Resource: Prison and Jail Policy Document Repository

By: Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse

October 15, 2015

This is a searchable and sortable repository for prison and jail policy documents. It includes policies, from nearly every state prison system and a dozen or so of the nation’s largest jails, governing prisoner grievances, mail and publications, and visiting. It also includes inmate handbooks—some state-wide, others facility-specific—from nearly all the states. And it includes previously unavailable grievance statistics covering varying periods from 2007 to 2014, for about twenty states. Many of these documents were posted by the relevant governmental entity, but for many more a state Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request was necessary. A more detailed view is available here. This page includes the policies relevant to this report: "Prison and Jail Grievance Policies: Lessons from a Fifty-State Survey." More details available at