could take months to let you know the ACLU's initial decision.
ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) of Vermont confirmed this listing on April 20, 2018.
Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Attn: JLM Order
435 W. 116th St.
New York, NY 10027
Focus area/description: What is it?
A Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual Tenth Edition (the "JLM Tenth Edition") explains the legal rights of prisoners, and how to navigate through the justice process to secure those rights. It contains information on how to address legal issues on both the federal level and the state level, with an emphasis on New York State law. The JLM does NOT have information on substantive law (for example, the elements of crimes or degrees of a crime). It is a softcover book that comes in one volume, with separate Immigration & Consular Access and Texas Supplements. The main volume is about 1288 pages, while the Immigration & Consular Access Supplement is about 116 pages and the Texas Supplement is 408 pages. Both books are mailed stamped "direct from publisher."
The main volume of the JLM contains "basic" self-help litigation information, covering legal research, seeking legal representation, choosing a court, and filing a lawsuit, as well as more specific chapters on habeas corpus, parole, DNA, and the Prison Litigation Reform Act. It also contains topics like religious freedom, infectious diseases, mental disabilities, and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender prisoners. The Immigration & Consular Access Supplement contains information about the immigration law consequences of criminal convictions for people who are not U.S. citizens, and also contains information about your right as a non-U.S. citizen to access your country's consulate if you are charged with a crime. The Texas supplement contains information specific to prisoners navigating the justice process in Texas courts and institutions.
How much does it cost?*
A 10th edition of the JLM is available online and can be downloaded for free: http://blogs2.law.columbia.edu/jlm/
For prisoners who wish to order a copy: The JLM Tenth Edition main volume is $30. The Immigration & Consular Access Supplement is $5. The Texas Supplement is $20. The books may be ordered together, or each book may be ordered separately. Priority shipping is included in both prices.
For non-inmates, organizations, or institutions that wish to order a copy: The JLM Tenth Edition is $105 for the main volume and $22 for the Immigration & Consular Access Supplement. Priority shipping is included in both prices. If you are ordering for a prisoner, follow the instructions for prisoner pricing. Prices and availability may be subject to change.
Note: Regrettably, the law prohibits us from providing any legal advice to prisoners. As an organization with limited funds, we cannot offer any further discounts nor make any billing arrangements other than listed above. We also do not have used copies to distribute. If you would like to use the JLM but are unable to purchase one, please inquire with your prison library to see if they will order one. We apologize for any inconvenience.
How do I place an order?
To place an order, complete the order form below and send it to Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Attn: JLM Order, 435 W. 116th St., New York, NY 10027 along with a check or money order for the proper amount. Please print clearly and legibly!
Please make your check or money order payable to "Columbia Human Rights Law Review." Unfortunately, we are unable to accept postage stamps or credit cards as payment. Overpayments will be considered donations and processed as such. If you are ordering for a prisoner, please follow the prisoner pricing.
Please keep a record of your order, especially if you pay by money order, in case there is a problem with receiving or processing your order. Due to the nature of the institutional mail systems, we request that you allow up to eight weeks from the date of your order for delivery. Because our office is student-run, your order may not be processed as quickly as over school breaks. Please inform us of any restrictions on incoming mail that your facility may have (for example, no padded envelopes, or first class mail only).
ID NUMBER (If applicable):
ORDER (Please circle the price):* Standard shipping requires 4-6 weeks.
1st Class shipping 1-2 weeks. All prisoner orders are sent via 1st Class Mail
|Main Volume 1st class mail||Immigration Supplement1st class mail||Main. Vol. & Immigration Supplement 1st Class Mail|
A Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual--Columbia Human Rights Law Review confirmed this listing on May 22, 2017.
National Lawyers Guild
132 Nassau Street, RM 922
New York, NY 10038
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: www.jailhouselaw.org.
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 27, 2018.
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?