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Prison Addresses: The (Few) Strange & Offensive

Since July of 2010 I’ve been a regular volunteer in the Prison Law Project of the National Lawyers Guild. We meet once a week to read letters from incarcerated brothers and sisters who often request legal assistance, tell us about their experiences and the abuse they face behind the walls, and/or simply requesting the Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook that we provide free of charge. A “jailhouse lawyer”  refers to one who is incarcerated who assists their fellow inmates with legal issues related to their sentence or also represents themselves  with issues related to their own sentence.  The handbook is a resource for prisoners who want to learn more about their rights or who want to file lawsuits in prison for abuse and poor conditions within the facility.  We send handbooks to any prisoner that requests it, regardless of their charges or sentence. Some letters are short with the prisoner simply requesting the handbook and others can be more lengthy, detailing the abuse they have been dealing with. The longer ones can often be harder to read because of their content and the feeling one may get from reading, empathizing, and maybe even visualizing…not to mention the feeling of wanting to do more to help.

Over the past year I’ve come across a few strange prison addresses through volunteering at PLP or at home on the web. One could definitely call some of them offensive. Most prison addresses I’ve seen have been P.O. boxes or non-questionable, but below I list a few that have caused me to raise an eyebrow or think of the irony behind them.

Jefferson City Correctional Facility
8200 No More Victims Rd 
Jefferson City, MO 65101

Downstate Correctional Facility
122 Red Schoolhouse Rd/ Box F
Fishkill, NY 12524

Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex
200 Road to Justice 
West Liberty, KY 41472

Lakes Region Facility
1 Right Way Path
Laconia, NH 03246

Intensive Confinement Center (ICC)
4000 Victory Rd. 
Lompoc, CA 93436

Florence McClure Womens C.C.
4370 Smiley Road 
Las Vegas, NV  89115

Pocahontas Correctional Unit
6900 Courthouse Road
Chesterfield, VA 23832

When I’ve seen these addresses, I just think of how strange it must be to write to someone who’s held there, or to have that as your mailing address for God knows how many years. I think the worst one on this list would have to be “No More Victims Road.”  What do you all think?

P.S. If you’re interested in volunteering with the Prison Law Project of the National Lawyers Guild, check out the idealist ad and shoot an email to plp@nlg.org (and feel  free to let me know if/when you do ^_^)

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2011 in Prisons, Volunteering

 

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