Greater Boston Court Support & Prison/Jail Visits

Black and Pink “free world” volunteers in the Greater Boston area provide court support to LGBTQ and HIV+ individuals in Eastern Massachusetts (including, Suffolk, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Essex, and Bristol Counties).

Our services and limitations are listed HERE

To request court support for yourself, a friend, family member, or client please send an email to members@blackandpink.org

Below is information for “free world” volunteers helping with court support efforts:

  • Important information about all courthouses in Massachusetts organized by county HERE
  • Key players in the courtroom
  • Tips for court support
  • Form to fill out after EVERY court support date
  • Form to fill out if you need financial reimbursement
  • Nearly all Black and Pink members are represented by court appointed attorneys. Many of them are from the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) though the majority are Bar Advocates.
  • If there is a problem with the attorney and they use racist, transmisogynist, homophobic language, you can help the person you’re supporting file a complaint against the lawyer. Information on how to do that is available HERE. Be sure to let the Black and Pink National Director know that you are planning to do this.

Prison & Jail Visits

Black and Pink “free world” volunteers in the Greater Boston area offer visits to LGBTQ and HIV+ people in prisons and jails in Massachusetts. Visits are provided to those awaiting trial who are held in county jails; individuals doing sentenced time in county, state, or federal jails/prisons; and individuals who are civilly committed at the Mass Treatment Center. This a new program in summer 2015. To request visits for a friend, family member, or client please send an email to members@blackandpink.org

Below is information for “free world” volunteers helping with visits:

  • Each prison and jail has their own rules about dress code, though the Massachusetts Department of Corrections has a set of rules that generally apply across the board. You can read their list HERE. A good general practice is to wear loose fitting dress pants (no blue or black jeans), a plain shirt (no images or designs), and comfortable sneakers. If you choose to wear a dress or skirt, it has to go at least 2 inches below your knee. It’s always a good idea to bring a second outfit just in case a prison guard is being a jerk to you or another person that could use the extra outfit.
  • Before going to visit, familiarize yourself with the visiting policy of the place you’re going to visit. Here are some of the visiting policies – MA DOC facilities (including Walpole, Norfolk, Shirley, etc.) Visiting Policies¬†and¬†Nashua Street Jail Visiting Policy. Some systems require more process. The one federal prison in Massachusetts, Devens, has an extensive process to visit. Check out that policy HERE.
  • Form to fill out after EVERY visit
  • Nashua Street Jail Visiting Tips & Information
  • Form to fill out if you need financial reimbursement