Fully updated for 2019!
The California Prison and Parole Law Handbook is a comprehensive overview of the laws and policies affecting people in state prisons and on parole in California. Includes extensive discussion of the administrative appeals and court actions that people can use to protect their rights and to seek remedies. 19 chapters, plus resource lists, forms, and sample legal documents. 1170 pages.
The Prison Law Office has a monthly drawing for free copies of The Handbook for people in custody. To be put in the pool, a person should send a copy of their trust account statement showing that they have not had more than $25 in their account in the past six months to Prison Law Office, General Delivery, San Quentin, CA 94964.
- Administrative Appeals
- Rights of People in Prison
- Cruel and Unusual Punishment, Use of Excessive Force, and Protection from Physical and Sexual Abuse
- Classification, Housing and Programs
- Prison Rule Violations
- Placement in Segregation
- Medical, Mental Health, and Dental Care
- Determinate Sentences, Restitution, Time Credits, and Release Dates
- Life Parole Suitability, Other Board of Parole Hearings Proceedings, Commutations, and Pardons
- Detainers and Extradition
- Parole and Post-Release Community Supervision
- MDO and SVP Commitments
- Workers Compensation and Other Benefits
- Immigration Issues for People in Prison
- Direct Appeals of Criminal Convictions
- State Petitions for Writ of Habeas Corpus and Writ of Mandate/Prohibition
- Federal Petitions for Writ of Habeas Corpus
- Federal Civil Rights (“Section 1983”) Lawsuits
- State Tort Lawsuits
- Legal Research, Writing, and Strategies