Action Alert: Rally Against Family Separation in Allegheny County Criminal Courts

For Immediate Release April 23, 2019 (Pittsburgh, PA) Rally to  support Joss Deuerling being permitted to seek treatment- not prison – and remain with her newborn baby Speakers: Representative Summer Lee; Bethany Hallam, plus speakers from ALC, ACLU-PA, Let’s Get Continue reading Action Alert: Rally Against Family Separation in Allegheny County Criminal Courts

Petition for Allowance of Appeal Filed on Behalf of Avis Lee to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court

#FreeAvisLee For Immediate Release (Pittsburgh) In following the recommendations of the Superior Court, Attorneys on behalf of Avis Lee filed Petition for Allowance of Appeal  to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in order continue fighting for her freedom. Just after her Continue reading Petition for Allowance of Appeal Filed on Behalf of Avis Lee to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Civil Rights Advocates Settle Lawsuit With PA Department of Corrections Over Legal Mail Policy

  March 25, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Andy Hoover, media@aclupa.org, 717-236-6827 x213 Miracle Jones, communications@alcenter.org, 412-346-6537 Rebecca Susman, rsusman@pailp.org, 412-434-6004   HARRISBURG – The team of public interest lawyers who brought two federal civil rights challenges against the Pennsylvania Continue reading Civil Rights Advocates Settle Lawsuit With PA Department of Corrections Over Legal Mail Policy

Media Release: PA Superior Court Urges PA Supreme Court to Review Whether Avis Lee can Challenge Life-Without-Parole Sentence Imposed at 18 years-old

For Immediate Release Friday, March 1, 2019: The Pennsylvania Superior Court issued a unanimous en banc decision today disallowing Avis Lee the opportunity to challenge the constitutionality of her life without parole sentence, which was imposed for her role as Continue reading Media Release: PA Superior Court Urges PA Supreme Court to Review Whether Avis Lee can Challenge Life-Without-Parole Sentence Imposed at 18 years-old

Media Release: Civil Rights Groups and PA Department of Corrections Near Settlement of Lawsuit Over Legal Mail

February 22, 2019 HARRISBURG – Lawyers for four civil rights organizations and one person who is currently incarcerated announced today that they are finalizing the details of a settlement of their lawsuits challenging the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections’ policy of Continue reading Media Release: Civil Rights Groups and PA Department of Corrections Near Settlement of Lawsuit Over Legal Mail

Media Alert: Trial Begins in Challenge to State Prisons’ Legal Mail Policy

February 19, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   CONTACT: Andy Hoover, media@aclupa.org, 717-236-6827 x213 Miracle Jones, communications@alcenter.org, 412-346-6537 Rebecca Susman, rsusman@pailp.org, 412-434-6004   HARRISBURG – The trial in two lawsuits challenging the Pennsylvania state prison system’s policy of copying and storing mail between lawyers Continue reading Media Alert: Trial Begins in Challenge to State Prisons’ Legal Mail Policy

ACTION ALERT: HEARING SCHEDULED FOR LEGAL MAIL INJUNCTION

The preliminary injunction hearing in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, challenging the PA Department of Corrections new legal mail policy, which involves the photocopying of all attorney-client mail, will begin this Tuesday, Continue reading ACTION ALERT: HEARING SCHEDULED FOR LEGAL MAIL INJUNCTION

Media Alert: All Charges Dropped Against Blak Rapp Madusa

The Abolitionist Law Center is proud to announce that all charges against Blak Rapp Madusa were dismissed on Thursday as our Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus was granted by Judge Cashman. The courtroom was filled to capacity as Bret Continue reading Media Alert: All Charges Dropped Against Blak Rapp Madusa

Media Alert: Community Pre-Trial Press Conference for Blak Rapp Madusa on January 10 to Highlight the Disparities and Injustices Facing Black Women and Girls.

  For Immediate Release January 08, 2019 (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). Over the last couple of weeks, the national discourse has been on highlighting the realities that Black Women face. From #survivingrkelly to #jasminebarnes to #metoo,Black women have asked the community at Continue reading Media Alert: Community Pre-Trial Press Conference for Blak Rapp Madusa on January 10 to Highlight the Disparities and Injustices Facing Black Women and Girls.