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North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services

Who We Are

North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services (NCPLS) provides legal assistance to inmates in the North Carolina Department of Correction (DOC) ranging from advice about prisoner’s legal rights to representation in litigation in state and federal court.  We accept cases based on referrals from attorneys as well as direct requests from inmates or individuals acting on behalf of inmates incapable of requesting legal assistance. The organization is divided into three “teams” of attorneys and paralegals: Post-Conviction, Civil, and Support Services.

Who We Serve

Language(s) Spoken
  • Spanish / Español
Cirumstances and languages in which interpreters are provided

Upon request or when a need presents itself, we hire interpreters.

Income Guidelines

Our clients must be incarcerated in North Carolina.

In some cases (those for which we have no source of funding), we provide services for fees.

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Does this organization provide access for the hearing impaired?
Eligibility Restrictions

This program does not serve: Domestic Violence; Medicaid Eligible; Homeless; Community Groups

Type of Help

This group provides the following types of services based on your legal needs and its resources:
  • Full Legal Representation
  • Brief Advice
  • Self-Help Materials
Description of Services

NCPLS represents inmates in the North Carolina Department of Correction and in North Carolina county jails who believe they have been wrongfully convicted, received a legally erroneous sentence, or face immigration consequences as a result of their convictions. The office also represents inmate who believe the conditions of their confinement are inhumane — this includes cases where inmates have been abused by guards; assaulted by other inmates due to negligence by prison personnel; injured while doing a prison job; or who are receiving improper medical treatment. Inmates seeking legal assistance in any matter should always feel free to contact the office.

Emergency Instructions

What is an Emergency? If you absolutely cannot write to us, then you may call us during normal business hours at (919) 856-2200.

How to Get Help

You can contact this organization by:

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Unless there is some significant reason why an incarcerated person cannot write to requst assistance (e.g., emergency, disability, etc.), we prefer to receive a written request from our client with an explanation of the legal problem together with supporting documentation and a description of the desired outcome.

General Contact Information

North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services
1110 Wake Forest Road, P.O. Box 25397 (map)
Raleigh, NC 27611
Last Review and Update: Nov 05, 2012

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