Jailhouse Lawyers: Prisoners Defending Prisoners v. the USA

Jailhouse Lawyers: Prisoners Defending Prisoners v. the USA


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780872864696
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publication date: 03/01/2009
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 258,827
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Mumia Abu-Jamal is an award-winning journalist and former Black Panther Party member, whose books include Live From Death Row, Death Blossoms: Reflections from a Prisoner of Conscience, All Things Censored, We Want Freedom: A Life in the Black Panther Party and Faith of Our Fathers. He has been living on death row in a Pennsylvania prison since 1982. Internationally renowned public speaker, author, activist, scholar and symbol of 1970s black power, Davis was the third woman to appear on the FBI's "Most Wanted" list and has authored eight books.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Foreword Angela Y. Davis 13

Note from the U.K. Publisher 21

Preface 27

1 Learning the Law 35

2 What "the Law" Is 51

3 When Jailhouse Lawyers "Represent" 73

4 What about Street Lawyers? 117

5 The Jailhouse Lawyering of Mayberry 151

6 A Woman's Work in State Hell 167

7 The Ruiz Effect: How One Jailhouse Lawyer Made Change in Texas 185

8 From "Social Prisoner" to Jailhouse Lawyers to Revolutionary: Ed Mead's Journey 191

9 Jailhouse Lawyers on Jailhouse Lawyers 205

10 The Best of the Best 217

11 The Worst of the Worst 233

12 The Social Role of Jailhouse Lawyers 243

Afterword 249

Appendix A 255

Appendix B 260

Endnotes 265

Index 279

About the Authors 288

What People are Saying About This

J. Patrick O'Connor

"Mumia Abu-Jamal's 27 years on Death Row for a murder he did not commit would have turned almost anyone else into an embittered, defeated man. Instead, he has remained what he always was, "the voice of the voiceless," as he demonstrates yet again in his most recent book . . . Jailhouse Lawyers: Prisoners Defending Prisoners v. the U.S.A. opens a tightly shut door into the operations of the U.S. penal system by chronicling the exploits of dozens of jailhouse lawyers - both men and women - who have fought the injustices the courts and the prisons have dealt them and their fellow prisoners. Their accomplishments, against all odds, have been incredible. Their story is a story never before told."

Richard Vogel

"More than a book about prisoners defending prisoners in what the author justly calls 'the Prisonhouse of Nations,' Mumia Abu-Jamal's Jailhouse Lawyers has the potential to jump-start the prison reform movement in the US. In addition to telling the individual stories of the best (and worst) jailhouse lawyers defending themselves and their fellow prisoners in the face of official hostility and, in many instances personal danger, and presenting a lively history of jailhouse lawyering in modern America, Abu-Jamal clearly exposes the political and racial bias of the US criminal justice system and explores the role of jailhouse lawyers in the jungle of American law."--(Richard Vogel, Op-Ed News)

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