SCI Fayette and MCC's Coal Ash Dump, Google Earth 2014

I was previously incarcerated at the Fayette institution from February 2011 until February 2013. During my time there, I was both a witness to and victim of the toxic environment. On so many mornings I remember leaving my housing unit (C-Block B-side) en route to the Facility dining hall, at which time I would witness a dusty substance that was very thick and made it difficult to see any farther than nine to twelve feet in any direction. I would eat the morning meal, then return to the housing unit. Before locking into my assigned prison cell, I would have to shake out my clothing to remove the same dusty substance. It would be all over the floor in front of the cell and I would have to clean it up with toilet tissue.

Right-left coalition on Mass Incarceration

ALC legal director Bret Grote was recently interviewed for The Real News Network on the Republican-Democratic bipartisan criminal justice re-branding and cooptation initiative. Tough on crime mass incarceration has generated too much discontent, so now they are calling it “smart on crime” and offering marginal reforms in an attempt to stem a growing legitimacy crisis. […]

Mumia

August 3, 2015: Attorneys for political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal filed an amended lawsuit today in the Middle District of Pennsylvania federal court to challenge prison medical staff’s denial of necessary medical treatment – denial that nearly killed Abu-Jamal earlier this year.

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Final Update – July 26, 2015 – Thank you all for supporting Abolitionist Law Center and helping to get the word out about our work! With your help we were able to raise exactly $10,000, which is nearly double what we raised from crowdfunding last year. More than 6 times as many tweets were sent out about this campaign, and nearly twice as many Facebook posts. This growing support will embolden us to push even harder against race and class based mass incarceration.

MEDIA RELEASE: Lawsuit seeks attorney and family access to Mumia Abu-Jamal Abu-Jamal has been held virtually incommunicado in the hospital for a week May 18, 2015: This morning attorneys for political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal filed a lawsuit in the Middle District of Pennsylvania federal court seeking immediate access to their client, who has been held […]

Attorneys, plaintiffs, and supporters after trial of Abu-Jamal v. Kane

On Tuesday, April 28, 2015, Chief Judge for the federal court of the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Christopher Connor, ruled in favor of plaintiffs in the consolidated cases of Abu-Jamal v. Kane and Prison Legal News v. Kane and held the recently enacted Silencing Act unconstitutional. Abu-Jamal v. Kane-4.28.15 decision The court held: “The court […]

Mumia

The trial for Abu-Jamal v. Kane happened on the same day that news of Mumia Abu-Jamal’s health crisis reached his supporters. This post is aimed at providing a summary of both events, and providing links for further updates on efforts to defend Mumia’s life.

Mumia Abu-Jamal

This afternoon, Chief Judge for the federal court in the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Christopher Conner, ruled that Plaintiffs in the cases Abu-Jamal v. Kane and Prison Legal News v. Kane had standing against Attorney General Kane to seek a ruling on the constitutionality of the Silencing Act, a censorship law targeted at Mumia Abu-Jamal […]

SCI Fayette and MCC's Coal Ash Dump, Google Earth 2014

February 10, 2015 – The Abolitionist Law Center (ALC) and the Human Rights Coalition (HRC) have launched a comprehensive health survey of prisoners at State Correctional Institution (SCI) Fayette. The prison sits next to a 500-acre coal ash dump operated by Matt Canestrale Contracting. Prisoners, current and former guards, and nearby residents have reported a […]

AlleghenyCountyJail

Jail workers, human rights advocates, community groups, and inmates’ family members seek an end to appalling health care at ACJ

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