The Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project provides free civil legal assistance to low-income people who are incarcerated or institutionalized in the state of Pennsylvania whose constitutional rights have been violated.
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.
Representation of groups of individuals sharing common problems within institutions.
Legislative and Administrative Advocacy
Track administrative and legislative initiatives concerning institutional issues and advocacy for the clients' perspective.
Representation and advocacy on behalf of low-income organizations concerned with institutional issues (where permitted by funding sources).
Some Current Issues we are addressing
- Restrictive visitation policies
- The "one good eye" policy of the DOC
- Placement of mentally ill inmates in solitary confinement in the Special Management Unit at United States Penitentiary at Lewisburg
- Prolonged shackling of inmates in the Special Management Unit at United States Penitentiary at Lewisburg
- Excessive use of force
- Sexual assault of inmates within institutions
- Prison overcrowding
- Freedom of Religion
- Unlawful shackling of women during childbirth
- Lack of access to the most effective medical treatment for inmates with Hepatitis C
Our services are free of charge thanks to the generous contributions of our supporters. Please consider making a donation to help us continue to provide these resources.