Prison Grievances: when to write, how to write

Using graphic art to teach inmates? The time has come! We'll entertain inmates, plus teach them to submit credible complaints.
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Terri LeClercq
Comic
Austin, Texas
United States
3 Team Members

Short Summary

Maybe you wonder why inmates need help learning to write complaints (grievances).  With an average reading level of 5th grade and lots of misinformation, inmates rarely write a grievance that succeeds.  They need our help.

I've written college texts, legal writing columns, and a prison-conditions blog.  Review me at legalwritersink.com  and prisongrievances.com.  I've spent 10 years creating this graphic novel

  • to help the 1 in 100 Americans in our prison system,
  • to help the courts receive credible writs, and
  • to help taxpayers avoid paying for time-consuming, frivolous, or erroneous filings.

Multitudes of prison officials and staff, court personnel, defense and plaintiff attorneys, reading specialists, and academics have reviewed the manuscript.  A professional artist and professional letterer (yep!) worked to make each page both entertaining and educational.  The formerly incarcerated who have reviewed it are ready to send a graphic novel back to their old roomies.

Your donation will touch the lives of thousands of our citizens in prisons, jails, and detention centers.  The graphic novel is only $10--how can you go wrong?

 

What We Need & What You Get

We want to send a copy of this novel into every state and federal prison library.  Your money will pay for

  • your own copy of this useful novel;
  • copies sent directly to state and federal prison libraries. (The U.S. has 128 federal prisons;  Vermont has 7 state prisons, Alaska 14, and Texas appx. 120. Lots of prisons!  These numbers do not include miitary prisons, ICE detention centers, or privately run prisons.)

Perks!!!

We've got them, and we want you to have them! We'll send you and prison libraries the graphic novel;  we'll send you a poster-sized front or back cover (and they are beautiful).  We'll make sure everyone sees your name, or your organization's name, on the prisongrievances blog and prisongrievances facebook page.  Give enough, and I'll travel to your group to discuss prison conditions;  give more, and I'll bring along a court or prison official.

Best-ever perk?  YOU can become a character in the novel.  OK, so maybe you haven't dreamed of being an inmate ... but how about a judge?  bailiff?  defense attorney?  Give big, and you can be a star.  We'll send you a big poster of your panel or page.  Hurry--we'll do this for only 2 people.

The Impact

It is time--way past time--for this information to be published as a graphic novel.

  • Friends and families can learn what rights inmates retain while in prison. They can share that information.
  • State prison systems can hold copies in prison libraries.
  • Prison system officials can use the novel as an educational tool during staff orientation.
  • Human rights groups can use the novel during orientations and educational meetings.
  • Educational groups can use the novel within The Walls for reading exercises: we have created the 5th-grade-level dialogue and prison issues specifically for this audience.

Many people have worked to create this edgy approach to inmate education.  I want to count you as a part of that effort.

Other Ways You Can Help

In addition to pledging dollars, you can help make this project happen:

  • get the word out--facebook!  listserves!   (make some noise about inmate conditions)
  • ask friends if they have someone in prison/jail, and ask them to help sponsor us so the book is available soon
  • talk with your religious leaders about prison ministry and how this graphic novel can help resolve unnecessary suffering
  • attach this graphic novel's fiscal impact to discussions about saving tax dollars (hey, that comes up a lot, right?)
  • make this graphic novel the service project for your frat or sorority or Sunday School group
  • use your Indiegogo share tools!

And that’s all there is to it.  But do hurry so we can send our Big Thank-Yous!

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  • $10USD
    Your Own Copy

    Be among the first the receive the 1st edition of this trendy, useful graphic novel.

    8 claimed

    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $15USD
    Two books

    We'll send you a graphic novel and also send one to a prison library! Big thank you!

    18 claimed

    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $30USD
    You and three!

    We'll send you a graphic novel, and send 3 copies to the prisons' libraries. Big, big thank you!

    30 claimed

    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $50USD
    Five Straight to the Libraries

    You are fortunate enough not to need this novel for your family or your extended circle of friends. But you want to help! Your contribution will allow us to send 5 graphic novels to 5 prison libraries!

    21 claimed

    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $100USD
    novel and poster

    We'll send you a graphic novel--and a signed 18" x 24" POSTER of the front cover or the back cover. Plus we'll send 5 copies into the prison system. Eternal thank-you from thousands of inmates.

    7 claimed

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  • $100USD
    Ten Over the Walls

    I want 10 copies of the book to go into prison libraries.

    3 claimed

    Estimated delivery: January 2012
  • $250USD
    novel, poster, publicity

    We'll send you a graphic novel--and a signed 18" x 24" POSTER of the front cover or the back cover. We will post your name/your organization's name on our PrisonGrievances.com blog for 4 weeks. Plus we'll send 20 copies into the prison system. Eternal thank-you from thousands of inmates.

    3 claimed

    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $1,500USD
    Speaker plus

    Author will speak at your U.S. group's meeting/conference about prison conditions, bringing 20 signed copies (mutually agreed speaking date; you provide travel). PLUS your meeting/conference will receive publicity on our blog PrisonGrievances.com for 4 weeks. Eternal gratitude galore, and a MONSTER Thank You on the blog.

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    Estimated delivery: February 2013
  • $2,000USD
    Speakers! Books! Publicity!

    Author and also an experienced prison official or court personnel will speak at your U.S. group's meeting/conference about prison conditions (mutually agreed speaking date; you provide travel). We'll bring copies of the book for up to 25 participants. PLUS your meeting/conference will receive a huge splash of publicity for a full month on our PrisonGrievances.com blog. Eternal gratitude galore, and a MONSTER Thank You on the blog.

    0 out of 2 claimed

    Estimated delivery: February 2013
  • $2,050USD
    You're a STAR character

    You can become a character in the novel! Ever imagine yourself a judge? Bailiff? Public defender? Now's your chance. Using your photo, we'll substitute you in. Author and artist will sign your novel with a cheerful "You're the BEST" note of appreciation. You'll also receive an 18" x 24" poster of your panel/s.

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    Estimated delivery: January 2013
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