Prisons and Jails Self-Advocacy Resources

Prisons and jails generally have grievance or complaint systems that may help resolve an issue.  Self-advocacy resources on our general page may be helpful in filing an effective grievance or complaint.

NC State Agencies

Other Resources

NC Prisoner Legal Services provides a range of services, from advice about prisoner’s legal rights, to representation in litigation. PLS’s website has a variety of resources available, including the Formerly Incarcerated Person Packet: Resources to Assist Inmates After Release, which is a listing of resources across the state and what types of services they may provide.

American Civil Liberties Union-Prisoner’s Rights Project is dedicated to ensuring prisons, jails and other places of detention comply with the U.S. and N.C. Constitutions, domestic law, and international human rights principles.

The North Carolina Justice Center maintains information for the NC Second Chance Alliance, which is a statewide alliance that has come together to achieve the safe and successful reintegration of adults and juveniles with criminal records by promoting policies that remove barriers to productive citizenship.  One of the many resources provided is information related to reentry.

Applying for Benefits from Jail is a report providing information on how inmates with disabilities, who are beginning the transition back into the community, can obtain the appropriate benefits through programs such as Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability Insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, and veterans pension or compensation funds.

The National Association of the Deaf has information regarding the rights of deaf and hard of hearing detainees and a memo on the rights of deaf and hard of hearing inmates.

Prison Reentry Housing NHLP is a booklet containing information provided by the National Housing Law Project (NHLP) that explains the eligibility and requirements for individuals in need of federally assisted affordable housing programs when exiting the prison system.

Social Security Administration FAQ-Prison is a FAQ sheet on how a conviction affects social security benefits.

The U.S. Department of Justice website has general information on the ADA including prison/jail issues. The DOJ has information on the features of an accessible cell. The DOJ also has information about how to file a complaint to the DOJ about other civil rights violations and the work of the Special Litigation Section regarding corrections.

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