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Meet One Of The Jailhouse Lawyers At San Quentin Prison

Nancy Mullane
San Quentin inmate working on an appeal inside law library


You can’t practice law while serving time, but at San Quentin, there are inmates who represent themselves and offer legal assistance to other inmates. You won’t find any of them with law degrees, but what you will find are men who have a passion for fighting for their freedom, and the freedom of their fellow inmates.

From San Quentin Radio, Greg Eskridge reports on jailhouse lawyers.



As I started studying law, I realized nobody knows my case like me, and nobody is going to work this hard to get me out.

Uncuffed, formerly San Quentin Radio, is a project in which KALW editors train incarcerated people to report stories from inside prison. A CDCR official listened to and approved the audio for this story prior to broadcast.

Crosscurrents From The Producers Of Uncuffed
Producer for Uncuffed at San Quentin Radio