Order a Copy of the JLM

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.

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.


A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual is written and updated by members of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. The law prohibits us from providing any legal advice to prisoners. The information is not intended as legal advice or representation nor should you consider it as such. Additionally, your use of the JLM should not be construed as creating an attorney-client relationship with the JLM staff or anyone at Columbia Law School. We have attempted to provide information that is up to date and useful. However, because the law changes frequently, we cannot guarantee that this information is current or correct.

If you are printing chapters of the JLM for use by someone other than yourself, please include the title page and legal disclaimer, which can be accessed in PDF form by clicking on the blue, “Title Page & Legal Disclaimer” link below.

To order the JLM by mail, please click here to download our mail order form.

For prisoners and their family members

The JLM 11th Edition main volume is $30.  The Immigration & Consular Access Supplement is $15. First class shipping is included in the price. Prices and availability may be subject to change.  See the pricing chart on the Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual order form.

For non-prisoners or institutions:

The JLM 11th Edition main volume is $140. The Immigration & Consular Access Supplement is $50. If you are ordering for a prisoner, follow the instructions for prisoner pricing. Prices and availability may be subject to change.

You may also order up to three chapters of the 10th Edition of Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual for FREE! Please note that the 10th Edition was published in 2014. It is not the most recent edition of the JLM, and may contain information that is out of date and no longer accurate.

To order your free chapters by mail, please download, print, and complete this form.