Evaluate claims regarding the validity of an inmate’s conviction or sentence, and potentially correct any errors found either informally or through litigation.
Provide numerous self-help packets and informational memoranda including, but not limited to: post-conviction relief, detainers, federal civil rights claims, State Tort Claims before the N.C. Industrial Commission, legal name changes, paternity or DNA testing, seizure of property claims, modification of child support, executive clemency, and similar cases.
As resources permit, NCPLS may litigate cases that implicate serious health and safety issues, arising from unconstitutional conditions of confinement, if doing so may result in corrective action. Due to a significant reduction in the amount of funds IDS has available to contract with NCPLS, we are no longer able to litigate a large amount of conditions of confinement cases. However, we are continuing to monitor conditions of confinement issues within North Carolina prisons. It may be possible that private counsel will take on meritorious conditions of confinement cases. If you would like to seek the advice of private counsel, please utilize the NC Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service or the NC Advocates for Justice Find A Lawyer Directory.
Services Not Provided by This Office
Provide general information about up-and-coming legal developments, copies of caselaw or copies of statutes.
Answer hypothetical legal questions.
Answer general requests for names and addresses.
Evaluate Federal conditions of confinement claims.
Issues involving legal disputes in other states.
Requests for information on legal topics other than post-conviction or condition of confinement issues. For example, we cannot answer questions relating to wills or estates, civil disputes with persons outside the DAC (including former landlords, employers, etc.), child custody, divorce, equitable property distribution, or information on Social Security or other government benefits.