Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

Mission: 

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (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. We build public awareness of structural racism in policing, the courts and prison system and we advance racial and gender justice in all our work. Our strategies include legal support, trainings, advocacy, public education, grassroots mobilization and developing community partnerships.

Category: 

  • Prisons and Criminalization
  • Legal and Public Policy

Internship description: 

Interns at Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC) are assigned to a variety of projects, depending on current programmatic needs and intern skill and interest. Summer internships are full-time (35+ hours per week).

Examples of possible intern projects include:

  • Answering prisoner letters: We receive a significant number of letters from prisoners regarding a variety of issues. LSPC responds to all prisoner requests for legal and other informational materials. Interns are able to gain experience researching case law, communicating with clients, and conducting real-life problem solving for this work, as well as gain familiarity with California criminal and family law.
  • Family Unity Project: This project focuses on the impact of incarceration on children and family members, as well as helping incarcerated parents stay connected with their children. We believe all children have the right to a lifelong relationship with their parents, so we help parents in prison enforce their right to be visited by their children. We conduct investigations, engage in impact litigation, write reports, and make educational presentations to a variety of forums.
  • Updating manuals: We publish several manuals and informational packets regarding prison issues. These materials are designed to help prisoners legally represent themselves and are updated regularly.
  • All of Us or None organizing: AOUON is a project dedicated to uniting and strengthening the voices of people most affected by U.S. prison politics. Community outreach efforts are constantly being organized to inform and educate public officials and community members about the discriminatory practices formerly incarcerated people face as we re-enter society.
  • Communications and media: LSPC maintains ongoing communication with legal services providers, communities directly impacted by incarceration, and allies through our social media pages, website and blog, monthly e-news, op-eds and press releases, and yearly Justice Journal, among other means. Individuals with communications experience are strongly encouraged to apply.

Internship skills needed: 

Ideal LSPC interns would have:

  • Ddemonstrated passion about social justice and have some prior understanding of racial justice, gender justice, and intersectionality
  • Possess strong research and writing skills, with good attention to detail and editing abilities
  • Be reliable, hard working, and organized; take initiative; and work well with a diverse staff
  • Prior experience with criminal justice reform and language and/or social media skills are preferred, but not required

Location: 

  • San Francisco/Oakland, CA

How to find us: 

Centrally located in San Francisco, near MUNI and BART lines.

Work hours: 

Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm

Dress code: 

Casual

Office building accessibility: 

Accessible

How many people work at the organization: 

12 staff members

Are there other interns at the organization during the summer: 

Yes

Internship dates: 

Flexible
Internship final reports: 
2016Jaydee Lee
PDF icon Jaydee Lee - Final Report.pdf
2015Donzahniya Pitre