Biography

Stefen R. Short is a Staff Attorney at the Prisoners’ Rights Project of the Legal Aid Society of the City of New York, a litigation unit that challenges constitutional violations and unlawful conditions in jails and prisons in New York.  Stefen focuses on issues impacting prisoners with sensorial disabilities, mental health needs, and unmet educational needs.  Previously, he was a Staff Attorney at Disability Rights New York, New York’s Protection and Advocacy System (“P&A”).  Stefen was counsel to DRNY in Disability Rights New York v. New York Department of Correction and counsel to the claimant in A.W. v. State.  He led several P&A investigations related to deficiencies in prison programming, failures of crisis intervention, and the substandard provision of education.  Stefen co-authored a public investigative report exposing systemic abuse and neglect in the Correctional Alternative Rehabilitation Unit (“CAR”), a solitary confinement diversion program for individuals with intellectual disabilities in DOCCS custody.  Stefen is a 2013 magna cum laude graduate of Albany Law School, where he served as the President of the Black Law Students’ Association, the Executive Editor of the New York State Government Law and Policy Journal, and the Managing Editor for the Albany Government Law Review.  Prior to law school, he graduated first his major from Oswego State University, where he served as student body Vice President.

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