We are a small team of individuals determined to ensure the protection of the civil rights of those incarcerated.
PLS is based in downtown Boston and serves the entirety of Massachusetts. We work to provide advocacy for individuals to ensure that their legally guaranteed rights are not violated by the state.
Elizabeth Matos is the Executive Director of Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts and was a staff attorney with the organization for over seven years. Elizabeth has been involved in litigation about solitary confinement practices regarding prisoners with mental illness, discrimination against deaf and hard of hearing prisoners, draconian classification practices, guard on prisoner assaults, and lowering exorbitant and monopolistic prison phone rates. She works closely with coalitions and alongside those most impacted, and advocates with the state legislature on the organization’s legislative priorities, including ending the predatory charging for prison phone calls, expanding access to visitation and voting rights, ending solitary confinement, establishing a prison building moratorium, and providing meaningful access to mental health services, among others. Prior to practicing prisoners’ rights law at PLS Elizabeth practiced housing, education, disability, and immigration law at South Coastal Counties Legal Services. Preceding her legal career, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Mozambique and served as the Immigrant Rights Coordinator for the MIRA (Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy) Coalition.
James Pingeon has been the Litigation Director at PLS since 2001. Previously, he was a senior attorney at the Center for Public Representation and an associate at a large Boston firm. He has been representing those incarcerated for more than 30 years, focusing on systemic reform cases, including challenges to overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, solitary confinement of individuals with mental illness; incarceration of individuals civilly committed for substance use disorders, discrimination against deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals, excessive telephone fees, and many others.
Executive and Legal Support Assistant
Project Coordinator for Project RIZE
Senior Staff Attorney and Acting Healthcare & Disability Project Director
Kristyn J.E. Huey
Senior Staff Attorney and Brutality Project Director
Bart J. Gordon Legal Fellow and Staff Attorney
Legal Assistant and Notary
Senior Staff Attorney
Women’s Incarceration Conditions and Reentry Project lead and Staff Attorney
Immigrant Detention Conditions Project lead and Staff Attorney
Senior Staff Attorney and Medical Parole Project Director
Office Manager and Admin Supervisor
Kern Saint Dic
Legal Assistant and IT and Development Support
Staff Attorney and Healthcare & Disability Project Director
Communications and Development Coordinator
Senior Staff Attorney and Solitary Confinement Project Director
Senior Paralegal and Intake Advocacy Director
board of directors
Elizabeth A. Davis
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