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PRISON PUBLICATIONS Some of the following publications can be downloaded from the internet for free.
Prison Focus California Prison Focus' 24 page quarterly newsletter. Send $8 (16 stamps) for 4 issues, 4 stamps for a single issue. Free for individuals in California SHU, PSU or ASU. $20 annually for outside readers. Send requests to CPF 4408 Market St., Ste. A, Oakland, CA 94608
The Jailhouse Lawyer's Handbook (Published by Center of Constitutional Rights) This Handbook explains how a prisoner can start a lawsuit in federal court, to fight against mistreatment and bad conditions in prison. Because most prisoners are in state prisons, the authors focus on those. However, people in federal prisons and city or county jails will be able to use the Handbook too. This is the fifth edition, revised and printed in 2010. Request one from The NLG-Prison Law Project. Donations of $2 (or more) help offset postage and shipping. National Lawyers Guild-Prison Law Project, 132 Nassau Street, Rm 922, New York, NY 10038
The Fire Inside Published by California Coalition of Women Prisoners Free for outside donors of $25 or more, and available at no cost to prisoners.) Write or send donations to: CCWP 4400 Market St., Oakland, CA 94608
Life Support Alliance Resources California Lifer Newsletter (CLN) Printed every other month. Prisoners, $35/yr, $60/2 yrs, $90 for 3 yrs. Free individuals, $9/yr, $180/2 yrs. California Lifer Newsletter. Free. Mail subscription requests to Life Support Alliance, P.O. Box 277, Rancho Cordova, CA, 95741 Lifer-Line, is a free monthly newsletter sent via email, for friends and family. Copies can be printed and sent inside to loved ones. To receive the electronic copy of Lifer-Line email request, with some background information, to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prison Legal News (PLN) and Criminal Legal News (CLN) Both published by the Human Rights Defence Center. 1 Year Print Subscription for Incarcerated Individuals,12 issues, $30.00 For subscriptions, write to either PLN or CRN at PO Box 1151, Lake Worth, FL 33460
A Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual (JLM) Published in 2017 by the editors of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review, the JLM is a handbook of legal rights and procedures designed for use by people in prison. For prisoners and their family members the JLM 11th Edition main volume is $30.
The Immigration & Consular Access Supplement (2018) is 110-pages of information about the immigration consequences of criminal convictions for people who are not U.S. citizens, as well as information about the right of non-U.S. citizens to access their countries’ consulates. Note: You may also order up to three chapters of the 2014 10th Edition of A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual for free. However the 10th edition may contain information that is out of date and no longer accurate. Send requests to Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Attn: JLM Order, 435 W. 116th St., New York, NY 10027 (Checks or money orders should be payable to Columbia Human Rights Law Review.)
Manual en Español (SJLM) fue creado con el fin de proporcionar un recurso accesible para aquellos prisioneros que solo hablan español. El SJLM se tradujo de la Quinta Edición del JLM en lengua inglesa. Actualmente no distribuimos el SJLM porque el manual no esta actualizado. Estamos trabajando en una nueva versión que reflejará los últimos cambios importantes en la ley. Los lectores del SJLM deben complementar este recurso con sus propias investigaciones. Esperamos sacar una nueva edición del SJLM en los próximos dos años. El Suplemento de Inmigración y Acceso Consular es una información de 110 páginas sobre las consecuencias migratorias de las condenas penales para personas que no son ciudadanos estadounidenses, así como información sobre el derecho de los ciudadanos no estadounidenses a acceder a los consulados de sus países.
San Quentin News San Quentin News reports on rehabilitative efforts to increase public safety and achieve social justice. Mail subscription requests to Friends of San quentin News, Social Good Fund, PO Box 494, San quentin, CA 94964.)
The Black and Pink Newspaper A free prisoner-generated monthly newspaper to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer prisoners and prisoners living with HIV regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Send requests to: Black and Pink National Office, 614 Columbia Rd, Dorchester, MA 02125
Prisoners Literature Project Provides free books nationwide to people inside U.S. prisons, including books on the following subjects: History; Literature (novels, poetry, mythology); Politics; Philosophy; Psychology/Self-Help; Science and Math; African-American, Latino, and Native American fiction and nonfiction. PLP does NOT have law books and legal guides; romances; horror; Bibles and Christian literature. They have very few thrillers, mysteries, westerns, and sci-fi novels. They try to keep dictionaries in stock, but occasionally run out of them. Requests should include listed subjects of interest, rather than specific books. Specify if you prefer fiction by/about people of color. PLP Books are donated and the selection is ever-changing. Requests limited to once a year. PLP is made up of all volunteers. Request responses may take 2-4 months. Write to: Prisoners Literature Project, c/o Bound Together Books, 1369 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
The San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper $24 per year in funds or stamps. Write to: 4917 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94124-2309.
Yoga: a Path for Healing and Recovery supports incarcerated people with trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness practices to promote rehabilitation, reduce recidivism, and improve public safety.” Free. Write to: Prison Yoga Project P.O. Box 415, Bolinas, CA 94924
The Abolitionist Published by Critical Resistance; A bilingual (English/Spanish) A publication dedicated to the strategy and practice of prison industrial complex abolition. Free for people inside. (This is made possible by subscriptions/donations by free world readers.) ($15 gets somebody three issues and supports one prisoner with a free subscription for a year.) Write to: Critical Resistance) to The Abolitionist, 1904 Franklin St, Ste 504, Oakland, CA 94612.
The Prison Rights Handbook contains a wealth of information that should help prisoners to determine their rights. The handbook provides a "guide to correctional law decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States and the Federal Courts of the Third Circuit."
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.
Prisoner Resource Directories:
National Prisoner Resource List Prison Book Program, 1306 Hancock Street, Suite 100 Quincy, MA 02169
PARC National Prisoner Resource Directory PARC, PO Box 70447, Oakland CA 94612
Bar None’s Prisoner Resource List Bar None PO Box 1 Arcata CA 95518
Black & Pink’s LGBTQ Prisoner Resource List Black and Pink Black and Pink, 614 Columbia Rd, Dorchester, MA 02125