Prisoners' Rights

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

Ask questions and get answers, in real time, right here on the Internet, from live law librarians throughout California.

If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

Guardianships, dependency proceedings, getting a child out of a shelter, visitation rights of grandparents, when permanent custody is necessary, adoption, foster care, public benefits, relative caregiver options chart, and school issues.

Includes information about second-strike early parole consideration and 2-for-1 credits for all minimum custody prisoners.

Despite the circumstances, some justice-involved Veterans may be eligible for VA benefits: disability compensation, pension, education and training, health care, home loans, insurance, vocational rehabilitation and employment, and burial.

A person held in custody by the state may file a petition for writ of habeas corpus in a United States district court to challenge violations of the Constitution or laws or treaties of the United States.

Is your background record wrong? Was there a delay or problem?

The application and review process.

Examples of topics that an administrative appeal might address are medical care delays, failure to follow procedural rules for disciplinary violation hearings, miscalculation of work credits, restrictive mail policies, or visitor denials.

The comprehensive guide to your rights and options as a parent, including sample letters to send to the authorities. Topics covered - (1) arrest: what happens to my child? (2) placement: where will my child live? (3) foster care & dependency: how can i keep my family together while i'm in jail or prison? (4) family reunification: how do i get my child back when i get out? (5) making a record: what can i do while i'm in jail or prison? (6) paternity: how do i show i'm the dad? (7) de facto parent: what is it? (8) child support: how can i pay when i don't have any money? (9) special immigrant juvenile status: what is it? who qualifies?

Staff misconduct is behavior that violates law, regulation, policy or an ethical or professional standard.

Information on the Prison Rape Elmination Act (PREA), your safety and protection from violence, your medical care: constitutional requirements, necessary medical care for many transgender individuals inludes access to clothing and grooming, standards consistent with gender identity, housing administrative segregation, your rights through searches, your privacy, and your safely preserving/enforcing your rights.

Order it by mail! Everything you need to know about prison and parole law: administrative appeals, rights of prisoners, classification and transfers, determinate sentences, time credits and release dates, life prisoners, disciplinary violations and segregation, medical and mental health caredetainers and extradition, early and temporary releases and special prison programs, parole, MDO and SVP commitments, workers compensation and other benefits, immigration issues for noncitizen prisoners, writs of habeas corpus and mandate, federal civil rights and state tort law actions, direct appeals of convictions, legal research and writing.

California Criminal Cases; California Parole Suitability, Conditions and Revocation; California Prison Conditions; Immigration/Deportation; Juvenile Education Rights; Recent Projects and Development

The application process and how incarceration affects your benefits.

Taking action against a prison, government, or employee.