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Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) is a private, not-for-profit corporation that relies primarily upon New York State for its funding. PLS’ support from New York State is roughly one-third of what it was in 1997. Despite this, PLS continues to provide desperately needed legal services to incarcerated New Yorkers .

If you wish to support PLS,
please send your contribution for PLS to:

Karen Murtagh, Executive Director
Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York
41 State Street, Suite M112, Albany, NY 12207

Or donate online now, via Paypal:

All contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

You can also donate by purchasing items through Amazon Smile. Through this program 0.5% of your purchase is donated to a non-profit of your choice, at no extra cost to you. You need only select PLS as your preferred non-profit and purchase your items through the www.smile.amazon.com website. For more information, visit http://smile.amazon.com/about.


Dear PLS:

I don’t think it’s possible for me to express my appreciation and admiration for the professionalism you have shown me with regard to the help you’ve given. I had your appeal read to me and think that you’ve raised undefeatable issue. I write this letter to say “thanks”.   Peter L.

Dear PLS:

I was permitted finally to receive visitation and spoke with my family. Thanks to you everything is back to normal.   Joan R.


Dear Ms. W:

In a way you are a Mom to us who are in need. Therefore, I take the pleasure in this special day to wish you a Happy Mother’s Day.   Ramio H.


Dear Ms. M:

I want to thank you for pointing me in the right direction to take care of my jail time credit. I did get it. This prisoner respects your work.   Horace P.


Dear Mr. T:

Thank you for your assistance and information you sent me. I can actually feel your kindness, dedication but even more importantly your compassion, honesty and warmth. Your willingness to reach out and speak for those without a voice is greater than most people may understand or even appreciate. Thank you very much.   Kyle S.


Dear PLS:

I wrote you a poem. I hope you like it:

All you do is special in my eyes. These actions of yours come as such a surprise.

Someone in my life actually cares, helping me carry my burdens as if it is theirs.

You truly want to help me, finally someone who’s willing to see, see how people are treating me.

I want you to know that you’re appreciated. Just keep being you that’s why you were created.

Steffen P.


Dear Ms. M:

Thank you for everything you have done in furtherance of my appeal. God bless you at PLS and the work that you do for the prisoners of New York State.   Keith H.


Dear Ms. W:

I am writing to you about my appeal because it is my first violation and I am in the dark on how to proceed. You took time out of your busy schedule to help me, and that means a lot to me. Again, thank you.   Ruth D.


Dear Mr. L:

Thank you for your work in winning the landmark settlement effecting decrease of SHU time and increasing care and treatment of prisoners with serious mental illness. Without people like you the world would be a very dark place. If there is ever to be improvement in human society and civilization more of you are needed.   Carl B.


Dear PLS:

I have been in Keep Lock for three years and finally I have thirteen days left. It has been a learning experience but I’m definitely ready for general population. I am glad to have been in contact with PLS because your office has really helped me out with my issues. You’re very caring and understanding about prisoners’ rights and me thank you for everything.   Gregory K.


Dear Pro Se Staff of PLS:

Well, Pro Se this letter has obviously been quite a long time coming and I wanted to say that I Love You as a child loves his Momma who provides food, clothing and protects him like no other. You do all of this without complaint, unfair judgment or false pride.   Leroy W.


Greetings Ms. M:

I just wanted to write a letter of thanks to you, the staff of Pro-Se, and contributors for the service provided through Pro-Se. I believe I can speak on behalf of hundreds – if not thousands – on inmates and families that Pro-Se is an invaluable asset to the pursuit of justice, an ideal which the law often falls short from. It is said that God helps those who help themselves. I believe God has blessed you with pro-Se to help so many of us who need it. So, from the collective hears of all who subscribe to Pro-Se, to all of you who make pro-Se possible…. Thank you and God Bless! Robert C.


Dear Friend,

I would like to thank you for all you guys do for us inmates. We all appreciate very much all the help you provide, especially when everybody else in society seems to completely forget about us. But because of people like you a dark horizon looks a little bit brighter. Jesus P.


Dear PLS:

I am writing to send my deepest Gratitude. You did me an enormous justice and word could not express my feelings of appreciation. I could be released within the next 6 months, after completion of a required program. I’ll have my freedom and a big part of that is because of you.  Unfortunately our paths end; but I promise you will never be forgotten. Daya S.


Dear PLS:

I just want to say that the folks at Pro Se are wonderful, and to thank you guys for being in existence. And for that, I extend my sincere gratitude to the great folks at Pro Se for not only having the foresight to create this publication, but for the willingness and commitment you guys put forth in our continuing struggle. I just felt like you guys should hear that every once in a while and from the heart I say “Thank You” on behalf of us all! Carlos M.