“A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual”

A guide for incarcerated people by the editors of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review


The book "A Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual"






A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual is a handbook of legal rights and procedures produced for use by people in prison by the student editors of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. Since the publication of the first edition in 1978, tens of thousands of incarcerated people have used the manual to learn about and exercise their legal rights. More than 1,000 copies are shipped annually to prisoners, institutions, libraries, and legal practitioners across the United States.

“The manual helps to empower prisoners to exercise a right we, as a society, hold dear—the right to speak for oneself. . . . A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual should be read by everyone involved in, or concerned about, prisoners’ rights.”  —Foreword by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, 1992



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