Resources and Links

MASSACHUSETTS STATE AGENCIES

www.mass.gov
Office web site for the State of Massachusetts.   Provides information about the state and about resources that are available to state residents.

www.mass.gov/cpcs/
Committee for Public Service Council.   Contact CPCS for assistance with clearing up Massachusetts-based default warrants and probation violations. Clients must meet indigency standards in SJC Rule 3:10 (see www.lawlib.state.ma.us/sjc310.html) in order to get a CPCS attorney and an attorney will not be assigned until the client appears in court in Massachusetts. You should be able to get advice from CPCS prior to the assignment of counsel, however. CPCS does not handle parole violations.

MASSACHUSETTS ADVOCACY AGENCIES

www.pucc.com/webguide/default.asp
Parents United for Child Care.   Provides information for after school programs.

www.youthadvocacyproject.org
Youth Advocacy Project.   Works on children’s rights issues in Massachusetts.

www.cfjj.org/
Citizens for Juvenile Justice advocates for a fair and effective juvenile justice system in Massachusetts, designed to promote the healthy development of children and youth so they can grow up to live as responsible and productive adults in our communities.

MASSACHUSETTS SOCIAL SERVICES

www.helpline-online.com
The Helpline maintains a current list of Massachusetts substance abuse and disaster support providers.

http://www.pinestreetinn.org/programs.php
Pine Street Inn provides services for homeless persons.

www.healthrecovery.org/us/us.html
The mission of the Institute for Health and Recovery, Inc. (IHR) is to develop a comprehensive continuum of care for individuals and their families affected by alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and abuse, mental illness, trauma, and HIV/AIDS, especially women and their children, throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

www.ppal.net
PAL is the Statewide Organization of the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health.    PAL provides support, education, and advocacy around issues related to children's mental health.

MASSACHUSETTS COMMUNITY BASED AGENCIES

www.bikesnotbombs.org
Bikes Not Bombs is a non-profit organization working for alternative transportation and community development. The group operates the Bicycle Recycling and Youth Training Center in Roxbury, MA, to promote environmental education, meaningful employment, and safe sustainable communities, both here in Roxbury and abroad.

BOSTON BASED AGENCIES

www.cityofboston.gov
Office web site for the City of Boston.   Provides information about the city and about resources that are available to city residents.

www.bphc.org/default.asp     
Boston public health commission provides links to local services

www.boston-online.com/Health
Provides lots of information about the happenings in Boston as well as available resources.

www.bostonyouthzone.com/afterschool/default.asp
The Youth Line links young people to resources in their neighborhoods, from volunteer programs to counseling centers. The Youth Council is the perfect way to get involved in City government and make a real difference in Boston. There are thousands of resources for young people, and the links on the left will help you find them. There’s even information about applying to, affording and attending college.

LEGAL RESOURCES

www.masslegalservices.org
MassLegalServices offers resources about legal issues facing lower-income Massachusetts residents. Although this site is intended for advocates and social service professionals, the materials here may be useful to anyone seeking information about laws affecting Massachusetts residents.

www.mass.gov/cpcs/
Committee for Public Service Council.   Contact CPCS for assistance with clearing up Massachusetts-based default warrants and probation violations. Clients must meet indigency standards in SJC Rule 3:10 (see lawlib.state.ma.us/source/mass/ rules/sjc/sjc310.html) in order to get a CPCS attorney and an attorney will not be assigned until the client appears in court in Massachusetts. You should be able to get advice from CPCS prior to the assignment of counsel, however. CPCS does not handle parole violations.

www.aclu.org
American Civil Liberties Union.   The ACLU is our nation's guardian of liberty. We work daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Our job is to conserve America's original civic values - the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

www.abanet.org/legalservices/findlegalhelp/home.cfm
American Bar Association

www.massbar.org/lawhelp
Massachusetts Bar Association

www.bostonbar.org/lrs
Boston Bar Association

www.schr.org
Southern Center for Human Rights.   Works on issues related to the death penalty, prisoners' rights and human rights.

www.nlada.org
National Legal Aid and Defender Organization

http://www.nblsc.us/#
National Board of Trial Advocacy

JUVENILE JUSTICE

www.cfjj.org/
Citizens for Juvenile Justice advocates for a fair and effective juvenile justice system in Massachusetts , designed to promote the healthy development of children and youth so they can grow up to live as responsible and productive adults in our communities.

http://www.cclp.org/building_blocks.php
The Building Blocks for Youth initiative is an alliance of children and youth advocates, researchers, law enforcement professionals and community organizers that seeks to 1.) reduce overrepresentation and disparate treatment of youth of color in the justice system and 2.) promote fair, rational and effective juvenile justice policies.

www.burnsinstitute.org
The W. Haywood Burns Institute is a leading national organization working to reduce the overrepresentation of youth of color in the juvenile justice system.

www.jjpl.org
Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana.   Works on issues related to children's rights.

www.cjcj.org
Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice provides direct services to youth and adults across the country that are facing or transitioning from incarceration. CJCJ has established model programs that demonstrate how alternatives to incarceration can be successful, not only in reducing overburdened jail populations, but also in reducing recidivism rates.

NATIONAL RESOURCES

www.aecf.org
Annie E. Casey Foundation.   The primary mission of the Foundation is to foster public policies, human service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today's vulnerable children and families.

www.cjcj.org
Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice provides direct services to youth and adults across the country that are facing or transitioning from incarceration. CJCJ has established model programs that demonstrate how alternatives to incarceration can be successful, not only in reducing overburdened jail populations, but also in reducing recidivism rates.

www.consensusproject.org/   
National program doing research and education regarding the interface of mental health and legal issues.

www.prisonsucks.com
Research on the crime control industry.

www.talkleft.com
TalkLeft:   The Politics of Crime

www.brennancenter.org
The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law unites thinkers and advocates in pursuit of a vision of inclusive and effective democracy. Our mission is to develop and implement an innovative, nonpartisan agenda of scholarship, public education, and legal action that promotes equality and human dignity, while safeguarding fundamental freedoms.

 


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