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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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PLS Notes

Prisoners' Legal Services' newsletter, PLS Notes, provides updates on current issues of concern in the Massachusetts prisons, jails, and the criminal justice system.

The latest issue includes articles and information on recent developments in Massachusetts prisons and courts. Read the current issue: Summer 2019/Verano 2019. See previous issues in English and in Spanish.