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.
Interim Executive Director
Cheryl Zoll is the Interim Executive Director of Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts. From 2014 to 2023, Cheryl served as CEO of Tapestry Health, a community-based organization in Western MA that provides healthcare in areas where stigma remains a barrier to health equity, including sexual and reproductive healthcare, LGBTQ+ healthcare, safe syringe and drug user health services and suicide prevention. Zoll previously served as Executive Director of the Amherst Survival Center, where she led a team that transformed a grassroots basic-needs organization undergoing a challenging transition into a thriving agency serving over 4,000 low-income residents of Western MA annually. She also taught for 10 years as a linguistics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Amherst College, Hampshire College and the University of Iowa. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, a master’s degree from Brandeis University and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.
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
Pro Bono Counsel
Paralegal, Race Equity in Corrections Initiative
Project Coordinator for Project RIZE
Immigrant Detention Conditions Project Legal Fellow and Staff Attorney
Senior Staff Attorney and Acting Healthcare & Disability Project Director
Community Liaison Coordinator, Racial Equity in Corrections Initiative
Kristyn J.E. Huey
Senior Staff Attorney and Brutality Project Director
MLAC Racial Justice Fellow and Staff Attorney
Legal Assistant and Notary
Senior Staff Attorney
Women’s Incarceration Conditions and Reentry Project lead and Staff Attorney
Senior Staff Attorney and Medical Parole Project Director
Brutality Project Paralegal
Office Manager and Admin Supervisor
Staff Attorney and Healthcare & Disability Project Director
Liman Fellow and Staff Attorney
Senior Staff Attorney and Solitary Confinement Project Director
Senior Paralegal and Intake Advocacy Director
board of directors
Elizabeth A. Davis
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