Prisoner Paralegals: Our Struggle to Find Justice

By Hunter Lee Weeks | Sterling, CO In prison, there are those of us who spend time, effort, and funds to acquire a formal education in law. Most of us have no education, while a few of us have Certificates of Paralegal Studies, and even fewer have degrees with legal emphasis. Our designated term of “Jailhouse […]

Inmate Advisory Counsel: A Cruel Hoax

By Rodney B. Barno | Corcoran, CA I was the Inmate Advisory Counsel (IAC) Chairman at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility (CSATF) in Corcoran, California. My responsibility was to advocate for the population of my facility and for the IAC to be a vehicle of communication between the administration and population. When issues arise […]

The Flint River Lead Poisoning Catastrophe in Historical Perspective

By Tom Stephens, NLG Detroit and Michigan Chapter The facts of the Flint River lead poisoning are essentially undisputed. Enabled by Michigan’s unprecedented “emergency management” policies affecting primarily African-American cities, it’s a case of spectacular regulatory failure at all levels of government. The big remaining question is why has this disaster happened? Investigators have focused […]

Kentucky’s “Corruptional” System

By Christopher L. Young | La Grange, KY I am grateful to be a member of the NLG and a Guild Notes subscriber and looking forward to receiving the Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook—I appreciate the chance to get my voice heard while beng a political prisoner incarcerated in Kentucky. This is why I’m committed to challenging and […]

NLG Attorneys Challenge Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law

By Henry Schneider and Cynthia Heenan, NLG Detroit and Michigan Chapter Recent crises have focused national attention on Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law. In fall 2015, news broke that Flint’s 100,000 residents had been consuming lead-contaminated water for two years. Flint began drawing its water supply from the Flint River in 2012 to save money under […]

President’s Column: NLG at Forefront of Civil Rights Struggles in Michigan

By Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan, NLG President On February 14, I spent my birthday surrounded by a couple hundred people paying tribute to the warriors of Detroit’s activist community at the NLG Michigan and Detroit Chapter’s Annual Dinner. That night, the room was filled with activists young and old, law students, veteran advocates, movement lawyers, […]

Guild Notes: Vol. 40, No. 4 (Winter 2015)

NLG Ohio and Partners Get Cases against Protesters Dropped NLG-NYC Chapter Leads Delegation to Cuba Liz Fink, Rest in Power NLG Asks Obama to “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is” on Cuba Many Hands Make Positive Change at Wayne State Guild Member Wins Peabody Award for Albie Sachs Documentary Food Justice and Intersectionality Black […]

NLG Review: Vol. 72, No. 3 (Fall 2015)

Deadly Force” Revisited: Transparency and Accountability for D.C. Police Use of Force by Karen Hopkins Could or Must? Apprendi’s Application to Indeterminate Sentencing Systems After Alleyne by David Loudon Book Review: Guantanamo Diary by Leila Sayed-Taha & Azadeh Shahshahani Download PDF Image

NLG Ohio and Partners Get Cases against Protesters Dropped

By NLG Ohio Chapter On May 23rd, 71 protesters, plus two Legal Observers, were arrested during demonstrations following the acquittal of Michael Brelo, a Cleveland police officer charged in connection with the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams in November 2012. Protesters were pushed into and trapped in a small alley, given no opportunity to leave, and then arrested for failure […]

The Concrete Empire

By Carl H. Harrison | Susanville, CA In the 1980s, California began a prison- and jail-building boom. Concrete jails and prisons popped up all over the state, while laws were quickly changed to make it easier to lock people up. These facilities quickly filled up and people had to join gangs within the facilities in order […]