Prisoners' Self-Help Litigation Manual (4th Edition)
by John Boston and Daniel E. Manville
Oxford University Press, Inc.
198 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
List Price: $39.95, 960 pages
The Prisoners' Self-Help Litigation Manual is considered by many to be the definitive work on prisoners' rights. Its fourth edition was published in 2010, and contains extensively detailed presentations on the legal rights of prisoners, the legal principles behind those rights, and comprehensive advice on enforcing them, from administrative proceedings through the litigation process in the courts. Boston and Manville each have decades of prison litigation experience, and share their observations and opinions liberally within their text. Their advice is particularly helpful in their "How to Litigate" section, offering a level of guidance not seen in other such texts. For any prisoner contemplating court action to enforce their rights in the prison setting, the Prisoners' Self-Help Litigation Manual is indispensable.
The Prisoners' Self-Help Litigation Manual also provides valuable sample briefs and memoranda, voir dire questions for jurors in prisoner cases, and even proposed jury instructions that will help to ensure the prisoner-litigant's case gets heard on the merits, not on extraneous interests.
Simply put, any prisoner intending to litigate his or her case in court should have a copy of the Prisoners' Self-Help Litigation Manual at their side.