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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. 2

SOLITARY CONFINEMENT TAKES CENTER STAGE FROM NEW YORK TO WASHINGTON AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

 
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News

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…

Bookends: the Effects of Incarceration on Children and the Elderly

September 12, 2013

This year marks the fifth annual National Pro Bono Week, started by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Pro…

PLS Wins Expungement in Inabsentia Disciplinary Hearing

June 15, 2012

Matter of Rodriguez v. Fischer, Index No. 2883-12 (Albany County Supreme Court) (July 19, 2012) (Platkin, J.)