Links: How-To Guides


  • The California State Prisoners Handbook, Fourth Edition & 2014 Supplement  By Heather MacKay & the Prison Law Office  The 1,100-page Fourth Edition (2008) also includes numerous sample forms and model pleadings! 17 chapters cover:  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 Care; Detainers 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.
  • Prisoners’ Self-Help Litigation Manual Covers legal research, the legal system, prisoners’ rights, federal post-conviction remedies, law library requirements, civil rights forms, parole, how to litigate in federal courts, and more.
  • Disciplinary Self Help Litigation Manual By Daniel Manville
  • Other helpful publications

Webcasts w/Accompanying Training Materials

  • Prop 47: The Lawyer’s Role in Implementing California’s Landmark Criminal Justice Reform Initiative (Free)
  • Prison Law 2015 (free)
  • Reentry in California – Overcoming Legal Barriers to Community Reintegration 2015 (Free)
  • Wrongful Conviction: Litigation Claims of Innocence 2015 (Free)
  • CA Expungement (Free)
  • CA Reentry Legal Services
  • CA Juvenile Record Sealing
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Electronic Information In Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions