Voices from the Inside: George Dalie on Environmental Justice at SCI Fayette

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. Continue reading Voices from the Inside: George Dalie on Environmental Justice at SCI Fayette

MEDIA RELEASE: Mumia Abu-Jamal files suit over prison’s refusal to provide necessary medical care

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. Continue reading MEDIA RELEASE: Mumia Abu-Jamal files suit over prison’s refusal to provide necessary medical care

MEDIA RELEASE: Lawsuit seeks attorney and family access to Mumia Abu-Jamal

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 Continue reading MEDIA RELEASE: Lawsuit seeks attorney and family access to Mumia Abu-Jamal

The Fight to Keep Mumia from Being Silenced

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

MEDIA RELEASE: As Department of Corrections refuses to release information about prisoner health, human rights groups, LaBelle residents launch health survey of their own

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 Continue reading MEDIA RELEASE: As Department of Corrections refuses to release information about prisoner health, human rights groups, LaBelle residents launch health survey of their own

MEDIA RELEASE: State Office of Open Records orders PA Department of Corrections to release prisoner and staff health record at SCI Fayette

Legal victory for journalists’ investigation into prison surrounded by toxic coal ash dump December 16, 2014 – The Pennsylvania Office of Open Records has ordered the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) to produce documents pertaining to prisoner health at the Continue reading MEDIA RELEASE: State Office of Open Records orders PA Department of Corrections to release prisoner and staff health record at SCI Fayette

Action Alert – Demand transfer and medical treatment for prisoner locked up next to toxic coal ash dump

Nick has been locked up at SCI Fayette since 2008. Last year, he began to experience a number of debilitating health problems. He writes, “One day I woke up and it was difficult for me to walk and see… I started getting dizzy and I couldn’t keep my balance and I started getting a numbing feeling in the left side of my body.” He quickly developed more symptoms: tingling sensations and muscle spasm, loss of mechanical function in his arms and legs, memory loss, hair falling out, and extreme weight loss. Continue reading Action Alert – Demand transfer and medical treatment for prisoner locked up next to toxic coal ash dump

Report finds disturbing pattern of illnesses at Southwestern PA prison surrounded by coal ash dump

September 2, 2014: Pittsburgh, PA – Abolitionist Law Center and the Human Rights Coalition have released a report entitled, No Escape: Exposure to Toxic Coal Waste at State Correctional Institution Fayette, based on a year-long investigation into the health impacts of exposure to coal waste at the state prison in Fayette County, PA. The report reveals alarming rates of illnesses consistent with exposure to coal ash, a toxic byproduct of burning coal in power plants. Continue reading Report finds disturbing pattern of illnesses at Southwestern PA prison surrounded by coal ash dump

Parents of Brandon Palakovic sue prison officials for death of their son in solitary confinement

July 8, 2014: Pittsburgh, PA – A lawsuit filed in federal court in the Western District of Pennsylvania today claims that Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) Secretary John Wetzel and other officials in charge of the State Correctional Institution (SCI) Cresson “created and sustained conditions of solitary confinement that subjected Brandon Palakovic to torture, causing him to take his own life on July 17, 2012, at the age of 23. Defendants transformed [Brandon’s] 16-48 month term of imprisonment into a death sentence.” Continue reading Parents of Brandon Palakovic sue prison officials for death of their son in solitary confinement