MEDIA RELEASE: ACLU and Abolitionist Law Center Sue Pennsylvania to End Mandatory and Permanent Solitary Confinement for Prisoners Sentenced to Death

Obra 57

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 25, 2018 CONTACT: Alexandra Ringe, American Civil Liberties Union, 212-549-2582, aringe@aclu.org Andrew Hoover, ACLU of Pennsylvania, 717-236-6827 ext. 213, ahoover@aclupa.org Bret Grote, Abolitionist Law Center, 412-654-9070, bretgrote@abolitionistlawcenter.org HARRISBURG — The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU Continue reading MEDIA RELEASE: ACLU and Abolitionist Law Center Sue Pennsylvania to End Mandatory and Permanent Solitary Confinement for Prisoners Sentenced to Death

MEDIA RELEASE: Settlement in Lawsuit that Ended 37-year Solitary Confinement

December 21, 2017: Arthur Johnson, a 65-year-old man in the custody of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) at State Correctional Institution Greene, who spent 37 years in solitary confinement before a federal court ordered his release last year, has Continue reading MEDIA RELEASE: Settlement in Lawsuit that Ended 37-year Solitary Confinement

Allegheny County Jail to Cease Housing Pregnant Women in Isolation

Agreement Reached in Settlement of a Lawsuit Brought by Women who Were Housed in Solitary While Pregnant PITTSBURGH – Allegheny County has settled a lawsuit filed last December by five women who challenged the county jail’s practice of housing pregnant Continue reading Allegheny County Jail to Cease Housing Pregnant Women in Isolation

Keep ALC in the Fight to End Mass Incarceration!

Abolitionist Law Center, our clients, and our supporters have made important strides in overturning laws aimed at censoring and silencing prisoners’ voices, in challenging decades-long solitary confinement, and in pushing for life-saving treatment for hepatitis C+ prisoners. Over the last Continue reading Keep ALC in the Fight to End Mass Incarceration!

MEDIA RELEASE: Lawsuit seeks end to 19-year solitary confinement on death row

Obra 57

Shawn Bridges remains on death row despite his conviction being overturned in 2013 August 4, 2017: Lawyers for Shawnfatee Bridges, a 40-year-old man held on death row in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) at State Correctional Institution Graterford, filed Continue reading MEDIA RELEASE: Lawsuit seeks end to 19-year solitary confinement on death row

The Batts II Decision: The Favorable and Where It Falls Short

  Statement by Amistad Law Project and Abolitionist Law Center The Pennsylvania Supreme Court released their opinion in Commonwealth v. Batts (Batts II), a case that decided the appropriate procedure and sentence for the approximately 500 Pennsylvanians who were sentenced Continue reading The Batts II Decision: The Favorable and Where It Falls Short

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