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Correctional Legal Services For Massachusetts State Inmates And Parolees

Prisoners Legal Services (PLS) offers legal assistance to inmates in cases relating to their civil rights, such as prison conditions, medical care, brutality cases and AIDS in prison, providing telephone information, advice, and self-help manuals. PLS was previously known as Massachusetts Correctional Legal Services (MCLS).


10 Winthrop Square, 3rd floor
Boston, MA 02110
617-482-2773
Open Mondays, 1-4 p.m.

State Prisoners, dial *9004# or 877-249-1342
County Jail prisoners, dial 617-482-4124
Families, dial 800-882-1413

Northeastern University Prisoners Assistance Project (PAP) represents state prisoners in Massachusetts in parole revocation, parole rescission, and parole release hearings for inmates serving serious second-degree life sentences.


716 Columbus Ave., Ste. 212
Roxbury, MA 02120
Collect calls: (617) 373-3660
Open September to February only.


Lawyer Referrals

Committee for Public Counsel Services: (Public Defender’s Office) offers criminal defense, assistance for children and parents in family interventions proceedings, youth advocacy in juvenile delinquency matters, assistance in mental health-related cases, and requests from sex offender registry clients.


44 Bromfield St.
Boston, MA 02108
617-482-6212
Prisoners dial *9009# or (800) 882-2095

National Lawyers Guild Lawyer Referral Service
14 Beacon St., Ste. 407
Boston, MA 02108
617-227-7008

Boston Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service makes referrals to lawyers throughout the greater Boston area for both criminal and civil cases. There is no cost for contacting the Lawyer Referral Service. The maximum charge for the first half-hour consultation with a lawyer is $25. The lawyer’s fee is then arranged between you and the lawyer. For those financially eligible, the Lawyer Referral Service also has a reduced fee panel of lawyers.


16 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02108
617-742-0625

Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service makes referrals to lawyers throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for both criminal and civil cases. There is no cost for contacting the Lawyer Referral Service. The maximum charge for the first half-hour consultation with a lawyer is $25. The lawyer's fee is then arranged between you and the lawyer. For those financially eligible, the Lawyer Referral Service also has a reduced fee panel of lawyers.


20 West St.
Boston, MA 02111
800-392-6164
617-542-9103


New England Innocence Project handles DNA cases.


Goodwin Procter LLP
53 State St.
Boston, MA 02109
617-305-6505


Medical Referrals

Health Law Advocates assists prisoners having difficulty getting adequate medical care while incarcerated. Prisoners may write to them, but Health Law Associates does not accept collect calls.

30 Winter St., Ste. 1040
Boston, MA 02108
617-338-5241 

Disabled Persons Protection Commission Hotline
300 Granite St., Ste. 404
Braintree, MA 02184
800-426-9009
Prisoners, dial *9001#
Disability Law Center of Massachusetts
1 Beacon St., Ste. 925
Boston, MA 02108
617-557-9167


HARVARD LAW SCHOOL DOES NOT SUPPORT, ENDORSE, OR PROVIDE OFFICIAL REFERRALS TO ANY OF THESE GROUPS OR WEBSITES. THEY ARE PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.

Last modified: April 16, 2012

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