State renews ‘legal writer’ contract with GR firm

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LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — The state has agreed to spend $4 million to a program that helps prisoners overturn their convictions and sue the state for prison conditions.

The federally-mandated program is not new.

Tuesday, the state extended a contract with Grand Rapids law firm Peterson Paletta for the “legal writer” program. The firm essentially trains inmates to help other prisoners write legal complaints.

Only select prisoners are eligible for the program. They usually have a low level of education, don’t speak English or have a mental impairment.

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