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For more info on political prisoner support groups, go to: www.breakthechains.org.

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LEGAL RESOURCES
(taken from http://www.deathrowspeaks.info/prisoners_legal_resources.html)

Prisoners' Legal Resource Addresses

Compiled by: Richard Jackson, Federal Death Row


* ACLU
1875 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Suite 410
Washington, DC 20009

"Issues a journal called "National Prison Project-Journal" which covers prisoners rights, gives legal news and updated case law dealing with visitation, medical, mail, etc. Excellent for jailhouse lawyers. Write and request order form for the journal". Issued quarterly. ($2.00 for prisoners)


* Action Committee For Women In Prison
Southern California Criminal Justice Consortium
980 Fair Oaks
Pasadena, CA 91103


* ACW
National Prison Project
1875 Connecticut Ave., N.W. #410
Washington, DC 20009
Tele: 202-234-4830

"Handles major class action suits involving prison conditions and related issues in state and federal institutions. " (Does not handle post-conviction cases.)


* AFSC Undocumented Refugee Project
1205 Sunset Dr.
South Miami, FL 33143

"Provides information for immigration detainees en espanol. Write and request information."


* Alabama Prison Project
215 Clayton Street
Montgomery, AL 36104

"Publishes a newsletter quarterly. It contains a few resource addresses, prison news, legal news, etc. Very good. If you can afford to donate stamps, please do. Its free to prisoners. Write and request a subscription."


* American Liver Foundation
1425 Pompton Avenue, Suite 3-1
Cedar Grove, NJ 07009-1000

"Request Hepatitis and Gallstone information."


* Battered Women's Justice Project
2104 4th Avenue South
Suite B
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Tel.: (612) 824-8768

"Write or call and request information about the project."


* Bayou La Rose
302 N.J. St. #3
Tacoma, WA 98403

"Native American prisoner support. Write for more information."


* Blackstone School of Law
P.O. Box 701449
Dallas, TX 75370
Tel.: 972-418-5141

"Offers a paralegal correspondence course. Not Free."


* The California Coalition For Women Prisoners
100 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

"They publish a newsletter for women prisoners called "The Fire Inside" write and ask them to place you on their newsletter mailing list."


* Capital Collateral Representative
1533 South Monroe St
Tallahassee, FL 32301

"For Florida prisoners working on their post-convictions. Write and request information on what services they offer."


* Center For Constitutional Rights
666 Broadway, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10012

"Request catalog on books that they sell, excellent publications. Not free."


* Centurion Ministries
32 Nassau Street, 3rd Floor
Princeton, NJ 08542

"Helps those prisoners who were wrongfully convicted. You must pass a strict qualifying criteria. They have a big waiting list. If you are innocent and need help write to them and request information on how to get their help."


* Civil Rights Legal Defense Team
2207 South 39th Street
St. Louis, MO 63110

"Handles prisoners' rights cases in all 50 states, including parole matters, habeas corpus, and special writ applications. Write and request information."


* Clearinghouse Division
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
624 Ninth St. NW
Washington, DC 20425

"Write and request their catalog of publications which contains free publications. Ask for free book: "Getting Uncle Sam to Enforce Your Civil Rights!"


* Coalition for Prisoner Rights Newsletter
P.O. Box 1911
Santa Fe, NM 87504

"Publishes a monthly newsletter that is free to prisoners. If you can afford it please give them a stamp donation. Write and request subscription order form."


* Death Penalty Information Center
1320 18th Street NW 5Th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
Tel.: (202) 293-6970

"Write or call and request information about the center and the U.S. Death Penalty."


* Duke Prisoners Rights Project
Duke University School of Law
Durham, N.C. 27706

"Same as the Project at UNC School of Law. Write and request more information on the group."


* Federal Criminal Law Center
52 Executive Park South
Suite 5203
Atlanta, GA 30329

"Publishes a very informative pre & post conviction law newsletter (monthly) also sells a book ( Legal Self-Help) for federal prisoners called "Federal Criminal Law Handbook" Write and request information on how much the newsletter subscription is and an order form for the book. The book is well written and covers virtually every area of post conviction relief. Helps you prepare for trial, plea, sentencing, appeal."


* Florida Prison Legal Perspective
P.O. Box 660-387
Chuluota, FL 32766

"An excellent newsletter that covers Florida court rulings, administrative developments, and Florida D.O.C. news. Issues contain resource addresses along with other information. A must have for jailhouse lawyers, free people, and attorneys in Florida. Write and request newsletter order form." Issues are Bi-Monthly: ($9.00 for prisoners; $15.00 for free people; $30.00 for attorneys)


* Fortune News
39 W. 19th St.
NY, NY 10011

" Issues a quarterly newsletter dealing with the conditions, treatment and lives of prisoners in U.S. Free to all prisoners. Write and request order form."


* Georgetown Law Journal
Criminal Procedure Project
600 New Jersey Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001

"Write and request an order form for their Journals. The Journals contain case cites on criminal procedure, habeas corpus relief and prisoners rights."


* HIV Prison Project
40 Rector St
New York, NY 10006

"For prisoners with HIV. Write and request information on what services or information that the Project provides."


* Incarcerated Veterans Network
c/o Robert E. Miller
Regional Director
NIYN
29141 Hayes Rd, Apt B-30
Warren, MI 48093-4023

"A network that works to support the special needs of veterans in prison. Write and request information on what services they provide. War vets and vets from military only."


* Inmate Clerical Solutions, Inc.
412 East Madison Street, Suite 1109
Tampa, FL 33602
Tel.: (813) 390-3447

"A clerical/secretarial service for incarcerated persons. They will do word processing, typing, mailing/filing, file storage, copying, faxing, scanning, desktop publishing for a fee. Write and request a copy of their fee schedule."


* International Legal Defense Counsel
1429 Walnut St. 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Tele: (215) 977-9982

"An advocacy agency for American citizens incarcerated overseas. Write or call and request more information about them."


* Interstate Publishers
510 North Vermillion St.
Danville, IL 61834
Tel.: 217-446-0500

"They sell a parole plan guide "As Free as an Eagle" and self-help books. Write or call and request order a price list and catalog of their books."


* Islamic Prison Service
Dawah Newsletter
4715 Fable Street
Capital Heights, MD 20743

"Provides a free monthly newsletter, also Isalmic literature. Donations of stamps welcome."


* Jailhouse Lawyers Manual
Columbia Human Rights Law Review
W. 116th Street Box 25
New York, NY 10027

"They sell the book "Jailhouse Lawyers Manual" which covers Pre Trial Law. Mainly good for New York prisoners only. 5th addition now available."


* Jewish Prisoner Services International
P.O. Box 85840
Seattle, WA 98145-1840
Tel.: 206-985-0577

"Offers a multitude of services to Jewish prisoners. They will provide free Old Testaments, study guides, pen pals, and family support upon request. Write and ask for more information, or call!"


* "Justice Denied"
c/o Barbara Jean McAtlin
12164 Old Salem Court
Lake Ridge, VA 22192

"Justice Denied is a magazine on the internet that lets those who were wrongfully convicted (innocent) speak out about their case. When you write to them, you can send up to 5 pages (single spacing with half inch margins) stating why you're innocent. You must also provide some sort of evidence to back up your claim of innocence. Also give them your current status of your case. You must also submit a name and phone number of someone on the outside that is familiar with your case, and that you trust so they can contact them. They will publish your case if your claim is valid. Keep Copies Of Your Letter And Legal Work That You Send To Them!"


* Legal Eagle Publishing Zone Publishing
P.O. Box 618 Round Rock, TX 78680
OR P.O. Box 666 Los Fresnos, TX 78566

"Publishes a book called "Secret Tools for Post Conviction Relief". It is updated yearly. Excellent book for those who are challenging their convictions Pro-Se. A must for jailhouse lawyers. Write and request order form." (Price: $39.95 + $5.00 S&H. Texas Residents add 8.25% tax.)


* Legislature Bill Room, State Capitol
Room B-32
Sacramento, CA 95814-4947

"Write and request a copy of the California and U.S. Constitution. The book is free."


* Lewisburg Prison Project
Box 128
Lewisburg, PA 17837

"Sells legal bulletins and legal books at bargain prices. Subjects cover a wide range of issues such as legal research (how to), civil actions in Federal Court (how to select, file and follow legal actions, medical rights, eighth amendments, medical care, post-conviction remedies, aide in prison (your rights in treatment), etc. They also have the best priced legal dictionary "Barrons Law Dictionary" for $9.00 + $1.00 mailing fee. Write to them and ask for their order form."


* Mexican American Defense and Education Fund
634 South Spring St. 11th Floor
Los Angeles, Ca 90014

"Works to protect civil rights of Hispanics, and Mexican Americans. If you are having any problems write a one page letter briefly explaining them, also send one "SASE" for a response."


* (MOMS)
Mothers Opposed to Maltreatment of Service Members
8525 Black Hawk Court
Frederick, MD 21701
Tel.: (301) 662-7643

"Support military prisoners and has a newsletter. Write or call for more information."


* National Clearinghouse For The Defense of Battered Women
125 South 9th Street #302
Philadelphia, PA 19107

"They provide assistance and information to battered women charged with crimes and to their defense teams. They do not provide direct legal representation. Women in prison can subscribe to their newsletter "Double Time" for free. Write to them, request newsletter and more information about what services the Clearinghouse provides."


* National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
1436 U St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tel.: (202) 387-3890

"Write and Request information on U.S. Death Penalty, or call."


* National Conference of Black Lawyers
National Headquarters
Two West 125th St.
New York, NY 10027
Tel.: (212) 864-4000

"Write or call, and request information about them."
* National Lawyers Guild
Prison Law Project
558 Capp Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

"Issues a legal newsletter (quarterly)- covers prison and criminal law issues." Newsletter called "Disbarred". ($9.00 for Jailhouse Lawyers)


* National Legal Professional Associates
7 Manover Cove
Cincinnati, Ohio 45249
Web: www.nlpa.com

"Will help with appeals, motions, (pre-trial and post) and will assist your trial attorneys in preparing a defense for trial. Write and ask about their fees and services and they will send you an information packet."


* Native American Rights Fund (NARF)
1506 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80302
Tele: (303) 447-8760

"A non-profit organization devoted to defending and promoting the legal right of Native Americans. Write or call and request information on their organization."


* Nolo Press
950 Parker St
Berkley, CA 94710
Tele: 510-549-1976

"Sells self-help legal books. Publishes a newsletter called "Nolo News". Write and request their catalog."


* North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services
P.O. Box 25397
Raleigh, NC 27611

"They handle prisoner rights issues in North Carolina jails and institutions (prisons). If you are an inmate in North Carolina and are being mistreated by jail and prison officials, write and let them know. They will provide 1983 forms upon request. Write and request their brochure which will explain their service."


* Oceana Press
75 Main Street
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

Sells self-help legal manuals for prisoners. "Prisoners' Self-Help Litigation Manual" ($32.95) (3rd Ed.) "Brief Writing and Oral Argument" ($35.00) (8th Ed.) "Introduction to the Legal System of the U.S." ($29.50). Write and request an order form for the books.


* Out/Inside
Box 2821
Oakland, CA 94609

"Woman's journal focusing on lesbians. Write and request order form for journal."


*"Pan Inside-Outside Newsletter"
1100 Skyland Drive
Columbia, SC 29210-8127
Tele: (803) 254-9869

"Issues 3-4 newsletters a year covering South Carolina prison issues/news, including court rulings, and also each issue contains resource addresses along with other information. Write or call for more information about the newsletter and how to order it."


* Pasan
517 College St. Suite 232
Toronto, Ontario
M66 4A2
Canada

"Support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transsexual prisoners. Write and request more information about them."


* Paralegal Research Association
Attn: Rich Deters, President
P.O. Box 6035
Minneapolis, MN 55406

"Offers free case evaluation. Their fee for legal work is $30.00 per hour. Write and request information on what services they provide and their fees."


* Pennsylvania Capital Case Monitoring
P.O. Box 6893
Pittsburg, PA 15212

"Provides legal services in capital cases. Write and request information on what services they provide. For Pennsylvania prisoners only."


* Pen Writing Program
568 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

"Write and request their "Prisoner Educational Catalog", "Prisoner Resource List" and "Handbook for Writers". All are free to prisoners."


* People Organized to Stop Rape of Prisoners
P.O. Box 632
Ft. Brag, CA 95437 "Write and request information about organization."


* Photograph Reproduction
Color Lab
8 Burnett Ave
Maplewood, NJ 07040

"Will reproduce old photos. Very cheap in price. Write and request price list."


* Prison Activist Resource Center
P.O. Box 339
Berkley, CA 94701
Tel.: 510-893-4648

"Write and request a copy of their "Prisoner Support Directory". It is free to prisoners. (The directory is excellent and updated.)


* Prison Book Program
Lucy Parsons Center and Bookstore
110 Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116

"Write and request a copy of their "National Prisoner Resource List" . It is free."


* Prison Legal News
2400 N.W. 80th , PMB #148
Seattle, WA 98117
Tele: 206-781-6524

"Very good in-depth coverage (news) of what is happening in the U.S. prisons. This is a must for jail house lawyers. PLN tracks and reports lawsuits by prisoners in the U.S. PLN even gives case cites to the prisoners ongoing court battles. PLN even tracks and reports Supreme Court, circuit court, and all lower court cases and decisions affecting prisoner."


* Prison Policy News
P.O. Box 2143
Colorado Springs, CO 80901

"This publication is issued bi-monthly and covers legislative and legal issues deadline with prisoners rights. For a free sample send a "SASE". It costs $3.00 per year for prisoners."


* Prisoner Assistance Project
Northeastern University School of Law
400 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115

"Write to the Project and ask them what services they provide. They will send you a letter explaining what they do."


* Prisoner Legal Assistance Project
Austin Hall
Harvard Law School
Cambridge, MA 02138

"Write to the Project and ask them what services they provide. They will send you a letter explaining what they do."


* Prisoners Literature Project
c/o Bound Together Books
1369 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

"Offers free books to prisoners also has a prisoner resource address list free. Write and request information about them and request resource list."


* The Prisoners Research Project
The School of Law
University of North Carolina 27599-3380

"A group of law students at the college who answer questions (legal) from prisoners throughout North Carolina. Write and Request more information about their services. They are free. (N.C. prisoners only)"


* Prisoner Resource Clearinghouse, Inc
2103 N. Decatur Rd.
Suite 113
Decatur, GA 30033
Web: http://members.tripod.com/prisonerresource/index.html
also: www.presclear@aol.com

"For a 15 stamp (first class) donation you can receive a monthly newsletter which contains prison legal issues, resource addresses, poetry from prisoners, etc. Excellent newsletter."


* Prisoner Self-Help Legal Clinic
2 Washington Place
Newark, NJ 07102

"Issues 3 newsletters a year. Mainly for New Jersey area only. Good for Pro-Se litigants. Write and request order form for newsletter"


* Prisoners Union
P.O. Box 1019
Sacramento, CA 95812-1019

"For California Prisoners. Sells inside/out legal self-help manuals. Write for free catalog. Great self-help manuals jailhouse lawyers in California can use."


* Prisoner Visitation and Support
1501 Cherry St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102

"Provides institutional visits to prisoners in federal and military prisons nationwide. Write and ask them to send you some information on them."


* Project For Older Prisoners
The National Law Center
2000 H St.
Washington, DC 20052

"You can get copies of manuscripts, prints, maps, photographs, etc. from any book in the library (copyrighted material cannot be copied without permission) there are fees (not very low prices on fees). Write for order form and price list."


* PSI Publishing, Inc.
413-B 19th Street #168
Lynden, WA 98264

"This massive 750+ page book contains a resource list, post conviction case law and prisoners rights issues/case law. A must for anyone who is proceeding pro-se with a lawsuit deadline with prison conditions /- confinement and their appeals. It is a self-help manual. Write and request order form." (Price: $49.95)


* Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218
Web: www.sagepub.com

"Sells books about criminal justice issues. Write and request book catalog." (A bit too expensive).


* Southern Center For Human Rights
83 Poplar St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303-2122
Tele: 404-688-1202
Web: www.schr.org

"Non-Profit organization that fights discrimination against minorities, the poor, and the disadvantaged in the infliction of the death penalty. They challenge cruel and unusual unconstitutional treatment of imprisoned men, women, and children throughout the south. They represent people facing the death penalty at trials and on appeal. They provide technical assistance in post-conviction proceedings to other attorneys trying capitol cases."


Prisoners: $9.00 for six months, $18.00 for one year
Non-Prisoners: $25.00 a year
Institutions: $60.00 a year
Professionals: $60.00 a year
Note: They issue PLN monthly, a one year subscription is 12 issues.


* Southland Prison News
PMB 339
955 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

" Issues a monthly newsletter covering prisoner news (all over U.S. east coast and south). They also have resource material available. Write for a Subscription Request Form, and a listing of resource material that is available." ($15.00 for prisoners, $25.00 for non prisoners)


* Starlite, Inc
P.O. Box 20004
St. Petersburg, FL 33742
Tel.: 727-392-2929 (office)
800-577-2929 (order desk)

"They sell a quarterly and a yearly book called "The Citebook" if you are preparing for trial in a drug case, gun possession, murder trial, etc. You'll need "The Citebook". If you are working Pro-Se on your post conviction "The Citebook" is a must! "The Citebook" is updated quarterly and once a year. It gives you the very latest case law. If you are filing a lawsuit in State or Federal Court as a Prisoner the book is a must! They have a catalog filled with all types of self-help legal books for prisoners and legal books for free people. They also sell law dictionaries. Starlite also will help in pre/post trial issues for a fee. If you use the Georgetown Law Journal you must have "The Citebook" as well. Write to them and ask them to send a catalog of the books they sell, their legal services fees and an order form for "The Citebook."


* University of Tennessee Legal Clinic
1505 West Cumberland Ave
Knoxville, TN 37996

"Handles civil rights actions in prisons. (Knox County, Tennessee only)"


* The United Nations Department of Public Information
United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017

"Publishes two booklets: "Standard Minimum Rules For The Treatment of Prisoners." and "Procedures For The Effective Implementation of The Rules." Write and request copies."


* West Publishing Company
P.O. Box 64526
St. Paul, MN 55164-9352
Tel.: 800-328-9352

Sells law books. Call or write and request catalog. Books are expensive.


* Women in Prison Project
National Women's Law Center
11 Dupont Circle, N.W. #800
Washington, DC 20036
Tel.: 202-588-5180

"Request handbook. "An End To Silence!". Women in prison handbook on identifying and addressing sexual misconduct."


* Womens Positive Legal Action Network
1611 Telegraph Ave. #822
Oakland, CA 94612
Tele: 510-839-7654