Who is Robert Saleem Holbrook and Why Should We Care?

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?

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

. Representatives from the Abolitionist Law Center joined JURIST podcast moderator Ian Everhart to discuss their efforts at reform in the Pennsylvania criminal justice and prison system in this episode. ALC Executive Director Bret Grote and ALC staff attorney Dustin Continue reading JURIST Podcast Interviews ALC on First and Eighth Amendment Rights in the Prisons

Federal court rules litigation can proceed in Shoatz v. Wetzel

MEDIA RELEASE: Federal court rules litigation can proceed in Shoatz v. Wetzel Defendants’ motion to dismiss denied on all counts January 27, 2014: Pittsburgh PA —  On Monday, January 27, United States District Magistrate for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Continue reading Federal court rules litigation can proceed in Shoatz v. Wetzel

Funds Needed to Continue Working to End Long-Term Solitary Confinement

We believe that prolonged solitary confinement is one of the most severe human rights abuses inside the prison walls. We are working to put an end to it by advocating for the release of those who have been in solitary confinement for the longest, and by educating the public more generally about these human rights abuses. Donations to this fundraising campaign will help us accomplish these goals. Specifically, raised funds will be used to pursue Russell Maroon Shoatz and Arthur Johnson’s cases, and to further educate the public about the use of solitary confinement in prisons. Continue reading Funds Needed to Continue Working to End Long-Term Solitary Confinement

Voices from the Inside: Co-Editor of The Movement on Holbrook v. Jellen (Audio)

January 16, 2014: SCI Rockview – A statement about Holbrook v. Jellen by Kerry “Shakaboona” Marshall was recently recorded by  Noelle Hanrahan and posted at Prison Radio. Shakaboona is a wrongly convicted prisoner with a juvenile life sentence, who has been Continue reading Voices from the Inside: Co-Editor of The Movement on Holbrook v. Jellen (Audio)

Abolitionist Law Center files suit against PA prison officials on behalf of Robert Saleem Holbrook, Human Rights Coalition, and Professor Kristi Brian

MEDIA RELEASE: Human Rights Coalition sues prison officials for censoring political dissent and human rights advocacy January 9, 2014: Philadelphia, PA — The Human Rights Coalition (HRC), politicized prisoner Robert Saleem Holbrook, and College of Charleston Professor Kristi Brian brought Continue reading Abolitionist Law Center files suit against PA prison officials on behalf of Robert Saleem Holbrook, Human Rights Coalition, and Professor Kristi Brian

ACTION ALERT: MAROON’S RELEASE FROM SOLITARY THWARTED BY PA DOC

GOOD FAITH, BAD FAITH – URGENT HOLIDAY UPDATE: MAROON’S PROCESS OUT OF SOLITARY THWARTED BY PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS It is with some surprise and sadness that we must report that once again the progress of wrongfully incarcerated Russell Maroon Continue reading ACTION ALERT: MAROON’S RELEASE FROM SOLITARY THWARTED BY PA DOC

Democracy Now! Profiles Aging Political Prisoners

Democracy Now! recently broadcast a program dealing with aging political prisoners, and the elderly prison population more generally. The program specifically discussed the cases of Lynne Stewart, the Angola 3, Seth Hayes, Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz, and Oscar López Rivera. Videos Continue reading Democracy Now! Profiles Aging Political Prisoners

Campaign to Free Lorenzo Johnson delivers over 1,000 petition signatures demanding dismissal

THE CAMPAIGN TO FREE LORENZO JOHNSON DELIVERS OVER 1,000 PETITION SIGNATURES DEMANDING PA ATTORNEY GENERAL DISMISS THE CHARGES! Lorenzo’s mother; daughter; Bret Grote; wife, Tazza December 18, 2013, Harrisburg, PA. Over 1,000 petition signatures and letters were delivered to the Continue reading Campaign to Free Lorenzo Johnson delivers over 1,000 petition signatures demanding dismissal