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The Prisoners Self Help Legal Clinic (PSHLC) in New Jersey is a volunteer project of the ACLU and is made up of attorneys, former prisoner paralegals, law students, civil rights advocates and other members of the community who assist pro se prisoner litigants. The PSHLC's concept is, like PLN 's, one of self reliance. To this end they have published a series of monographs that give a concise rundown in plain language of prisoner rights on a variety of subjects. Some of the topics (filing a tort claim, small claims) are specific to New Jersey state courts, but the remaining publications are useful to prisoners in other states. These include: brutality in prison, conditions of confinement, legal research, disciplinary practice and procedure, medical care, pro se practice/filing a 1983 action, rights to visitation in prison, habeas corpus and parole.

Readers will also be interested to know that some of the monographs are available in Spanish for prisoners who cannot read English. The monographs are extremely affordable at only $1.50 each or the entire set for only $10.00. The PSHLC also publishes a newsletter titled The Bridge which is filled with legal information that mainly affects New Jersey prisoners but which might be useful for others as well. Here at PLN we look forward to each issue. The PSHLC is a self help project that should be set up in every state. To order any of the above items contact: PSHLC, 2 Washington Place, Newark, NJ 07102. (201) 242-3688.

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