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Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLSNY)

PLS’ 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.

A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual–Columbia Human Rights Law Review

A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual Tenth Edition (the “JLM Tenth Edition”) explains the legal rights of prisoners, and how to navigate through the justice process to secure those rights. It contains information on how to address legal issues on both the federal level and the state level, with an emphasis on New York State law.

The Legal Aid Society
Prisoners Rights Project (PRP)

The Prisoners’ Rights Project (PRP) protects the legal rights of prisoners in the New York City jails and the New York State prisons through litigation, advice, and assistance to individual prisoners, legislative advocacy, and public education. PRP is a nationally known law reform office and members of its staff regularly consult with other prisoner advocates locally and nationally, testify in legislative forums and work directly with legislators, and work with other professional and human rights organizations concerned with the protection of prisoners.

NAACP Legal Defense And Education Fund (NY) 

The NAACP’s principal objective is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens of United States and eliminate race prejudice. The NAACP seeks to remove all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes. This mission is accomplished by seeking the enactment and enforcement of federal, state and local laws securing civil rights, and by informing the public of the adverse effects of racial discrimination.

Center for Constitutional Rights

The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. CCR is committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change. We do that by combining cutting-edge litigation, advocacy and strategic communications in work on a broad range of civil and human rights issues.

New York Civil Liberties Union

Founded in November 1951 as the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, it is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization with nearly 50,000 members across New York State.

NYCLU’s stated mission is to defend and promote the fundamental principles and values embodied in the Bill of Rights, the U.S. Constitution and the New York State Constitution, including freedom of speech and religion, and the right to privacy, equality and due process of law for all New Yorkers. NYCLU performs its work through litigation, advocacy, community organizing, and public education.

Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Project

The Juvenile Rights Practice represents 90 percent of the children who appear before the Family Court in New York City on child protective, termination of parental rights, PINS (person in need of supervision), and juvenile delinquency petitions. The Division was established concurrently with New York State’s Family Court in 1962, five years before the U.S. Supreme Court rules in Gault that children have a constitutional right to counsel at government expense, and was one of the first organizations in this country to represent children in a juvenile court. Since then, the Juvenile Right Practice has grown into one of the nations’ leading organizations in the field of child advocacy.

The Legal Aid Society – Prisoners’ Rights Project (PRP)

The Prisoners’ Rights Project (PRP) protects the legal rights of prisoners in the New York City jails and the New York State prisons through litigation, advice, and assistance to individual prisoners, legislative advocacy, and public education. PRP is a nationally known law reform office and members of its staff regularly consult with other prisoner advocates locally and nationally, testify in legislative forums and work directly with legislators, and work with other professional and human rights organizations concerned with the protection of prisoners.