Reuben Ruiz Martinez

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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