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Publications

A Guide to Accessing Medication for Inmates in Washington State jails

This guide provides information about the rights of inmates to access prescription medication while in Washington State jails. The AVID Jail Project hopes this guide will help inmates and their advocates better understand and exercise their rights.

A Guide to Accessing Psychiatric Medications for Inmates at King County Correctional Facility and Regional Justice Center

This guide, produced by the Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID) Jail Project, provides information about the rights of inmates to access psychiataric medication while in King County Correction Facility (KCCF) and the Regional Justice Center Detention Facility (RJC).

A Guide to the Grievance Process for Inmates at King County Correctional Facility and the Regional Justice Center

This guide provides information about how inmates may use the grievance process at King County Correctional Facility (KCCF) and the Regional Justice Center Detention Facility (RJC).

A Guide to the Grievance Process for Inmates in Washington State jails

This guide provides general suggestions for how inmates may use the grievance process in Washington State jails. The AVID Jail Project hopes this guide will help inmates and their advocates better understand and exercise their rights.

AVID Program Informational One Pager

Learn more about the AVID Program, including our mission, who we serve, and what services we provide.

Reentry Resources for Currently and Formerly Incarcerated Individuals with Disabilities in King County

This guide provides information about reentry resources in King County. The AVID Jail Project hopes this guide will help current inmates with disabilities plan for their release and former inmates with disabilities access reentry resources in the community.

Resources During Incarceration for Inmates in King County Jails

This guide, produced by the Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID) Jail Project, provides information about resources available to inmates before they are released from jail. The AVID Jail Project hopes this guide will help current inmates with disabilities identify organizations and agencies they can contact to address concerns about jail conditions or other issues arising during their incarceration.

Working With a Public Defender in Criminal Cases

Learn how to get, work with, and resolve conflicts with a public defender.

External Links

Washington Web Lawyer

A service of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Program, in partnership with other organizations, the Washington Web Lawyer is a website where low-income people with a civil legal problem in Washington State can get free legal advice from volunteer attorneys.

Department of Corrections (DOC) Policies Search

Many Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) prison policies are publically available and may be accessed online.

Know Your Rights: Medical, Dental and Mental Health Care [PDF]

This American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), National Prison Project publication discusses prisoner rights to medical, dental, and mental health care under the Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Institutions Project of Columbia Legal Services (CLS)

The Columbia Legal Services (CLS), Institutions Project provides representation and advocacy on behalf of individuals confined in a number of Washington State facilities. Its advocacy focuses on institutional conditions of confinement, discrimination, sentencing and placement, alternatives to institutionalization, and access to courts, as well as issues related to rehabilitation, reentry, and reductions in recidivism. CLS does not provide representation in criminal cases.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Washington State

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Washington State handles civil liberties and civil rights matters, such as discrimination, police misconduct, and personal privacy, that happen in the state of Washington.

Complaint for Violation of Civil Rights – United States Courts Pro Se Form

To initiate a federal civil rights action addressing prison conditions, inmates may find this form helpful.

Complaint – United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Civil Rights Division

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division enforces civil rights laws. The Special Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division receives complaints and reports of potential civil rights violations in correctional facilities. The information on this page explains how and where to file a complaint or report a civil rights violation with the Special Litigation Section.

Veterans in the Criminal Justice System

Learn about topics such as the impact of incarceration on Veterans Affairs benefits, Veterans Treatment Courts in Washington State, and accessing civil legal services for incarcerated veterans at the Northwest Justice Project’s Representing Washington Veterans website.

Jailhouse Lawyer’s Handbook

The Jailhouse Lawyer’s Handbook, a guide by the Center for Constitutional Rights, provides limited general information about filing a federal lawsuit addressing prison conditions and staff conduct.

A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual

Published by the Columbia University School of Law, Human Rights Law Review, A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual is a thirty-six chapter resource designed to help inmates navigate the legal system and covers topics such as the rights of prisoners with disabilities, and issues for prisoners with mental illness.

Department of Corrections (DOC), Offender Health Plan [PDF]

The Offender Health Plan describes the medical and mental health care services available to Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) inmates, explains services and medical necessity, and provides information about filing appeals and presenting cases to the Care Review Committee (CRC) for approval.

Department of Corrections (DOC), Offender Grievance Program Manual [PDF]

The Offender Grievance Program is an internal grievance and appeal system that provides inmates with a method for seeking resolution to specific complaints or concerns about prison conditions or treatment. This Department of Corrections (DOC) manual on the grievance program explains how the program works and how to access it.