10 Years of Life-Affirming Work Challenging Death-Dealing Institutions 

The week before we celebrated our 10th Anniversary at the Abolitionist Law Center an ALC client was granted compassionate release – the 10th time we have brought somebody home under Pennsylvania’s restrictive medical transfer law since October 2021. Incarcerated people are only eligible for rele...

RSVP Today for ALC's 10th Anniversary Celebration!

RSVP for ALC 10th Anniversary

Join the Abolitionist Law Center to celebrate 10 years of working to dismantle the criminal punishment system, protect incarcerated people and bring them home, and build collective power and a world rooted in liberation and self-determination. RSVP Wednesday, September 20, 20236:00 PM ...

John "Yahya" Moore released from prison after 27 years

The Abolitionist Law Center fought diligently to support Mr. Moore's legal efforts and bring him home from an unjust sentence and conviction while uplifting his significant impact on the lives of those inside and outside prison walls leading restorative justice and anti-violence efforts. Now that he is home, Mr. Moore looks forward to continuing this powerful work in the community.

Save the Date for ALC's 10th Anniversary!

In its first decade, ALC has grown from serving one legal client to impacting close to 70,000 people with our range of work last year. Join us on September 20th, 2023 for a festive, community-centered commemoration of our 10th anniversary at the World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

Making Noise & Making News: June 2023

ALC and Civil Rights Corps attorneys outside federal courthouse in Pittsburgh

Our community organizing, legal work, and strategic communications have contributed to exciting developments in the last few months for many of the issues we work on at the Abolitionist Law Center. Check out our June 2023 update for a sampling of the latest highlights.

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...

ACJ's Medical Neglect Leads to Life-Threatening Emergency for Denzelle Kendrick

Denzelle Kendrick January 26, 2023, Pittsburgh: The Abolitionist Law Center is demanding that the Allegheny County Jail provide immediate medical care for Denzelle Kendrick, a medically vulnerable individual currently incarcerated at the facility.  Mr. Kendrick has suffered his entire life fr...