Share this event with friends and colleagues

Please Note: This event has already taken place.

Medical Parole for Terminally Ill and Physically or Cognitively Incapacitated Prisoners in MA

Thursday, January 10, 2019 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


After years of advocacy for a compassionate release program, advocates from Prisoners’ Legal Services and other supporters succeeded in getting legislation passed through the Criminal Justice Reform Act earlier this year. For the first time, Massachusetts joins 48 other states in offering  a mechanism for terminally ill and incapacitated prisoners to be released from prisons and jails to more appropriate care settings. The presenters will describe the legal parameters of the program, some challenges faced by early cases, and how advocates from the Bar can get involved.

Attendees will learn about opportunities to assist in Prisoners' Legal Services' advocacy work, including by filing petitions with the correctional facility on behalf of eligible prisoners; filing for judicial review for cases that are denied by the DOC Commissioner; offering connections to resources in the medical field who can assist in preparing such petitions; and helping organize events in their own workplaces for PLS to train other attorneys interested in representing prisoners in such cases or just to share information about the program. 

This program is free and open to the public.  If you are not a BBA member, please email Hannah Poor at to register.

Sponsoring Section/Committee(s):




Hannah Poor


BBA Event Calendar