A civilly detained individual is not a “prisoner” as defined by the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA).
PLS Executive Director, Karen Murtagh commends DOCCS on resuming the Family Reunion Program and adopting a vaccine incentive campaign.
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.
PLS prevails in challenge to a prison disciplinary proceeding alleging guilty finding was not supported by substantial evidence and violated state regulations and DOCCS’ directives
Between April 2020 and March 2021, PLS’ advocacy in the areas of disciplinary hearings, jail time, sentencing computations and parole has resulted in decades of time being removed from people’s sentences.
The Second Circuit adopts a bright-line rule regarding exhaustion under the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA).
In April, 2021, with funding from New York Community Trust PLS launched our Pre-Release & Reentry Project.
DOCCS announces incentives to encourage people in prison to get vaccinated.
DOCCS has announced the return of a brief embrace at the beginning and end of each visit.