About Us

Established in 1985, PLS is an independent not-for-profit community legal centre, dedicated to helping people in prison.

PLS is accredited by the National Association of Community Legal Centres and receives operational funding from the State and Federal Governments.

PLS employs a small team comprised of a Director/Principal Solicitor, a Finance Officer/Administrator, two solicitors, and part-time administration support.

PLS is presided over by a voluntary management committee comprised of:

  • Samuel Lane, Chairperson (Higgins Chambers)
  • Ben Tuckett, Secretary (LawRight)
  • Matilda Alexander, Treasurer (Queensland Advocacy Incorporated)
  • Matt Woods (Woods Prince Lawyers)
  • Mark Thomas (Queensland University of Technology)
  • Lars Falcongreen (Legal Aid Queensland)
  • Samantha Cooper (Community Legal Centres Queensland)

  PLS Strategic Plan


   Our vision:


     Helping people who are vulnerable in prison to access justice.

   Our mission:

  • To prevent and address human rights violations in prison.
  • To abolish the use of solitary confinement in prison.
  • To increase safe release from prison through parole.
  • To promote rehabilitation and reduction of recidivism.
  • To reduce imprisonment rates for First Nations people.
  • To reduce imprisonment rates for people with disability.

   Our values:

  • Accessibility
  • Accountability
  • Compassion
  • Dignity
  • Equity
  • Protection of human rights
  • Respect
  • Transparency
  • Recognition of First Nations sovereignty

PLS provides information and advice to address issues arising from imprisonment such as:

  • human rights violations,
  • the use of solitary confinement,
  • satisfying parole eligibility requirements to achieve safe release, and
  • obtaining access to rehabilitation.

PLS can provide a limited number of people in prison with representation in relation to the above issues. Due to the high demand for assistance and limited resources available, PLS staff must apply eligibility criteria when selecting clients to receive this assistance. You can find a copy of the criteria here

If you need help with any of these issues, or are unsure where to go, please contact us.

PLS acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters, and culture. We pay our respects to Elders, past and present, and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded in Australia.

PHONE: 07 3846 5074

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