education Matters Unit

What is the Education Matters Unit?

The Education Unit helps people incarcerated in New York state prisons, including those with learning disabilities, with their academic and vocational education needs and programming. We help people with disabilities to access education programs and services pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), including obtaining a high school diploma, and enrolling in vocational, trade or college degree programs. The completion of education programs increases an incarcerated person’s chances to obtain parole and early release, and to successfully re-enter society.

For More information, please contact:

Maria Pagano
Managing Attorney
Education Matters Unit
Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York
14 Lafayette Square, Suite 510
Buffalo, New York 14203
(716) 854-1007

Who does the Education Matters Unit assist?

The Education Unit Serves individuals of any age who are incarcerated in a New York State prison and request assistance with an education related matter.