Links To Prisoner Rights & Resources
CDCR – Adult Correctional Facilities This link is for the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR) web site with an index of links to all corrections facilities
CDCR Departmental Operations Manual This link is DOM Chap. 5 that includes guidelines for Legal Mail & visits
CDCR, Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) This link is for the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) webpage that lists the youth facility locations. Instructions for contacting the DJJ Ombudsman are available here.
Federal Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator Select Inmate locator from the main menu. The database is searchable by either an Identification number or First+Last name.
National Center for Juvenile Justice The National Center for Juvenile Justice (the Center) is a private, non-profit organization. Since its inception in 1973, the Center has been a resource for independent and original research on topics related directly and indirectly to the field of juvenile justice. Although the Center is the research division of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, it has its own budget and is responsible for generating its own operating funds.
Prison Law Office The Prison Law Office provides free legal services to California state prisoners, and occasionally to California state parolees. Their assistance is generally limited to cases regarding conditions of confinement. This office does not typically assist or represent prisoners in lawsuits in which money damages are the primary objective. Instead, the office focuses on cases in which a change in conditions is sought. The office attempts to resolve such cases informally, if possible (by advocating to prison officials), or through formal litigation.
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children Legal Services for Prisoners with Children is an advocacy organization which focuses on women prisoners and their families. LSPC responds to requests for information, and engages in litigation. Particularly useful materials for appellate practioners which can be found on this website are the “Incarcerated Parents Manual” and the “Toolbox for Family Advocates of California Prisoners,” both of which are available in English and Spanish.
Prison Resources A comprehensive collection of resources available on the web.