The Prison Law Advice Line is available to prisoners in Victorian prisons, their families and advocates on (03) 9484 4751 on Fridays between 10am and 4pm.
The line is staffed by lawyers and paralegal volunteers and provides legal information and advice on matters relating to imprisonment including:
- Prison conditions and prisoners’ rights including mail, phone calls, visits, food, property, health and medical care, education, employment, exercise etc
- Prison discipline charges and hearings
- Solitary confinement, segregation, use of restraints and force
- Security Classification, placement and transfers
- Sentence calculations and sentence management
Prisoners can also write to us at:
Fitzroy Legal Service
Prison Advocacy Program
PO Box 297, Fitzroy, VIC 3065
The FLS Prison Advocacy Program also provides advocacy and legal representation in matters arising under corrections laws; and initial information and referrals on other criminal and civil law matters including bail, criminal appeals, fines and debt.
To access the phone line from inside prison, prisoners need to request the phone number be placed on their list of approved phone numbers. We recommend prisoners make this request in writing and, if possible, send a copy of the written request to the FLS Prison Advocacy Program at the address above.
Calls to the Prison Law Advice Line are legal calls and are not subject to monitoring or recording by prison authorities. Letters to and from the service are also legal mail and should not be opened by prison authorities. We recommend all letters to our service be clearly marked “Confidential Legal Mail” on the envelope.
We are happy to provide secondary consults on corrections law to prisoner advocates and service providers.