A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual


IMPORTANT JLM UPDATE (March 22, 2020):


Expect delivery delays: Due to COVID-19 (or coronavirus), please expectadditional delays in delivery of the JLM. We are working as hard as we can—with a limited team—to respond to orders of the JLM as soon as possible.


New mailing address: Please do not send orders to our normal address (435 W. 116th St., New York, NY 10027). Our new mailing address is:

A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual
Attn: Hanna Lauritzen
1525 Miramonte Ave #3249
Los Altos, CA 94024

You can also email us at jlm.board.mail@gmail.com or call us at (646) 470-2054.   


Thank you for understanding, and please know that we are thinking of all of you and your loved ones during this particularly difficult time.


Click here for information about COVID-19 and its impact on incarcerated people



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A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual (JLM) is a handbook of legal rights and procedures designed for use by people in prison. Since publication of the First Edition in 1978, tens of thousands of prisoners in institutions across the country have used A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual to exercise their legal rights.