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The Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project provides assistance to incarcerated or institutionalized low-income people whose constitutional rights have been violated within the institution. The following are some of the types of services we provide:

Direct Representation
Individual civil cases are taken based on their merit and program priorities.

Information and Referrals
Providing various self-help and legal materials, as well as referral information at no cost to clients.

Class Representation
Representation of groups of individuals sharing common problems within instituions.

Legislative and Administrative Advocacy
Track administrative and legislative initiatives concerning institutional issues and advocacy for the clients' perspective.

Group Representation
Representation and advocacy on behalf of low-income organizations concerned with institutional issues (where permitted by funding sources).

Intake Process
Send all inquiries and requests by mail to:

PA Institutional Law Project
718 Arch Street, Suite 304 South
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Due to a large volume of requests for legal assistance, PA Institutional Law Project has a staff person who responds to every inquiry. An assessment of legal merit is made and if appropriate information and referrals are provided.

Client Eligibility
To be eligible for our services, you must be in prison (state and federal), jail, state hospital (due to mental illness), or state center (due to mental retardation)

Income guidelines: 187.5% of the federal poverty level

Geographic guidelines: Pennsylvania residents only


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718 Arch Street Suite 304 South | Philadelphia, PA 19106 | 215-925-2966