MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATORS AND TWENTY CIVIL RIGHTS ADVOCACYORGANIZATIONS RENEW CALLS FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL INVESTIGATIONINTO DOC PRACTICES AT MAXIMUM SECURITY PRISON FOLLOWINGHUNGER STRIKE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BOSTON – November 28, 2023 – Following a weeks-long hunger strike at Massachusetts’ maximum security prison, a group of legislators and advocacy organizations have joined the call for the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (AGO) to investigate the Massachusetts Department of Corrections (DOC). The legislators’ letter, delivered to the AGO on November 24, […]

The Keeping Families Connected/No Cost Calls CoalitionCelebrates Governor Healey and the MA State LegislaturePutting Families Over Prison Profiteering

For Immediate Release: November 16th, 2023Media contact: asteinberg@plsma.org MASSACHUSETTS – Today, Governor Maura Healey signed a bill that establishes Massachusetts as the fifth state to make prison phone calls free statewide, and the first state to include provisions for free calls from county jails. This historic investment in the rights of incarcerated people – spearheaded […]

COMMUNITY PRESSES FOR CONTRACT CANCELLATION AS PLYMOUTH COUNTY JAIL EXTENDS ICE OPERATIONS UNTIL JANUARY  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | September 21, 2023  Media contact: Aaron Steinberg, asteinberg@plsma.org   Plymouth, MA – Plymouth County Correctional Facility’s (PCCF) most recent Intergovernmental Service Agreement (IGSA), which allows the jail to detain immigrants on behalf of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), was set to expire today, September 21, 2023. Yesterday, Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office disclosed […]

The Keeping Families Connected/No Cost Calls Coalition Celebrates Governor Healey and the MA State Legislature Putting Families Over Prison Profiteering 

For Immediate Release: August 9th, 2023  Media Contact: Aaron Steinberg, asteinberg@plsma.org  The Keeping Families Connected/No Cost Calls Coalition Celebrates Governor Healey and the MA State Legislature Putting Families Over Prison Profiteering  MASSACHUSETTS – Today, Governor Maura Healey has signed a state budget that includes reforms that establish Massachusetts as the fifth state to enshrine free […]

PLS and Board announce transition of Executive Director, Elizabeth Matos 

June 28th, 2023  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  BOSTON– Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts’ (PLS) Board President Patricia Garin announced today that PLS’ Executive Director, Elizabeth Matos, will be leaving in September to join the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office as Civil Rights Division Chief and Senior Advisor to Attorney General Andrea Campbell.   “It was with mixed emotions that […]

Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts Statement on its newly released Women’s Project Report and the Ripples Report

The Women’s Incarceration Conditions and Reentry Project (The Women’s Project) of Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts (PLS) interviewed and anonymously surveyed over two dozen women incarcerated throughout Massachusetts and has published A Different Way Forward: Stories from Incarcerated Women in Massachusetts and Recommendations. This report details the stories and experiences incarcerated women in the Commonwealth shared […]

New Report Proposes a Different Way Forward for Incarcerated Women in Massachusetts

For immediate release BOSTON – July 11, 2022 – Today, Prisoners’ Legal Services’ (PLS) Women’s Incarceration Conditions and Reentry Project (the Women’s Project) released a new report detailing the traumatic experiences of incarcerated women in Massachusetts and the urgent need to remedy the harm that women face in the carceral system.   The report, A Different Way […]

The Keeping Families Connected / No Cost Calls Coalition Urges the Legislature to MakePrison Phone and Jail Phone Calls Free, Fully Funded, and Guaranteed in the MA FY23 Budget

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Boston – June 2, 2022 – After years of organizing, language ensuring free phone calls for people incarcerated in Massachusetts jails and prisons has passed in the House and Senate budgets for the first time. The Keeping Families Connected / No Cost Calls Coalition deeply thanks Sen. Creem, Rep. Tyler, and all […]

Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts awarded Cummings Foundation grant

Boston nonprofit receives funding from Cummings Foundation in Support of Women’s Incarceration & Reentry Project BOSTON – June 1, 2022 –  Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts (PLS) is one of 140 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 to $500,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s $25 Million Grant Program. The Boston-based organization was chosen from a […]