The Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project provides assistance to incarcerated or institutionalized low-income people whose constitutional rights have been violated within the institution.


Client Eligibility

To be eligible for our services, you must be housed in one of the following locations:

  • Prison (state and federal)
  • Jail
  • State hospital (due to to being mentally challenged), or
  • State center (due to developmental disability)
  • Immigration detention center
  • Halfway house
  • Community living arrangement (due to developmental disability)

Income guidelines: 125% of the federal poverty level

Geographic guidelines: Pennsylvania residents only

Intake Process

PILP has three offices across the state of Pennsylvania. Please mail inquiries to the office within the district that the event occurred.*

Locations by region (See map above for reference)

eastern District office and general issues for entire state

Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project
The Cast Iron Building
718 Arch Street, Suite 304 South
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Phone: 215.925.2966
Fax: 215.925.5337
Please note: Collect calls are only accepted from current clients.

Central District Office & Federal Prison Issues

Lewisburg Prison Project
PO Box 128
Lewisburg, PA 17837-0128

Phone: 570.523.1104
Fax: 570.523.3944

western District office

Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project
100 Fifth Avenue, Suite 900
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Phone: 412.434.6004
Fax: 412.434.5706

* Due to a large volume of requests for legal assistance, the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project has staff members who respond to inquiries. An assessment of legal merit is made and, if appropriate, information and referrals are provided.