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A Legal Toolkit for Prisoners and Their Loved Ones

By Ellen Mayer, Illustrated by Jamie Hibdon

In Spring 2018, City Bureau's reporting fellows Manny Ramos, Ellen Mayer and Bashirah Mack completed a project about post-conviction litigation. As part of their project, they produced a zine containing easy-to-read information to help incarcerated people navigate the complicated legal landscape.

An excerpt was published in the July 11 issue of South Side Weekly. The full zine is currently being finalized and will be available to the general public in August.

* Note: This zine is specific to the laws and courts of Illinois only.

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