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Prisoners' Legal Resource Addresses
Compiled by: Richard Jackson, Federal Death Row
"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)
"Handles major class action suits involving prison conditions and related issues in state and federal institutions. " (Does not handle post-conviction cases.)
"Provides information for immigration detainees en espanol. Write and request information."
"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."
"Request Hepatitis and Gallstone information."
"Write or call and request information about the project."
"Native American prisoner support. Write for more information."
"Offers a paralegal correspondence course. Not Free."
"They publish a newsletter for women prisoners called "The Fire Inside" write and ask them to place you on their newsletter mailing list."
"For Florida prisoners working on their post-convictions. Write and request information on what services they offer."
"Request catalog on books that they sell, excellent publications. Not free."
"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."
"Handles prisoners' rights cases in all 50 states, including parole matters, habeas corpus, and special writ applications. Write and request information."
"Write and request their catalog of publications which contains free publications. Ask for free book: "Getting Uncle Sam to Enforce Your Civil Rights!"
"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."
"Write or call and request information about the center and the U.S. Death Penalty."
"Same as the Project at UNC School of Law. Write and request more information on the group."
"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."
"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)
" 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."
"Write and request an order form for their Journals. The Journals contain case cites on criminal procedure, habeas corpus relief and prisoners rights."
"For prisoners with HIV. Write and request information on what services or information that the Project provides."
"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."
"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."
"An advocacy agency for American citizens incarcerated overseas. Write or call and request more information about them."
"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."
"Provides a free monthly newsletter, also Isalmic literature. Donations of stamps welcome."
"They sell the book "Jailhouse Lawyers Manual" which covers Pre Trial Law. Mainly good for New York prisoners only. 5th addition now available."
"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 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!"
"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.)
"Write and request a copy of the California and U.S. Constitution. The book is free."
"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."
"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."
"Support military prisoners and has a newsletter. Write or call for more information."
"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."
"Write and Request information on U.S. Death Penalty, or call."
"Write or call, and request information about them."
"Issues a legal newsletter (quarterly)- covers prison and criminal law issues." Newsletter called "Disbarred". ($9.00 for Jailhouse Lawyers)
"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."
"A non-profit organization devoted to defending and promoting the legal right of Native Americans. Write or call and request information on their organization."
"Sells self-help legal books. Publishes a newsletter called "Nolo News". Write and request their catalog."
"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."
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.
"Woman's journal focusing on lesbians. Write and request order form for journal."
"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."
"Support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transsexual prisoners. Write and request more information about them."
"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."
"Provides legal services in capital cases. Write and request information on what services they provide. For Pennsylvania prisoners only."
"Write and request their "Prisoner Educational Catalog", "Prisoner Resource List" and "Handbook for Writers". All are free to prisoners."
"Will reproduce old photos. Very cheap in price. Write and request price list."
"Write and request a copy of their "Prisoner Support Directory". It is free to prisoners. (The directory is excellent and updated.)
"Write and request a copy of their "National Prisoner Resource List" . It is free."
"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."
"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."
"Write to the Project and ask them what services they provide. They will send you a letter explaining what they do."
"Write to the Project and ask them what services they provide. They will send you a letter explaining what they do."
"Offers free books to prisoners also has a prisoner resource address list free. Write and request information about them and request resource list."
"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)"
"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."
"Issues 3 newsletters a year. Mainly for New Jersey area only. Good for Pro-Se litigants. Write and request order form for newsletter"
"For California Prisoners. Sells inside/out legal self-help manuals. Write for free catalog. Great self-help manuals jailhouse lawyers in California can use."
"Provides institutional visits to prisoners in federal and military prisons nationwide. Write and ask them to send you some information on them."
"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."
"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)
"Sells books about criminal justice issues. Write and request book catalog." (A bit too expensive).
"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."
" 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)
"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."
"Handles civil rights actions in prisons. (Knox County, Tennessee only)"
"Publishes two booklets: "Standard Minimum Rules For The Treatment of Prisoners." and "Procedures For The Effective Implementation of The Rules." Write and request copies."
Sells law books. Call or write and request catalog. Books are expensive.
"Request handbook. "An End To Silence!". Women in prison handbook on identifying and addressing sexual misconduct."