Resources & Other Information
The links listed below may be helpful tools to you in providing information about prisons, prison issues and criminal justice issues in general. Please note that the links listed in this section will take you to websites not owned or operated by PLS. PLS is in no way responsible for the condition of these links or for the information they provide.
Anatomy of a Riot, produced by Prisoners’ Legal Services
Center for Family Representation
Center for Family Representation: We assist families when the combination of poverty and a crisis–one borne of anything from addiction to inadequate day care–may lead to separation and a child being placed in foster care.
Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE)
Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE): We believe that prisons should be used only for those who absolutely must be incarcerated and that those who are incarcerated should have all of the resources they need to turn their lives around.
Cornell Law School
Cornell Law School publishes digests of recent Supreme Court and New York Court of Appeals decisions.
Disability Advocates, Inc.
Disability Advocates, Inc. – The program places a priority on serving persons with serious mental illness who live in facilities that provide some kind of care and treatment.Â It also serves individuals with serious mental illness who live in the community.
Just Detention International
Just Detention International works to protect the basic human rights of all detainees, in the U.S. and internationally.
Legal Aid Society – Prisoners Rights Project (PRP)
Legal Aid Society – Prisoners Rights Project (PRP) protects and enforces the legal rights of New York City and New York State prisoners through litigation, advice, and assistance to individual prisoners. Our docket is available here. PRP does not deal with prisoners’ criminal cases or sentences or matters related to parole.
Massachusetts Correctional Legal Services (MCLS)
MCLS was established in 1972 to provide civil legal services to people in Massachusetts prisons and jails.The office focuses on four issues: health and mental health care, guard-on-prisoner violence, physical conditions of confinement, and segregation and and isolation.
National Prison Project of the ACLU
National Prison Project of the ACLU: The ACLU’s National Prison Project is dedicated to ensuring that our nation’s prisons, jails, juvenile facilities and immigration detention centers comply with the Constitution, federal law, and international human rights principles, and to addressing the crisis of over-incarceration in the U.S.
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS)
New York State Division of Criminal Justice (DCJS): Mission: the very reason we exist – is to make New York State a safer place to live, raise our families and run our businesses.
North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services
North Carolina Legal Services: Our core mission is to protect our clients’ constitutional rights by challenging illegal convictions and sentences and by ensuring safe and humane conditions of confinement.
NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS)
NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS): Mission: enhance public safety by providing appropriate treatment services, in safe and secure facilities, that address the needs of all inmates so they can return to their communities better prepared to lead successful and crime-free lives.
Prison Action Network
Prison Action Network seeks to unite people who are incarcerated in NYS, people who have a loved one in a NYS prison, and people who care about the impact incarceration has upon our society.
Prison Families of NY
Prison Families of NY is a loose statewide network of families and friends of NYS prisoners, formerly incarcerated people and their families, people of conscience who have approached us with the desire to improve the quality of life for prison families.
Prison Law Office
Prison Law Office represents individual prisoners, engages in class action and other impact-litigation, educates the public about prison conditions, and provides technical assistance to attorneys throughout the country.
Prison Legal News
Prison Legal News is an independent 56-page monthly magazine that provides a cutting edge review and analysis of prisoner rights, court rulings and news about prison issues.
Pro Bono Net
Pro Bono Net is a national nonprofit organization based in New York City and San Francisco. We work in close partnership with nonprofit legal organizations across the United States and Canada, to increase access to justice for the millions of poor people who face legal problems every year without help from a lawyer.
Reentry Net, a project of The Bronx Defenders and Pro Bono Net, is a collaborative education and resource center for individuals and organizations in New York State that advocate for people with criminal records and their families – collectively, the Reentry Community.
Reentry Net/NY is the first ever statewide clearinghouse of practical advocate materials on the civil consequences of criminal proceedings. Reentry Net/NY contains materials from dozens of contributing organizations throughout New York State. All resource have been screened, selected, and organized by experts.
SUNY Albany Criminal Justice
SUNY Albany Criminal Justice: SUNY Albany maintains a good list of links to criminal justice sites.
Texas Civil Rights Project
Texas Civil Rights Project – The Prisoners’ Rights Program works to improve conditions in Texas prisons and jails through litigation and advocacy. Over 200,000 people are incarcerated in Texas on any given day, and most do not have any access to attorneys.
The Center for Community Alternatives (CCA)]
The Center for Community Alternatives (CCA) is a leader in the field of community-based alternatives to incarceration. Our mission is to promote reintegrative justice and a reduced reliance on incarceration through advocacy, services and public policy development in pursuit of civil and human rights.
The Correctional Association of New York
The Correctional Association of New York is an independent, non-profit organization founded by concerned citizens in 1844 and granted unique authority by the New York State Legislature to inspect prisons and to report its findings and recommendations to the legislature, the public and the press.
The Drug Policy Alliance Network (DPA Network)
The Drug Policy Alliance Network (DPA Network) is the nation’s leading organization promoting policy alternatives to the drug war that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights.
The Innocence Project
The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University to assist prisoners who could be proven innocent through DNA testing.
The Legal Action Center
The Legal Action Center is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policy in these areas.
The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU)
The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is one of the nation’s foremost defenders of civil liberties and civil rights. Founded in 1951 as the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, we are a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization with eight chapters and regional offices and nearly 50,000 members across the state.
The New York State Commission of Correction
The New York State Commission of Correction has a mission to provide for a SAFE, STABLE and HUMANE correctional system in New York State.
The New York State Defenders Association
The New York State Defenders Association, a not-for-profit, membership organization, has been providing support to New York’s criminal defense community since 1967. Its mission is to improve the quality and scope of publicly supported legal representation to low income people.
The Osborne Association
By transforming the lives of those involved in the criminal justice system, the Osborne Association’s programs demonstrate that there are policies and procedures our nation can adopt that can foster a more effective and efficient criminal justice system a safer and more just society.
The Prisons Foundation
The Prisons Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC that promotes the arts and education in prison and alternatives to incarceration.