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Prisoners’ Legal Services is a not-for-profit legal services corporation, founded in 1972, that provides civil legal assistance to people who are incarcerated in Massachusetts state prisons and in the county jails and houses of correction.

We engage in administrative advocacy, litigation, and public education on behalf of prisoners and their families. And, we keep tabs on the policies and practices affecting the over 25,000 individuals imprisoned in Massachusetts.

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Notice of Data Security Incident

Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts (“PLS”) recently became aware that an unauthorized person gained access to certain confidential information related to a settlement of a 2011 lawsuit against the Sheriff of Essex County, in the case Bentley et al. v. Sheriff of Essex County, Civil Action No. 2011-01907 (Essex Super. Ct.) (the “Settlement”). PLS has notified those who may have been affected by this and for whom PLS had a mailing address on file. If you believe you were involved in the Settlement but did not receive notice from us, please contact us by phone at 617-482-2773 or by email at