John Dunne was one of founding directors of PLS following the 971 riot at Attica State Prison. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and Yale Law School. He presently serves as Senior Counsel to the Albany Law Firm of Whiteman, Osterman and Hanna.

From 1966 to 1989, he was a member of the New York State Senate. In 1971, when the Attica uprising occurred, Senator Dunne was chairman of the Committee on Crime and Corrections of the New York State Senate where he served as Deputy Majority Leader. Subsequent to leaving the State Senate, Mr. Dunne was appointed by President George H. W. Bush to be assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Justice. He also chaired the Board of Directors of the New York State Office of Capital Defender.

Mr. Dunne views his service on the PLS Board as a means of delivering some measure of justice for those who are paying their debt to society and for their families who suffer so much pain.