PLS has five offices across New York State in close proximity to New York’s 52 prisons.
The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons. ~Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Number One Attica Reform: PLS
…to indigent individuals confined in New York State prisons.
…and advocate for a more humane criminal justice system.
- the excessive use of force;
- solitary confinement;
- disciplinary hearings;
- access to education, programming and medical and mental health care;
- jail time credit and sentence computation;
- child custody and support and family visitation; and
- immigration and deportation defense.
Then I was moved to a prison far away from the Bard BPI college.
PLS assured me they would help.
PLS was able to get the charges reversed and expunged from my record. Then, despite the COVID pandemic, PLS continued to fight for my return to Bard College. I am grateful and indebted to PLS for firmly having my back. I can now move forward with my positive rehabilitation and continue my journey of a higher education degree under Bard's amazing program. My aspiration to counsel incarcerated youth can again be fulfilled. May those in need of a savior be as lucky as I was to have PLS.
- PLS Response to the Buffalo TOPS Shooting Our hearts are with the families, friends, and community of the victims of the horrific racially motivated massacre at the Jefferson Avenue TOPS in Buffalo. To help the community in Buffalo heal, consider a donation to one of the following organizations***: The African Heritage Food Cooperative Feed BuffaloContinue reading "PLS Response to the Buffalo TOPS Shooting"Read More »
- National Pro Bono Week (October 23rd – 29th) is a time to celebrate and recognize the dedicated work of pro bono volunteers, as well as to educate the community about the many legal and other issues faced by our clients. PLS is happy to announce that this year we will again be celebrating National Pro Bono Week with an event highlighting our commitment to serving the incarcerated community.Read More »
DIRECTOR MURTAGH’S REMARKS AT THE INSPECTOR GENERAL’S PRESS CONFERENCE ABOUT THE RESULTS OF THE INVESTIGATION INTO A RECENT UPTICK IN FALSE POSITIVE DRUG URINALYSIS TEST RESULTS.On Tuesday, Karen L. Murtagh, Executive Director of Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York, was invited to speak at the Inspector General’s press conference announcing the results of the IG’sRead More »
ADVOCACY & LITIGATION
DOCCS REVERSES CLIENT’S REMOVAL FROM WORK RELEASE PROGRAM FOLLOWING A LAWSUIT FILED BY PLS IN FEDERAL COURTPLS prevails in challenge to a DOCCS’ decision to remove our client from the work release program following his filing of a worker’s compensation program claim for a prior occupational injury as one that violates Americans with Disabilities Act.Read More »
- Today the nonprofit organizations Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) and Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) filed a class action lawsuit against the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) on behalf of people with disabilities who are incarcerated at Five Points Correctional Facility and have been denied mobility-related accommodations they need to get around.Read More »
- A civilly detained individual is not a “prisoner” as defined by the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA).Read More »
- On July 1, 2021, the Second Circuit issued a landmark decision in Brathwaite v. Garland, finding that the imposition of a presumption of finality to state criminal convictions under appellate review was arbitrary and unreasonable.Read More »