I need your help. I co-founded the Prison Policy Initiative to put the problem of mass incarceration — and the perverse incentives that fuel it — on the national agenda. Over the last 17 years, our campaigns have protected our democracy from the prison system and protected the poorest families in this country from the predatory prison telephone industry. Our reports untangle the statistics and recruit new allies.

But now, more than ever, we need your help to put data & compassion into the conversation.

Thank you.
—Peter Wagner, Executive DirectorDonate

Legal resources for people in prison in Washington

ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) of WA

901 Fifth Avenue, Suite 630

Seattle, WA 98164

https://www.aclu-wa.org

(206) 624-2180

(206) 624-2184


Serves: WA


Focus area/description: The mission of the ACLU is to preserve and protect First Amendment rights, the right to equal protection under the law, the right to due process, the right to privacy. The ACLU also works to extend rights to segments of the population that have traditionally been denied their rights, including Native Americans and other people of color; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people; women; mental-health patients; prisoners; people with disabilities; and the poor.

ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) of WA confirmed this listing on April 01, 2019.


Columbia Legal Services, Institutions Project

101 Yesler Way, Suite 300

Seattle, WA 98104

http://www.columbialegal.org/

(800) 542-0794

(206) 382-3399 collect


Serves: WA


Focus area/description: The Institutions Project (IP) represents people confined in Washington's jails, prisons, juvenile detention facilities, mental health facilities, and facilities for people with developmental disabilities. This work has focused on conditions of our clients' confinement, discrimination, sentencing and placement, alternatives to institutionalization, and access to courts, as well as issues related to rehabilitation, re-entry, and reductions in recidivism.

Columbia Legal Services, Institutions Project confirmed this listing on April 08, 2019.


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

Lewisburg Prison Project, Inc.

P.O. Box 128

Lewisburg, PA 17837-0128

http://www.lewisburgprisonproject.org/

(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

http://jailhouselaw.org/


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: 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

OR

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.


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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