Letters

  • Arizona “I was recently sentenced to natural life and have tirelessly been working on my direct appeal as well as helping others incarcerated with me on their legal matters.”
  • Arkansas “I am expecting good things from this case that will help other inmates.”
  • California “The current issues concerns the conditions of confinement here. None of the buildings are heated and haven’t been for at least 11 years.”
  • Colorado “As an institutionalized person I want to be a part of something that educates and uplifts – not degrades”
  • Florida “I successfully sued the FL prison system to establish rights to vegan meals for any inmate so desiring for any reason.”
  • Georgia  “As a prisoner I don’t have many rights and the GDC is trying to take even more from the little that prisoners have.”
  • Illinois  “Throughout my incarceration I’ve had my rights violated continuously and only knew how to fight back with rage.”
  • Maryland “Helping people here in this prison gives me a sense of pride and a rewarding feeling. Two sensations I have not felt in many years.
  • MichiganThe sad truth is that prisoners often have a difficult time obtaining adequate administrative remedies through the grievance system.”
  • Missouri “It is my belief since they also refuse me my legal books, it’s due in part to my accessing the grievance process.”
  • Montana “I am presently housed in the max security portion of the prison after I successfully argued a human rights complaint for a Native American prisoner against the DOC.”
  • Nebraska  “The process of legal work here is very difficult. The library has limited resources, outdated manuals, and few hours which it’s open.”
  • NevadaThe grievance process is broken in NV and the access to our law library is limited, as well as outdated.”
  • New Jersey “The jail responded by restricting access to the law library, allowing me only 15 hours over the entire last year”
  • New Mexico “No money comes from their wallet and its the tax payers of the state that pay for their repeated crimes.”
  • New York “Not only have I been able to help others challenge unjust convictions and unduly harsh prison conditions, I have helped to advocate for change from within the system.”
  • North Carolina “The fourth circuit ruled that by providing legal services to prisoners through NCPLS, the state has no further obligation to provide prison law libraries.”
  • Ohio “My experience participating in legal work behind bars is it gives me a sense of urgency and purpose.”
  • Pennsylvania  “We are challenging the corrupt and bias grievance system that continues to find it’s decisions in favor of DOC staff even when evidence and statements clearly show the guilt of such staff members.
  • Texas  “TX has the sorriest prison system. They cover up their wrongs, don’t pay us for labor, the list can go on and on.”
  • Washington “The system assumes that all requests for resources are geared towards a frivolous lawsuit and as such there are barriers in place to stifle requests.”
  • Wisconsin “It was out of necessity that I had to learn law to defend myself against a corrupt DOC that fails to follow their own policies and procedures.”