The Harvard Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Law Review: The Great Unobtainable Writ: Indigent Pro Se Litigation After the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 — by Thomas C. O’Bryant

I’m so encouraged to see this article written by a Jailhouse lawyer. It is not the first time (Yale Law Review I think ran an article by Mumia Abu-Jamal awhile back), but it is still refreshing to see.

While many disparage Jailhouse lawyers, I believe that they serve a critical (and tragically needed) role in the criminal justice system, by proving legal assistance to inmates who are denied any other access to justice. And I’m very proud to be part of the National Lawyers Guild, one of the only bar associations that admits Jailhouse lawyers as full members (as well as legal workers).

Here’s some more discussion of this story from other sources… Inmate Writes Harvard Law Review Article

Sentencing Law and Policy blog: New Harvard CR-CL issue on prison litigation

CapitalDefenseweekly: Thursday, August 03, 2006 – weekly email edition (short blurb talks about the article)