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Wear Your Support for ALC !!!

The Abolitionist Law Center (ALC) is proud to announce we have merchandise!!!! Many of you have asked for innovative ways to support us, as we near our sixth year of existence. So, we have partnered with a local vendor to bring you a wide array of clothing options to allow you to wear your support f...

Action Alert: Rally Against Family Separation in Allegheny County Criminal Courts

For Immediate Release April 23, 2019 (Pittsburgh, PA) Rally to  support Joss Deuerling being permitted to seek treatment- not prison – and remain with her newborn baby Speakers: Representative Summer Lee; Bethany Hallam, plus speakers from ALC, ACLU-PA, Let’s Get Free: Women and Trans Pr...

Petition for Allowance of Appeal Filed on Behalf of Avis Lee to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court

#FreeAvisLee For Immediate Release (Pittsburgh) In following the recommendations of the Superior Court, Attorneys on behalf of Avis Lee filed Petition for Allowance of Appeal  to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in order continue fighting for her freedom. Just after her eighteenth birthday, Avis ...

Civil Rights Advocates Settle Lawsuit With PA Department of Corrections Over Legal Mail Policy

  March 25, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Andy Hoover, media@aclupa.org, 717-236-6827 x213 Miracle Jones, communications@alcenter.org, 412-346-6537 Rebecca Susman, rsusman@pailp.org, 412-434-6004   HARRISBURG – The team of public interest lawyers who brought two ...

Media Release: PA Superior Court Urges PA Supreme Court to Review Whether Avis Lee can Challenge Life-Without-Parole Sentence Imposed at 18 years-old

For Immediate Release Friday, March 1, 2019: The Pennsylvania Superior Court issued a unanimous en banc decision today disallowing Avis Lee the opportunity to challenge the constitutionality of her life without parole sentence, which was imposed for her role as a lookout in armed robbery 39 years...

Media Release: Civil Rights Groups and PA Department of Corrections Near Settlement of Lawsuit Over Legal Mail

February 22, 2019 HARRISBURG – Lawyers for four civil rights organizations and one person who is currently incarcerated announced today that they are finalizing the details of a settlement of their lawsuits challenging the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections’ policy of copying and storing le...

Media Alert: Trial Begins in Challenge to State Prisons’ Legal Mail Policy

February 19, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   CONTACT: Andy Hoover, media@aclupa.org, 717-236-6827 x213 Miracle Jones, communications@alcenter.org, 412-346-6537 Rebecca Susman, rsusman@pailp.org, 412-434-6004   HARRISBURG - The trial in two lawsuits challenging the Penn...

ACTION ALERT: HEARING SCHEDULED FOR LEGAL MAIL INJUNCTION

The preliminary injunction hearing in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, challenging the PA Department of Corrections new legal mail policy, which involves the photocopying of all attorney-client mail, will begin this Tuesday, February 19 and last...

Media Alert: All Charges Dropped Against Blak Rapp Madusa

The Abolitionist Law Center is proud to announce that all charges against Blak Rapp Madusa were dismissed on Thursday as our Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus was granted by Judge Cashman. The courtroom was filled to capacity as Bret Grote and Quinn Cozzens presented arguments to the judge. Imme...

Media Alert: Community Pre-Trial Press Conference for Blak Rapp Madusa on January 10 to Highlight the Disparities and Injustices Facing Black Women and Girls.

  For Immediate Release January 08, 2019 (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). Over the last couple of weeks, the national discourse has been on highlighting the realities that Black Women face. From #survivingrkelly to #jasminebarnes to #metoo,Black women have asked the community at large to st...