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Prisoners' Legal Services of Massachusetts
From their website: Prisoners’ Legal Services is a not-for-profit legal services corporation, founded in 1972, that provides civil legal assistance to people who are incarcerated in Massachusetts state prisons (Department of Correction facilities) or in the county jails and houses of correction.The office focuses on four issues: health and mental health care, guard-on-prisoner violence, physical conditions of confinement, and segregation and isolation.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 Foster v. Commissioner of Corrections
SJC-12935 (State Court)
Filed 04/20/2020 - Case Ongoing
Commissioner of Corrections
Massachusetts Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-MA-0053
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: Prisoners represented by Prisoners Legal Services of Massachusetts filed this class action for prisoners with underlying medical conditions and old age, and prisoners incarcerated for alcohol and drug abuse, seeking release to decrease the population of prisoners and enable proper social distancing. The Massachusetts Supreme ... [view]
2 Committee for Public Counsel Services v. Chief Justice of the Trial Court
SJ-2020-12926 (State Court)
Filed 03/24/2020 - Case Ongoing
Chief Justice of the Trial Court
Prison Conditions
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MA-0004
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is an emergency petition to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court seeking, among other responses, releases of many prisoners. On April 3, the court held that certain detainees were entitled a rebuttable presumption of release and to an expedited hearing within two business days on their motions for reconsideration of bail ... [view]
3 Doe v. Massachusetts Department of Corrections
1:17-cv-12255 (D. Mass.)
Filed 11/15/2017 - Closed 2019
Massachusetts Department of Correction
Prison Conditions
PC-MA-0052
Coding Complete
The plaintiff in this case is a trans woman who was housed in a men's prison in Massachusetts for a nonviolent drug possession charge. Because of her gender presentation and identity, she faced degrading sexual harassment from both staff and other prisoners. She was forced to use communal showers and bathrooms without locks, and was subject to ... [view]
4 Briggs v. Mass. Dept. of Corrections
1:15-cv-40162 (D. Mass.)
Filed 11/24/2015 - Case Ongoing
Commissioner
Massachusetts Department of Correction
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-MA-0046
Coding Complete
On November 24, 2015, several inmates with hearing disabilities filed this class action in the District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The plaintiffs sued the Massachusetts Department of Correction and the Massachusetts Partnership for Correctional Healthcare under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act, 42 U.S ... [view]
5 Paszko v. O'Brien
1:15-cv-12298 (D. Mass.)
Filed 06/10/2015 - Case Ongoing
Massachusetts Department of Correction
Prison Conditions
PC-MA-0042
Coding Complete
On June 10, 2015, Massachusetts prisoners infected with the Hepatitis C virus filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the case was assigned to Judge Nathaniel Gorton. The plaintiffs sued the Massachusetts Department of Correction and the Massachusetts Partnership for Correctional Healthcare ... [view]
6 Fowler v. Turco
15-cv-12298-NMG (D. Mass.)
Filed 06/10/2015 - Closed 2018
Massachusetts Partnership for Correctional Healthcare LLC
Prison Conditions
PC-MA-0045
Worcester County
Coding Complete
On June 10, 2015, inmates of the Massachusetts Department of Correction filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts. The plaintiffs sued the Massachusetts Partnership for Correctional Healthcare LLC (“MPCH”) and the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Correction under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 ... [view]
7 Doe v. Patrick
1:14-cv-12813-DPW (D. Mass.)
Filed 06/30/2014 - Closed 2018
Massachusetts
Department of Correction
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MA-0001
Coding Complete
On June 30, 2014, women civilly committed to the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Framingham (MCI Framingham) under Chapter 123, section 35 of Massachusetts law, filed this lawsuit in U.S. District Court in the District of Massachusetts. They sued the Massachusetts Department of Correction, under 42 U.S.C § 1983 and the Americans with ... [view]
8 Cantell v. Commissioner of Correction et al.
SJC-12015 (State Court)
Filed 01/20/2012 - Case Ongoing
Commissioner of Correction
Massachusetts Department of Correction
Prison Conditions
PC-MA-0047
Coding Complete
On January 20, 2012, prisoners incarcerated in Massachusetts administrative segregation filed this class action in state court in Massachusetts. Represented by the Prisoners Legal Services of Massachusetts, the plaintiffs sued the Commissioner of Correction and superintendents of various correctional facilities for violations of their federal and ... [view]
9 Nunes v. UMass Correctional Health
1:10-cv-12013-RWZ (D. Mass.)
Filed 11/22/2010 - Closed 2013
University of Massachusetts Medical School
UMass Correctional Health
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-MA-0036
Coding Complete
On November 22, 2010, HIV-positive prisoners incarcerated by the Massachusetts Department of Corrections ("DOC") filed a lawsuit against UMass Correctional Health and the Massachusetts DOC. They brought the case in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts under 42 U.S.C. § 1983; the Rehabilitation Act, 29 U.S.C. § 794, et seq.; ... [view]
10 Disability Law Center v. Massachusetts Department of Correction
1:07-cv-10463-MLW (D. Mass.)
Filed 03/08/2007 - Closed 2017
Massachusetts Department of Corrections
Massachusetts Prisons
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-MA-0026
Coding Complete
On March 8, 2007, the Disability Law Center ("DLC") filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. §12131, and § 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. §794 against the Massachusetts Department of Correction ("DOC"). The DLC is the ... [view]
11 LaChance v. Commissioner
docket unknown (State Court)
Filed 2006 - Closed 2017
no defendants on record
Prison Conditions
PC-MA-0049
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
12 Hoffer v. Fair
SJ-1985-0071 (State Court)
Filed 02/08/1985 - Closed 1993
State of Massachusetts
Department of Correction; MCI-Walpole facility
Prison Conditions
PC-MA-0029
Coding Complete
On February 8, 1985, six prisoners housed at the Massachusetts Correctional Institute-Cedar Junction Department Segregation Unit (DSU) ("10 Block plaintiffs") sent a letter entitled "An Open Letter from Ten Block MCI Walpole" to the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, describing the recent death of a fellow DSU inmate. The 10 Block ... [view]
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