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Plaintiffs bring class action lawsuit challenging the pervasive use of probation detainers in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

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Pittsburgh, Pa. –  Six currently detained individuals filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against three Allegheny County judges; Administrative Judge Jill Rangos and Court of Common Pleas Judges Anthony Mariani, and Kelly Bigley, as well as Jail Warden Orlando Harper and Director of Probation Frank Scherer and other probation department officials...

ALC Fall 2022 Update

It’s been a HUGE three months at ALC. We’ve come hard at Death By Incarceration, solitary confinement, abusive and discriminatory judges and court practices, and the torturous conditions inside Pennsylvania’s largest county jails. We’ve collaborated and built power with individuals and groups directly impacted by mass incarceration and other forms of state violence in communities around the state. And our movement, clients, work, and staff members have made media headlines, been part of high profile events, and garnered impressive recognition.

A Luta Continua – Reflections from Robert Saleem Holbrook, ALC Executive Director

"Our fight will continue until we all see the other side of prison bars. And then our work will continue anew. One critical difference, however, is now, mothers need not look any further than ALC. We exist so that no mother is alone in this struggle to release our sons and daughters from a system designed to oppress Black, brown, and poor people."

Friends and family of ALC client John 'Yahya' Moore launch official supporter campaign

Friends and family members of Abolitionist Law Center client, John 'Yahya' Moore launched their official supporter campaign for the 49 year-old Philadelphian on his birthday last week. Moore, who also goes by Yahya, was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death by incarceration (life without parole) 26 years ago.

We're hiring an Assistant to the Executive Director!

We're hiring a full-time Assistant to the Executive Director, based in our Philadelphia office. Learn more about the position and how to apply.

Over 60 judicial misconduct complaints filed against Judge Anthony Mariani as ALC releases report detailing Mariani’s abusive, racist behavior and roles of Pittsburgh policing, probation, and punishment systems in death of Gerald Thomas

ALC has published a new report, ‘Death-Making Institutions’: How Police, Probation and the Judiciary Caused Gerald Thomas to Die in Jail.'. In addition to the report, the law firm's court watching program announced it has filed 62 judicial misconduct complaints against Judge Anthony Mariani of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.

ALC June 2022 Newsletter

Get the lowdown on our spring-to-summer organizing and legal updates, plus a recommended reading list curated by some of ALC's staff.

After 20-Month Investigation, Lawyers Uncover Compelling Evidence Concerning Treatment of Incarcerated People with Mental Illness at Allegheny County Jail

The motion contains compelling evidence obtained during an exhaustive 20-month period of discovery that Allegheny County has been violating the rights of incarcerated people with psychiatric disabilities by failing to provide them with proper treatment and subjecting them to prolonged solitary confinement and routine excessive force.

We're hiring a full-time Paralegal based in Pittsburgh!

ALC is seeking a full-time paralegal based in Pittsburgh. The paralegal will assist our legal department in managing correspondence with incarcerated people, tracking human rights violations in jails and prisons, and assisting in litigation.

Mother of Gerald Thomas and survivors of ACJ address ongoing deaths, medical neglect and call for resignation of Warden Harper, investigation into Judge Mariani citing anti-Black racist conduct

This Thursday, the family of Gerald Thomas, alongside victims and survivors of Allegheny County Jail (ACJ), will gather on the steps Pittsburgh’s City County Building to call attention to both the ongoing crises of deaths and medical neglect overseen by Warden Orlando Harper, and the racist judicial misconduct deployed by local Allegheny County Judge Anthony Mariani.