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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Columbia Students Release New Edition of Jailhouse Lawyers Manual

From a press release:  "The two-volume JLM is produced to assist prisoners and others in negotiating the U.S. legal system. Among the 45 chapters is information on legal rights and procedures, religious freedom in prison, special issues of female prisoners, and immigration law and legal research.  New sections in the sixth edition - often culled from prisoner feedback - include topics such as the special needs of and juvenile, female, homosexual inmates.  Marco Palau ‘05 and Kathy Banuelos ‘05 served as editors of the Spanish publication.  Sarah Stewart ‘05 told the New York Law Journal that the magazine staff was also assisted by 20 private practitioners.  The manual was first published in 1978, when the prison population was a fifth of what it is today.  The current price is $45 for inmates and $90 for all others. One thousand copies are sold annually."  [Mark Godsey]

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