All-around help: Prisoner’s Self-Help Litigation Manual by John Boston and Daniel E. Manville (2010) offers both rich advice and a discussion of legal cases you need to take your complaint into the courts.

Code of Federal Regulations. 28 CFR 542(B). Prison Litigation Reform Act. Research your jurisdiction for new cases. Some legal articles summarize cases, but beware their publication date, e.g., “The Civil Rights of Prisoners: The Seventh Circuit and the Exhaustion of Remedies Under the Prison Litigation Reform Act,” Devin McComb, 1 Seventh Circuit Rev., 46 (2006).

Help within your system: Most states and federal institutions have inmate and family handbooks; families can access a full list through the website #Inmate & Family Handbooks and Publications. Your unit law library should have a copy.

Disabilities: Helping Inmates Obtain Federal Disability Benefits, National Institute of Justice (NIJ), U.S. Department of Justice.

Federal Prison statues and legal issue: useful, but you must research to update Legal Resource Guide to the Federal Bureau of Prisons 2008.

Women’s Issues: National Women's Law Center and the Rebecca Project for Human Rights (Oct. 28, 2010), Mothers Behind Bars: state by state …; an online directory is National Directory of Programs for Women Offenders

Rape and Sexual Misconduct: Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003. 42 U.S.C. 15601.

Religion: U.S. Department of Justice Department (Sept. 22, 2010). Report on the Tenth Anniversary on the Religious Land Use and the Institutionalized Persons Act.


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