Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
PLS promotes the safe, humane and lawful treatment of Massachusetts prisoners through civil rights litigation, administrative advocacy, client counseling and outreach to policy makers and the public.
Ms. Leslie Walker
10 Winthrop Square, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02110 USA
prisoners' rights, legal aid, civil rights, PLS, PLSMA
Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)
Legal Services (I80)
Services to Prisoners/Families (I43)
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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?
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Prison Health Care
More than one-quarter of PLS' work concerns prison health care issues. There is a focus on chronic and infectious disease control and treatment via both litigation and advocacy short of litigation. The cost estimate is one quarter of PLS' projected operating expenses for FY 2013 (July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013).
Rapid Response to Brutality Project
This project provides rapid prison visits by PLS attorneys or paralegals to calls and letters alerting the office to instances of staff-on-prisoner violence. Generally visits are made within 72 hours of receipt of the report of the incident. The responding staff member brings a camera to document visible injuries. The project is limited to the highest security prisons: Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, the segregation and disciplinary detention units at MCI-Cedar Junction at Walpole, and MCI-Framingham, Massachusetts' women's prison. The project is modeled on human rights violation documentation initiatives in other nations, especially in Latin America. The reports generated by these visits have several uses, such as providing a basis for evaluating incidents for litigation and providing background information on the "climate" in the state's highest security units.
Prison Liaison Project
PLS matches its staff attorneys and paralegals with specific prisons and jails. Advocacy staff develop contacts with prisoners in those institutions and visit them regularly to assess problems of special concern in each location and the general "climate" in those facilities. Liaison visits provide valuable background for both non-litigation advocacy and assessment of issues for possible litigation.
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Prisoners' Legal Services (Massachusetts Correctional Legal Services)
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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.
as of 6/22/2016
Ms. Patricia Garin Esq.
Stern, Shapiro, Weissberg & Garin LLP
Term: Sept 2008 - Aug 2014
Stern, Shapiro, Weissberg & Garin
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Rosenfeld Rafik & Sullivan
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
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Bingham McCutchen, LLP
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Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?
Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?
Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?
Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?
Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?