c/o NMB INC.
DEPT 51, TORONTO, ON M5R 2E3
Advice and resources for Canadian and foreign inmates in American prisons.
225 VARICK ST. 4TH FL.,
NEW YORK, NY 10014
A non-profit organization providing free legal services to formerly incarcerated people, recovering alcoholics and substance abusers. Offers advice and representation on a range of legal problems for people with HIV.
3325 WILSHIRE BLVD., SUITE 34, LOS ANGELES, CA 90010
If you are incarcerated, please feel free to communicate with JDI using legal mail, addressing your correspondence to:
Ms. Cynthia Totten, Esq.
3325 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 340
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Since 1980, JDI has worked to end the sexual abuse of detainees, in the U.S. and around the world. At the heart of JDI’s mission lies a conviction that when the government removes someone’s freedom, it takes on the absolute responsibility to protect that person’s safety. JDI works with policymakers, corrections leaders, advocates, and prisoner rape survivors to end this form of violence, once and for all. No matter what crime someone might have committed, rape is not part of the penalty.
915 15TH ST. NW 7TH FLOOR, WASHINGTON, DC 20005
Handles major class action law suits involving prison conditions in state and federal institutions. Does NOT handle cases for individual prisoners. They publish a quarterly journal and many helpful booklets. Write for current availability/cost. Focus area/description: The ACLU’s National Prison Project is the only organization that litigates prison condition cases on a national level. Since 1972, the NPP has represented more than 100,000 men, women and children. The NPP continues to fight unconstitutional conditions of confinement through successful litigation, public education, and other forms of advocacy. We are currently litigating programs from the Virgin Islands to California.
California Prison Focus works to abolish the California prison system in its present condition and investigate and expose human rights abuses with the goal of ending long term isolation, medical neglect, and all forms of discrimination.
666 BROADWAY, 7TH FLOOR, NEW YORK, NY 10012
Offers the Jailhouse Lawyers Guide and Women’s Appendix in collaboration with the National Lawyer’s Guild.
375 EAST CHICAGO AVENUE, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60611
Excellent source for information on wrongful convictions; based in Illinois and a project of Northwest University School of Law.
435 W 116TH ST., NEW YORK, NY 10027
Focus area/description: What is it?
A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual Ninth Edition (the “JLM Ninth 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 a separate Immigration & Consular Access Supplement. The main volume is about 1077 pages, while the Immigration & Consular Access Supplement is about 102 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.
How much does it cost?*
For prisoners: The JLAI Ninth Edition main volume is $30. The Immigration & Consular Access Supplement is $5. The books may be ordered together, or either book may be ordered separately. Priority shipping is included in both prices.For non-inmates, organizations, or institutions: The AM Ninth 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. See the pricing chart below. 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 cannotoffer 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?
Complete and send the order form below with a check or money order, payable to Columbia Human Rights Law Review to:
Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Attn: JLM Order
435 W. 116th St.
New York, NY 10027
If you send a money order, keep the receipt in case there is a problem with your order. We do not accept postage stamps as payment and we also do not accept credit cards. Due to the nature of the institutional mail systems, we request that you allow up to eight weeks from the date of your order. Because our office is student-run, your order may not be processed as quickly over school breaks. Please inform us on this form of any restrictions on incoming mail that your facility may have (for example, no padded envelopes or first class mail only). Please print clearly and legibly!!!
40 WORTH ST. #701, NEW YORK, NY 10013
Only accepts post-conviction cases where DNA testing can yield conclusive proof of innocence. All cases for consideration should be mailed with a brief factual summary of the case, including the specific charges and convictions and a list of the evidence used against the defendant. No other documents should be submitted for initial review.
122 Commerce Street, Montgomery, AL 36104
Serves: National, AL
Focus area/description: EJI litigates on behalf of condemned prisoners, juvenile offenders, people wrongly convicted or charged with violent crimes, poor people denied effective representation, and others whose trials are marked by racial bias or prosecutorial misconduct. EJI works with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment, and serves the state of Alabama and the Deep South in general, working nationally on selected issues. EJI also prepares reports, newsletters and manuals to assist advocates and policymakers in the critically important work of reforming the administration of criminal justice.
PO BOX 128, LEWISBURG, PA 17837
Publishes a number of low-cost materials for prisoners, including legal bulletins. Bulletins can be downloaded for free on website. Legal bulletins, free catalogue of federal prisoners’ rights. SASE requested.
950 PARKER STREET, BERKELEY, CA 94710
Publishes legal self-help material such as Legal Research, the Criminal Law Handbook, and Represent Yourself in Court. Write for catalog.
PO BOX 70447 OAKLAND, CA 94612
Source for progressive and radical information on prisons and the criminal prosecution system. Produces a directory that is free to prisoners upon request, and seeks to work in solidarity with prisoners, formerly incarcerated people, their friends and families.
P.O. BOX 2420, WEST BRATTLEBORO, VT 05303
Legal News is an independent 56-page monthly magazine ($24/year for prisoners) that provides a cutting edge review and analysis of prisoner rights, court rulings and news about prison issues. PLN will mail, at no charge, an informational brochure, a brochure of the legal and prisoner oriented books it sells, a calendar, and a bookmark to any prisoner in the U.S.
THE PRISONER’S GUIDE TO SURVIVAL
A comprehensive legal assistance manual for post conviction relief and prisoners’ civil rights actions. 750 pages, soft cover, $49.95 for prisoners. Includes: Current legislation and court decisions affecting prisoners, actual-size example forms for Appeals, Habeas Corpus actions, Motions, Constitutional rights complaints for state and federal prisoners, and much more.
Prison Law Office General Delivery, San Quentin, CA 94964
The Prison Law Office is a non-profit law office that offers free legal services to people in California prisons regarding conditions of confinement, and provides self-help legal manuals on various topics including parole hearings, Habeas Corpus, and suing a public entity. They also offer numerous self-help law manuals free of charge.
83 POPLAR ST. NW, ATLANTA, GA 30303-2122
Represents individuals and files class action lawsuits to protect the rights of people of color, poor people, and other disadvantaged citizens facing the death penalty or confined to prisons and jails in the South.
110 SECOND AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY 10003
WPA is the nation’s oldest service and advocacy organization committed to helping women with criminal justice histories see new possibilities for themselves and their families.
1011 Brookside Road, Suite 300
P.O. Box 3717, Allentown, PA 18106-3717
Offers well-known, accredited paralegal program
Associate Degree program available. Accredited by the D.E.T.C.