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  • Inside Books Project Resource Guide November 2015 new

    Inside Books Project offers a Resource Guide with helpful resources targeted to inmates and their loved ones.  The entire IBP Resource Guide is included below both as a searchable online resource and as a downloadable PDF.

  • Alternative Custody Program December 2015 new

    The Alternative Custody Program (ACP) allows some non-serious, non-violent, non-sex offenders to serve part of their sentences in residential homes, nonprofit residential drug-treatment programs, or transitional care facilities.

  • California State Prisoners Handbook January 2014

    The California State Prisoners Handbook is a unique and valuable resource for prisoners, and their attorneys and advocates. The Handbook discusses in detail the laws governing prisoner rights and the policies and practices of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The 1,100-page Fourth Edition (2008) also includes numerous sample forms and model pleadings. 2014 Supplement Now Available. How to order

  • Court Addresses December 2015 new

    California State Courts and state prisons in those districts.

  • Divorce Packet June 2008

    Manual on divorce issues for people in California prisons and jails.

  • 2016 Criminal Justice Reform Ballot Propositions June 2016 new

    This letter summarizes the status of criminal justice reform initiatives for the November 2016 ballot, including Govern Brown’s public safety initiative, two competing death penalty initiatives, and a failed Three Strikes Reform initiative.

  • Hepatitis C Information November 2015 new

    Information regarding the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV)

  • Hinojosa v. Davey February 2016 new

    Information about a recent federal court case on credit-earning status of inmates in (SHU) secure housing units due to gang validations.

  • Jailhouse Lawyer’s Handbook November 2015 new

    The Jailhouse Lawyer’s Handbook is a resource for prisoners who wish to file a federal lawsuit addressing poor conditions in prison or abuse by prison staff. It also contains limited general information about the American legal system. This Handbook is available for free to anyone: prisoners, families, friends, activists, lawyers and others.

  • Johnson v. United States July 2016 new

    In Johnson v. United States the United States Supreme Court examined a federal sentencing law called the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA) and found one of its enhancement provisions to be unconstitutionally vague. Some criminal justice attorneys argue that there are similar vagueness problems with portions of California’s criminal laws.

  • Lifer Parole Suitability July 2016 new

    This packet includes the 2008 and 2014 Prisoner’s Handbook chapters on life parole suitability, plus a letter summarizing the most important new legal developments on that topic since the end of October 2013.

  • Suing Local January 2008

    How to sue a local public entity.

  • Transgender Booklet October 2013

    Surviving prison in California: Advice by and for transgender women.

  • Visitation June 2014

    Information on visiting people housed in California State Prison.

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