Announcing New Jailhouse Lawyer Rep & Call for Inside VP Candidates

Thank you for participating in the election among jailhouse lawyer members for a formerly incarcerated, “outside” representative to hold the position of co-Jailhouse Lawyer Vice President (JLVP) on the National Executive Committee (NEC). There were five very qualified nominees. We are thrilled to announce that the winner is Diana Covarrubias! Diana joins our board with […]

America, You Exposed the Line (Poem)

By Jason Geray Represa, CA America, you exposed the line Back in my younger days your judges had their axes to grind, You promised us that justice was really blind, But that is not what we would find, You just saw me as someone who was born to do time, And yeah, I’m from California […]

Thrown to the Wolves

By Cecil G. Truman Craigsville, VA [Editor’s Note: The following story mentions suicide] This is a true story about a kid we will call Max. I met Max a few weeks ago in Bible study. Upon speaking with Max, I could tell that his heart and mind were very young. At the age of 19 […]

9 LIVES (Poem)

By Joshua Garner aka Mujahid St. Petersburg, FL This is a story about 9 lives that should be free, 9 lives taken by the Commonwealth and the DOC, This system is corrupt, I know first-hand believe me, So listen to their story so now you can see My big brother Hadi, strongest aqeedah I’ve ever […]

BEYOND BARS: The Jailhouse Lawyer Initiative

Dear Defenders of Justice, Are you currently assigned, or have been (during your current term of incarceration), to the law library as a certified law clerk in a state or federal prison within the United States? Are you known as a “jailhouse lawyer” at your institution? If you answered “Yes” to either of these questions, […]

BEYOND BARS: Revolutionary Greetings

By Jennifer Gann Soledad, CA Dear friends and comrades, Revolutionary greetings from behind enemy lines in so-called California (occupied Chumas and other tribal territory), where I remain in captivity. I would like to introduce myself to fellow NLG members and Jailhouse Lawyers, and tell you about some of my work. My name is Jennifer Gann. […]

BEYOND BARS: To Grieve or Not to Grieve?

Eric Pepke Petersburg, VA It can seem pointless to challenge the deplorable conditions we face in prison, but it is important to do so anyway. Action can make a difference, especially in numbers. Even if one of us fails, many together can succeed. One of the most powerful ways to effect change is the federal […]

BEYOND BARS: Immunity Through the State

Valencia Simms Milton, FL Court rulings such as Hall v. Key and the Supreme Court rendering in Hudson v. McMillian clearly forbade malicious and sadistic abuse of prisoners. The decision in McMillian outlined “excessive force” as prison guards violently imposing not “in a good faith effort to maintain and restore” order, but out of personal […]

BEYOND BARS: Be Vigilant of Your Rights

Patrick Lexis Suffield, CT Allow me to introduce myself: My name is Patrick Lexis and I’m 25-years-old. In my six years incarcerated I was compelled to learn the law. I taught myself to practice law. By reading countless case laws in my cell, I learned how to prove the elements of how my civil rights […]