Jailhouse Lawyers

Jailhouse Lawyers

Prisoners Defending Prisoners v. the USA

by Mumia Abu-Jamal

Introduction by Angela Y. Davis

Published by: City Lights Publishers

280 pages, 5.30 x 8.10 x 0.90 in

  • Paperback
  • 9780872864696
  • Published: March 2009


“Expert and well-reasoned commentary on the justice system . . . His writings are dangerous.”—The Village Voice

In Jailhouse Lawyers, award-winning journalist and death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal presents the stories and reflections of fellow prisoners-turned-advocates who have learned to use the court system to represent other prisoners—many uneducated or illiterate—and, in some cases, to win their freedom. In Abu-Jamal’s words, “This is the story of law learned, not in the ivory towers of multi-billion-dollar endowed universities [but] in the bowels of the slave-ship, in the dank dungeons of America.”

Includes an introduction by Angela Y. Davis.

Mumia Abu-Jamal’s books include Live From Death Row and Death Blossoms.