Prisoner legal aid goes high-tech

A new Web site aims to use the power of the Internet to deliver post-conviction legal services to prisoners throughout the United States. Called Prison Services Project, its purpose is to provide a brief and case management service for incarcerated pro se litigants and to serve as an intake, case management and referral service for licensed attorneys who provide pro bono brief representation to incarcerated individuals. It was developed by the Ann Arbor, Mich., company Litigation Data Services and its owner, Regina Mullen, a civil rights attorney. The site is currently in beta testing, says Mullen, who adds, “It’s an ambitious project designed to show how open-source can be used by lawyers to make a positive contribution on a grand scale.”