Legal Support

Updated 2021

Please bear in mind that the bulk of the information in this guide is actually on the Internet. A short summary of each website clipped out for this list does not even begin to do each entry justice, and many of the items on this list actually contain further lists. The number of prisoner resources out there are mind boggling, so don't be afraid to use Google if there is something you have in mind.

A caveat to this list is that this is the age of COVID 19. Many of these sites are temporarily closed or scaled back for the duration of the pandemic. They are included in this list anyway in anticipation of better days.

Computers connected to the Internet are not generally available in prisons, so it is up to friends, family, and advisers to dig out the needed information from each website, or to shoot off emails where needed.

Finally, there are no websites that require money or a login to access. If you encounter any problems with this list, feel free to contact Helen.

A JAILHOUSE LAWYER’S MANUAL

http://jlm.law.columbia.edu/
Attn: Hanna Lauritzen
1525 Miramonte Ave #3249
Los Altos, CA 94024
(646) 470-2054
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How much does it cost?
JLMpublications may be ordered together, or each book may be ordered separately. All prices includethe cost of priority shipping. Payments may be made by check or money orderand must be received in full before an order can be processed.

Overpayments will be considered donations and processed as such.

If you are incarcerated or if you are ordering for a person who is incarcerated, please follow the pricing for incarcerated people.

We are able to provide a significant discount to incarcerated peopledue to the generosity of donors and alumni.For incarcerated persons, the Eleventh Edition of the main JLMis $30; the Louisiana State Supplement is $25; the Texas Supplementis $20; and theImmigration & Consular Access Supplementis $15.

For organizations, institutions, and people who are notincarcerated:

The Eleventh Edition of the main JLM is $140;the Louisiana State Supplement is $100; the Texas Supplement is $70; and the Immigration & Consular Access Supplement is $50.

To order online using a credit card, please visit: https://clsjournals.directfrompublisher.com/.

To place an orderby mail, complete the order form below and send it to A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual, Attn: Hanna Lauritzen, 1525 Miramonte Ave #3249, Los Altos, CA 94024,***along with a check or money order for the proper amount. Please print clearly and legibly!

Please make your check or money order payable to Columbia Human Rights Law Review.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept postage stamps as payment,and cannot accept credit card payments by mail. If you are ordering for an incarcerated person, please follow the pricing for incarcerated people.
Pleasekeep a record of your order, especially if you pay by money order, in case there is a problem with receiving or processing your order.

The Columbia Human Rights Law Review(and the JLM) is not responsible for any lost or delayed mail or payments.Please inform us of any restrictions on incoming mail that your facility may have(for example, no padded envelopes, or first class mail only). The Columbia Human Rights Law Review(and the JLM) is not responsible for any delays resulting from your facility’s refusal to accept our delivery of the JLM, nor forany deliveries of the JLM that are lost or destroyed. Due to the nature of the institutional mail systems, we request that you allow up to eight weeksfrom the date of your orderfor delivery. Because our office is student-run, your order may not be processed as quickly over school breaks.

Abolitionist Law Center

https://abolitionistlawcenter.org/
Abolitionist Law Center
P.O. Box 8654
Pittsburgh, PA 15221
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A Way Out: Abolishing Death By Incarceration in Pennsylvania
(Pittsburgh, PA) Philadelphia County has 2,694 people serving life without parole sentences (LWOP), which is more than any other county in the United States and far more than any other country in the world, according to a new data analysis released today by the Abolitionist Law Center. A Way Out: Abolishing Death By Incarceration in Pennsylvania [Full Report] [Abridged Report] found Pennsylvania has 5,346 people serving LWOP, making the state a national leader in the use of the punishment; only Florida, with twice the population, has more people serving LWOP. State Representative Jason Dawkins and State Senator Sharif Street have filed legislation that would allow parole eligibility for all lifers after 15 years of incarceration.

The Abolitionist Law Center is a public interest law firm inspired by the struggle of political and politicized prisoners, and organized for the purpose of abolishing class and race based mass incarceration in the United States.

American Civil Liberties Union/National Prison Project

https://www.aclu.org/other/aclu-national-prison-project
125 Broad Street
18th Floor
New York NY 10004
212-549-2500

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is our nation’s guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States. The ACLU National Prison Project offers the 2012 Prisoner’s Assistance Directory which includes contact information, services, and descriptions for over 300 national, state, local and international organizations that provide assistance to prisoners, ex-offenders, and families of prisoners.

Actual Innocence Clinic

https://law.utexas.edu/clinics/actual-innocence/
Actual Innocence Clinic
The University of Texas School of Law
727 E. Dean Keeton St.
Austin, TX 78705
Erin Eckhoff
(512) 471-1317

Students screen and investigate claims by inmates that they are actually innocent of the offenses for which they are incarcerated. While investigating cases, students typically interview witnesses, research cases, review trial transcripts, and visit inmates in prison. The weekly clinic class addresses topics relevant to actual innocence law and procedure.

Cases are not accepted by telephone or e-mail. A written request from the inmate must be sent to the clinic; it cannot come from family or friends.” The AIC only accepts cases from prisoners currently serving a sentence resulting from a felony conviction within Texas. We cannot accept cases from prisoners who have an attorney representing them and pending on direct appeal. Cases are not accepted by telephone or e-mail. A written request from the inmate must be sent to the clinic; it cannot come from family or friends. At this time, the clinic is not accepting cases involving DWIs or federal offenses. Due to limited resources, the clinic cannot accept cases from inmates on parole or probation, or offenders who have already served their sentence.

Alaska Innocence Project

https://www.alaskainnocence.org/index.html
Alaska Innocence Project
PO Box 201656
​Anchorage, AK 99508

The Alaska Innocence Project (AKIP) is an Alaska-based non-profit corporation that provides legal, educational, and charitable services to identify and exonerate individuals who have been wrongfully convicted in the state of Alaska, and to provide educational opportunities that foster a culture that champions the defense of the innocent.

Prior to its formation, individuals wrongfully convicted in Alaska could turn to the dedicated staff of the Innocence Project Northwest Clinic at the University of Washington School of Law for assistance; however, workload forced that project to turn down requests from inmates in Alaska. To fill this need, a dedicated group of criminal attorneys, investigators, and concerned individuals banded together to form the Alaska Innocence Project.

Arizona Justice Project

https://www.azjusticeproject.org/
Arizona Justice Project
111 E. Taylor St.
Suite 365
Phoenix, AZ 85004
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We seek justice for the innocent and the wrongfully imprisoned – the marginalized and forgotten of Arizona’s Criminal Justice System.

Indigence is frequently associated with injustice and the quality of justice suffers as a result. To prevent denial of access to justice, members from the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice founded the Arizona Justice Project in 1998. Its mission is to represent indigent Arizona inmates whose claims of innocence or manifest injustice have gone unheeded. Every time an accused goes to prison without having received a fair trial, we are one step closer to the loss of our own freedoms. In fact, there is no greater punishment than that imposed on the innocent.

Cases of Innocence and Manifest Injustice

The Arizona Justice Project reviews and assists in Cases of Actual Innocence or cases in which a Manifest Injustice has occurred. To date, the Arizona Justice Project has received over 6,000 requests for assistance, and currently has between 40 to 50 cases in post-conviction relief proceedings under the supervision of a review team. Oftentimes, the Arizona Justice Project is a last resort for men and women who have been failed by our justice system. Their voices would go unheard and sadly, many innocent people would remain wrongfully behind bars without the hard work of our Arizona Justice Project staff and volunteers.

Staff and Volunteers Working Together

Our review teams generally consist of an Arizona Justice Project staff person or a volunteer lawyer supervisor paired with law students from the Arizona State University College of Law and the University of Arizona College of Law. In addition, the Arizona Justice Project is fortunate to have the help of some of the best investigators in Arizona who spend countless hours tracking down vital information, witnesses, and evidence in our cases.

Educating The Public

In an ongoing effort to both correct past injustices and prevent future wrongful convictions, the Arizona Justice Project distributes a newsletter to help educate the public on the misconceptions surrounding wrongful convictions. It also keeps our supporters updated on our various cases under review, CLE events, legislative projects, groundbreaking forensic science and much more. Please subscribe to our newsletter by entering your email address at the bottom of this page.

Bluhm Legal Clinic - Center on Wrongful Convictions

https://www.law.northwestern.edu/legalclinic/wrongfulconvictions/
Bluhm Legal Clinic
Northwestern Pritzker
School of Law
375 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611-3069
312.503.8576
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Each year, hundreds of clients receive assistance from Bluhm Legal Clinic students. The range of clients served is wide reaching including teenagers tangled in an unjust juvenile legal system and entrepreneurs in need of affordable legal advice. As students gain unparalleled hands-on, real-world experience, they also can dramatically improve the lives of those they serve.

Appellate Advocacy
Children & Family Justice
Civil Litigation
Entrepreneurship Law
Environmental Advocacy
Externships
International Human Rights
Litigation & Investor Protection
MacArthur Justice
Negotiation & Mediation
Trial Advocacy
Wrongful Convictions
Wrongful Convictions of Youth

California Innocence Project

https://californiainnocenceproject.org/
California Innocence Project
225 Cedar Street
San Diego, CA 92101
619-525-1485

The California Innocence Project has three missions:
Free the wrongfully convicted from prison.
Work to reform the criminal justice system.
Train law students to become zealous advocates.

About Innocence Work
More than 60 innocence organizations have been established in the U.S. and worldwide and have freed hundreds of innocent people since the 1990s. Organizations are located in Ohio, Washington, Florida, Arizona, Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Holland and elsewhere.

Litigating an Innocence Case
If strong evidence of innocence exists, we ask the court to reopen the case through an evidentiary hearing. If the court decides that we have provided enough evidence of innocence, the client is exonerated.

Causes of Wrongful Convictions
There are nearly 2,000 documented cases of wrongful convictions in the U.S. The leading causes of wrongful convictions are bad identifications, false confessions, false informant testimony, official misconduct, and ineffective assistance of counsel.

Center on Wrongful Convictions

https://www.law.northwestern.edu/legalclinic/wrongfulconvictions/

Bluhm Legal Clinic, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
375 East Chicago Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60611-3069
Phone: 312.503.8576
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The Center on Wrongful Convictions is dedicated to identifying and rectifying wrongful convictions and other serious miscarriages of justice. To date, the Center has exonerated more than forty innocent men, women, and children from states around the country, and it receives thousands of inquiries a year. The CWC also houses some of the nation's leading legal experts on false confessions and police interrogations and has helped exonerate more than twenty false confessors.

How to Request Legal Assistance
The Center on Wrongful Convictions (CWC) will consider cases that meet the following criteria:
A claim of actual innocence: The person seeking assistance must be in no way responsible for the crimes of which he or she was convicted.
Post-conviction status: The trial must be completed and have resulted in a conviction and sentence.

If you believe that your claim fits these criteria, please send us a letter to the address below. The letter should briefly summarize the events that led to your current incarceration.

Center on Wrongful Convictions
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
375 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611

All requests must be sent through the mail. The CWC will not consider requests for representation received via email or over the phone. Please note that all requests must come directly from the person seeking representation, although we will accept supplemental materials from third parties.

The review process for requests for representation can take several months or longer. During this process, the CWC will not provide phone or mail updates about the status of the review. We thank you for your patience. The CWC will send a letter after the review process has been completed.

The CWC does not handle the following types of cases: (1) sentence reduction requests; (2) civil lawsuits.

Centurian

https://centurion.org/
Centurion
1000 Herrontown Rd.
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 921-0334
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Centurion is a secular, national non-profit (501(c)3) organization dedicated to the vindication of the wrongly convicted. Since 1983, we have freed 63 men and women who were serving life or death sentences for crimes they did not commit. That’s over 1,200 years of life lost. We take on the hard cases, the ones others leave behind. We re-investigate the crime, uncovering lost evidence, finding new evidence, convincing a coerced witness to come forward with the truth, overturning false confessions, and sometimes even finding the real criminal.

Proving Innocence
Centurion investigates claims of innocence without any requirement that a particular type of evidence exist in a case. The majority of our cases do not have a scientific element that would be probative of innocence. We take on the toughest cases and utilize our investigative expertise and 40 years of post-conviction legal experience to exonerate the innocent in prison.

Our Process
Our team of 25 expert volunteers and 14 staff members evaluate more than 1,100 new claims of innocence each year. Developed over the last 35 years, Centurion’s case selection process is designed to ensure that each request is carefully reviewed so that we can continue to make well-informed decisions and avoid mistakenly turning someone away.

Our Case Development Team reviews all letters and decides which ones to assign for further development. Case Development is labor-intensive work that requires thousands of man-hours each year. Centurion’s volunteer case workers dedicate their time to communicating with inmates to compile a comprehensive record and analysis of the facts of their cases. Once fully developed, cases are reviewed by Centurion’s leadership. Based on the obtainable evidence and viability of available legal avenues, decisions are made on next steps.

After Exoneration
Our clients are our family. While working to exonerate a client we support them while they are still in prison, helping to ease the incredible weight of incarceration. We also support any efforts to further their education or to learn a skill. Once freed, our team carefully works with the individual creating strategies for them to succeed. We provide assistance with housing, employment, clothing, medical check ups, or simply being a voice on the other end of a phone. Above all we walk with them on this new journey.

Just like any family, everyone is different and their needs are different. The common thread is our care and concern for their well-being. We want them to succeed once free. We want their freedom to be a joyous experience, for them not to feel alone as they navigate the new world.

Columbia Legal Services

https://columbialegal.org/
Central Support Office
101 Yesler Way, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 464-5911
(800) 542-0794 (Toll Free

About Us:
Criminal Justice Reform
Every stage of the U.S. criminal justice system, from policing to prosecution to sentencing, imprisonment, and reentry is deeply racialized, and extreme in its harshness. The U.S. is without global peer in how many people it puts behind bars, and for how long. And the U.S. criminal justice system works to keep a person imprisoned long after they leave confinement, be it through exorbitant legal financial obligations or by making a criminal record a barrier to housing or employment. While our juvenile court system is supposed to prioritize rehabilitation and care for justice-involved youth, their facilities end up simply serving as “mini jails.” All of these consequences fall disproportionately on people of color.

Columbia Legal Services works for communities to dismantle our racialized criminal justice system. We believe that the poor shouldn’t face harsher punishment than the rich. We work to ensure that people who are returning home after imprisonment should have a chance to find work, a job, and care for their health and for their families.

Economic Justice
Every person in Washington, rich and poor alike, should be able to lead a productive, meaningful, and dignified life. Individuals and families facing poverty should be protected by a social safety net that provides for basic human needs like food, housing, and health care.

Columbia Legal Services works with older persons and people facing poverty to improve access to essential hospital and health care, to reduce the burden of medical debt and payday lenders, and to improve services for people with disabilities living in group home settings.

Housing & Homelessness
People should not be punished for living in poverty. Governments should not be passing laws that punish people who are trying to survive on the streets or call their vehicles homes. Landlords should not use discrimination or sketchy practices when selecting tenants or turning over a mobile home park.

Columbia Legal Services works with people facing poverty to keep individuals and families housed and protecting their homes so they can thrive.

Immigrant Justice
Immigrants in Washington state are living under an outdated and racialized immigration system that harms families, youth, children, and workers. Across Washington, many immigrants are denied access to the state’s social safety net. Immigrants who have lived a vast majority of their lives in Washington have almost no recourse to regularize their immigration status, leaving them in a state of constant vulnerability to deportation.

Columbia Legal Services fights efforts that attempt to demonize or shame immigrant families facing poverty. We support community partners pushing to end the harms of the outdated and broken federal immigration system.

Systems Reform
Racialized and discriminatory systems work to disadvantage or exclude people of color, people living in poverty, and children. Voting systems are created to advantage white and wealthy communities already in power. Local governments operate behind closed doors or without opportunity for public input. Children in poverty in Washington state are harmed by systems that fail to protect them. Many state policies for children either treat them as adults or ignore them. In dependency proceedings the parents and the government always have attorneys, but the child does not.

Columbia Legal Services works to improve or, when necessary, dismantle systems that oppress and deny opportunities. We work to transform voting systems and keep government accessible and accountable. We work with youth, families, and advocates for children to ensure that the best interests of the child take priority in state and local policies and practices.

Worker Justice
Immigrant workers in Washington state are living under outdated and racialized immigration and employment systems that offer few reliable protections or opportunities to secure better paying, more permanent work. Agricultural workers, primarily immigrants, have been historically excluded from basic employment protections like overtime, a legacy of the Jim Crow era. Workers in the state under the H-2A visa program are subjected to intimidation and retaliation.

Columbia Legal Services works with immigrant community groups and unions to transform employment practices that have excluded immigrant workers.

CPCS INNOCENCE PROGRAM - Fighting Wrongful Convictions Across Massachusetts

https://www.publiccounsel.net/pc/innocence-program/
CPCS Administrative Office
100 Cambridge Street, 14th Floor
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 482-6212

We identify and fight to overturn wrongful convictions across the state. Our attorneys represent indigent state defendants who have been convicted and punished for crimes they did not commit. We accept both DNA and non-DNA based innocence claims, with special attention to cases involving eyewitness identification, flawed or invalidated forensic science, and false confessions.

Private Counsel Division
The Private Counsel Division of CPCS delivers legal services to indigent clients through assigned private attorneys in criminal defense trial and post-conviction cases as well as commitment and registration cases for persons convicted of sex offenses. Our mission is to provide excellent legal services to each and every client by assuring that all assigned attorneys possess the skills they need through experience or training, meet high standards of performance and have ready access to mentoring, supervision and continuing legal education. To support this effort CPCS also provides consulting attorneys with expertise in trial skills, post-conviction matters, immigration law, forensic evidence and expert witnesses, community resources and sex offender registration. The CPCS Private Counsel division welcomes feedback about our service from clients and from assigned attorneys.
https://www.publiccounsel.net/pc/public/

Public Defender Division
The mission of the Public Defender Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services is to ensure that criminal defendants are given the fundamental protection of the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Massachusetts Constitution. We believe that every defendant should not only receive zealous advocacy but respect and dignity as they deal with the potential loss of their liberty.

The Public Defender Division is committed to meeting the needs of clients in Massachusetts in all their diversity. We are dedicated to providing zealous advocacy, community oriented defense and protection of fundamental constitutional and human rights.Our staff encompasses a broad range of human differences and abilities including but not limited to: age, ethnicity, gender, geographic origin, race, faith, religion, and progressive values; and are committed to utilize them to best serve our clients.
https://www.publiccounsel.net/pd/public/

Children and Family Law
The Children and Family Law (CAFL) Division provides legal representation to children and indigent parents in child welfare matters, including care and protection proceedings, children requiring assistance cases (CRAs), actions to terminate parental rights, state agency-sponsored guardianships, and any other child custody proceeding where the Department of Children and Families (DCF) is a party or where the court is considering granting custody to DCF. In Massachusetts, both children and indigent parents have a right to representation by counsel in child welfare cases. See G. L. c. 119, § 29 and Dep’t of Public Welfare v. J.K.B., 379 Mass. 1 (1979). Representation is provided by a panel of private court appointed attorneys and by staff attorneys in offices throughout the state.
https://www.publiccounsel.net/cafl/client/

Youth Advocacy
The Youth Advocacy Division is tasked with ensuring that every child in Massachusetts has access to zealous legal representation that incorporates a Youth Development Approach resulting in both legal and life success. Accordingly, YAD will lead, train, support, and oversee a diverse and collaborative juvenile defense bar across the state. Through individual representation and systemic advocacy, YAD also will partner with community organizations and local agencies to work toward creating safer and healthier communities.
https://www.publiccounsel.net/ya/public-resources/

Mental Health Litigation
The Mental Health Litigation Division provides attorneys for civil commitment proceedings in the District Courts and the Boston Municipal Court as well as attorneys in the Probate and Family Courts for guardianships, substituted judgment proceedings, and cases involving the validation of health care proxies. Civil commitments are handled by both panel attorneys and staff attorneys, while all of the cases in Probate Court are handled by private panel attorneys.
https://www.publiccounsel.net/mh/public/

Connecticut Innocence Project

https://portal.ct.gov/OCPD/Innocence-Project/Connecticut-Innocence-Project
2275 Silas Deane Highway
Rocky Hill, Connecticut 06067
(860) 258-4940

The Connecticut Innocence Project is an office of the State of Connecticut Division of Public Defender Services. The Connecticut Innocence Project/Post Conviction Unit is a member of the Innocence Project Network, a coalition of Innocence Projects in the fifty states and abroad. The mission of the Connecticut Innocence Project / Post Conviction Unit is to investigate cases of wrongly convicted individuals and seek their exoneration.

Education Publications Center (EDPUBS)

https://www.usa.gov/federal-agencies/education-publications-center-edpubs
US Dept. of Education
PO Box 22207
Alexandria, VA 22304
877-433-7827 (9:00 - 5:00 pm, ET, English and Spanish)
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This office helps consumers identify and order free publications and resources from the U.S. Department of Education.

Florida Justice Institute

https://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/
Florida Justice Institute
3750 Miami Tower
100 S.E. Second Street
Miami, FL 33131-2309
Ph: 305.358.2081

The Florida Justice Institute is a nonprofit public interest law firm that conducts civil rights litigation and advocacy in the areas of prisoners’ rights, housing discrimination, disability discrimination, and other areas that impact the lives of Florida’s poor and disenfranchised. We bring large-scale, systemic civil rights litigation throughout the state of Florida. We are funded primarily through grants (including from the Florida Bar Foundation, the state’s distributor of IOLTA money), attorneys’ fees, and private donations.

The categories of cases we handle include:

Prisoners Rights – Cases for persons currently or formerly incarcerated in a Florida prison or jail, involving mistreatment while incarcerated, or involving the conditions of the facility. We do not handle criminal or post-conviction cases (meaning anything related to a criminal case, including criminal appeals, sentencing motions, Rule 3.850 or 3.800 motions, clemency petitions, and habeas corpus petitions).

Housing Discrimination – Cases in which a person has been denied housing because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or familial status (having children or being pregnant). We do not handle foreclosure cases, landlord-tenant disputes, or condominium disputes unless they involve the issues noted above.

Disability Discrimination – Cases in which a person is unable to access or use a place of public accommodation (such as a hotel, government office, restaurant, etc.) because of a disability. We do not handle employment cases.

Important Civil Rights or Civil Liberties Issues – Cases that involve important issues that are likely to affect a large number of people, or may result in systemic change.

Florida Legal Services

http://www.floridalegal.org/
Florida Legal Services
PO Box 533986
Orlando, FL 32853
(407) 801-4528
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Florida Legal Services is a statewide leader in advancing economic, social, and racial justice. We advocate for poor, vulnerable, and hard to reach people through impact litigation, legislative and administrative advocacy, education, and strategic partnerships.

Georgia Innocence Project

https://www.georgiainnocenceproject.org/
50 Hurt Plaza
Suite 350
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 373-4433
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Georgia Innocence Project (GIP) is an independent nonprofit organization that works to correct and prevent wrongful convictions in Georgia. Collaborating with a network of pro bono lawyers, volunteers, and students, GIP attorneys and staff conduct investigations into criminal convictions where modern DNA testing was not available at the time of trial. We do not charge for our services, and we have very strict case acceptance criteria. We have accepted only a very small fraction of the more than 7,600 requests for help that we have received. If there is a compelling claim of actual innocence, and DNA or other new evidence exists to prove that innocence, GIP litigates cases to secure release. GIP has exonerated eight men who were wrongfully imprisoned for a combined total of 139 years.

Great North Innocence Project

https://www.greatnorthinnocenceproject.org/
The Great North Innocence Project 229 19th Avenue South
Suite 285 Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612.624.4779
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Each year our team works diligently to screen hundreds of requests for help, to give freedom back to people in prison for crimes they did not commit. GNIP staff, law students, investigators, and volunteer attorneys spend thousands of hours carefully analyzing these cases to determine whether there is new evidence that could show actual innocence. We litigate cases where newly discovered evidence is identifiable and can provide clear and convincing proof of actual innocence.

Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project

https://clinics.law.harvard.edu/plap/
6 Everett Street
Suite 5107
Harvard Law School
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-3969
Prisoners should contact us on our collect call hotline at 617-495-3127

The Prison Legal Assistance Project (PLAP) is a student practice organization at Harvard Law School in which students represent people incarcerated in Massachusetts prisons.

PLAP student attorneys represent clients charged with violating prison regulations at disciplinary hearings and those facing parole revocation or rescission and second degree life sentence hearings before the Massachusetts Parole Board. Student attorneys also provide inmates with assistance in matters ranging from civil rights violations to confiscated property. We handle neither criminal nor civil court cases, and we are unable to assist people incarcerated outside the state of Massachusetts.

Hastings Women’s Law Journal

https://repository.uchastings.edu/hwlj/
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The Hastings Women's Law Journal is committed to advancing feminist perspectives and promoting scholarship in issues of concern common to all women, while recognizing the unique concerns of communities that traditionally have been denied a voice, such as women of under-represented populations.

Hawai'i Innocence Project

https://www.hawaiiinnocenceproject.org/
2515 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822
808.956.6547
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The Hawai'i Innocence Project is a law clinic and non-profit with a mission to free prisoners who are factually innocent but who have been wrongfully convicted. Through the work of our volunteers, attorneys, and law students, we strive to not only exonerate the innocent but to also reform the justice system to prevent innocent people from being convicted of crimes they didn’t commit.

Illinois Innocence Project

https://www.uis.edu/illinoisinnocenceproject/about/
University of Illinois Springfield
One University Plaza
Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407
217-206-6600

The Illinois Innocence Project (IIP) is dedicated to freeing innocent men and women imprisoned in Illinois for crimes they did not commit. We advocate on behalf of this silenced population by researching and investigating claims of innocence, and providing legal representation and other assistance to prove credible claims of actual innocence.

The Project reviews over 300 requests for help from Illinois inmates each year. Undergraduates at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) and law students from the state’s public law schools work alongside and at the direction of Project attorneys to review, evaluate and, where strong evidence of actual innocence exists, investigate and legally pursue claims of innocence.

Innocence and Justice Clinic

http://innocence-clinic.law.wfu.edu/
Wake Forest University
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
336.758.5430

The I & J Clinic provides students with the unique opportunity to learn about the various causes of wrongful convictions – mistaken eyewitness identification, invalid or improper forensic science evidence, jailhouse informants, false confessions, ineffective assistance of counsel, police and prosecutorial misconduct – while giving them the opportunity to apply this knowledge to the investigation of cases where newly discovered evidence can prove a client’s innocence.

Innocence Project at the UVA School of Law

https://www.law.virginia.edu/academics/clinic/innocence-project-uva-school-law
580 Massie Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 924-7354
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Innocence Project at the UVA School of Law
Students in this yearlong clinic investigate and litigate wrongful convictions of inmates throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Some of the cases have forensic evidence (usually DNA) that could be tested, and some are non-DNA cases.

Innocence Project New Orleans

https://bit.ly/33cNmVx
P.O. Box 792808
New Orleans, LA 70179-2808
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Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) frees innocent people sentenced to life in prison.
We support our clients living well and fully in the world after their release.
We advocate for sensible criminal justice policies that reduce wrongful convictions.

Innocence Project of Florida

https://www.floridainnocence.org/
Innocence Project of Florida, Inc.
1100 East Park Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone: (850) 561-6767

The Innocence Project of Florida (IPF) is an IRS-certified 501(c)(3), non-profit organization founded in January 2003 to help innocent prisoners in Florida obtain their freedom and rebuild their lives. Our mission is to:

Screen and investigate cases in which meritorious innocence claims are identified;

Secure DNA testing when biological evidence exists;

Advocate for the release and/or exoneration of individuals whose cases present meritorious innocence claims based on evidence of actual innocence;

Provide transitional and aftercare services to exonerees; and

Advocate for necessary criminal justice reform to avoid wrongful incarcerations in the future.

Please direct those looking for legal assistance in their case to write us a letter, send it via U.S. Mail to our mailing address listed above. The letter should explain the situation and request our Screening Questionnaire.

Innocence Project of Minnesota

https://www.givemn.org/organization/Greatnorth-Ip
229 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-624-4779
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The Innocence Project of Minnesota works to free the wrongfully convicted and prevent future wrongful convictions from occurring in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Fighting to Free the Innocent:
Each year our team works diligently to screen hundreds of requests for help, to give freedom back to people in prison for crimes they did not commit. IPMN staff, law students, investigators, and volunteer attorneys spend thousands of hours carefully analyzing these cases to determine whether there is new evidence that could show actual innocence. We litigate cases where newly discovered evidence is identifiable and can provide clear and convincing proof of actual innocence.

Shining Light on Injustices:
Through school and community presentations, we inform the public about the causes and consequences of wrongful convictions to raise awareness and support for our work. We provide practicing attorneys, judges, and law enforcement officers with continuing education and expert information on wrongful convictions and the best practices to prevent them. We teach law school courses on wrongful convictions and provide experiential learning opportunities to the next generation of lawyers to build a better justice system

Advocating for Change:
We work independently and in coalition with other organizations to pass laws and implement policies that minimize chances of wrongful convictions and remedy injustices.

IPMN has worked to free six men who were in prison for crimes they did not commit. These men spent a combined 84 years behind bars due to wrongful convictions.

Innocence Project of Texas

https://innocencetexas.org/
Innocence Project of Texas
300 Burnett Street, Suite 160
Fort Worth, Texas 76102

We do not accept requests for assistance via email, phone, or fax.
Innocence Project of Texas is a nonprofit human service organization that provides legal and investigation assistance to low-income Texas citizens who were convicted of crimes they did not commit. We work to gain their freedom and exonerate them.
Innocence Project of Texas advocates for the adoption of laws to improve (reform) the criminal justice system and prevent wrongful convictions.

Si no hablo ingles? En el Projecto de Inocencia de Tejas, aceptamos las cartas en español.

Innocence Project

https://innocenceproject.org/
40 Worth Street
Suite 701
New York, NY 10013
212.364.5340
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About
The Innocence Project, founded in 1992 by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck at Cardozo School of Law, exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.

Our Work
The Innocence Project's mission is to free the staggering number of innocent people who remain incarcerated, and to bring reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment.

This website provides links to innocence projects across the US.

Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization

https://bit.ly/3egD0u4
Postal address:
Yale Law School
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215

Courier address:
Yale Law School
127 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511

The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization (LSO) provides legal representation to individuals and organizations in need of legal services but unable to afford private attorneys. Students, supervised by Law School faculty members and participating attorneys, interview clients, write briefs, prepare witnesses, try cases, negotiate settlements, draft documents, participate in commercial transactions, draft legislation and regulatory proposals, and argue appeals in state and federal courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Connecticut Supreme Court.

Kentucky Innocence Project

https://innocenceproject.org/policy/kentucky/
40 Worth Street
Suite 701
New York, NY 10013
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212.364.5340

The Innocence Project's mission is to free the staggering number of innocent people who remain incarcerated, and to bring reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment.

Korey Wise Innocence Project at Colorado Law

https://bit.ly/3h07B0y
University of Colorado Law School
Wolf Law Building
401 UCB
2450 Kittredge Loop Road
Boulder, Colorado 80309
303.492.8047
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The KWIP receives requests for help from people who believe they have been convicted despite being innocent of any offense, and evaluates these claims to see if there are factual and legal grounds to get back into court with the claims. When the KWIP learns of a case that appears deserving of further investigation, the case is referred for further evaluation to volunteer lawyers, who may be assisted by Colorado Law students.

Law Offices of Alan Ellis

https://alanellis.com/
Alan Ellis
California Office
35501 South Highway 1
Unit 150
Gualala, CA 95445-9553
Phone: 415.895.5076

New York Office
501 Fifth Avenue, Suite 514
New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212.252.9775 Fax: 212.382.3610
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A Nationally Recognized Federal Criminal Defense Law Firm

The Law Offices of Alan Ellis is a federal sentencing, prison and post-conviction, appeal and 2255 motion law firm representing federal criminal defendants and inmates throughout the United States. The firm endeavors to obtain for its clients the lowest possible sentence and if it is one of incarceration, the best facility possible with release at the earliest opportunity. Alan Ellis, a Past President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and a Fulbright award recipient, has defended thousands of cases for over 50 years. He has authored more than 150 articles and books, including the Federal Sentencing Guidebook and the Federal Prison Guidebook. He is a frequent speaker and has more than 85 lectures, presentations and speaking engagements to his credit. Before entering private practice, Alan was a law professor and federal law clerk.

Legal Action Center

https://www.lac.org/
New York Office
225 Varick St, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10014
T (212) 243-1313

Washington DC Office
810 1st Street, NE, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20002
T (202) 544-5478

Decades of punitive criminal justice and drug policies have led to over-incarceration and failure to invest in community healthcare. The results of these failed policies have devastated lives, communities and perpetuated systemic inequities on a massive scale. Today, 1 in every 3 American adults has a criminal record and the disproportionate impact on low-income individuals of color is unmistakable. Tens of thousands of laws exist to block people with histories of conviction from accessing basic necessities, such as employment, housing and education, essentially sentencing people to a lifetime of poverty. Millions more Americans cannot access or afford the health care they need, and individuals with substance use disorder and mental illness are often criminalized instead of treated due to the lack of affordable, accessible treatment options and discriminatory insurance barriers.

LAC seeks to end punitive responses to health conditions like addiction, mental illness, and HIV or AIDS, and to create equitable access to affordable, quality treatment. We envision a society that upholds the civil rights of all individuals, regardless of their history of justice involvement or medical condition. And we aim to dismantle the historic and persistent impact of systemic racism that has fueled mass incarceration and disparate community health systems.

Since our founding in 1973, LAC has utilized a multi-pronged approach to achieving our mission, which includes: direct legal services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, education and training, and coalition-building.

Our free legal services are offered through our New York City office to individuals who have criminal records, substance use disorders, HIV, or AIDS and face discrimination in health care, employment, housing, education, and more. Our impact litigation establishes important precedents to defend the civil rights of our constituents on a broader scale. Similarly, our policy advocacy at the national, state, and local levels helps to protect access to health care, opportunity, and justice for all.

And all our work is interconnected - our work with individuals informs our advocacy priorities, while our movement with partners and policy-makers helps to elevate the services and resources we are able to provide.

Legal Aid Society Prisoner's Rights Project

https://www.legalaidnyc.org/programs-projects-units/the-prisoners-rights-project/
Need Help?
Call 212-577-3300

The Prisoners’ Rights Project is a leading advocate of humane and constitutional conditions in the New York City jails and State prisons. The Project seeks to dismantle the oppression and racism of the carceral system by protecting the safety and basic human rights of the people who are subjected to it.

Some of the problems we address include violence by correctional staff; protection from harm, denial of medical and mental health care, discrimination, denial of education and mistreatment of disabled and LGBT people. PRP engages in law reform and class action civil rights litigation to seek systemic change inside jails and prisons, and advocates for regulatory and legislative protections for incarcerated people.

Preventing sexual abuse in prison
Requiring school for youth in jail
Ensuring decent medical care
Improving safety and living conditions in City jails
Remedying gross overcrowding in the City jails
Redressing inadequate mental health treatment
Curbing excessive use of solitary confinement
Ending shackling during birth and other abusive restraint practices
Policy and advocacy

Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staen Island.

Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners

https://mitchellhamline.edu/clinics/lamp-legal-assistance-to-minnesota-prisoners/
Mitchell Hamline School of Law
875 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105-3076
1-888-962-5529 651-227-9171
Mitchell Hamline School of Law

The LAMP clinic and what we do

While LAMP stands for Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners, we like to think of it more metaphorically. The LAMP Clinic serves as a beacon in the dark world of those incarcerated.

The LAMP clinic provides help with all types of legal matters to inmates. LAMP cases range from lawsuits to stop inmate mistreatment to helping an inmate with a divorce to drafting a will.

LAMP does not handle appeals for inmates to contest their convictions.

Clinical program

Business Law Clinic
Child Protection Clinic
Civil Advocacy Clinic
Employment Discrimination Mediation Representation Clinic
Health Law Clinic
Housing Justice Chatbot-Building Clinic
Immigration Clinic
Indian Law Clinic: Impact Litigation
Innocence Clinic
Intellectual Property Clinic
LAMP: Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners
Mediation Clinic
Reentry Clinic
State Public Defender Postconviction Clinic

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

https://prisonerswithchildren.org/
4400 Market Street
Oakland, CA 94608
(415) 255-7036

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC) is one of the first organizations in the country that was formed to support people in prison, specifically women, at a time when their struggles were nearly invisible. Over the last 40 years we have grown from a small law office to a national organization with a unique approach that engages in law, policy, communications, and community organizing to advance our work. We have expanded our focus from women in prison to include all incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people and their families. We have seeded and served as an incubator to trailblazing organizations like Critical Resistance, Justice Now, California Coalition for Women Prisoners, Prison Activist Resource Center and more. We have litigated dozens of cases resulting in trendsetting legal standards including expanding alternatives to incarceration, ending long term solitary confinement in California, and the protection of pregnant incarcerated women. Not only has our legal work protected the human rights and health of millions of currently and formerly incarcerated people, we’ve trained hundreds of attorneys and legal workers along the way.

LEWISBURG PRISON PROJECT

https://www.lewisburgprisonproject.org/
PO Box 128
Lewisburg, PA 17837
(570) 523-1104
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​Our Mission
The Lewisburg Prison Project was founded in 1973 by concerned citizens of Lewisburg, PA, who desired to ensure that the local prisons were operating humanely and according to law.

​We are dedicated to the principle that prisoners are persons with incontestable human and constitutional rights.​​

​The Lewisburg Prison Project works in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project. The Lewisburg office focuses on the Middle District of Pennsylvania and on federal prisons throughout Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project also has offices in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
What We Do

The Lewisburg Prison Project provides free legal advice, assistance, and representation for civil cases related to the conditions of confinement for people who are or were incarcerated in Pennsylvania. Individual civil cases are taken based on their merit and program priorities.

​We also send informational materials and referrals to people in Pennsylvania and across the United States. Visit our Resources page for some of our frequently requested materials.​

​We cannot assist with criminal cases, including sentencing, parole, and release.

List of Innocence Projects

https://bit.ly/3xOxRkw
American Association of Law Libraries
105 West Adams Street, Suite 3300
Chicago, IL 60603
312.939.4764

At the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), we believe that people need timely access to relevant legal information to make sound legal arguments and wise legal decisions. Our members are legal information experts—problem solvers of the highest order. Every day we connect members with one another and passionately champion the value of their roles because, when we do, it makes our whole legal system stronger.

Loyola Law School's Project for the Innocent

https://bit.ly/33eTlsR
Loyola Law School
919 Albany St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
213.736.8141

Loyola Law School's Project for the Innocent (LPI) is dedicated to the exoneration of the wrongfully convicted. Loyola Law School students are the heart and soul of the clinic, which is yearlong. Since its inception, LPI students have received hundreds of letters from inmates across the nation. Students screen cases, research legal issues, interview witnesses and meet with inmates. The project provides invaluable exposure to real cases and clients for students with a passion for public interest law.

McKinney Wrongful Conviction Clinic

https://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/practice/clinics/course-list/wrongful-conviction.html
Robert H. McKinney School of Law
530 W. New York St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone: 317-274-8523

Wrongful Conviction Clinic
The Wrongful Conviction Clinic is a founding member of the Innocence Network. Students represent clients claiming actual innocence seeking relief in state post-conviction and federal habeas proceedings. The classroom component focuses on the disturbing questions raised by wrongful convictions. Eyewitnesses may be 100% certain of an identification and, unintentionally, 100% wrong. False confessions are a reality, no matter how counterintuitive. Legal remedies are often limited for persons in prison as a result of convictions based on false science. If you are willing to work hard in a complex legal and factual context, the WCC is open through the regular registration process. Contact Professor Fran Watson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions.

Michigan Innocence Clinic



https://bit.ly/3efRE4L
The University of Michigan Law School
625 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215
Telephone: 734.764.1358

At the Michigan Innocence Clinic at Michigan Law, clinic students investigate and litigate cases on behalf of prisoners who have new evidence that may establish that they are actually innocent of the crimes for which they have been convicted. Unlike many other innocence clinics, which specialize in DNA exonerations, the Michigan Innocence Clinic focuses on innocence cases where there is no DNA to be tested. Under the supervision of Director David Moran, Assistant Director Imran Syed and Clinical Fellow Megan Richardson, Innocence Clinic students work on all aspects of the cases, including investigating new evidence, researching and writing briefs, arguing court motions and conducting evidentiary hearings. The Clinic’s work spans all levels of state and federal courts. Since its founding in 2009, the Clinic has successfully won the release of 22 people who had been wrongfully convicted, and served anywhere from two to 46 years in prison.

Prisoners must submit an application to the Innocence Clinic to determine whether the clinic can take the prisoner's case.

Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project

https://bit.ly/3tnn1yy
Request a Questionnaire
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Please mail your completed questionnaire to:
Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project
1413 K Street NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005
Main Office: 202-888-1766

The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project works to prevent and correct the conviction of innocent people in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. We have one of the highest success rates in the country for exonerating those who have been wrongfully accused.
Case Location – We take cases only from prisoners who were convicted in state and federal courts in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

Middle Ground Prison Reform

https://www.middlegroundprisonreform.org/
Middle Ground
Prison Reform, Inc.
139 East Encanto Drive
Tempe, Arizona 85281
(480) 966-8116

Donna Leone Hamm, Director, is an expert witness in prison policy and executive clemency policy and procedure. She also performs mitigation work for private attorneys. Donna was formerly a lower court/limited jurisdiction judge for 11 years. James Hamm is a graudate of ASU College of Law, and has successfully passed the State Bar exam. However, due to his 1974 felony, he was not admitted to practice. He works with several attorneys on appeals and habeas petitions, and is an expert in prison gangs, time computation and other prison policy issues. James also holds a bachelor's degree in applied sociology. Middle Ground Prison Reform is not a law firm; we are an all volunteer non-profit organization which advocates to protect and define the rights and responsibilities of the incarcerated and their supporters. Nothing on this site is intended to be legal advice. If you require the services of an attorney, you should contact an attorney who specializes in the subject matter of concern to you. We can sometimes provide referrals to attorneys. All information contained herein is provided for informational and/or educational purposes and may contain personal opinions of the admiistration, or may contain information we have copied or repeated from other documents.

Midwest Innocence Project

https://themip.org/
Midwest Innocence Project
3619 Broadway Blvd., Suite 2
Kansas City, MO 64111
816.221.2166
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The Midwest Innocence Project (MIP) was founded at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law in 2000. MIP is dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Iowa, and Nebraska. Today, we operate as an independent organization in partnership with UMKC, MU, KU, the Nebraska Innocence Project, the Iowa State Public Defender’s Wrongful Conviction Division, and other regional organizations and universities. The Midwest Innocence Project is a member of the Innocence Network.

To submit a case:
Please have the inmate complete and return our questionnaire (available below).
All cases must be submitted by the prisoner requesting help. All requests must be in writing and sent by postal mail to the address above.

We ONLY accept cases where:
The applicant is claiming actual innocence, in other words, that he/she did not participate in the crime.
The applicant was convicted in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, or Arkansas.
The applicant is currently incarcerated and has more than 10 years left to serve on his/her sentence.
The applicant has exhausted their appeals and is not currently represented by an attorney.

Mississippi Innocence Project

https://innocenceproject.olemiss.edu/
George C. Cochran Innocence Project
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677-1848
(Tel) 662-915-5207

The George C. Cochran Innocence Project is committed to providing the highest quality legal representation to its clients: Mississippi state prisoners serving significant periods of incarceration who have cognizable claims of wrongful conviction. In addition, the Project seeks to identify and address systemic problems in the criminal justice system and to develop initiatives designed to raise public and political awareness of the prevalence, causes and societal costs of wrongful convictions.

Montana Innocence Project

https://mtinnocenceproject.org/
Montana Innocence Project
P.O. Box 7607
Missoula, MT 59807
Phone: (406) 243-6698
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The Montana Innocence Project is a non-profit organization that works to exonerate the innocent and prevent wrongful convictions. Founded in 2008 and based in the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana, the project achieves its mission through a combination of free legal assistance and policy work.

To be considered for MTIP’s free legal services, your case must meet the following criteria:
You must have been convicted of a felony crime in a Montana state or federal court.
You must have completed your trial, sentencing, and direct appeals.
You must not currently be represented by an attorney or have access to a public defender.
We give priority to cases where convincing and corroborating new evidence can establish actual innocence, and we are unlikely to accept a case without independent and verifiable evidence to support innocence claims.

We do not accept:
Cases from convicted persons who are an admitted accomplice, co-defendant, or co-conspirator, even if the role was relatively minor.
Cases where the convicted person is solely claiming that their rights were violated or that they were not adequately represented (actual innocence must be the central issue).
Due to the difficulty of proving innocence in certain types of cases, we usually cannot assist in the event that:
the convicted person admits to killing or assaulting someone but claims it was done in self–defense.
the convicted person admits to sexual contact but claims the person consented to the contact.
the person was convicted as an accessory but claims they did not play a major role in the crime.

We do not:
Assist convicted people with filing civil suits, legal research, appealing to the Board of Pardons and Parole, or any other issues unrelated to actual innocence.
Review cases based solely on information given by a friend or family member (the request must be made by the convicted person).

How to request legal assistance:
Send a letter to Montana Innocence Project P.O. Box 7607 Missoula, MT 59807. Note: the person seeking legal assistance must be the one to request it.
Include your full name, inmate ID, and address.
Include a brief explanation of your case, including information about the crime and where your case stands today.
Include an explanation of any evidence that can help establish your innocence.

National Capital Crime Assitance Network

https://nccan.org
Claudia Whitman
14985 Rd. 40.2
Mancos CO 81328
970-533-7383

Prisoners facing capital charges, Death Row, or Life Without Parole need legal, investigative and community assistance. Some are without lawyers or are having problems with their lawyers. Most need investigative work on their cases. Others need local contacts, support groups and contact with the media.

Many need their families and friends to have training/support to facilitate meaningful work on the cases. Some need innocence claims presented to innocence organizations.

Both prisoners and their loved ones need to gain skills in summarizing case issues, identifying tasks, and finding resources so that they can become effective self-advocates and advocates. NCCAN addresses these issues by networking nationally and acting locally.
NCCAN Activities That Help Lead to Solutions:

• Correspondence with prisoners and family members
• Troubleshooting for prisoners and family members - securing a lawyer, an investigator and community support network, etc.
• Maintaining and updating files on NCCAN associated death row/capital charges/life without parole cases
• Networking with family/friends of prisoners
• Networking with lawyers of prisoners
• Networking with local community resources in state/community of prisoner
• Identifying issues that need to be investigated; developing investigative strategy
• Training community and family members with Capital Defense Handbook
• Developing a training manual for family, friends, and community activists that involves fundraising, coordination with lawyers/innocence projects/prisoners, investigation, strategy, reading all legal documents, record keeping, etc.

National Center on Institutions and Alternatives

http://www.ncianet.org/
Administrative Office
7130 Rutherford Road
Baltimore, MD 21244
443-780-1300

Career Development Center
2621 Lord Baltimore Drive
Baltimore, MD 21244
443-780-1347

Youth In Transition School
7205 Rutherford Road
Baltimore, MD 21244
410-780-1439

HJH Vocational Training Center - Baltimore
301 South Central Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-622-5082

HJH Vocational Training Center - Charlotte
517 Blairhill Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28217
704-287-4459

Sentencing Advocacy & Mitigation
Since 1977, the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives (NCIA) has provided sentencing advocacy and criminal justice services to defense attorneys, defendants, inmates, and court systems throughout the country. We have worked with more than 20,000 defendants in all 50 states and in five foreign countries. When assisting defense attorneys handling sentencing of their clients, NCIA provides assistance by designing individualized sentencing data reports, videos, and other supplementary materials. Our alternative sentencing proposals frequently include the use of creative community service that draws on the offender’s strengths and background, substance abuse counseling, work-release, home confinement, and community confinement.

In addition to sentencing advocacy, we also provide parole release advocacy, institutional designation and transfer, and release planning. When assisting court systems, NCIA has developed and implemented sentencing advocacy programs in 15 states and trained thousands of public defenders, probation officers, and other sentencing advocates.

Herbert J. Hoelter
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
7130 Rutherford Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21244
443.780.1353 phone
410.265.8078 fax
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Suicide Prevention in Custody
Suicide continues to be a leading cause of death within jails, prisons and juvenile facilities throughout the country. Since 1983, landmark studies from NCIA’s Suicide Prevention in Custody Services have found that the suicide rate in county jails is several times greater than that of the general population, while the suicide rate in prisons remains slightly higher than in the community. It is essential that correctional agencies implement a sound suicide prevention policy, including the critical component of staff training, to help alleviate the risk of inmate suicide and costly litigation. NCIA has extensive experience in providing suicide prevention and liability reduction services to both local and state correctional agencies throughout the country, including policy assessment and development, staff training, and expert witness consultation. For further information about our Suicide Prevention in Custody services contact Lindsay M. Hayes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 774.361.6923.

National Lawyers Guild Prison Law Project

https://www.nlg.org/discussions/discussion/prison-law-project/
National Lawyers Guild
PO Box 1266
New York, NY 10009
Phone: (212) 679-5100

About
“…lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers…in the service of the people, to the end that human rights and the rights of ecosystems shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests.”
-Preamble to the NLG Constitution

The National Lawyers Guild is the nation’s oldest and largest progressive bar association and was the first one in the US to be racially integrated. Our mission is to use law for the people, uniting lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers to function as an effective force in the service of the people by valuing human rights and the rights of ecosystems over property interests.

National Legal Aid & Defender Association

http://www.nlada.org/
National Legal Aid & Defender Association
1901 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20006
(Phone) 202.452.0620

Our Mission
Because the quality of justice in America should not depend on how much money a person has, NLADA leads a broad network of advocates on the frontlines to advance justice and expand opportunity for all by promoting excellence in the delivery of legal services for people who cannot afford counsel.
Our Work

Effective local advocacy requires a strong national advocate. NLADA is America’s oldest and largest nonprofit association devoted to excellence in the delivery of legal services to those who cannot afford counsel. We provide advocacy, guidance, information, training and technical assistance for members of the equal justice community, especially those working in public defense and civil legal aid. For more than a century, we have connected and supported people across the country committed to justice for all.

New England Innocence Project

https://www.newenglandinnocence.org/
1035 Cambridge Street, Suite 28A
Cambridge, MA 02141
(617) 945-0762
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The New England Innocence Project (NEIP) is an independent social justice non-profit that fights to correct and prevent wrongful convictions and combats injustice within the criminal legal system for innocent people imprisoned for a crime they did not commit in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

We provide free forensic testing, investigation, experts, and an experienced legal team to exonerate the innocent and bring them home to their loved ones. We also use our expertise about wrongful convictions to provide education and advocate for legislative and judicial reforms to prevent future tragedies.

According to the National Registry of Exonerations, over 100 innocent individuals from New England have been exonerated since 1989.

New Mexico Innocence and Justice Project

https://lawschool.unm.edu/ijp/index.html
UNM School of Law
1117 Stanford NE MSC11 6070, 1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Phone: 505-277-2146

The New Mexico Innocence and Justice Project at the UNM School of Law is the ONLY program in the state that that conducts in-depth investigations and coordinates DNA analysis for those who claim to be factually innocent and wrongfully convicted.

NJ Office of the Corrections Ombudsman

https://www.nj.gov/correctionsombudsperson/
Office of the Corrections Ombudsperson
PO Box 855
Trenton, NJ 08625
609-633-2596 - Main Office number for the general public
555-555-5555 - Inmate Only Toll Free Number with use of I.P.I.N.
800-305-1811 - Toll Free number

The Ombudsperson’s role has a long and honorable tradition as a means of protecting against abuse, bias and other improper treatment or unfairness. The Office of the Corrections Ombudsperson provides a mechanism for the continuing resolution of concerns or complaints regarding the living conditions and treatment of state sentenced inmates housed in state prison facilities, residential community release programs and sexually violent predators committed to the Special Treatment Unit.

Serving as a designated neutral, the Corrections Ombudsperson is an advocate for fairness who also acts as a source of information and referral, aids in answering questions, and assists in the resolution of concerns during critical situations.

Since the office is independent and external to the correctional facilities, it ensures objectivity and credibility among inmates and staff. In considering any given instance or concern, the interests and rights of all parties who may be involved are taken into account.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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