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 Continue reading Abu-Jamal v. Kane – Silencing Act Declared Unconstitutional
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. Continue reading The Fight to Keep Mumia from Being Silenced
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 Continue reading Prisoners and Advocacy Groups Win Right to a Trial On Constitutionality of the Silencing Act (PA SB508)
January 8, 2015 – A motion for a preliminary injunction was filed today in the ongoing lawsuit, Abu-Jamal v. Kane, challenging a Pennsylvania censorship law intended to silence Mumia Abu-Jamal and others convicted of personal injury crimes. The Abolitionist Law Continue reading MEDIA RELEASE: Preliminary Injunction Filed to Prevent “Silencing Act” from Stopping Prisoners’ Speech
Prisoners, human rights advocates, scholars, and media sue to prevent enforcement of “Silence Mumia Law” November 10, 2014: Pittsburgh, PA – A lawsuit challenging a Pennsylvania censorship law intended to silence Mumia Abu-Jamal and others convicted of personal injury crimes Continue reading MEDIA RELEASE: Lawsuit seeks to invalidate outgoing Governor’s censorship statute
ALC Legal Director, Bret Grote, was recently interviewed on Law and Disorder Radio about the passage and signing of the “Silence Mumia Law.” More from the producers of Law and Disorder Radio: Last Thursay, the Pennsylvania State Senate in a Continue reading ALC Legal Director Interviewed on Law and Disorder Radio Program re: “Silence Mumia Law”
October 21, 2014: Pittsburgh, PA – Prison Radio and imprisoned intellectual and journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal have retained the Abolitionist Law Center (ALC) to provide legal representation for them in response to Pennsylvania General Assembly’s passage of a bill intended to Continue reading MEDIA RELEASE: “Silence Mumia Law” targets ALC clients Mumia Abu-Jamal and Prison Radio for political repression in violation of the U.S. Constitution
Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed 2014-2015 budget will give the Department of Corrections a $78 million increase over current spending.
If Corbett’s budget is approved, for the first time in history, the Commonwealth will spend more than $2 billion on prisons. And yet, less than $40 million, or about 2 percent, of the agency’s budget will go to “Inmate Education and Training”.
The focus of the criminal justice system solely on retributive punishment as opposed to rehabilitation, programming, or the assessment of systemic root causes has been a sweeping failure nationwide. Continue reading The Department of Corrections is Waging a War on Learning
Federal Court Denies Motion to Dismiss and Grants Motion to Amend Complaint in Human Rights Coalition’s Censorship Lawsuit A challenge to prison censorship of political and human rights literature in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) has seen two favorable Continue reading Court Rules Human Rights Coalition’s Censorship Suit Can Go Forward
by Doran Larson In 1841, George Thompson, an American abolitionist held in a Missouri jail with his comrades for attempting to accompany slaves into freedom, wrote, “In my journal, I recorded for all.” Every writer in prison does as much. Continue reading Who is Robert Saleem Holbrook and Why Should We Care?