The Prisoner Advocacy Network (PAN) is a network of attorneys, law students, legal workers, formerly incarcerated people, family members of incarcerated people, and other volunteers working to support prisoners incarcerated throughout California state prisons. PAN’s efforts are focused on supporting people in solitary confinement, security housing units, administrative segregation, and gender-based segregation. PAN provides non-litigation advocacy for incarcerated people experiencing discrimination, retaliation, and rights violations.
After being trained to work as an advocate, students will be assigned an incarcerated correspondent for whom they will, under the supervision of an attorney mentor, provide non-litigation advocacy assistance on an issue identified by the correspondent. Tasks will vary according to the needs of each advocate’s correspondent, but may include: phone calls and letters to prison and health care officials, assisting prisoners with filing administrative appeals, filing complaints, providing resources from the web or other sources, and public records requests.
Time Commitment: Students will be expected to attend group meetings twice monthly for approximately two hours each. Training will be approximately six hours (two short in-person sessions and three hours of video training).
Students will also be expected to perform at least one task weekly for their correspondent (writing a letter to their correspondent, making a phone call to a prison official on behalf of their correspondent, requesting or reviewing medical records, etc.) throughout the school year or until the issue identified by their correspondent is resolved.
While time commitments will vary, we estimate that each student will spend approximately thirty hours per semester working with PAN, plus six hours training during the first semester.
For more information, please contact the student leaders at berkeleylawPAN@gmail.com.
We are grateful to our supporters:
Loren S. Lewallen
David B. Oppenheimer
Select Equity Group, Inc.