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"Promoting justice, fair treatment and humane conditions since 1976."

About PLS

PLS provides high quality, effective legal representation and assistance to indigent prisoners on issues associated with their conditions of confinement. We work hard to protect the civil and human rights of those who are held in our state prison system. We advocate for humane prisons and for a more humane criminal justice system.

PLS has four regional offices located in Albany, Buffalo, Plattsburgh and Ithaca. We have ten attorneys and two paralegals on staff. We provide civil legal services to over 56,000 individuals incarcerated in New York's state prisons.

Latest Issue of the Pro Se Newsletter Vol. 24 No. 4

How solitary Confinement Thwarts Brain Developement in Youths, Rights at Tier III Hearings, Pro Victories!
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Mark Your Calendars for a Very Important Evening!

July 16, 2014

IACHR Conducted a Visit to New York, United States

May 20, 2014

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) conducted a visit to New York, United States, from April 7 to 10,…

PLS Protects Prisoners’ Right to Call Witnesses At Tier III Hearings

November 15, 2013

The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) has a 3-Tier disciplinary procedure for prisoners who are found guilty of…

Powerful Video on Kids in Solitary

October 7, 2013

This morning, began a final push to win a commitment from the Department of Justice to ban the use of solitary…