PRISONERS LEGAL SERVICES
Prison Legal News
P.O. Box 1151
Lake Worth, FL 33460
(561) 360-2523 phone
Focus area/description: The Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC) publishes Prison Legal News, a monthly magazine (for incarcerated people, $30/year; for others see website) that reports legal developments and news surrounding prisons and jails and prisoner rights. HRDC also publishes and distributes litigation manuals, law and self help books. HRDC also challenges prison and jail conditions via litigation, typically on free speech issues. For details contact: Prison Legal News, P.O. Box 1151, Lake Worth, FL 33460, (561) 360-2523, www.prisonlegalnews.org www.humanrightsdefensecenter.org.
P.O. Box 128
Lewisburg, PA 17837-0128
(570) 523-1104 phone
Focus area/description: The Lewisburg Prison Project (LPP) is a non-profit organization that assists prisoners who write LPP when they encounter treatment they perceive to be illegal or unfair. The Lewisburg Prison Project primarily assists inmates in the middle district of Pennsylvania with issues that arise from their conditions of confinement. The LPP also furnishes inmates with appropriate legal materials. As of 2010, the organization does not have an attorney on staff; therefore, the LPP is not able to give legal advice, file suits, or address criminal or post-conviction cases.
The Lewisburg Prison Project offers a range of low-cost legal bulletins ($1-3, prices subject to change) on specific topics concerning prisoners' rights and legal dictionaries for purchase. Inmates can write to the LPP to request a bulletin order form.
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.
The Prison Law Office is a nonprofit public interest law firm based in Berkeley, California that provides free legal services to adult and juvenile offenders to improve their conditions of confinement. The office provides direct services to thousands of prisoners and juveniles each year, advocates for policy changes, and, if necessary, engages in impact litigation to ensure that correctional institutions meet standards required by the U.S. Constitution.
The Prison Law Office has litigated numerous successful institutional reform cases that, among other things, have improved health care services, guaranteed prisoners with disabilities reasonable accommodations and equal access to prison programs, reduced the use of excessive force, limited racial discrimination and restricted the use of solitary confinement in adult and juvenile correctional systems.
Prison Fellowship® trains and inspires churches and communities—inside and outside of prison—to support the restoration of those affected by incarceration. We equip correctional leaders, volunteers, and incarcerated men and women to make prisons more rehabilitative places; we advocate for a more restorative criminal justice system; and we collaborate with churches and local service providers to support former prisoners, their families, and their communities.
FEDERAL, STATE, AND WORLD LAWS
The Laws of every State can be found along with Federal laws and World Laws, ie., International Laws. This is a very useful tool for everyone representing themselves or just wanting to know what the laws are.
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Collection of world legal materials gathers, country by country, continent by continent, the Internet-accessible sources of the constitutions, statutes, judicial opinions, and related legal material from around the globe (excluding the U.S. material held in the LII's other collections). It also holds resources and document collections of International law.
FREE LEGAL HELP NATIONWIDE
Lawhelp.org helps people of low and moderate incomes find free legal aid programs in their communities, answers to questions about their legal rights and forms to help them with their legal problems. LawHelp.org has been created for people living on low-incomes and the legal organizations that serve them. LawHelp.org provides referrals to local legal aid and public interest law offices, basic information about legal rights, court forms, self-help information, court information, links to social service agencies, and more in your state.
The Innocence Project, founded in 1992 by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck at Cardozo School of Law, exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. The Innocence Project's mission is to free the staggering number of innocent people who remain incarcerated, and to bring reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment. Do You Need to Find Legal Help?
Legal Help for the Poor, Although the ABA cannot help you directly, there are many people out there who can. This site will guide you to a list of resources in your state. Most legal issues are regulated by the law in the state where you live, or where the problem occurred.
National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has worked since 1980 to ensure that the government delivers to our nation's 25 million veterans and active duty personnel the benefits to which they are entitled. Since the beginning, the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) has worked to ensure that the government delivers to our nation's 25 million veterans and active duty personnel the benefits to which they are entitled because of disabilities resulting from their military service to our country. NVLSP attorneys leverage their legal expertise, their advanced advocacy skills, and their extensive knowledge of the workings of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the military service departments on behalf of veterans. Since 1980, NVLSP has helped veterans obtain over a billion dollars in disability benefits that were promised to them for their service to our country.
American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ)
Founded in 1990 with the mandate to protect religious and constitutional freedoms, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) engages legal, legislative, and cultural issues by implementing an effective strategy of advocacy, education, and litigation that includes representing clients before the Supreme Court of the United States and international tribunals around the globe. GET LEGAL HELP FROM THE ACLJ Please note that our area of practice is limited to constitutional law with an emphasis on First Amendment freedoms of speech, assembly and exercise of religion. Although some matters may incidentally involve religious belief and exercise, please understand that the ACLJ is unable to represent individuals and organizations involving other areas of the law, such as personal injury, corporate, family law and other civil and criminal matters; these issues are outside our area of practice.
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SELF REPRESENTATION LEGAL SERVICES
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Finding Free Legal Help is very difficult and in some cases just about impossible. There is some hope though, there are some nonprofit organizations that provide free or low cost legal help in the following areas: Family Law, Housing, Consumer & Debt, Protection from Abuse, Public Benefits, Seniors,Health, Disaster Recovery & Relief, Employment / Farm Worker Rights, Youth Law & Education, Immigration, Civil & Other Individual Rights, Veterans, Native American Issues, Criminal Law, and Representing Yourself. This includes Prison Legal Services and providing links to legal forms, laws, and other sources of legal information and resources, etc..