Media & Public Outreach

INCARCERATED DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING PEOPLE WIN ACCESS TO LIFE-SAVING FIRE ALARMS AND OTHER EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BOSTON – January 23, 2024 – In a long-awaited victory, incarcerated people who are deaf or hard of hearing will receive life-saving emergency notifications in Massachusetts correctional facilities. Following eight years of litigation culminating in a trial in August, United States District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns ruled that the Massachusetts Department […]

ACTIVISTS CALL ON MA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION AND GOVERNOR HEALEY TO CHANGE STATE PRISON MEDICAL CONTRACT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Hannah Michelle Brower, hannahmichelle.brower@gmail.com, 504-400-2865 BOSTON – January 12th, 2023 – Activists from the #DeeperThanWater Coalition gathered on Saturday, January 6th, outside the State House in Boston to demand that the Massachusetts Department of Correction (DOC) and Governor Healey take steps to address and prevent medical neglect that is rampant in MA state […]

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 […]

Inmates on hunger strike at maximum security prison, call on AG Campbell to investigate alleged assault by correctional officers

The Boston GlobeBy Ivy ScottOctober 20, 2023 A group of 19 inmates stopped eating at the beginning of October in response to conditions in one of the units at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, the state’s only maximum security prison. Inmates at the state’s maximum-security prison in Lancaster submitted letters to Attorney General Andrea Campbell this week […]

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 […]

PLS Blog: Call for Submissions 

A Blog from Prisoners’ Legal Services  As Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts (PLS) enters its 50th year of serving incarcerated people, we continue to seek new ways to further our mission of challenging the carceral system and ending harmful confinement. PLS’ new blog, Sentencing Change, will provide an outlet to discuss issues related to policing […]