Where state prison inmates can escape … to the law library


Legal experts said the trend reflects a lack of affordable lawyers and legal services available to the public.
News Story (New Jersey)

Kate Mishkin
Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ)
August 22, 2016
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Tags: Justice for All, Prisoners Rights


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So Jackmon became one of a growing number of prisoners in New Jersey to hit the books at prison law libraries and file appeals without the help of a lawyer. Though the state doesn’t track self-representation, recent surveys say it’s on the rise.

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“It’s a real crisis,” said Rochelle Klempner, who works as Chief Counsel at the New York State Courts Access to Justice Program.