Organizes communities impacted by the criminal justice system and advocates to release incarcerated people, to restore human and civil rights, and to reunify families and communities. HQ in San Francisco.
Organization Website

Twitter: @LSPC_
Facebook: Facebook
Primary geographic focus: California Statewide, Northern California, Southern California
Organization Type: Provider, Research/Policy/Organizing
LAAC Membership Type: Members
Lists: IOLTA-Funded, IOLTA Support Centers
Tags: Children, Juvenile Justice, Prisoners Rights
Acronym or short name: LSPC

LSPC organizes communities impacted by the criminal justice system and advocates to release incarcerated people, to restore human and civil rights and to reunify families and communities. They build public awareness of structural racism in policing, the courts, and the prison system.

Their strategy includes impact litigation as plaintiffs, litigation support, trainings, policy advocacy, public education, grassroots mobilization, and developing community collaboration.

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC)


News and Alerts

Gov. Brown Signs AB1008 the Ban the Box / Fair Chance Hiring Act!

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC)
October 16, 2017
LSPC's bill was signed by Gov. Brown.


News Story

Restraining Inmates in Labor Is Supposed to Be the Exception — in San Diego, It’s the Norm

Kelly Davis
Voice of San Diego
April 10, 2018
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children continues to protect incarcerated pregnant women in San Diego.

News and Alerts

Gov. Brown Signs AB1008 the Ban the Box / Fair Chance Hiring Act!

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC)
October 16, 2017
LSPC's bill was signed by Gov. Brown.

News Story

Solano County settlement would offer alternatives to traffic fines

San Francisco Chronicle
August 8, 2017
Advocates for California motorists who face mounting fees for traffic tickets took another step to ease the burden, a settlement that seeks to offer options to paying fines that many people can’t afford.

News Story

Lawsuit says disabled inmates treated poorly at jail

USA Today
April 11, 2017


KPFA’s Debate on California’s Prop 64: Marijuana Legalization

94.1 KPFA
November 7, 2016
UpFront presents 50th Anniversary of Bayview-Hunter’s Point Uprising and a Debate on Prop 64: Marijuana Legalization

Press Release

Lawsuit says Shasta Co. Jail mistreats disabled inmates

Kelli Saam
KRCR News Channel 7
May 25, 2016
Class action case cites repeated retaliation against detainees and prisoners who speak out about violations of the ADA and other laws

News Story

Legal Coalition Demands Traffic Court Policy Changes

Sydney Johnson
East Bay Express (Oakland)
March 24, 2016

News Story

California will release thousands of inmates from solitary confinement

Haya El Nasser
Al Jazeera America
September 1, 2015
A settlement allows for thousands of inmates in solitary confinement to be re-integrated with the general prison population


Ending the Racial Caste System Through Reentry Reform

Dorsey Nunn, Meredith Desautels
Huffington Post
September 29, 2015
California legal aid leaders identify reformation of the treatment of formerly incarcerated individuals as necessary to end discrimination and recidivism.

Interview , News Story

Formerly incarcerated activist fights to give people a chance to change

Lee Romney
Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
March 13, 2015
A biography of Dorsey Nunn, executive director of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, which has been working nationally on reentry issues.

News Story

Pressure builds for Feds to Ban the Box

Freddie Allen
The District Chronicles
June 22, 2015
Many states and Washington, D.C. have passed laws making it easier for ex-offenders to find employment. Advocates are now looking for a federal law to ban the box.


Supervising Interns and Volunteers: Professional Responsibility & Best Practices

May 31, 2018
Presenters will describe the ABA and California Rules of Professional Responsibility as they relate to common challenges with volunteers (including the duty to supervise, the unlawful practice of law, and the duty of confidentiality). Presenters will also discuss challenges and successful strategies for hiring, supervising, managing, and wrapping up the term for volunteers and interns.
MCLE: 1.25 hours (Legal Ethics)

Prison Closures, From Abolition to Administration: An Honest Conversation

Apr 2, 2021
MCLE: 1.75 hours

CA Prison Complaints, Forms, & Appeals: How to Aid and Advocate for People Inside

Oct 11, 2022


A Discussion about Clemency: Advocacy Tools you Need

Jan 11, 2023
MCLE: 1 hour

Re-entry Round up New Laws in 2018

Mar 21, 2018
Practitioners and policy advocates will be discussing changes in the law affecting low income and justice involved individuals.


Reentry Legal Services: Representing Former Prisoners in SSI Advocacy

Feb 6, 2018
This program will focus on the mental health-related requirements for disability benefits eligibility, with particular applicability to certain vulnerable populations: prisoners who have been adversely impacted by solitary confinement and transgender prisoners who have been traumatized by their prison experience.
MCLE: 1 hour

From Protest to Policy: Transforming a Grassroots Anti-Discrimination Movement into State Law

Dec 11, 2017
This webinar will trace the history of this movement and recount how that history enhanced the legislative effort this year. It will go behind the scenes to describe the challenges in getting a bill passed in Sacramento.
MCLE: 1 hour

Best Practices for Providing Legal Services and Legal Education in Prisons and Jail

Nov 2, 2017
Attorneys from Bay Area Legal Aid, Harriett Buhai Center on Family Law, Root and Rebound, and Legal Services for Prisoners with Children will share best practices and creative strategies for providing legal information and services to incarcerated people.
MCLE: 1 hour

Conquering Court Debt: Arguing “Ability to Pay” in Traffic Court

Oct 16, 2017
This training will provide a framework for understanding the often dramatically harmful impact of traffic court fines and fees, and frequently accompanying driver's license suspension, on low income infraction defendants.
MCLE: 1 hour

Parole After SHU

Apr 11, 2017
This presentation will provide parole attorneys with information to inform their representation of lifers coming up for parole.
MCLE: 1 hour

Implementation of Prop 47

Nov 19, 2014
Discussion for reentry legal service providers: an info-sharing session with time for Q & A, and planning for next steps.
MCLE: 1 hour

Legislative Advocacy to Benefit Formerly Incarcerated Clients

Nov 19, 2013
Explores advocacy tactics and the fundamentals of the legislative process. As case study, uses the 2013 Fairness in Government Hiring Practices Act.
MCLE: 1 hour

Child Custody and Visiting Rights of the Recently Incarcerated

Dec 4, 2013
Covers the unique barriers faced by released parents who want to reunite with minor children. Relevant to dependency court, family court and probate court.
MCLE: 1 hour

Using the California Public Records Act for Advocacy

Jun 12, 2014
Provides information on how individuals can use the California Public Records Act for legislative or litigation purposes.
MCLE: 1 hour

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