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...

ALC Court Watch Releases Docket Report #02

ALC's Court Watch Program has released their second docket report, illuminating the maintenance of racial apartheid thru arrest and cash bail in Allegheny County. The group demands the end of police sovereignty and pushes for pre-trial freedom and open courts.

No Police. Statement from ALC, 04-22-2021

This verdict is a testament to the political force of the masses, of colonized peoples, in the face of state-sanctioned terror...but our challenge is not to pursue the conviction of one racist cop. Our challenge is to carry out the total dissolution of police and racial capitalism — to manifest the unfinished project of absolute freedom, to sustain and live out Abolition.

ALC Releases Report on PA Office of the Victim Advocate, Highlighting Office's Pro-Retribution History, Calls for New OVA Appointee to be Advocate for All Victims

February 15, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: William Lukas, Abolitionist Law Center, Dolly Prabhu, Abolitionist Law Center, PITTSBURGH – The Abolitionist Law Center has published a report on Pennsylvania's Office of the Victim Advoca...

ALC Court Watch celebrates end of first year, releases statement on abolishing cash bail.

January 6, 2021 We seek the abolition of cash bail in Allegheny County — and everywhere else in the US colonial project. We believe cash bail contributes to a violent system of apartheid policing and punishment, and exacerbates economic precarity and poverty by governance thru debt. We re...