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The Innocence Project
The Project handles cases in which DNA testing of evidence can yield conclusive proof of innocence. The Project does not handle cases that require a challenge to conclusive DNA testing.
100 5th Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10011

Center on Wrongful Convictions

The Center on Wrongful Convictions will consider cases with a claim of actual innocence when DNA testing can support the claim, or when a minimum of 10 years remain on a prison sentence.
Northwestern University School of Law

357 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Southern Center for Human Rights
The Southern Center for Human Rights represents individuals facing the death penalty, as well as prisoners in class-action lawsuits that challenge unconstitutional treatment in prisons and jails. Southern Center cases are generally limited to Georgia and Alabama.
83 Poplar Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30303-2122

Centurion Ministries, Inc.
Centurion Ministries (CM) works on behalf of the convicted innocent throughout the U.S. and Canada. CM also assists its clients, once they are freed, with reintegration into society on a self-reliant basis. CM will consider murder cases that carry a life or death sentence, if the defendant is indigent and has largely exhausted his or her appeals; and rape cases, if there is the possibility of using DNA testing to clear the convicted person.
221 Witherspoon St.
Princeton, NJ 08542-3215

Davrie Communications
Davrie Communications provides educational and practical assistance to men and women living with the realities of federal incarceration. In addition, Davrie serves as a valuable information resource to legal professionals with a genuine desire to support their clients.
13215-C8 SE Mill Plain #144
Vancouver, WA 98684

Prisoner’s Self-Help Litigation Manual
This valuable publication helps prisoners learn how to research the law, study their rights, determine their legal options, and take the necessary steps to protect their rights. The Manual costs $32.95.
Oceana Publications, Inc.
75 Main St
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522-1601

Lewisburg Prison Project
Lewisburg Prison Project educates prisoners as to their civil rights and distributes a variety of legal bulletins and publications, written in non-technical laymen's terms, at a minimal cost. The Project accepts stamps and self-addressed stamped envelopes as payment.
PO Box 128
Lewisburg, PA 17837

The Prisoner’s Guide to Survival
The Guide includes current legislation and court decisions affecting prisoners, actual-size example forms, appeals, Habeas Corpus actions, motions, constitutional rights complaints for state and federal prisoners, etc Cost is $49.95.
PSI Publishing, Inc.
413-B 19th St #168
Lynden, WA 98264

National Lawyers Guild
The National Lawyers Guild provides self-help law kits free of charge to assist inmates in representing themselves and their own cases or in assisting others. The self-help kits are written in an easy-to-use language that tells how to file civil complaints and how to deal with grievances and most other legal matters.
132 Nassau St. Room 922
New York, NY 10038

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American Civil Liberties Union, National Prison Project
This organization offers the Prisoners’ Assistance Directory which includes contact information and services descriptions for over 300 national, state, local and international organizations that provide assistance to prisoners, ex-offenders and families of prisoners. It also includes a bibliography of informative books, reports, manuals and newsletters of interest to prisoners and their advocates.
http://www.aclu.org/prison/index.html

Human Rights Watch.
This organization has “Resources for Prisoners and Their Families” which categorizes legal resources, support organizations, and educational resources by state.

http://hrw.org/prisons/states/state.htm

Pro Bono Net
This organization has an online resource available to help find free legal aid programs, also categorized by state.
http://www.lawhelp.org

National Center on Institutions and Alternatives
NCIA’s goal is to reduce the reliance on institutions in criminal justice proceedings by utilizing alternatives such as community service, addressing substance abuse problems, and using a third party monitor. NCIA offers pre-sentence investigative services, parole release reports, and provides public information on criminal justice matters.
7222 Ambassador Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21244

Grassroots Investigation Project (GRIP)
The mission of The Grassroots Investigation Project is to empower family members of death row inmates and anti-DP activists to create partnerships with lawyers, journalists, and academicians for the purpose of conducting low-cost investigations of DP cases that may reveal innocence and help to bring about a death penalty moratorium.
Quixote Center
PO Box 5206
Hyattsville, MD 20722

National Legal Aid & Defender Association
NLADA is the nation's leading advocate for front-line attorneys and other equal justice professionals—those who make a difference in the lives of low-income clients and their families and communities. Representing legal aid and defender programs, as well as individual advocates, NLADA is proud to be the oldest and largest national, nonprofit membership association devoting 100 percent of its resources to serving the broad equal justice community.
1140 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 900
Washington, DC 20036

EDPUBS
EDPUBS links people with resources in their communities such as drug or alcohol programs, educational programs (assistance with reading, writing, and math), volunteer programs, employment assistance, temporary shelter and housing resources, counseling, and other services.
PO Box 1398
Jessup, MD 20794-1398
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Litigators
ABA Death Penalty Representation Project

Since 1998, the Project has placed more than 110 capital post-conviction cases with private law firms across the country. These cases generally involve representation of an individual in state and/or federal habeas corpus proceedings.
740 15th St, NW, Washington, DC 20005

The Innocence Project
The Project handles cases in which DNA testing of evidence can yield conclusive proof of innocence. The Project does not handle cases that require a challenge to conclusive DNA testing.
Robert Warden (Secretary)
100 5th Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10011

Center on Wrongful Convictions

The Center on Wrongful Convictions will consider cases with a claim of actual innocence when DNA testing can support the claim, or when a minimum of 10 years remain on a prison sentence.
Northwestern University School of Law

357 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Southern Center for Human Rights
The Southern Center for Human Rights represents individuals facing the death penalty, as well as prisoners in class-action lawsuits that challenge unconstitutional treatment in prisons and jails. Southern Center cases are generally limited to Georgia and Alabama.
83 Poplar Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30303-2122

Centurion Ministries, Inc.
Centurion Ministries (CM) works on behalf of the convicted innocent throughout the U.S. and Canada. CM also assists its clients, once they are freed, with reintegration into society on a self-reliant basis. CM will consider murder cases that carry a life or death sentence, if the defendant is indigent and has largely exhausted his or her appeals; and rape cases, if there is the possibility of using DNA testing to clear the convicted person.
221 Witherspoon St.

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The National Death Row Assistance Network of CURE (NDRAN)
The National Death Row Assistance Network of CURE is a new organization formed to help death row prisoners across the United States gain access to legal, financial, and community support and to assist individual prisoner’s efforts to act as self-advocates.
Claudia Whitman
6 Tolman Road
Peaks Island, ME 04108

Davrie Communications
Davrie Communications provides educational and practical assistance to men and women living with the realities of federal incarceration. In addition, Davrie serves as a valuable information resource to legal professionals with a genuine desire to support their clients.
13215-C8 SE Mill Plain #144
Vancouver, WA 98684

Prisoner’s Self-Help Litigation Manual
This valuable publication helps prisoners learn how to research the law, study their rights, determine their legal options, and take the necessary steps to protect their rights. The Manual costs $32.95.
Oceana Publications, Inc.
75 Main St
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522-1601

Lewisburg Prison Project
Lewisburg Prison Project educates prisoners as to their civil rights and distributes a variety of legal bulletins and publications, written in non-technical laymen's terms, at a minimal cost. The Project accepts stamps and self-addressed stamped envelopes as payment.
PO Box 128
Lewisburg, PA 17837

The Prisoner’s Guide to Survival
The Guide includes current legislation and court decisions affecting prisoners, actual-size example forms for appeals, Habeas Corpus actions, motions, constitutional rights complaints for state and federal prisoners, and much more. It costs $49.95.
PSI Publishing, Inc.
413-B 19th St #168
Lynden, WA 98264

National Lawyers Guild
The National Lawyers Guild provides self-help law kits free of charge to assist inmates in representing themselves and their own cases or in assisting others. The self-help kits are written in an easy-to-use language that tells how to file civil complaints and how to deal with grievances and most other legal matters.
132 Nassau St. Room 922
New York NY 10038

Other Resources
National Center on Institutions and Alternatives
NCIA’s goal is to reduce the reliance on institutions in criminal justice proceedings by utilizing alternatives such as community service, addressing substance abuse problems, and using a third party monitor. NCIA offers pre-sentence investigative services, parole release reports, and provides public information on criminal justice matters.
7222 Ambassador Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21244

Grassroots Investigation Project (GRIP)
The mission of The Grassroots Investigation Project is to empower family members of death row inmates and anti-death penalty activists to create partnerships with lawyers, journalists, and academicians for the purpose of conducting low-cost investigations of death penalty cases that may reveal innocence and help to bring about a death penalty moratorium.
Quixote Center
PO Box 5206
Hyattsville, MD 20722

National Legal Aid & Defender Association
NLADA is the nation's leading advocate for front-line attorneys and other equal justice professionals—those who make a difference in the lives of low-income clients and their families and communities. Representing legal aid and defender programs, as well as individual advocates, NLADA is proud to be the oldest and largest national, nonprofit membership association devoting 100 percent of its resources to serving the broad equal justice community.
1140 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 900
Washington, DC 20036

EDPUBS
EDPUBS links people with resources in their communities such as drug or alcohol programs, educational programs (assistance with reading, writing, and math), volunteer programs, employment assistance, temporary shelter and housing resources, counseling, and other services.
PO Box 1398
Jessup MD 20794-1398
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Families Against Mandatory Minimums
FAMM is a national nonprofit organization founded to challenge inflexible and excessive penalties required by mandatory sentencing laws. Members include prisoners and their families, attorneys, judges, criminal justice experts and concerned citizens.
1612 K Street NW Suite 700
Washington, DC 20006
Phone (202) 822-6700, Fax (202) 822-6704

Families and Corrections Network (FCN)
FCN provides helpful resources for families, caregivers and children with loved ones in prison.
32 Oak Grove Rd.
Palmyra, VA 22963
Phone (434) 589-3036, Fax (434) 589-6520

Angel Tree
The Angel Tree ministry delivers Christmas gifts, provides summer camp opportunities and offers one-on-one mentoring to children of prisoners.
44180 Riverside Parkway
Lansdowne, VA 20176
Phone 800-55-ANGEL, Fax (703) 554 8650

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
LSPC advocates for the human rights and empowerment of incarcerated parents, children, family members and people at risk for incarceration. LSPC responds to requests for information, trainings, technical assistance, litigation, community activism and the development of more advocates.
1540 Market St. Suite 490
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone (415) 255-7036
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Thanks so much for sharing
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Also, contact your local 211. They may have local resources available.
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thank you soo much. knowledge is power and this list of resource is wonderful.
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I wanted to share some resources that I have been very fortunate to have used and found them all to be extrememly helpful.

American Friends Service Comittee
Ann Arbor, MI
Natalie Holbrook
734-761-8283

Kathleen Schaefer- Parole Probation Expert (formerly employed by the MDOC)
Detroit Office

535 Griswold
Suite 2500 Buhl Building
Detroit, MI 48226
Office: 313.882.6178
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Keith Barber - Ombudsman for families of incarcerated loved ones.
517-373-8573

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I wanted to share some resources that I have been very fortunate to have used and found them all to be extrememly helpful.

American Friends Service Comittee
Ann Arbor, MI
Natalie Holbrook
734-761-8283

Kathleen Schaefer- Parole Probation Expert (formerly employed by the MDOC)
Detroit Office

535 Griswold
Suite 2500 Buhl Building
Detroit, MI 48226
Office: 313.882.6178
Mobile: 313.408.0567
Fax: 866.406.9381

Keith Barber - Ombudsman for families of incarcerated loved ones.
517-373-8573

I hope that these resources can help.

Is this help with any state or just MI.

thanks for sharing either way
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Any ideas where I can get legal help in Colorado? Or at least someone to look over the information and tell me what I need to do?
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There are a number of links to helpful sites by doing an internet search for "Prisoner legal Resources Colorado"
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Has anyone hear of Michael santos? He served 26 years inside prison and now that he's out he fights to change the mass incarceration problem that we have in this country. But he also is a prison consultant to prisoners and helps advice them on how to maximize their stay and thrive in prison (as much as that sounds impossible). I was thinking of contacting him to have communications with my sister who is facing 7 years and began her sentence a week ago. Just wondering if anyone as heard of him and any opinions as to whether this is a good idea?
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I've not heard of the guy. Mass incarceration is being fought on a variety of fronts, though the ACLU is pretty active in this area in terms of mass incarceration. The NY Chapter even has a few demonstrations scheduled, including one fairly soon at the capital in Albany. somebody who fights mass incarceration who's not affiliated with a few well known groups with mass incarceration activism is just spouting hot air.

As for "prison consultants" - there's no real uniformity between prisons when it comes to programs and the like, and a ton of "maximization" comes from earning privileges. If you're a bad actor in prison, your ability to deal with programs and to take classes will be severely truncated. If she's in jail atm, and not assigned to an actual prison, most everything is premature. Once she's assigned to her home prison, you can check with the prison, starting with their web page, to see what's available, what programming's available. She's gotta transition and work with the system before any of that is relevant. If she insists on gang banging or something along those lines, there's nothing anybody can do to help her.

Personally, I think most "prison consultants" are full of crap, and take money from people who don't know what to do to help. Navigating prison is difficult for those on the outside as well, but you can easily have more information about programs and the like for female prisoners in your sister's state than some dude with 26 years of experience as a prisoner in how many prisons? and as a female inmate, how many years has he served?
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Santos is a well know guy in the Feds - BoP world. He's manages to turn his LONG federal sentence into a business post release, but while in he got on the bad side of the BoP.

I've never read any of his books, but they are available.

http://michaelsantos.com/hire-me/
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I've not heard of the guy. Mass incarceration is being fought on a variety of fronts, though the ACLU is pretty active in this area in terms of mass incarceration. The NY Chapter even has a few demonstrations scheduled, including one fairly soon at the capital in Albany. somebody who fights mass incarceration who's not affiliated with a few well known groups with mass incarceration activism is just spouting hot air.

As for "prison consultants" - there's no real uniformity between prisons when it comes to programs and the like, and a ton of "maximization" comes from earning privileges. If you're a bad actor in prison, your ability to deal with programs and to take classes will be severely truncated. If she's in jail atm, and not assigned to an actual prison, most everything is premature. Once she's assigned to her home prison, you can check with the prison, starting with their web page, to see what's available, what programming's available. She's gotta transition and work with the system before any of that is relevant. If she insists on gang banging or something along those lines, there's nothing anybody can do to help her.

Personally, I think most "prison consultants" are full of crap, and take money from people who don't know what to do to help. Navigating prison is difficult for those on the outside as well, but you can easily have more information about programs and the like for female prisoners in your sister's state than some dude with 26 years of experience as a prisoner in how many prisons? and as a female inmate, how many years has he served?

She's already surrendered to a women prison camp a few weeks ago. Yep, it sounds as if playing by the rules of the system is the way to go. Meanwhile separately nurture your own mental state so with routine, or goals, or whatever keeps you healthy. thanks.
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Hello, this is my first time posting on this site...I was a little confused trying to find where to post my question so I'm sorry if this is in the wrong place lol. If it is, just direct me in the right place to post. So, my question is: how should an inmate contact combined records in hopes of getting them to review his sentence? My man's case is over. Yes, he took a plea deal, and he is now incarcerated (he got 3yrs). From what I've read of other people's stories, his went pretty typically...we had no money for a good lawyer, he was threatened with many years, court appointed attorney lied to him, etc. Anyways, he is not looking to appeal his conviction at this time (because we know that is all but impossible anyways, and we have no money for a decent lawyer at this time), but he is wanting his case/sentencing to be reviewed and to fight to lessen the length of his sentence. So far all we know is for him to write to combined records...how should he address the letter itself? Or are there other resources he should try to contact? Any advice/information is greatly appreciated!
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Welcome to Prison Talk. It will depend on the actual court system where he entered his plea. If NC, check here.
http://www.prisontalk.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=68

He can make a formal request with his appointed lawyer or PD asking to be assigned an attorney to appeal his sentence, which should also be free. Each court system has their own very specific requirements for appeals, and not following them exactly will usually result in a quick denial.
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It is NC, thank you for the information! I will start looking through that forum.
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I would appreciate any and all help that you can send me. I have no idea where to even begin. I have a brother that is 61 years old in prison in chowchilla . He has been in prison for over 25 years. He had a parole hearing in Sept 2015. He was denied parole at that time.His lawyer that was appointed to him basically did nothing. there was paper work for his work history while in prison that was not in his file also paperwork from his syc. doctor that was not correct or in his file. his lawyer did not object to anything or question anything. My brother was not allowed to speak at the hearing except to address the children of his victim. even then the head person on the panel kept interupting telling him to make it short. needless to say we would like to file a appeal but have no idea how to do this. Also during and after the time of his hearing my brother was back and forth to the hospital as he has colon cancer.they operated on him and after the hearing he went back to the hospital for another operation. He was in the hospital 5 days then return to the prison. shortly after his operation the bag he has attached to him started leaking all his bodily fluids all over him. even though he was there for 5 days the doctor did nothing to fix it and told him the medical part of the prison would have to figure it out. My brother said the medical staff at the prison all jumped on board to come up with a solution. This bag has been leaking for 5 weeks and now his skin is burned onhis stomach back and leg. Iam totally beside myself as what to do about this. just because someone is in prison doesn't mean they should get this kind of medical care. I feel that I need a lawyer but Iam on social security myself and cant afford one. should these be 2 different cases? I have no idea. I want to bring my brother home. Iam scared he will die in prison.Please anyone that can help or start me in the right direction I will be more than grateful. thank you & god bless, Angel H
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Without funds, I'd start with in inquiry with the ACLU as to his medical stuff. Hit up your state's ACLU, and the prisoner's rights project there.

Of course, your brother will need to exhaust all administrative remedies before he can challenge his parole hearing. You should know that his remedies may be next to nothing, and even then, with the children of his victim there, and assuming they said they objected to his release, he may have no real chance to change the result of his parole hearing. Victims and their families speak much more loudly than work history and psych reports.
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Has anyone hear of Michael santos? He served 26 years inside prison and now that he's out he fights to change the mass incarceration problem that we have in this country. But he also is a prison consultant to prisoners and helps advice them on how to maximize their stay and thrive in prison (as much as that sounds impossible). I was thinking of contacting him to have communications with my sister who is facing 7 years and began her sentence a week ago. Just wondering if anyone as heard of him and any opinions as to whether this is a good idea?
Hello. I want you to know that if there is someone who has been inside and has the knowledge of how to make the most of the time spent behind the walls, let them share and advise. It takes a person who has had the daily experience to assist someone whose life had been turned upside down and has to get accustomed to these new people, rules and hardships that certainly come with the prison life. There are classes and within the prisons themselves talk groups that form to help get through the days and nights as well. Sometimes family don't come through as they should and the person behind bars gets let down. A mistake or unfairly accused means that people could look at you differently but the one thing you have to remember is that no matter what the courts say you are , you are still a person with rights and feelings and are not, and I cannot emphasize that enough, you are still a person and don't let anyone take that away from you. It bothers me that a number is attached to your name and you are no longer addressed as Mr. or Ms. but no matter, you are still that Ms. or Mr. in life and in God's eyes. Please let your sister reach out to this person and see what he has to say. Not all advise will fit her situation but she may get some helpful ideas and relief from the correspondence. I wish her and your family the best and God to bless you with uncommon mercies.
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I haven't used a prison consultant but I benefitted greatly before being locked up from talking to guys who had been through it before - especially the same jail(s). Fear of the unknown is huge at the beginning, so advice on what to do or not do can be really helpful. Any given consultant, like any given lawyer, may or not be any good, of course. Also there's lots of useful help on this site, including help specific to a particular jail in the various forums.

I'll repeat a mantra I was given that helped me: The first hour is the hardest hour, the first day is the hardest day, the first week is the hardest week, and so on. A lot of truth and comfort in that.

Good luck.
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This is seriously GREAT! Thank you so much for sharing this! I just started a resource based site this year and I'm definitely going to add some of these I didn't have
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Here's the biography of NY Parole Board Chairwoman Tina M. Stanford, Esq. Chairwoman, Board of Parole.
http://www.doccs.ny.gov/Chairwomanbio.html

and a list of all of the current PB members.
http://www.doccs.ny.gov/ParoleBoardMembers.html
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