State Prisoners Handbook
by Fama, McKay, Snedecker, Smith and the
Prison Law Office, 230 pp.
Reviewed by John E. Dannenberg
A 230 page Supplement to The California State Prisoners Handbook has been released, bringing this bible for California state prisoners current as of September 1, 2003 changes in the law. Organized in the same chapter structure as the 1,000 page Third Edition of the Handbook [see PLN, Oct. `01, p.23], the 72 pages of text discuss the impact of 250 recent state and federal cases as well as changes in the California Department of Corrections' regulations. To be fully current, the Supplement includes select superior court references along with cases still pending appellate review. All of the new text is indexed five ways in a 19 page Table of Authorities, greatly enhancing the Supplement's research utility.
The balance of the Supplement contains revised forms, including 81 pages of updated federal court forms for habeas corpus (28 U.S.C. § 2254) and civil rights (42 U.S.C. § 1983) filings in each of California's four federal districts. For those seeking jobs, an updated eight page listing of Workforce Investment Act resource centers in all California counties will aid parolees in gaining both job training and employment.
The Supplement is available to prisoners for $15 (including postage) [$50 to non-prisoners] from Rayve Productions, POB 726, Windsor, CA 95492. If you haven't yet ordered the Handbook, its subsidized $40 price (to prisoners only) will now include the Supplement.
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