Statement‌ ‌of‌ ‌Prisoners’‌ ‌Legal‌ ‌Services‌ ‌on‌ ‌Falcon‌ ‌Report‌ ‌

Statement of Prisoners’ Legal Services on Falcon Report June 30, 2021 Prisoners’ Legal Services welcomes the news that the Massachusetts Department of Correction (DOC) plans to eliminate restrictive housing and the Departmental Disciplinary Unit (DDU), where incarcerated people are currently held in isolation for up to ten years per disciplinary offense. These practices have long […]

‘It’s Still Driving People Mad’: Critic Of Solitary Confinement Discusses Its Difficulties

WGBH – All Things Considered March 4th, 2019 By Barbara Howard Reporter Chris Burrell, with our WGBH News partner the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, has been looking at solitary confinement in state prisons. Lizz Matos, executive director of the Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts, discussed the issue further with WGBH All Things Considered host Barbara Howard. […]

Is 10 years in Massachusetts solitary confinement torture?

October 18, 2017 The Boston Globe By Joshua Miller Massachusetts legislators attempting a sweeping overhaul of the criminal justice system are grappling with one of the toughest questions in corrections: How long is too long for a prisoner — even one who has harmed a guard or a fellow inmate — to be punished with solitary […]