A Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual

The Ithaca Multicultural Resource Center, Alliance of Families for Justice, Showing Up for Racial Justice, and For Brown Bleeders have been working so hard to put together the Tompkins County Reentry Toolkit, and we are delighted that it is now being put to use! The Toolkit is acomprehensive collection of tips and resources developed by and for people returning from incarceration. Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to make this toolkit a reality!

A digital version of the toolkit is available here.

The story of the creation and launch of the toolkit was featured in The Ithaca Voice!

"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."

You can access the entire 11th edition online here:

You can also order a hard copy.

For incarcerated people and their family members:

"The JLM 11th Edition main volume is $30.  The Immigration & Consular Access Supplement is $5. 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."

Connections: A guide for formerly incarcerated people in New York city.

The New York Public Library publishes "Connections" every year with updated information. It is a fantastic source of information about various community based organizations that provide reentry services.

You can access the 2018 edition here.