The Prison Advocacy Network is a volunteer network of attorneys, legal workers, law student, activists, and family members collaborating with people in solitary confinement and similar conditions of administrative segregation, adjustment centers and gender-based segregation in California prisons on advocating for their humanity and rights.
Our focus is narrow and specific — supporting people in California’s solitary confinement and similar conditions of isolation such as security housing units (SHUs), administrative segregation, and gender-based segregation. We prioritize advocating for jailhouse lawyers and those engaged in political activity.
Volunteers will advocate for individual prisoners and their loved ones experiencing discrimination, retaliation or a lack of upholding of their rights as well as gather evidence and documentation of the conditions of torture and violations of human rights prisoners in the SHU and like-conditions face. For more information, please visit our website at http://nlgsf.org/prisoner-advocacy-network.
If you know of an incarcerated individual who falls within the scope of our services, please fill out the following form and someone from PAN will contact you. You may also print out a paper form to fill out, which can also be sent inside to California prisoners, along with this brochure.
Important Information PAN cannot work with every person who writes to us. We prioritize people who are activists and suffering extreme conditions, solitary, or emergency issues. We train and match advocates with correspondents twice a year (usually September & February). We will do our best to recruit a qualified advocate for you if your issues fit within PAN’s scope. Please send legal mail to the address below. We will copy, scan, file, and return any original materials you send. NOTE: IT MAY TAKE UP TO 5 WEEKS FOR PAN TO PROCESS MAIL. PLEASE SEND PAN COPIES, EVEN IF HANDWRITTEN, INSTEAD OF ORIGINALS IF THE ORIGINAL IS NEEDED FOR A TIME SENSITIVE DEADLINE (e.g., due back to CDCR for as a higher level appeal within 30 days of the day you mail the letter to PAN).
National Lawyers Guild, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
Rachel Lederman, Esq. CASBN #130192
558 Capp St. San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 285-5067, Fax (415) 285-5066 firstname.lastname@example.org