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Groups Urge U.N. to Call for Abolition of Death By Incarceration During Historic U.S. Visit

United Nations Experts Visit the U.S.

Groups tell Expert Mechanism on Racial Justice and Equality in Law Enforcement:Life imprisonment violates human rights, including bans on torture and racial discrimination April 28, 2023 – Amid the historic visit of the U.N. Expert Mechanism to Advance Racial Justice and Equality in Law Enforce...

Historic Settlement Announced in Philly Police Violence Case

On March 20, 2023, the Abolitionist Law Center, the Legal Defense Fund, and the law firm of Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing, Feinberg & Lin LLP announced an unprecedented settlement with the City of Philadelphia for the Philadelphia Police Department’s (PPD) violent, militaristic attack on people in...

Making Noise & Making News: March 2023

Cover of Spotlight PA article about people with psychiatric disabilities in Allegheny County Jail

Our litigators, organizers, and volunteers, and the larger abolition and decarceration movement we’re part of, have been running at full speed the last few months.

We’ve been in the streets and in the courts, in front of the cameras and behind the scenes, fighting for freedom and an end to state violence.

My Freedom, Five Years On (A Msg From Robert Saleem Holbrook)

Robert Saleem Holbrook Feb 2018

"I exited prison with a singular determination and commitment to fight against mass incarceration just as relentlessly and boldly as its proponents fought to keep me behind bars, and to prioritize the leadership of currently and formerly incarcerated people and their families." - Robert Saleem Holbr...