November 26, 2012
Novel to Help Jailhouse Lawyers
Interestingly, Terri LeClerq recently wrote a graphic novel to help prisioners. Here is how she describes this important project:
Maybe you wonder why inmates need help learning to write complaints (grievances). With an average reading level of 5th grade and lots of misinformation, inmates rarely write a grievance that succeeds. They need our help.
I've written college texts, legal writing columns, and a prison-conditions blog. Review me at legalwritersink.com and prisongrievances.com. I've spent 10 years creating this graphic novel
- to help the 1 in 100 Americans in our prison system,
- to help the courts receive credible writs, and
- to help taxpayers avoid paying for time-consuming, frivolous, or erroneous filings.
Multitudes of prison officials and staff, court personnel, defense and plaintiff attorneys, reading specialists, and academics have reviewed the manuscript. A professional artist and professional letterer (yep!) worked to make each page both entertaining and educational. The formerly incarcerated who have reviewed it are ready to send a graphic novel back to their old roomies.
Additional information can about this project can be found here.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein
Hat Tip: Legal Writing Prof Blog