SR-SIS Standing Committee on Law Library Services to Institution Residents

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This group has a long history, having once been the AALL Committee on Law Library Service to Prisoners, and then a Special Interest Section: Law Library Service to Institution Residents.

Committee Services:

Current Projects:

  • Increase number of libraries included in Law Libraries Serving Prisoners (LLSP) database.

  • Update the 1996 edition of Recommended Collections for Prison and Other Institution Law Libraries & Guidelines for Prison Law Libraries.

  • Survey prison law libraries to see where they are now, following Casey v. Lewis, 518 U.S. 343 (1996).

  • Develop web page with information on donating books to prison law libraries.

Publications:

Directory: Law Libraries Providing Services to Prisoners (print editions published in 1985, 1989, 1990, 1993).

Electronic Legal Research in State Prisons, by Camilla Tubbs. Handout for the Joint Roundtable on Services to Pro Se Patrons and Prisoners, 2008.

Pro Se Prisoners in the Legal System: A Selective Bibliography, 2000-2007, by Margaret R. Moreland. 

  • Handout (shorter) for Joint Roundtable, 2008, here.

Pro Se Litigants in the Legal System: A Selective Bibliography, 2000-2007, updated 2008 by Theresa Strike. 

Law Library Services to Prisoners: A Bibliography, by Stacy Etheridge (July, 2008).

Sources for Donating Books to Prison Libraries & Law Libraries (July, 2005).

Select List of Programs Serving Pro Se Patrons. From survey conducted in 2005. Presented at 2005 Joint Roundtable.

Prisoner Mail: Suggestions and Resources. Handout for Joint Roundtable, 2004.

Sample Letters to Prisoners. Handout for Joint Roundtable, 2004.

Law School Clinics Serving Prisoners. Handout for Joint Roundtable, 2004.

Providing Legal Services for Prisoners, a Tool for Correctional Administrators.

  • Print editions published in 1977 and 1982. Published in association with the American Correctional Association. (Click on links to find this book in a library near you).

Recommended Collections for Prison and Other Institution Law Libraries & Guidelines for Prison Law Libraries. 

  • Print editions published in 1973, 1976, 1980198519901996. (Click on links to find this book in a library near you).

If you are interested in working with this standing Committee, please contact the current Chair, Stacy Etheredge.