PLS CHALLENGES WITHHOLDING OF EVIDENCE REQUESTED THROUGH FOIL

Timely access to prison records is critical to PLS’s ability to provide effective representation to our clients. Our primary means of obtaining records for initial investigations and advocacy is New York’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). We recently argued an appeal before the Appellate Division, Third Department challenging DOCCS’ withholding of videos and narrative incident reports requested through FOIL.

Grace Devane – Legal Secretary

Grace Devane Legal Secretary (518) 438-8046 ext. 1100 gdevane@plsny.org Grace Devane recently joined PLS after graduating in May of 2022 from St. Lawrence University where she earned her B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing. Throughout her college experience, Grace volunteered with a correctional facility participating in weekly game nights and eventually leading fitness classesContinue reading “Grace Devane – Legal Secretary”

Madison Levin – Staff Attorney

Madison Levin Staff Attorney (518) 438-8046 ext. 1101 mlevin@plsny.org Madison joined PLS as a staff attorney in 2022. Before joining PLS, she was a fellow with Legal Aid Society Prisoners’ Rights Project where she worked primarily on behalf of the plaintiff class in Nunez v. City of New York, a federal class action filed toContinue reading “Madison Levin – Staff Attorney”

Mari Flamm – PREP Social Worker

Mari Flamm, LMSW Re-entry Social Worker (716) 292-0282 mflamm@plsny.org Mari joined Prisoners’ Legal Services in November 2021. She is based out of the PREP office in Brooklyn. Mari received her Master’s in Social Service (MSW equivalent) from Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research in 2020 and was licensed that sameContinue reading “Mari Flamm – PREP Social Worker”

Jill Marie Nolan – PREP Program Coordinator

Jill Marie Nolan, LCSW PREP Program Coordinator (845) 391-3110 ext 1504 jnolan@plsny.org Jill Marie Nolan, LCSW, joined PLS in November, 2021, as the PREP Program Coordinator. Jill is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA and her Master’s degree in Social WorkContinue reading “Jill Marie Nolan – PREP Program Coordinator”

Elise Czuchna – Staff Attorney

Elise Czuchna Staff Attorney (518) 438-8046 ext. 1118 eczuchna@plsny.org Elise joined PLS in August 2021 after receiving her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. As a law student, Elise participated in the Civil Rights Clinic as a student attorney on a §1983 jail misconduct case and had the opportunity to work onContinue reading “Elise Czuchna – Staff Attorney”