Prisoners' Rights

Most Frequently Viewed Resources

If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

Ask questions and get answers, in real time, right here on the Internet, from live law librarians throughout California.

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

The application and review process.

Guardianships, dependency proceedings, getting a child out of a shelter, visitation rights of grandparents, when permanent custody is necessary, adoption, foster care, public benefits, relative caregiver options chart, and school issues.

The comprehensive guide to your rights and options as a parent, including sample letters to send to the authorities. Topics covered - (1) arrest: what happens to my child? (2) placement: where will my child live? (3) foster care & dependency: how can i keep my family together while i'm in jail or prison? (4) family reunification: how do i get my child back when i get out? (5) making a record: what can i do while i'm in jail or prison? (6) paternity: how do i show i'm the dad? (7) de facto parent: what is it? (8) child support: how can i pay when i don't have any money? (9) special immigrant juvenile status: what is it? who qualifies?

Examples of topics that an administrative appeal might address are medical care delays, failure to follow procedural rules for disciplinary violation hearings, miscalculation of work credits, restrictive mail policies, or visitor denials.

The Handbook discusses only some of the legal problems which prisoners face " conditions inside prison and the way you are treated by prison staff.

The application process and how incarceration affects your benefits.

Alphabetical Listing of Resources

Despite the circumstances, some justice-involved Veterans may be eligible for VA benefits: disability compensation, pension, education and training, health care, home loans, insurance, vocational rehabilitation and employment, and burial.

Includes information about second-strike early parole consideration and 2-for-1 credits for all minimum custody prisoners.

A person held in custody by the state may file a petition for writ of habeas corpus in a United States district court to challenge violations of the Constitution or laws or treaties of the United States.

Is your background record wrong? Was there a delay or problem?

Staff misconduct is behavior that violates law, regulation, policy or an ethical or professional standard.

Information on the Prison Rape Elmination Act (PREA), your safety and protection from violence, your medical care: constitutional requirements, necessary medical care for many transgender individuals inludes access to clothing and grooming, standards consistent with gender identity, housing administrative segregation, your rights through searches, your privacy, and your safely preserving/enforcing your rights.

Order it by mail! Everything you need to know about prison and parole law: administrative appeals, rights of prisoners, classification and transfers, determinate sentences, time credits and release dates, life prisoners, disciplinary violations and segregation, medical and mental health caredetainers and extradition, early and temporary releases and special prison programs, parole, MDO and SVP commitments, workers compensation and other benefits, immigration issues for noncitizen prisoners, writs of habeas corpus and mandate, federal civil rights and state tort law actions, direct appeals of convictions, legal research and writing.

California Criminal Cases; California Parole Suitability, Conditions and Revocation; California Prison Conditions; Immigration/Deportation; Juvenile Education Rights; Recent Projects and Development

Taking action against a prison, government, or employee.

This pamphlet provides a quick reference for general information and answers to commonly asked questions on child support and the court process.

"Segregation" is the term used to describe a highly restrictive form of custody where a prisoner is taken out of the general prison population and placed in a "prison within a prison."

The rights of prisoners to fair disciplinary proceedings are rooted in the due process clauses of the U.S. and California Constitutions; however, those rights are not as broad as the rights of defendants facing criminal charges

Your right to attend any legal event affecting your child.