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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.

Welcome Home Shakaboona!

Shakaboona and Patricia Vickers

Comrade, client, and human rights activist Kerry ‘Shakaboona’ Marshall - imprisoned since age 17 - is free after more than 33 years! At approximately 10:30 am yesterday morning, Kerry ‘Shakaboona’ Marshall walked out of the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia and into the free world.

Lawsuit Challenging Death By Incarceration Goes Before PA Supreme Court

Oral argument in our historic lawsuit challenging the lifetime ban on parole for those who did not kill or intend to kill was heard by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday April 13.

Filed: McCray v Allegheny County

Represented by ALC, Clayton McCray of Pittsburgh is suing Allegheny County Jail Medical Director, med staff and former Deputy Warden, Laura Williams, after he endured prolonged neglect that led to amputation of his leg.

ALC March 2022 Newsletter

Check out our March 2022 newsletter highlighting our litigation to end DBI and push for abolitionist reforms that weaken the carceral state. Saleem reflects on his fourth year freedom anniversary, while Autumn and Walter give us the lowdown on “participatory defense”.

ALC celebrates nine years of abolitionist world-building with launch of web store

Over the past nine years, the scope of ALC’s work has grown tremendously: from a small movement lawyering firm in Pittsburgh to a statewide abolitionist project that uses litigation, community organizing, court watching (ALC Court Watch), and lobbying through our 501(c)(4) arm, Straight Ahead, to ...

Rest easy, and in power. Long live Russell Maroon Shoatz.

It is with overwhelming sadness, we join our communities in sharing this news. Our beloved friend, comrade, mentor, client, and inspiration, Russell Maroon Shoatz transitioned from this life on Earth today. After 49 years in prison, Maroon was finally released on October 26th. He passed away at h...

ALC pushes back against Pennsylvania’s SB 913 citing Senate’s failure to understand bill’s harm, further entrenching community members impacted by state punishment system

ALC Staff Attorney Dolly Prabhu calls for decarceral initiatives including abolishing use of probation detainers and prohibiting incarceration due to technical violations, poverty or homelessness