In the field of law, books that deal with an overall view of a topic, those that are used in teaching law, or that are encyclopedic in nature, are known as secondary resource materials. These secondary resources are essential to the jailhouse lawyer when developing strategies on writs and/or when researching the origins of a certain area of law.
It appears that these types of books are the most underdeveloped sort of material in prison law libraries; therefore, in an effort to level the playing field against the State, The Prison Legal News recommends that every prisoner activist seek to insure that the following list of secondary resource material is available to prisoners at their respective law libraries. If the books are not available, try to get these titles added to your local law libraries. We did it by using monies from the Inmate Welfare Fund.
Prisoners' Self-Help Litigation Manual , revised second edition, by Daniel E. Manville, Oceana Publications Inc., New York, 1983. THE BIBLE FOR THE JAILHOUSE ATTORNEY!
Prisoners and the Law , by Ira P. Robbins et. al., Deerfield, Illinois, 1985.
Rights of Prisoners , by James J. Gobert and Neil P. Cohen, McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, 1981.
The Rights of Prisoners , 4th edition, by David Rudovsky et. al., Southern Illinois University Press and ACLU, 1988.
Juror Misconduct -Law and Litigation , by Lillian B. Hardwick and B. Lee Ware, Clark Boardman Company, New York, 1990.
Police Misconduct - Law and Litigation , second edition, by Michael Avery and David Rudovsky - under the auspices of the National Lawyers' Guild, Clark, Boardman, Callaghan, Deerfield, Illinois, 1980.
Prosecutorial Misconduct , by Bennet L. Gershman, Clark, Boardman, Callaghan, Deerfield, Illinois, 1985.
Section 1983 Litigation in State Courts , by Steven H. Steinglass, Clark, Boardman, Callaghan, Deerfield, Illinois, 1988.
Drug Testing - Legal Manual , by Kevin B. Zeese, Clark, Boardman, Callaghan, New York, 1989.
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