The term can also refer to a prison inmate who is representing themselves in legal matters relating to their sentence.
Many states in the U.S. have Jailhouse Lawyer Statutes, some of which exempt inmates acting as jailhouse lawyers from the licensing requirements imposed on other attorneys when they are helping indigent inmates with legal matters.
Cases brought by inmates have also called attention to the need for jailhouse lawyers to have access to law libraries.
The Center for Constitutional Rights and National Lawyer's Guild wrote "The Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook" in 2003 for inmates needing rudimentry information on jailhouse lawyering, which is the authoritative work on the subject.
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