Prisoners' Rights

Prisoners' rights law concerns advocacy and policy work to improve the conditions of the prison system. Lawyers in this area provide legal representation for prisoners, and educate the community about the issues through research, writing, and coalition-building. Some lawyers focus on death penalty work while others dedicate their career to re-entry of prisoners or conditions in prisons. Most lawyers work in non-profit organizations that represent prisoners.

Web Resources

  • Prisoners Rights provides a basic overview of the practice area as well as useful links to educational resources and selected employers.
  • is a clearinghouse for attorneys, social service providers, and policy reform advocates on reentry and the consequences of criminal proceedings.
  • The Innocence Project is a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.
  • The Sentencing Project provides the legal community with sentencing advocacy training, works to reduce the reliance on incarceration and supports strategic advocacy for policy reform.
  • U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs works in partnership with the justice community to identify the most pressing crime-related challenges confronting the justice system and to provide information, training, coordination, and innovative strategies and approaches for addressing these challenges.

On The Web

Maps & Directions

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