733 15th St, NWSuite 260Washington, D.C. 20005(tel) 202-393-4930(fax) 202-393-4931www.aclu.orgThe ACLU National Prison Project offers some general legal advice but is primarily involved in large class action lawsuits that challenge conditions of confinement. They do not represent individuals.California Indian Legal Services510 16th Street, Fourth FloorOakland, CA 94612(tel) 510-835-0284(fax) 510-835-8045www.calindian.orgThis organization provides legal representation to low-income Native Americans. They do not usually handle criminal cases.
225 Cedar StSan Diego CA 92101Tel: (800) 255-4252 (619) 239-0391www.innocenceproject.comCIP is a law school program operating out of the Institute for Criminal Defense Advocacy of California Western School of Law.
Students work with practicing criminal defense lawyers to seek the release of wrongfully convicted prisoners (California only). The law students assist in the investigation of cases where there is strong evidence of innocence, write briefs in those cases, and advocate in all appropriate forums for the release of the project's clients. Request an Intake Questionnaire by writing to the above address.
Criteria:Your conviction must have taken place in Southern California.You must be able to claim actual innocence of the crime you were convicted for.You have to have been sentenced for at least four years or longer.You must have filed atleast one appeal.
221 Witherspoon StPrinceton NJ 08542-3215www.centurionministries.orgCenturion Ministries (CM) is a nonprofit organization with headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey. CM has a national network of attorneys and forensic experts who ably assist us in our work on behalf of the convicted innocent throughout the U.S. and Canada. The primary mission of CM is to vindicate and free from prison those who are completely innocent of the crimes for which they have been unjustly convicted and imprisoned for life or death. We also assist our clients, once they are freed, with reintegration into society on a self-reliant basis. CM has a very narrow criteria for the types of cases that we will consider reviewing. Please review our stated criteria: We only consider murder or rape cases within the U.S. as well as Canada that carry a life or death sentence. We do NOT consider self-defense or accidental death cases. We will only consider a rape case if there is the possibility of using DNA testing to clear the convicted person. We do NOT consider child sex cases unless the case has physical evidence that could be scientifically tested to prove innocence.You must be absolutely 100% innocent of the crime and have had absolutely no involvement whatsoever with the crime.You must be indigent and have largely exhausted your appeals.We are NOT lawyers and, therefore, we do NOT offer legal assistance to those who petition us for help. We CANNOT make referrals to attorneys. If the inmate does fit ALL of our criteria, their initial letter to us should be brief, outlining the facts of the crime, and what led to their arrest for the crime. Inmates should NOT send briefs or transcripts of other materials! We just want to hear the facts in the inmate's own words. We in turn will send them a letter that outlines exactly what information we want, and what they can expect from us in the way of assistance.www.PrisonDharmaNetwork.org
This organization provides legal and other types of referrals to prisoners with disability issues. They do not provide individual representation.
P.O. Box 487San Quentin, CA 94964This legal agency assists in carefully selected cases where prisoners claim to be falsely accused or convicted. They enter the case after the appellate process has been completed. The screening process takes up to a year and only a few cases are selected each year.
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 thepurpose of conducting low-cost investigations of death penalty cases that may reveal innocence and help to bring about a death penalty moratorium. Inmates may write for further information.
The Innocence Project at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law was set up as and remains a nonprofit legal clinic. This Project only handles cases where post-conviction DNA testing of evidence can yield conclusive proof of innocence. As a clinic, students handle the case work while supervised by a team of attorneys and clinic staff. Most of our clients are poor, forgotten, and have used up all of their legal avenues for relief. The hope they all have is that biological evidence from their cases still exists and can be subjected to DNA testing. All Innocence Project clients go through an extensive screening process to determine whether or not DNA testing of evidence could prove their claims of innocence.
University of Washington School of Law1100 NE Campus ParkwaySeattle, WA 98105-6617http://www.law.washington.edu/ipnw/These legal aid organizations provide pro bono representation to prisoners who are wrongly convicted of serious crimes, who no longer have a right to an attorney, and where there is an actual claim of innocence.
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children is a non-profit law office that offers general legal advice around prisoners' parental rights, distributes The Incarcerated Parents Manual free to prisoners in California, and acts as a referral agency.
125 South 9th Street, Suite 302Philadelphia, PA 19107(tel) 215-351-0010(fax) 215-351-0779This organization provides resources and other support to battered women who have been charged or convicted of crimes resulting from their abuse. While the National Clearinghouse does not provide direct legal representation, it offers technical assistance to defense teams working on behalf of battered women defendants.
143 Madison Ave 4th FloorNew York NY 10016Tel: (212) 679-5100Website: www.nlg.orgThe National Lawyers Guild is an association dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. "We provide 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 you how to file civil complaints, how to deal with grievances, and most other legal matters that you would encounter in the course of being imprisoned.
W 2nd & Cherry StreetsChico, CA 95929This organization provides legal referrals and information packets on the following topics: Habeas Corpus, the 602 appeals process, Three Strikes, civil rights action, expunging a criminal record, and parolee rights.
P.O. Box 1019Sacramento, CA 94812This groups publishes over 40 self-help legal manuals available at low or no cost to prisoners.
General DeliverySan Quentin, CA 94964www.prisonlaw.comThe Prison Law Office is a non-profit law office that offers free legal services to people in California prisons regarding conditions of confinement, and provides self-help legal manuals on various topics including parole hearings, Habeas Corpus, and suing a public entity. We also offer numerous self-help law manuals free of charge.
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