Report details women’s accounts of sexual misconduct by staff in Massachusetts prisons and jails

WBURBy Deborah BeckerJuly 11, 2022 A report obtained by WBUR attempts to document what’s often a hidden problem: sexual misconduct against women incarcerated in Massachusetts. The research, from Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts, is based on interviews with 22 women, either currently or formerly incarcerated in prisons and jails across the state. Of the women interviewed, the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Testimony of Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts in support of S. 2030: “An Act establishing a jail and prison construction moratorium”

TESTIMONY OF PRISONERS’ LEGAL SERVICES OF MASSACHUSETTS IN SUPPORT OF S. 2030: “AN ACT ESTABLISHING A JAIL AND PRISON CONSTRUCTION MORATORIUM” Thank you, Chairpersons Pacheco and Cabral, and the members of the committee, for this opportunity to speak in support of S.2030.  My name is Sarah Nawab and I am an attorney at Prisoners’ Legal […]

Prison officials say transgender woman should remain incarcerated in all-male prison

February 28, 2018 The Boston Globe By Michael Levenson State prison officials told a federal judge Wednesday that they are refusing to transfer a transgender inmate to the state women’s prison because they believe they have already made reasonable accommodations for her in a men’s prison and are concerned she would disrupt the prison climate […]

A transgender woman is suing Mass. over placement at male prison

November 15, 2017 The Boston Globe By Michael Levenson Being assigned to an all-male prison was traumatic enough. But a transgender woman incarcerated at MCI-Norfolk says she has been subjected to groping and taunting by male prisoners and correctional officers who routinely harass her because she identifies as a woman. Now, the 52-year-old prisoner, who has […]