A Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual, Ninth Edition

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Legal Disclaimer
A Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual is written and updated by members of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. The law prohibits us from providing any legal advice to prisoners. The information is not intended as legal advice or representation nor should you consider it as such. Additionally, your use of the JLM should not be construed as creating an attorney-client relationship with the JLM staff or anyone at Columbia Law School. We have attempted to provide information that is up to date and useful. However, because the law changes frequently, we cannot guarantee that this information is current or correct.
Table of Contents  
Chapter 1 Introduction: How to Use the JLM  
Chapter 2 Introduction to Legal Research  
Chapter 3 Your Right to Learn the Law and Go to Court  
Chapter 4 How to Find A Lawyer  
Chapter 5 Choosing a Court and a Lawsuit: An Overview of the Options  
Chapter 6 An Introduction to Legal Documents  
Chapter 7 Freedom of Information  
Chapter 8 Obtaining Information to Prepare Your Case: The Process of Discovery  
Chapter 9 Appealing Your Conviction or Sentence  
Chapter 10 Applying for Re-Sentencing for Drug Offenses  
Chapter 11 Using Post-Conviction DNA Testing to Attack Your Conviction or Sentence  
Chapter 12 Appealing Your Conviction Based on Ineffective Assistance of Counsel  
Chapter 13 Federal Habeas Corpus  
Chapter 14 The Prison Litigation Reform Act  
Chapter 15 Inmate Grievance Procedures  
Chapter 16 Using 42 U.S.C. 1983 and 28 U.S.C. 1331 to Obtain Relief From Violations of Federal Law  
Chapter 17 The State's Duty to Protect You and Your Property: Tort Actions  
Chapter 18 Your Rights at Prison Disciplinary Hearings  
Chapter 19 Your Right to Communicate With the Outside World  
Chapter 20 Using Article 440 of the New York Criminal Procedural Law to Attack Your Unfair Conviction or Illegal Sentence  
Chapter 21 State Habeas Corpus: Florida, New York, and Michigan  
Chapter 22 How to Challenge Administrative Decisions Using Article 78 of the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules   
Chapter 23 Your Right to Adequate Medical Care  
Chapter 24 Your Right To Be Free from Assault by Prison Guards and Other Prisoners  
Chapter 25 Your Right to Be Free From Illegal Body Searches   
Chapter 26 Infectious Diseases: AIDS, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, and MRSA in Prisons  
Chapter 27 Religious Freedom in Prison  
Chapter 28 Rights of Prisoners with Disabilities  
Chapter 29 Special Issues for Prisoners with Mental Illness  
Chapter 30 Special Information for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Prisoners  
Chapter 31 Security Classification and Gang Validation  
Chapter 32 Parole  
Chapter 33 Rights of Incarcerated Parents  
Chapter 34 The Rights of Pretrial Detainees  
Chapter 35 Getting Out Early: Conditional & Early Release  
Chapter 38 Rights of Juveniles in Prison  
Chapter 39 Temporary Release Programs  
Chapter 41 Special Issues of Women Prisoners  
Appendix I Addresses of Federal Courts and New York State Prisons and Their Respective Federal Judicial Districts  
Appendix II New York State: Filing Instructions & Addresses of New York State Courts  
Appendix III Addresses of New York District Attorneys  
Appendix IV Directory of Legal and Social Services for Prisoners  
Appendix V Definitions of Words Used in the JLM  
Appendix VI Definitions of Latin Words Used in the JLM  
Immigration and Consular Access Supplement
Table of Contents  
Section I Immigration  
Section II Consular Access  
Guía de Inmigración y Acceso Consular

El Manuál de Asesoría Legal Para Prisioneros (referido como JLM por sus siglas en inglés) y La Guía de Inmigración y Acceso Consular están escritos y actualizados por editores del Columbia Human Rights Law Review. Somos estudiantes, no abogados, y la ley nos prohíbe de dar asistencia legal a prisioneros. Aunque el JLM es un recurso útil, tenga en cuenta las siguientes limitaciones:

  • No establece consulta jurídica: El JLM no tiene consulta jurídica individualizada.
  • No establece una relacíon oficial entre el abogado y el cliente: El uso del JLM no indica que usted esté representado por él o por uno de sus editores.
  • No hay garantías de informacíon corecta: La informacíon en el JLM no está 100% actualizada porque la ley cambia con mucha frecuencia.
Introduccíon | Capítulo 1 | Capítulo 2


Last updated April 2011