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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.

COMING THIS FALL: 12th Edition of A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual

We are excited to announce that the newest edition of the main JLM will be available in October 2020.
If you are considering buying the JLM, we strongly encourage you to wait for the new edition.

The law has changed significantly since the 11th Edition of the JLM was published in 2017. For that reason, the new, 12th Edition of the JLM will be more useful to you or your loved one than the current edition.

However, if you or your loved one need the JLM before October 2020, you are welcome to order the 11th Edition online or by mail.

We will update our website as soon as we are able to begin accepting orders for the new edition.

For more information about ordering the JLM, please see below.

12th Edition Art Contest: the JLM seeks submissions for a cover-art contest. For more information, click here.

NEW: To order the JLM online, please click here.

For incarcerated people and their family members: please note that your order will automatically be mailed to our office, and then we will repackage it and mail it to you at the address of the facility where you or your loved one is located. Please follow the online ordering instructions carefully, and make sure to include the correct and complete address for you or your family member, and any special mail requirements. We mail all packages using USPS. If you need shipment using a different mail carrier, please let us know in the comments box when you fill out your order.

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

For incarcerated people 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 institutions and people who are not incarcerated:  

The JLM 11th Edition main volume is $140. The Immigration & Consular Access Supplement is $50. If you are ordering for an incarcerated person, follow the instructions for incarcerated people and their family members. Prices and availability may be subject to change.

Please expect delivery delays due to COVID-19

Due to COVID-19 (or coronavirus), please expect additional 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.