the Safe and Humane Jails Project
The mission of The Safe and Humane Jails Project is to protect the constitutional rights of jail inmates and to assist inmates with other legal concerns arising in North Carolina jails. With funding from North Carolina IOLTA, we serve all of North Carolina's 100 counties and assist inmates in all of North Carolina's 93 jails. NC jails can hold over 20,000 individuals at any given time. Because most people stay in jail for only a short time, the actual number of citizens who spend time in a county jail during the course of a year is likely many times that number. We are here to assist people in jail by working with jail staff to correct concerning issues and by providing general legal advice and information to incarcerated people and their supporters.
advocating for clients
While we are not presently able to represent individuals in lawsuits against county jails, we communicate regularly with jail administrators and staff to ensure that the rights and dignity of our clients are being respected. Our clients include both incarcerated individuals who are charged with crimes and individuals serving active sentences in county jails. The majority of our clients have not been convicted of the crimes with which they are charged; they are awaiting trial.
All individuals awaiting trial have a right to an attorney. However, some people may have legal questions that their trial attorney cannot answer. We seek to bridge that gap by providing answers to legal questions about fundamental rights that can be difficult obtain from other sources. We educate clients and their families about difficult and complex legal issues.