News & Events

  • Federal Court Issues Order Prohibiting California from Applying Propositions 9 and 89 to Some Lifers (But Order is Stayed Pending Appeal)

    March, 2014

    A federal court has held that California Propositions 9 and 89 unlawfully increase punishment for life prisoners who committed their crimes before the effective dates of those propositions.


  • New Supplement to the California State Prisoners Handbook Now Available

    January, 2014

    The 2014 Supplement to The California State Prisoners Handbook is now available. The Supplement contains 185 pages of information on legal developments between 2008 and the end of October 2013, plus some updated forms and resource lists.

    Check out our Handbook Order Form.

  • Prison Law Office Director Named a “Californian to Watch in 2014”

    December, 2013

    The Sacramento Bee has named Prison Law Office Director Donald Specter a “Californian to Watch in 2014” based on his successful efforts to bring an evidence-based approach to prison overcrowding problems. Read the article.

  • Report Published on European-American Prison Project

    October, 2013

    The Vera Justice Institute has published a Report on the European-American Prison Project, which was funded by the Prison Law Office. The Project’s goal was to expose American correctional officials to radically different systems and practices in Germany and the Netherlands, in order to advance an international dialogue around effective corrections and to stimulate reform efforts in the United States.

  • USA Today Story – PLO’s “European Prison Project” Has Positive Impact In U.S. Facilities

    March 31, 2017 – USA Today highlights the positive influence PLO sponsored “European Prison Project” has on participants.  States like North Dakota have already implemented a few Norwegian practices, as a result those facilities have seen a decrease in violence.