Pelican Bay

7:12pm

Mon September 30, 2013
Cops & Courts

StoryCorps: Staying in touch with someone in solitary confinement

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Sitawa Natambu Jamaa has been incarcerated for 33 years at the Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City; 23 of them in the Security Housing Unit, also known as the SHU. He spends most of his time—up to 22 hours a day—in a small, windowless cell. His charge is murder, though his sister Marie Levin says he did not commit the crime.

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12:00am

Thu July 11, 2013

4:08pm

Wed September 26, 2012
Jailhouse Lawyers

Life of the Law: Jailhouse lawyers circumvent 'the Bar,' behind bars

San Quentin inmate working on an appeal inside law library.

In California, there are hundreds if not thousands of people practicing criminal law, though they’ve never passed a bar exam. They don’t wear suits. They don’t have secretaries. And they can’t bill for their time. They’re called Jailhouse Lawyers. They’re inmates who pursue the equivalent of a lawyer’s education and who work as lawyers from within prison walls.

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