Resources

Stopping the Bristol County sheriff’s human rights abuses will remain our focus until someone in state government finally holds Tom Hodgson accountable. But we’ve also been getting reports and inquires from detainees, families, and members of the community who would like to help. We feel obliged to at least try to point people in the right direction — so here is version 1.0 of our resource page, including links to ICE and deportation resources. Send your suggestions using the contact page.

Resources for Family and Friends of Inmates
If you’re a family member or friend of an inmate, you can use these resources to learn about inmate life and how to keep in touch with your loved one in person, over the phone, and by mail. You’ll also learn about how inmates are classified, programs and services available to them, and more.
Org: Massachusetts Department of Corrections
URL: Navigate to resource
Legal Resource Finder
The Legal Resource Finder search results will give you contact information for legal aid programs, nonprofits, government agencies and court programs that may be able to help you with your legal issue for free or at a low cost. It will also give you links to legal information and self-help materials.
Org: MassLegal Services
Tel: 800-244-9023
URL: Navigate to resource
Legal Self Help Materials
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 and in the county jails and houses of correction. We engage in administrative advocacy, litigation, and public education on behalf of prisoners and their families. And, we keep tabs on the policies and practices affecting the over 25,000 individuals imprisoned in Massachusetts.
Org: Prisoners’ Legal Services
Tel: 617-482-4124
Email: lmatos@plsma.org
URL: Navigate to resource
Know Your Rights – Prisoners’ Rights
Covers Assault and Excessive Force, Freedom of Religion in Prison, Transgender Prisoners, Prisoners with Disabilities, Disciplinary Sanctions and Punishment, Publications sent by Mail, Privileged and Non-privileged mail, Pregnancy-related Health Care, and more.
Org: American Civil Liberties Union
URL: Navigate to resource
Know Your Rights – Immigrants’ Rights
Know your rights! Online resources, workshops, how public health workers can help undocumented immigrants, and reporting hate crimes against immigrants.
Org: Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
URL: Navigate to resource
Mass Legal Services
Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts is a subsidiary of South Coastal Counties Legal Services and is a non-profit charitable corporation which serves clients in Plymouth County and the towns of Avon and Stoughton in Norfolk County in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Attorneys and paralegals represent poor and elderly clients with high priority legal problems. JCSM also provides group representation and community education.
Org: Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts
Tel: 800-244-9023
URL: Navigate to resource
Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts
The mission of PLS is to defend prisoners’ legal, civil and human rights, and advocate for minimal and least restrictive imprisonment through litigation, education, and public policy work. When PLS was founded, the prison population was a fifth of its current size. The issues we face have remained regrettably constant over time. Prisoners’ Legal Services Litigation Priority Areas are: Health Care, including mental health care; Staff Assaults; Extreme Conditions of Confinement; and Segregation (Solitary).
Org: Prisoners’ Legal Services
Tel: 617-482-4124
Email: lmatos@plsma.org
URL: Navigate to resource
Resources for Visitor Volunteers
Freedom for Immigrants supports its network of visitor volunteers by creating and sharing resources to assist them in their advocacy work. These resources have been located or developed in partnership with people directly affected by the system, their family members and loved ones; visitation program coordinators, volunteers, and advocates in other fields; and community members.
Org: Freedom for Immigrants
Tel: 385-212-4842
Email: rmerton@freedomforimmigrants.org
URL: Navigate to resource
County Jail Survival Guide
Going to jail isn’t fun for anybody – the person going, the family and friends who are left behind, the taxpayers. This guide is meant to share information that will prepare everybody for the re alities of life behind bars.
Org: Jail Media
Tel: 617-482-4124
Email: lmatos@plsma.org
URL: Navigate to resource
Family Survival Guide
This publication was written by and for family members of people who are incarcerated. It was originally published by a New York advocacy organization in 2009 and is both a bit dated and not specific to Massachusetts jails, but the general advice is good and PLS is still making it available.
Org: Families Rally for Emancipation and Empowerment
Tel: 617-482-4124
Email: lmatos@plsma.org
URL: Navigate to resource
National Immigration Detention Hotline
The National Immigration Detention Hotline is a safe, confidential service offered to people in U.S. immigration detention at no cost to them. It is the nation’s largest immigration detention hotline, connecting immigrants in detention to their family, resources, and abuse documentation support. It was created and is managed by Freedom for Immigrants, and staffed by a team of highly trained multilingual advocates across the country. We receive over 14,000 calls per month from immigrant prisons and jails around the country. We have received calls from immigrants from 107 countries.
Org: Freedom for Immigrants
Tel: 385-212-4842
Email: CGalaz@freedomforimmigrants.org
URL: Navigate to resource
Find Missing Loved Ones in U.S. Immigration Detention
Freedom for Immigrants, a U.S.-based nonprofit, has created this tool, REUNITE, to assist in locating adults or children who have been disappeared into the U.S. immigration detention system. This includes people who are being held in U.S. immigration detention, in criminal custody, or in Office of Refugee Resettlement shelters. Parents, family members, attorneys, and advocates may fill out this form to locate loved ones or clients who have been separated from their families.
Org: Freedom for Immigrants
Tel: 385-212-4842
Email: rmerton@freedomforimmigrants.org
URL: Navigate to resource
Families for Freedom Resources
Need practical tips to help your family through the detention and deportation system? Click below to find our latest materials to fight deportation. Keep in mind, these materials are not meant to substitute legal advice. They are a way for us, as families fighting together, to help one another and educate our communities. Tenemos varios recursos en español que se puede encontrar aqui: http://familiesforfreedom.org/recursos
Org: Families for Freedom
Tel: 646-290-8720
Email: violeta@familiesforfreedom.org
URL: Navigate to resource
Facing Deportation?
If your loved one is facing deportation, these are some of the most important things you will need to do and to know.
Org: Families for Freedom
Tel: 646-290-8720
Email: violeta@familiesforfreedom.org
URL: Navigate to resource
Online ICE Detainee Locator System
Use this page to locate a detainee who is currently in ICE custody. The Online Detainee Locator System cannot search for records of persons under the age of 18. If you know the detainee’s A-Number, ICE recommends you use the A-Number search. The A-Number must be exactly nine digits long. If the A-Number has fewer than nine digits, please add zeros at the beginning. You are also required to select the detainee’s correct Country of Birth. When searching by name, a detainee’s first and last names are required and must be an exact match (e.g., John Doe will not find Jon Doe or John Doe-Smith). You are also required to select the detainee’s Country of Birth.
Org: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Tel: 202-732-4600
Email: communityrelations.boston@ice.dhs.gov
URL: Navigate to resource
File a civil rights complaint with the MA Attorney General
If you believe that your civil rights have been violated, file a Civil Rights Complaint with the Civil Rights Division of the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General. You will be contacted within one week of filing your complaint. All or parts of your complaint may become part of the public record and/or may be shared with law enforcement agencies, including the one you are reporting.
Org: Civil Rights Division, Office of the (MA) Attorney General
Tel: 617-963-2917
URL: Navigate to resource
File an ANONYMOUS civil rights complaint with the MA Attorney General
If you believe that your civil rights have been violated, file an anonymous Civil Rights Complaint by mail with the Civil Rights Division of the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General:
Civil Rights Division
Office of the Attorney General
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108
Org: Civil Rights Division, Office of the (MA) Attorney General
Tel: 617-963-2917
Send us a confidential email
Please drop us a line if you hear about issues of concern at the Bristol County House of Correction. Even if you don’t have an email account you can still send an anonymous messsage to the address below.
Org: anonymousemail
Email: bccjustice@protonmail.com
URL: Navigate to resource
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