40th Anniversary

Thank you!

Your support has allowed PLS to advocating for justice for prisoners and their families since 1973. That’s 40 years of advocacy, litigation and legal aid for the over 24,000 people incarcerated in Massachusetts. This is a monumental achievement in both the lifetime of our organization and for the clients we serve.

40 Years: Fighting for Justice for Prisoners and their Families

PLS is the only statewide legal services office dedicated to providing civil legal assistance to the more than 24,000 prisoners in our state’s prisons and jails. For over 40 years, PLS has helped thousands of prisoners through both advocacy and civil litigation in state and federal courts. PLS attorneys have litigated multiple plaintiff and class actions cases and provided advice and advocacy for prisoners experiencing problems with access to medical and mental health care, staff brutality, overcrowding, classification and segregation practices and inhumane conditions of confinement.

Despite four decades of hard work, incarceration rates are increasingly disproportionate and punitive legislation continues to be passed in our state. More than ever, PLS is critical to advocating and representing the rights of tens of thousands of men, women and minors. Your support touches the lives of thousands of people in need.

By ensuring that prisoners are treated lawfully and with humanity while incarcerated, PLS holds our society responsible for adhering to its constitutional and democratic principles and improves public safety by laying the groundwork for prisoners to return to their communities to lead productive lives.

To learn more about our budget and operations, and to see how your donation will be used, please visit our Giving Common profile.