Prisoners’ Rights Project/ Re-Entry Project

The Prisoners’ Rights Project (“PRP”) seeks to remedy unconstitutional conditions and illegal practices in the New York City jails and New York State prisons and provides inmates with self-help materials and limited administrative advocacy. Through class action and test case litigation, PRP’s lawyers have addressed issues of brutality, deficient medical and mental health care, education, sexual abuse, and treatment of disabled clients. The Re-Entry practice focuses on advocacy for ex-inmates’ transition and reintegration into their communities with their families to obtain employment, housing, health and other benefits, resume their education, and re-gain their civil rights. Volunteer attorneys gain experience in fact investigation, discovery, drafting of pleadings and memoranda and witness preparation, and participate in all aspects of legal advocacy for this under-represented and “hidden” population.