PA Supreme Court Petition Challenges Mandatory Life Without Parole for 18-Year-Old Juveniles

Charmaine Pfender petitions PA Supreme Court, claiming that the mandatory life without parole sentence imposed on her in 1985 is unconstitutional. June 6, 2017: A petition filed in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on June 2nd is requesting that the Commonwealth’s Continue reading PA Supreme Court Petition Challenges Mandatory Life Without Parole for 18-Year-Old Juveniles

MEDIA RELEASE: Owners of Dog Shot by Pittsburgh Police Demand Criminal Charges be Dropped

Press conference – with the dog –  scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 7 in case where police shot his own partner and a dog June 6, 2017: The owners of a dog who was shot by a Pittsburgh police officer Continue reading MEDIA RELEASE: Owners of Dog Shot by Pittsburgh Police Demand Criminal Charges be Dropped

Time to Fight Back: Statement from Legal Counsel in Support of Professor George Ciccariello-Maher

June 4, 2017: The Abolitionist Law Center, together with Eisner & Dictor, P.C. have been retained by tenured Professor George Ciccariello-Maher as legal counsel for the purpose of defending him from the ongoing efforts of reactionary forces to pressure Drexel Continue reading Time to Fight Back: Statement from Legal Counsel in Support of Professor George Ciccariello-Maher

Media Release: In Precedential Third Circuit Ruling, Lawsuit Challenging Solitary Confinement Resulting in Suicide Moves Forward

On Friday, April 14, 2017, the federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the decisions of the Western District Court of Pennsylvania in the case of Palakovic v. Wetzel, ruling that the Palakovics claims challenging the conditions of solitary confinement Continue reading Media Release: In Precedential Third Circuit Ruling, Lawsuit Challenging Solitary Confinement Resulting in Suicide Moves Forward

MEDIA RELEASE: Federal Court Orders DOC to Provide Hepatitis C Treatment to Mumia Abu-Jamal

Mumia Abu-Jamal

Mumia to receive treatment with direct-acting antiviral medications within 21-days January 3, 2017: Federal district court Judge Robert Mariani granted political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal’s request for a preliminary injunction, forcing the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) to provide him with Continue reading MEDIA RELEASE: Federal Court Orders DOC to Provide Hepatitis C Treatment to Mumia Abu-Jamal

Lawsuit Filed Challenging County Jail’s Practice of Placing Pregnant Women in Solitary Confinement

PITTSBURGH (December 19) – The ACLU of Pennsylvania, the Abolitionist Law Center (ALC), the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project (PILP), and Reed Smith LLP joined forces today in filing claims in federal court challenging the inhumane way officials treat pregnant women Continue reading Lawsuit Filed Challenging County Jail’s Practice of Placing Pregnant Women in Solitary Confinement

MEDIA RELEASE: Lawsuit Filed Against Corizon and Allegheny County Jail for Starving 28-year-old, Causing Heart Attack

October 12, 2016: A lawsuit filed in the Western District of Pennsylvania federal court today describes the harrowing story of plaintiff Christopher Wallace, who was twice hospitalized because medical staff employed by Corizon at the Allegheny County Jail (ACJ) failed Continue reading MEDIA RELEASE: Lawsuit Filed Against Corizon and Allegheny County Jail for Starving 28-year-old, Causing Heart Attack

MEDIA RELEASE: Federal Judge Orders Pennsylvania DOC to Release Arthur Johnson from Solitary Confinement

On September 20, the Chief Judge Christopher Conner of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania granted a preliminary injunction ordering the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to begin a “step-down” program to return Arthur Johnson to the Continue reading MEDIA RELEASE: Federal Judge Orders Pennsylvania DOC to Release Arthur Johnson from Solitary Confinement

MEDIA RELEASE: DOC’s Hepatitis C Protocol Ruled Unconstitutional But Mumia Denied Treatment

Federal Court Finds DOC’s Hepatitis C Protocol Unconstitutional But Requires New Defendants Be Added to Lawsuit Before Ordering Treatment for Mumia Abu-Jamal  September 1, 2016: Federal district court judge Robert Mariani denied political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal’s request for a preliminary Continue reading MEDIA RELEASE: DOC’s Hepatitis C Protocol Ruled Unconstitutional But Mumia Denied Treatment

MEDIA RELEASE: Settlement reached in Shoatz v. Wetzel

russellmaroonshoatz.com  July 11, 2016: Pittsburgh PA —A settlement has been reached in the case of Shoatz v. Wetzel, which challenged the 22-year solitary confinement of Abolitionist Law Center client and political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz. This brings an end to Continue reading MEDIA RELEASE: Settlement reached in Shoatz v. Wetzel