Prisoners' Self Help Litigation Manual and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player


Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering
Sell Us Your Item
For a $14.29 Gift Card
Trade in
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Start reading Prisoners' Self Help Litigation Manual on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Prisoners' Self Help Litigation Manual [Paperback]

John Boston , Daniel E Manville
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

List Price: $39.95
Price: $28.16 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
You Save: $11.79 (30%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.
Want it Monday, July 14? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Amazon Student


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $17.99  
Library Binding --  
Paperback $28.16  

Book Description

September 27, 2010 0195374401 978-0195374407 4
Prisoners' Self-Help Litigation Manual, in its much-anticipated fourth edition, is an indispensable guide for prisoners and prisoner advocates seeking to understand the rights guaranteed to prisoners by law and how to protect those rights. Clear, comprehensive, practical advice provides prisoners with everything they need to know on conditions of confinement, civil liberties in prison, procedural due process, the legal system, how to litigate, conducting effective legal research, and writing legal documents. Written by two legal and penitentiary experts with intimate knowledge of prisoner's rights and legal aid work, authors John Boston and Daniel E. Manville strategically focus on federal constitutional law, providing prisoners and those wishing to assist them with the most important information concerning legal rights.

Over the past decade, prison law and conditions have changed significantly. This new edition is updated to include the most relevant prisoners' rights topics and approaches to litigation. Updates include all aspects of prison life as well as material on legal research, legal writing, types of legal remedies, and how to effectively use those remedies.

Certainly the most authoritative, well-organized and relevant prisoner's rights manual available - - the eagerly awaited fourth edition should be purchased by everyone interested in civil rights for the incarcerated.

Frequently Bought Together

Prisoners' Self Help Litigation Manual + Smith's Guide to Habeas Corpus Relief for State Prisoners Under 28 U. S. C. §2254 + Self Help Post-Conviction Handbook
Price for all three: $96.70

Buy the selected items together

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Editorial Reviews


"In the many years I have worked with people facing or serving capital and Life sentences, I have experienced their frustration at their own inability to take charge of their cases and/
or their grievances...they lack the skills and the access to good law libraries. The Prisoners' Self-Help Litigation Manual, available for more than 25 years but recently updated, takes on the task of providing prisoners with the tools to handle their legal needs. It explains the pertinent law, shows them what they need to do to litigate an issue, and provides them with resources for help. As a self-trained professional in this field, I also found it extremely helpful. I truly believe that defense teams, advocates, and family members of the incarcerated should do their best to see that clients and loved ones have this important resource. And they should buy one for themselves!"
--Claudia Whitman
Director, National Death Row Assistance Network of CURE

About the Author

John Boston is Director of the Prisoners' Rights Project of the New York City Legal Aid Society. Mr. Boston received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law. He began his career as a research coordinator for The Defender Project of the Twentieth Century Fund in New York City. He has also contributed research and writing concerning prison population issues for the Correctional Association of New York and began his tenure as the Legal Aid Society as a staff attorney. Mr. Boston is widely published, with numerous articles on prisoners, their rights and circumstances nationwide, and has litigated several cases pertaining to prisoner's rights. He also participated in a national working group with the ACLU in response to the Prison Litigation Reform Act, reviewing briefs and pleadings, consulting with prisoner advocates, preparing CLE and practice materials. He is on the faculty of the Practicing Law Institute and co-administrator of the Prisoners' Rights section of the website

Daniel E. Manville is an attorney specializing in civil rights litigation. Mr. Manville has a Bachelor in Science from Central Michigan University (1976); a Bachelor Degree in General Studies from Wayne State University (1976); a Juris Doctorate from Antioch School of Law (now University of District of Columbia Law School) (1981); a Master in Criminal Justice, Michigan State University (1985). From 1988 through 2003, he was in private practice concentrating on providing representation to prisoners. From 2003 to summer of 2007, Manville was the Clinical Staff Attorney for Wayne State University Civil Rights Litigation Clinic. During 2007 and 2008 academic year, Manville was a Visiting Professor at University of Denver Law School Civil Rights Clinic. He is also an author and co-author of a number of self-help litigation manuals for prisoners; a number of articles on rights of prisoners; and co-author of A Prisoner's Rights, 2005 Annual Survey of Michigan Law, 2005 Wayne Law Review.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 4 edition (September 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195374401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195374407
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mandatory Reading for everybody. January 15, 1999
By A Customer
Not just for prisoners. Know your rights. Learn the Legal Process from the inside. Be a jailhouse lawyer without going to law school.
Was this review helpful to you?
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prisoners self help litigation manual-4th edition August 14, 2011
By Ben
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book was purchased for a County Detention Center. It was primarily purchased for pro-se inmates that choose to represent themselves. I only read parts of it, however what little I did read appeared to be very well written. Another good reason for purchasing this manual was due to the fact that it was strongly recommended by the ACLU.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth It's Weight In Gold December 14, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Library Binding
This book was crucial to my early release from prison. Although it deals primarily with prison condition litigation, rather than conviction issues, I can think of no other gift to a loved one or friend who is incarcerated.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can never know too much about law. November 10, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have used this book in the past and found it to be a very good research tool. It's laid out in a common sense, easy to use format, that leads your way through the legal research process and brief preperation. I actually purchased it for an incarcerated friend who is being denied proper medical care for diabetes.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Complete Criminal Law Library, All in One Book March 18, 2014
On most days I can be found in my prison's law library helping others either litigate their criminal cases or file grievances (and lawsuits) against the Federal Bureau of Prisons. For a long time the way to learn how to do this was to attach yourself to a knowledgeable fellow jailhouse lawyer and to go through an informal apprenticeship period. Then came along the "Prisoners' Self-Help Litigation Manual." Now in its fourth edition, this amazing text helps prisoners understand what their rights are, what exactly constitutes a violation of their rights, and how to enforce violations of their rights in a court of law.

Sadly, most prison law libraries only contain the very basics, whatever is required by law to stock. This means massive volumes of case law, a law dictionary, and, God willing, a few decent legal primers, which would have been donated by fellow prisoners, if there at all. Modern legal research tools like electronic law libraries, Westlaw, and LexisNexis are almost unheard of in state prison systems. And this greatly harms prison litigants.

The "Prisoners' Self-Help Litigation Manual" acts like a complete law library, but all in one book (one that can be studied even in a prison cell). This book contains it all:

An Introduction to State Law
How to Retain a Lawyer
The Rights of Prisoners
Conditions of Confinement
Civil Liberties in Prison
Procedural Due Process
Equal Protection of the Law
Pretrial Detainees' Rights
An Overview of the Legal System
Actions, Defenses, and Relief
The Prison Litigation Reform Act
How to Litigate
Legal Research
Writing Legal Documents
And much more.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! This book saved a life! January 29, 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I sent this to someone who is, currently, incarcerated in jail. The contents of this book has saved his life. He was denied medical treatment. Yet, he pressed on, educating the authorities of his civil rights, while referencing this book. He was able to manuever through the system for appropriate medical treatment. An emergent procedure was performed at a neighboring hospital in the nick of time.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have for Civil Rights Attorneys May 12, 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you are an attorney who is even thinking about taking on a prison case, you need to get this book. It will save you hours and hours of frustrating research. It is well annotated and covers just about any issue you might encounter. If it doesn't give you the answer, it will at least give you a thorough overview and enough cases to get your research headed in the right direction. At this price, there is simply no excuse for not having this book on your shelf.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prisoners Self Help Litigation Manual June 21, 2012
By ab
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is a great self help book. Highly Recommend. Book like new and very good shape. Plan to order more in near future.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Kenneth Ellman Reviews Prisoners' Self-Help LItigation Manual by...
Kenneth Ellman Reviews Prisoners’ Self Help Litigation Manual by Boston and Manville
June 17, 2014, Kenneth Ellman, Box 18, Newton, New Jersey 07860,... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Kenneth Ellman
4.0 out of 5 stars Guide Book
I purchased this book for someone else and have not read it. The person I purchased it for said it is very informative.
Published 29 days ago by qtip
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference
This is a complete and encompassing reference. It has helped me a lot in my legal matters thus far. Great book overall.
Published 2 months ago by Ronnie Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars this was sent to my brother in prison and has been very helpful...
My brother requested this particular book to help him and other inmates on writing their own filings to the courts in efforts to prove their innocence and/or help them appeal the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Teresa Montecino
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informing!
This book is a must have for those involved in prisoner litigation. Teaches the elements of various claims, proof you will need, sample pleadings, and pitfalls to avoid. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Rodney
5.0 out of 5 stars Re: Book
I bought this book for a friend through my church and he is very happy with the book and the delivery was much faster than expected. I would definitely buy from this seller again.
Published 12 months ago by lila l wynne
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful
I bought this book for my husband, and he is finding it very helpful with his defense. Worth the money.
Published 16 months ago by Penny Blach
5.0 out of 5 stars Prisoners' Self Help Litigation Manual
A great step-by-step resource. Walks you through each stage of the law suit chapter by chapter. Would recommend this to my friends.
Published 16 months ago by Debbye Elledge
3.0 out of 5 stars Prisoner's Self Help
I order this book for my brother and he has tried to use it for situations that he faces while he is incarated. So far he has not had much luck.
Published 19 months ago by Martha J. Ward
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Look for Similar Items by Category