This has been a deeply inspiring, encouraging, and productive year in our shared fight for abolition at Straight Ahead and the Abolitionist Law Center. Over the last year we grew. We listened. We organized. And we fought and won. And now we need your help to keep the momentum going.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court to Weigh in on Death-By-Incarceration Lawsuit

HARRISBURG ‒ A lawsuit brought by six people serving mandatory Death-By-Incarceration sentences, commonly known as Life Without Parole, will go before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which will decide if a lawsuit challenging the practice can proceed. Represented by the Abolitionist Law Center, Amistad Law Project, and Center for Constitutional Rights, they seek an end to the prohibition on parole for those serving life sentences under the state’s felony murder rule.

New Full-Time and Contracted Positions Added for PGH/Allegheny County! Disability Justice Advocate, Community Organizer, and Project Manager

⭐ We're hiring! Help us grow our movements against state violence and build community power in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County! We are seeking a passionate part-time contracted Disability Justice Advocate, a full-time experienced Community Organizer, and a tech-savvy Project Manager to maintain an...

We're hiring a Full-Time Pittsburgh-Based Administrative Manager!

Priority Application Consideration: 10/01/21 – The Administrative Manager position will be responsible for bookkeeping, vendor management, basic HR management, payment processing, etc. to keep the organization running smoothly so staff members can concentrate on building the movement to abolish police and prisons.

Family of Tyrone Briggs, killed at the age of 29 by SCI-Mahanoy staff, reach historic settlement with Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

The monetary settlement is the largest reported award in any Pennsylvania case involving the death of a person in custody and brings about policy changes for staff training, medical care, and OC-spray use on incarcerated persons with respiratory illnesses and disabilities. September 8, 20...

ALC Promises to Sue Allegheny County Over Jail’s Militaristic Use of Force Contracts

The Abolitionist Law Center will sue the County for entering into contracts with private paramilitary strike team contractor Joseph Garcia and CSAU unless the contract is cancelled. ALC also promises to sue Lightfield, a "less-lethal" weapons manufacturer in the event incarcerated community members are injured.

After 51 Years in Prison, Arthur 'Cetewayo' Johnson is Released

Join us in welcoming home ALC client, friend and mentor Arthur 'Cetewayo' Johnson. Cetewayo is now free after 51 years in prison – 37 of these years were spent in solitary confinement.

ALC August 2021 Newsletter

Check out our August newsletter detailing new tactics and bold steps in the journey toward liberation. Hear from Saleem, Avis, and Josh, plus big news in the struggle against solitary confinement.

ALC and Survivor of Solitary Confinement Release Video of Brutal Assault by ACJ Sergeant and Officers

ALC and client Kim Andrews, a survivor of 150+ days of solitary confinement, have released footage of a 2019 attack on Andrews by Sergeant Alyssia Tucker that took place at ACJ on May 31st of that year.

Welcome ALC's New Philly Staff Attorneys, Nia and Rupalee!

Nia Holston (left) and Rupalee Rashatwar (right) NIA HOLSTON was born and raised in and around Philly, she is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania. She graduated from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern public interest scholar, participated in civil rights and y...