Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) is a non-profit legal services organization founded in 1976 to provide indigent incarcerated New Yorkers access to the courts.

There are over 51,000 individuals incarcerated in 54 prisons across New York State and PLS responds to more than 10,000 requests for assistance annually.

Our mission is to provide high quality, effective legal representation and assistance to indigent prisoners, to help them to secure their civil and human rights, and to advocate for humane prisons and for a more humane criminal justice system.


For an overview of the reasons why PLS was created and insight into why an organization like PLS is vital to New York State's system of criminal and civil justice, take 15 minutes to watch the short film below: Anatomy of a Riot.

WELCOME TO PRISONERS' LEGAL SERVICES

"Promoting justice, fair treatment and humane conditions since 1976."

Anatomy of A Riot (Click on image to view)