Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York

Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) is a civil legal services program for incarcerated felons in New York State prisons with regional offices in Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca and Plattsburgh. PLS handles cases involving mental health and medical care, prison disciplinary matters, excessive use of force, conditions of confinement, sentence calculation and jail time credit. PLS advocates engage in administrative advocacy, provide representation in individual lawsuits and impact litigation, and make available forms and background materials to prisoners. Decisions to provide legal counsel are determined on a case-by-case basis.