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Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project (PLAP)

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The Prison Legal Assistance Project (PLAP) is a student practice organization in which students represent inmates in Massachusetts prisons. PLAP student attorneys argue at disciplinary hearings on behalf of prisoners charged with violating prison regulations. PLAP students also argue before the Massachusetts Parole Board for prisoners facing parole revocation or rescission and second degree life sentence hearings. In addition, PLAP provides inmates with assistance in matters ranging from civil rights violations to confiscated property. We handle neither criminal nor civil court cases. We also cannot assist non-Massachusetts state inmates.

The Prison Legal Assistance Project blog can be found at:

Click here for information about PLAP's 40th Anniversary celebration, which occurred during April reunion weekend in 2012, and see the poster for the 40th anniversary here.

Click here for the video and the event poster from PLAP's 2/25/13 panel on solitary confinement. 

For information about Student Practice Organizations and Clinical Programs at Harvard Law School, please visit the website of the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs. 


Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project
6 Everett Street
Suite 5107
Harvard Law School
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-3969

Prisoners should contact us on our collect call hotline at 617-495-3127.

Last modified: August 26, 2013

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