Prisoners Legal Advocacy NetworkAn initiative of Lawyers for Equal Access to Advocacy & Dignity Incorporated
Dignity Defenders Advocacy
Election Protection Jail & Post-Release Voting Working Group
Jailhouse Law Library
Intake Form & Legal Questionnaire
Our Mission & Vision
PLAN’s mission is to defend and expand the legal rights of presently and formerly incarcerated individuals so that those who are directly impacted by the U.S. criminal legal system can live with dignity and without fear.
IMPACTED ADVOCATE LEADERSHIP
PLAN Impacted Advocate Peter Anekwe
Dignity. Advocacy. Community. Resources. Data.
PLAN defends the dignity of presently and formerly incarcerated people by providing cost-free civil legal services and support to improve prison and probation conditions and protect and expand the rights of system-impacted voters. PLAN builds power by developing resources, coordinating mentorship, and creating training opportunities for current and former jailhouse lawyers and prison paralegals. PLAN cultivates a community of inside-outside coalitions that center individuals impacted by the criminal legal system. PLAN challenges carceral agencies’ monopoly on primary source data, elevates the voices of impacted people, and educates the public with the only national prison and probation conditions data that originates with current and former prisoners, not prison officials.
Lots of Ways to Get Involved.
Law Clerkship Program
Prison Conditions Data
Know Your Rights Guides for Presently & Formerly Incarcerated Voters
Pro Bono Scholars Program
Resources For Jailhouse Lawyers & Prison Paralegals
Articles, Studies, & Presentations
Women’s Dignity, Women’s Prisons
CUNY Law Review (Volume 26.2)
November 13, 2023
Co-authored by a PLAN attorney and PLAN former jailhouse lawyers, this law review article proposes a dignity approach to combatting rampant staff sexual abuse in America’s prisons as a more humane and effective alternative to the failing Prison Rape Elimination Act (“PREA”) regime.
Possibility Lab Expert Consulting
Jail-Based Polling Places Study
October 20, 2023
PLAN was retained as an expert consultant by the University of California’s Possibility Lab for ongoing policy study of challenges and solutions for jail-based voter registration and voting. Dr. Meredith Sadin identified key considerations for stakeholders on the basis of this exploratory exercise.
PLAN-LDF Jail Voting Presentation
Sentencing Project Event
October 11, 2023
PLAN delivered a joint presentation with the Legal Defense Fund’s Voting Rights Defender Project about jail-based voting resources that will be available in 2024 for system-impacted voters and their advocates at a national meeting of jail voting advocates convened by The Sentencing Project.
Pro Bono Opportunities
PLAN Initiatives Seeking Pro Bono Support
Subject Matter Experts