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Return to Book Page. Jailhouse Lawyers: Prisoners Defending Prisoners v. Angela Y. Davis Introduction. His writings are dangerous. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Jailhouse Lawyers , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews.
Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jun 26, April rated it really liked it Shelves: revolutionary-reads , civil-rights , economic-inequality , healthcare-issues , humanrights , life-stories , prison-system-mental-health , unequal-access-class-gender-race. The injustice system sounds even worse than I thot.
An excellent example of 'if we don't help each other; who will? Dec 22, Jude Arnold rated it it was amazing. The publisher commissioned him to write about prisoners everywhere driven to become legal experts to defend themselves. The prisoners learn the law and insist on its application to win the justice those professional lawyers a. Jailhouse lawyers do this life-saving work with immeasurable constraints and very few resources. We learn that jailhouse lawyers challenge the status quo, forcing prisons to change.
For this jailhouse lawyers are singled out for discipline and retaliation being put in the hole more than another other group of prisoners.
What about street lawyers? Jerome F. Just that he wanted to represent himself. So, it is like I learned in nursing school to respect when a member of the Church of Scientology, for example, refuses a blood transfusion. Feb 06, Eva D.
The level of research he managed from behind bars is simply astounding. I'm sad, angry, and hopeful all at the same time after reading it. Feb 15, Delta Q rated it it was amazing. Mumia Abu-Jamal has been incarcerated since I have been born. That is in itself a powerful statement. This man has not been "outside" all my life.
I have been active in prisoner's rights programs in Japan for the last 8 years, and have learned a lot from my peers inside. I have learned that the prison system in Japan is no different from where Mumia and other political prisoners are being held in, and in some cases, worse.
I have the highest respect for jailhouse lawyers who go out of their way Mumia Abu-Jamal has been incarcerated since I have been born.
I have the highest respect for jailhouse lawyers who go out of their way to protect those inside, even if such actions may lead to themselves be persecuted by the system. Safiya Bukhari, one of the founders of the Jericho prisoner's rights movement was an avid supporter of Mumia until she moved on to the next world. Safiya and Mumia have taught me many things, but one thing is for sure: Political prisoners only exist in foreign states.
The United States, China, Japan, any state has political prisoners, and yet none will consider its own a political prisoner. Recently a criminal defendant was acquitted by the Tokyo High Court, and released. Immediately the victim's relatives and lawyer cried foul. There are too many cases in Japan and elsewhere where people are automatically considered guilty just because they were arrested and said to be guilty by the criminal investigation.
Personally, I do not care if Mumia killed the officer in question, or not. That is not the case right now. The issue is that he has been getting selective inhumane treatment by the correctional authorities, and has not been allowed a fair trial as such enumerated in the US Constitution. Lawyering is not about being a high-roller in Wall Street corporate law. Lawyering is about protecting those in need without even thinking about the crap that you will have to deal with in doing so.
Mumia Abu-Jamal continues to give me strength in fighting the ills of society, and he is always in my prayers. Like-minded individuals who were immensely unafraid, to divinely deter the injustices they faced in prison. Mumia deconstructs the entire corruptive constructs rooted in the contradictive, confusing force that is historically known as American Law. Its call "Mumia chronicles numerous stories surrounding the experiences of those who faced incarceration, but narrowly escaped with the power of the pen, and the tongue of one or more like-minded individuals possessing self-invented legal minds.
Its callous vulture-culture continues to clash its claws upon the working poor, and the poor in general. In addition to telling the individual stories of the best and worst jailhouse lawyers defending themselves and their fellow prisoners in the face of official hostility and, in many instances personal danger, and presenting a lively history of jailhouse lawyering in modern America, Abu-Jamal clearly exposes the political and racial bias of the US criminal justice system and explores the role of jailhouse lawyers in the jungle of American law.
Supreme Court's rejection April 6 of Abu-Jamal's appeal for a new trial, he continues to fight for his freedom. This would not have been possible without the support of millions worldwide.
He reminds the reader of the more than two million Americans behind bars in similar situations to himself, and that those in the free world have a responsibility to those trapped 'in the bowels of the slave ship, in the hidden dank dungeons of America. Indeed, the power of his truth upholds the long-neglected promise of transformation awaiting the domains of justice. Abu-Jamal writes with incisive equanimity while presenting penetratingly disturbing facts, little known in mainstream society.
Jan 23, Jax rated it really liked it. Mumia Abu-Jamal's fame as the death-row inmate journalist and activist for prison abolition has made him a worldwide celebrity. This celebrity, and a knack for calm, collected writing on an agitating topic, lends itself to bolster the already inspirational stories of these unsung heroes of American dungeons.
Abu-Jamal does not tell these stories in a void, or as an outsider, he wrote from death row. In the foreword, Angela Y. Davis writes, "If slavery denied African and African-descended people Mumia Abu-Jamal's fame as the death-row inmate journalist and activist for prison abolition has made him a worldwide celebrity.
Davis writes, "If slavery denied African and African-descended people the right to full legal personality, and the practices of racialized 2nd tier citizenship institutionalized the inheritance of slavery, so in the 20th and 21st century prisoners find that the curtailment of their capacity to seek redress thru the legal system confirms and reaffirms that inheritance.
The theme of resisting oppression runs through this compilation of the lives and cases of those few who take up knowledge of the complicated legal system, and the policies therein which apply to those in prison.
While Abu-Jamal delivers his analysis with the coolness of a reporter, a sense of comradeship and admiration comes through in his tone. Although ever the journalist, Abu-Jamal is also the activist. Throughout, he plants seeds of ideas for action, and towards the end he begins an exploration of the revolution written into each writ and brief and breathed into each case.
He refers to the "paradox of being a jailhouse lawyer-- to be at once both subversive to and a subject of the law. Tea rated it really liked it Shelves: anti-racism , law , labor , prison-industrial-complex , prisoners , space , surveillance-privacy , totalitarianism-fascism , white-supremacy. I've been reading some of Mumia's work and I am always impressed by the level of research he does and the completely accessible way he writes in his work--from a maximum security prison cell.
This was an incisive look at the people who do jailhouse lawyering but will most likely never be heard of or go on to become high power, paid lawyers. But they do the work, become conversant with the material, know the cases, and have made--or have tried to make--some remarkable changes in the prison indust I've been reading some of Mumia's work and I am always impressed by the level of research he does and the completely accessible way he writes in his work--from a maximum security prison cell.
But they do the work, become conversant with the material, know the cases, and have made--or have tried to make--some remarkable changes in the prison industrial complex as they pursue justice from the belly of the beast. A great read and a remarkable historical resource. Jan 17, Heidi Boghosian rated it it was amazing.
Jul 12, Alisa rated it really liked it. I often found this book to be rambling. However, it is a perspective on the judicial system that I was completely unacquainted with, and therefore I found it very much worth reading.
Mumia Abu-Jamal has been in prison for decades.
Jailhouse Lawyers : Prisoners Defending Prisoners v. the USA
In Jailhouse Lawyers, award-winning journalist and death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal presents the stories and reflections of fellow prisoners-turned-advocates who have learned to use the court system to represent other prisoners—many uneducated or illiterate—and in some cases, to win their freedom. In Mumia's words, "This is the story of law learned, not in the ivory towers of multi-billion-dollar endowed universities [but] in the bowels of the slave-ship, in the hidden, dank dungeons of America It is law learned in a stew of bitterness, under the constant threat of violence, in places where millions of people live, but millions of others wish to ignore or forget. It is law written with stubs of pencils, or with four-inch-long rubberized flex-pens, with grit, glimmerings of brilliance, and with clear knowledge that retaliation is right outside the cell door. It is a different perspective on the law, written from the bottom, with a faint hope that a right may be wronged, an injustice redressed. It is Hard Law.
‘Jailhouse Lawyers’ by Mumia Abu-Jamal
Profiles of prisoners who help their fellows in legal matters, by a Pennsylvania death row inmate. Drawing on correspondence with two-dozen jailhouse lawyers around the country, Abu-Jamal discusses the lives and work of men and women—some educated, others barely able to read and write—who do legal research, file grievances and litigate cases, often earning reputations as troublemakers and dealt with accordingly by prison authorities. Thousands of such lawyers now work among the 2. Abu-Jamal details the legal strictures governing jailhouse law, including the Prison Litigation Reform Act of , intended to prevent frivolous lawsuits by prisoners. Far from being frivolous, he argues, many such actions have led to significant prison reforms. Occasionally wonky but overall a good case for how the dismal science can make the world less—well, dismal.
Jailhouse lawyers with nothing else to do are tying our courts in knots with an endless flood of frivolous litigation. Orrin Hatch, former chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. On April 24, I had the honor of attending an event in Oakland honoring an extraordinary revolutionary writer, journalist, author and former Black Panther. It was his birthday.
Jailhouse Lawyers: Prisoners Defending Prisoners v. the USA
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