Legal resources for people in prison in Massachusetts

Prisoners' Legal Services

50 Federal St.

Boston, MA 02110-2585

http://plsma.org

(617) 451-6383 Fax

(617) 482-2773 Main


Serves: MA


Focus area/description: PLS was established in 1972 to provide civil legal services to people in Massachusetts prisons and jails. The office does not provide criminal defense services. The office focuses on four issues: health and mental health care, guard-on-prisoner violence, physical conditions of confinement, and segregation and isolation. PLS addresses these problems through administrative advocacy, legislative advocacy, and litigation.

PLS has a toll free speed dial number accessible to all state prisoners on the PIN system: *9004#. County prisoners must call collect on (617) 482-4124. Prisoners who can not reach us by phone should write to the address above. Regular call-in hours are 9:00 to 11:00 and 1:00 to 4:00 on Monday afternoons unless you are in segregation with an emergency, in which case you can call between 9:00 and 4:00, Monday to Friday. If you are calling from seg, please state your unit and emergency to our receptionist to get through. On weeks when Monday is a holiday, PLS accepts calls on Tuesday from 1:00 to 4:00.

Prisoners' Legal Services confirmed this listing on April 09, 2018.


These national resources may also be of help to people in prison in Massachusetts:

Prison Law Project - Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook

National Lawyers Guild

132 Nassau Street, RM 922

New York, NY 10038

http://jailhouselaw.org/


Serves: National


Focus area/description: This Handbook is a resource for prisoners who wish to file a Section 1983 lawsuit in federal court regarding poor conditions in prison and/or abuse by prison staff. It also contains limited information about legal research and the American legal system.

The Handbook is available for free to anyone: prisoners, lawyers, families, friends, activists and others. To download it, go to: www.jailhouselaw.org.

If you are unable to download the Handbook and would like to receive a copy via mail, please write to:

National Lawyers Guild
132 Nassau Street, RM 922, New York, NY 10038

OR

Center for Constitutional Rights
666 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10012

Please note it may take at least 8 weeks to deliver the Handbook due to a shortage of staff and resources. It is usually much faster to download the Handbook from this site and print it yourself.

PLEASE NOTE: This organization does not have the resources to give legal advice or representation, and will not respond to mail regarding these issues. Please send only orders or comments about the JLH itself.

Prison Law Project - Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook confirmed this listing on April 27, 2018.


A challenge to our colleagues:

We built the internet's first always-up-to-date list of legal services for incarcerated people. Can you make a similar list for a different kind of resource?

Problem: There are too many outdated resource lists floating around.

Our Solution: Have one resource list that one organization checks each year.

Our Method: Inspired by the Cincinnati Books for Prisoners group, we made a list of every legal services organization on every resource list we could find. Then we send a letter by snail mail to each organization each year asking them to confirm/update their listing. If they respond, we include them on the site for the next 365 days. All the organization needs to do is to sign the form we send them and mail it back in the enclosed envelope. If they don't respond, we keep them on our mailing list and try again next year.

This way, any incarcerated person using the list can be assured that the organization they are writing to recently did exist and was responding to mail. And if an organization fails to respond for some reason (staff turnover, postal problems, the dog ate our letter, etc.) they get another chance next year.

It's a win for everyone. We've built a database for legal services. What list can your organization edit?



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