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Litigation Highlights

Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) represents individual prisoners in both administrative advocacy and civil litigation on a myriad of prison condition issues, incuding cases involving: excessive use of force, discipliniary hearings, inadequate medical and mental health care, sentence and jail time calculations, first amendment rights, and parole and reentry issues.

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Excessive Use of Force


Dameen Kennedy v. Brian Fischer, Index No. 7347-11 (Alb. Co. Sup. Ct.) (2012)

This Article 78 sought an order requiring DOCCS to credit petitioner’s five year determinate sentence, with a period of 202...

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Matter of Anthony Taylor v. Keating, Fraser, Goord, Index No. 202101 (Rensselaer Co. Sup. Ct.)

This Article 78 proceeding sought an order requiring the respondents to properly credit petitioner with 284 days of jail time...

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O’Brien v. Fischer and Smith v. Fischer (Albany Co. Sup. Ct.)

These Article 78 challenged DOCS administrative imposition of post-release supervision. We received a favorable decision from the Third Department, invalidating...

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People v. Derrick McLeod, Indictment No. M12177/97, Queens County

On November 17, 2011, PLS filed an application in the Supreme Court, Queens County, to set aside the sentence imposed...

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People v. Jessie Blount, Case No. 10-100, (Chautauqua Co. Ct. )

While serving a sentence at Lakeview C.F., Jessie Blount was charged with aggravated harassment of an employee (P.L. §240.32). He...

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People v. Johnny Couser, Indictment No. 97-743-1, (Onondaga Co. Ct.)

In 1998, defendant was convicted of murder in the first degree, intentional murder in the second degree, attempted intentional murder...

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People v. Shane Kane, Indictment No. 2009-15, Chenango County

On October 12, 2011, PLS filed an application to set aside Shane Kane’s sentence and resentence him. The reason for...

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Pereira v. Fischer (Orange Co. Sup. Ct.)

This Article 78 challenged the administrative imposition of post-release supervision. Our client was convicted of criminal possession of a weapon, and...

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Daniel Castro v. Brian Fischer, Albany County Supreme Court, James Bogin, Managing Attorney, Albany AND Al Vega v. Brian Fischer, Alb. Co. Sup. Ct)

These Article 78’s challenged the dispositions of two related prison disciplinary hearings. Both clients were charged with observing female correction...

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