Statement from the Palakovic Family

Nearly two years ago now, our son, Brandon Michael Palakovic, was pronounced dead in a hospital in Altoona after hanging himself with his bed sheet while in solitary confinement (RHU) at Cresson State Correctional Institution. His last moments on earth were of such torment and misery that he felt the only escape was death. As his parents, we have found it hard to conceive of death being his only way out. So we have spent the last two years trying to heal, understand his final decision and memorialize Brandon for the person that he was, not the animal that we have come to find out he was treated like.

Court Rules Human Rights Coalition's Censorship Suit Can Go Forward

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Law and Disorder Radio Program on Release of Russell Maroon Shoatz from Solitary Confinement

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MEDIA RELEASE: Russell Maroon Shoatz released from solitary confinement – first time in general population in more than 22 years

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Who is Robert Saleem Holbrook and Why Should We Care?

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JURIST Podcast Interviews ALC on First and Eighth Amendment Rights in the Prisons

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