Resources: Legal Resources

PARC corresponds with and mails a directory of these resources to prisoners, their friends and family members. We are often the first point of contact for people to connect with prisoners' rights organizations, community organizations, prison literature and arts projects, family and visiting resources, health care and legal resources, parole and pre-release resources, and the prison abolition movement.

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Resource Category
National Lawyers Guild Prison Law Project

The NLG helps publish the Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook (JLH) on bringing civil rights claims alleging violation of constitutional rights in prison or jail. NLG does not provide lawyers or legal assistance, but does provide free membership for jailhouse lawyers, which includes ability to vote on national resolutions and to receive the quarterly publication, Guild Notes. If writing in for a copy of the JLH, donations of $2 to cover postage are greatly appreciated. JLH is also downloadable online. Serves people nationally.


Legal Resources
New England Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, and  VT in which the prisoner has a claim of factual innocence; no time requirement DNA and non-DNA cases; will consider arson and shaken baby syndrome cases; may consider child abuse cases.


Legal Resources, Innocence Projects
North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence

Accepts cases of actual innocence in North Carolina; DNA and non-DNA cases; will consider arson and shaken baby syndrome cases, and may consider child abuse cases; typically limit to those in custody, but exceptions are made. Only serves indviduals in North Carolina.


Legal Resources, Innocence Projects
North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission

The North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission was created by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2006 and is charged with providing an independent and balanced truth-seeking forum for credible post-conviction claims of innocence in North Carolina. The Commission is separate from the appeals process. A person exonerated by the Commission process is declared innocent and cannot be retried again. Only serves individuals in North Carolina.


Legal Resources, Innocence Projects
North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services

NCPLS provides legal assistance to prisoners in the North Carolina Department of Correction ranging from advice about prisoner’s legal rights to representation in litigation in state and federal court. Cases are accepted based on referrals from attorneys as well as direct requests from prisoners or individuals acting on behalf of prisoners incapable of requesting legal assistance. The organization is divided into three teams of attorneys and paralegals: Post-Conviction, Civil, and Support Services. Serves people in North Carolina only.


Legal Resources
Northeastern University Prisoners' Rights Clinic

This Northeastern University program represents state prisoners in Eastern Mass. through a student clinic with free legal assistance on a variety of serious criminal issues, including disciplinary charges, parole applications, parole revocation and more. Because this program is university-affiliated, it may not be staffed during transitional periods in the academic schedule. Serves people in Mass only.


Legal Resources
Northern California Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Northern and Central CA; DNA and non-DNA; case three or more years left to serve. The applicant must have been convicted in CA state court of a serious felony or a three-strikes sentence. Will consider shaken baby syndrome, police misconduct, ineffective counsel, fire investigation, firearms and fingerprint analysis, false confessions, prosecutorial misconduct, and death penalty issues.


Legal Resources, Innocence Projects
Office of the Public Defender

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Delaware; DNA cases only.


Legal Resources, Innocence Projects
Ohio Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Ohio; DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements. Only serves prisoners in Ohio.


Legal Resources, Innocence Projects
Oklahoma Innocence Project

The Oklahoma Innocence Project accepts cases of actual innocence in Oklahoma; DNA and non-DNA cases; no sentence requirements. Must have credible evidence of factual innocence. Only serves individuals convicted in Oklahoma state court.


Legal Resources, Innocence Projects

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