- California State Prisoners Handbook, Fourth Edition (2008) and 2011 Supplement


- Information Re: Proposition 47 (3/15) also in Spanish (older version)Informacion Sobre La Propuesta 47 (11/14)


- How to file an Administrative Appeal (10/15) also in Spanish (older version) Como Tramitar una Apelacion Administrativa (1/13)

- Requesting Investigations of Staff Misconduct and Conditions of Confinement Problems (7/13) also in Spanish (older version) Investigationes de Mala Conducta de Personal u Otras Condiciones de Problemas en Encierro (11/11)

- Information About California's Prison Population Reduction Plans (6/15) NEW also in Spanish (older version) El Hacinamiento en las Prisiones de California/Planes Para Reducir la Poblacion Penitenciaria (3/15)

- Rights Regarding Prison Disciplinary Proceedings (3/10) also in Spanish Los Derechos de Los Presos en Relacion Con Graves Cargos Disciplinarios (3/10)

- Rights of Prisoners in Administrative Segregation (5/14) also in Spanish (older version) Los Derechos de Los Presos en la Segregation Administrativa (6/10)

- Calculating Release Dates (9/12), New Sentence Credit Laws (2/14) and addenda on Increased Time Credits for second Strike Sentences (5/14), and Minimum Custody 2-for-1 Credits (6/15) NEW some information also in Spanish Informacion re: Nuevas Leyes de Creditos de Buena Conducta (2/14)

- Information on Out-of-State Transfers (7/13) also in Spanish Informacion Relativa a las Transferencias a Prisiones Fuera del Estado (3/12)

- Information on New Classification Regulations (10/12)

-Information Re: Improper or Unlawful Use of Force by CDCR Staff (12/11) also in Spanish Informacion Re: El Uso de Fuerza Excesivo o Ilegal Por Parte Del Personal Del CDCR (12/11)

- Security Threat Group (Gang) Validation, Placement and Debriefing (11/14) NEW also in Spanish (older version) Carta Informativa Sobre la Validacion de Pandilla y Como Renunciar una Pandilla (Debriefing) (12/12)

- Valley Fever Information for Prisoners (1/15)

- State Habeas Corpus Manual (11/08) and State Habeas Corpus Form also in Spanish Procedimiento Para Habeas Corpus Estatal (11/08)

- Lawsuits for Money Damages Against Prison Officials Manual (7/12) also in Spanish Demandas Contra Oficiales de Prision para Indemnizacion por Danos y Perjuicios (7/12)

- D. Specter, Everything Revolves Around Overcrowding: The State of California's Prisons , Federal Sentencing Reporter, Vol. 22, No. 3 (2010)


- Parolee Rights Manual (8/13) also in Spanish -- Manual De Los Derechos Para Los Presos En Libertad Condicional (8/13)

- Non-Violent Second Strike Parole Consideration (1/15) NEW

- Medical Parole and Compassionate Release (5/2015) NEW also in Spanish (older version (7/14) Libertad Provisional Medica y Libertad Compasiva

- Information Re: Elderly Prisoner Parole (1/15) NEW

- Youthful Offender Parole Hearings (SB 260 and 261) (10/15) NEW also in Spanish (older version) Libertad Provisional Para Delincuentes Menores de Edad en California (SB 260) (5/14)

- How to file an Administrative Appeal (10/15) also in Spanish (older version) Como Tramitar una Apelacion Administrativa (1/13)

- Benefits Available to Paroling and Discharging Inmates (8/11)

- Community Resource Directory for Parolees (on the CDCR website)

- Sex Offender Registration and Residence/Proposition 83 Information (5/15) NEW also in Spanish (older version) Informacion Sobre el Registro, Aplazamientos y Requisitos de Residencia para de Delicuentes Sexuales (12/10).

- State Habeas Corpus Manual (11/08) and State Habeas Corpus Form

- Federal Habeas Corpus Manual (1/15)


- Parsons v. Arizona Case Settlement Fact Sheet (10/14)

- Information About Arizona's Inmate Grievance System (Medical and Non-Medical) (4/13) medical grievance information also in Spanish Informacion Sobre la Systema de Quejas Medica de los Presos de Arizona (4/13)

- Information on Suing Arizona Prison Officials (12/13), Pro Se Handbook (9/13) and Section 1983 Civil Rights Lawsuit Complaint Form (5/13)


- Information for California State Prisoners with Immigration Holds (3/12) also in Spanish Informacion Para Prisioneros del Estado de California con Ordenes de Retencion Migratorias (3/12)


- Information Re: Direct Appeals of Criminal Convictions(1/12) also in Spanish Information re: Apelaciones Directas a Condenas Delictivas (1/12)

- Collateral Attacks on Criminal Convictions by State and Federal Petitions for Writ of Habeas Corpus (8/09) also in Spanish Los ataques colaterales en las condenas penales estatales y federales a trav├ęs de peticiones de habeas corpus(8/09)

- Challenging a Conviction or Sentence After a Plea Bargain(10/13)

- State Habeas Corpus Manual (11/08) and State Habeas Corpus Form

- Federal Habeas Corpus Manual (1/15) NEW

- Information Re: California's Three Strikes Law (Including Proposition 36)(7/15) NEW also in Spanish (older version) Informacion Sobre la Ley de Tres Fallas ("Three Strikes") de California (Incluye la Propuesta 36) (7/14).


- I Think I Need Special Education Services -What Do I Do? (12/11)

- Know Your Rights: Suspension (12/11)

- Know Your Rights: Expulsion (12/11)

- Know Your Rights: Suspension/Expulsion for Students with Exceptional Needs or a Disability (12/11)

Related Links

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Website:
The latests facts and figures about the state prison population; includes information about Adult Programs and Operations, the Division of Juvenile Justice and the Board of Parole Hearings, plus links to the CDCR Operations Manual, regulations and administrative bulletins

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Regulations

California Prison Medical Care Receiver

ACLU National Prison Project:
More information about legal challenges to prison conditions, including a list of interesting publications

The Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse:
A collection of documents and information from civil rights cases accross the United States, including hundreds of prison and jail conditions lawsuits.

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children:
A non-profit that advocates for prisoners and parolees with children and publishes free self-help information on various related issues. The LSPC resources page includes numerous manuals, including Fighting for Our Rights: A Toolbox for Family Advocates of California Prisoners, The Incarcerated Parents Manual, Child Custody and Visitation Rights Manual for Incarcerated Parents, What to Plan for When You Are Pregnant at CIW, and Suing a Local Public Entity, and Using Proposition 47 to Reduce Convictions and Restore Rights.

UnCommon Law:
A law office representing California prisoners and parolees and specializing in life prisoner parole suitability matters. Includes helpful information about the parole suitability process.

Root and Rebound:
A non-profit legal organization providing information and advocacy to protect the rights of former prisoners reintegrating into the community. Includes an extensive Roadmap to Re-entry Guide

Prison Legal News:
Reporting on prison news and court decisions

Prison Links.com:
Links to a variety of prison issue websites

Nolo Press Website:
Many free legal research and information resources, along with information on low cost self-help legal products

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