State Counsel for Offenders
Legal Services Section
The Legal Services Section consists of two divisions: General Legal and Immigration.
The General Legal division of the Legal Services Section responds to daily mail correspondence from indigent incarcerated individuals on a wide range of legal issues and topics. Additionally, attorneys also handle the biennial review process for those clients adjudicated as sexually violent predators. Legal assistants, working under the direction of the Legal Services attorneys, investigate time credit issues to ensure a client is receiving the proper time credits. Attorneys prepare Motions for nunc pro tunc orders in the event a client has been afforded less than the correct amount of time credits.
The Immigration division of the Legal Services Section assists indigent clients who are docketed to appear before an immigration judge as part of a removal proceeding (formerly known as “deportation”). Attorneys interview clients to determine what relief, if any, may be available. If the client has a defense to removal, an attorney will represent the client at the removal proceeding.