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PLS' mission is to provide high quality, effective legal representation and assistance to indigent prisoners, to help them to secure their civil and human rights, and to advocate for humane prisons and for a more humane criminal justice system.

Please consider donating to Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York. We are a small non-profit legal services organization that struggles to respond to more than 10,000 requests for assistance we receive each year from indigent incarcerated individuals in prisons throughout New York State. Your donation, of any amount, is greatly appreciated and will go a long way in helping us continue to advocate for those unable to do so themselves.

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        Short Film: Anatomy of A Riot (Click on image below to view)

Anatomy of a Riot

Latest Issue of the Pro Se Newsletter Vol. 25 No. 4

Court Awards $90,000 for 6 1/2 Months of Unlawful Confinement and Parole Supervision,  Don't Throw Out the Baby With the Bathwater: Incentive Programs Work,  Court Holds Board of Parole in Contempt,  Parole Denial Reversed; Board Focused Exclusively on Seriousness of Crime, New Plattsburgh Office Address
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Healing of the Spirit – National Pro Bono Week Event, October 5, 2015

September 9, 2015

Please Join Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York on October 5, 2015 for the 5th Annual Pro Bono Celebration Event  hosted by…

PLS Executive Director Voices Concern Over Clinton Lockdown

June 15, 2015

Concern for the Men Still Behind Bars as Lockdown Continues, Michael Winerip, New York Times, June 14, 2015   For…

PLS Executive Director Speaks Out on Clinton Escape

June 15, 2015

Notoriety and Scorn Shadow Clinton Prison, Michael Winerip, New York Times, June 7, 2015 The two men who escaped the Clinton…

Video About Incarcerated New Yorkers

February 3, 2015

Sam Ferrone, a 14-year old, made a video about incarcerated New Yorkers for a school project. He interviewed advocates and…