ALC BLOG

We Demand Universal Testing at ACJ

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald 436 Grant St #101 Pittsburgh, PA 15219 Director Debra Bogen, MD 542 Fourth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15219 Warden Orlando Harper 950 Second Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15219 Wednesday, May 6, 2020 Dear County Executive Fitzgerald, Director Bogen, and Warden Harper: As you a...

We grieve for Rudolph Sutton. It is time to #LetTheVulnerableGo

The Department of Corrections has announced the death of Rudolph Sutton, a 67-year-old man serving a life sentence at the State Correctional Institution at Phoenix. He died at the Einstein Medical Center on April 8 due to complications of COVID-19. When asked about the cause of death last week, the ...

Prison Reform Advocates File Class Action Lawsuit Against Allegheny County Over Jail Conditions and Increased Risk of COVID-19

Prison Reform Advocates File Class Action Lawsuit Against Allegheny County Over Jail Conditions and Increased Risk of COVID-19

COVID-19 – Protecting Public Health in Allegheny County: Release and Divert People from Allegheny County Jail

Endorse this statement as an organization using this Google Form. The rapid spread of COVID-19 has created an international public health crisis. It has now been classified as a global pandemic by the World Health Organization and declared a national emergency by the United States. In Pennsylvani...

Family Calls for Justice in Death of Tyrone Briggs

Tyron Briggs' parents Shaleda and Ervin Busbee Last week Tyrone Briggs, a 29-year-old from Philadelphia, died after Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) staff at State Correctional Institution (SCI) Mahanoy reportedly used force against him. Mr. Briggs had been incarcerated since he was 1...

We Abolished Death Row Solitary Confinement in Pennsylvania!

This morning we filed a motion for preliminary approval of a settlement agreement that permanently ends solitary confinement for all death-sentenced people in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC).Up to now, every person sentenced to death in Pennsylvania has been forced to live in auster...

The Abolitionist Law Center is Hiring for Three New Positions. POSITIONS FILLED

Program Director: Allegheny County Court Watch The Program Director will organize a new community Court Watch program in Allegheny County. The aim of the program is to expose excesses and abuses in the County’s criminal legal system to help mobilize the community to fundamentally change the ori...

The Fight to Free Avis Lee Continues Despite the Denial of Appeal by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Last week the Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied our Petition for Allowance of Appeal in the case of Commonwealth v. Avis Lee. The Appeal would have allowed people given life without parole sentences while young and with their judgment/impulse control still developing (but were over 17 years at the t...

Third Circuit Court of Appeals to Hear Argument in Challenge to 33 Years of Solitary Confinement on Death Row

On Tuesday, October 22nd at 10:00 a.m. in The Albert Branson Maris Courtroom, (19th Floor, U.S. Courthouse, 6th & Market Sts., Philadelphia, PA), a panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals Federal Court will hear argument in Ernest Porter v. Pennsylvania DOC, a case challenging 33 years of so...

The Abolitionist Framework Must Combat Ableism in Order To Ensure the Freedom and Equity of Those Behind Bars

The Abolitionist Law Center is proud to announce our Board President, Jamelia Morgan has published a journal article calling for the abolition of ableism while fighting back against mass incarceration. REFLECTIONS ON REPRESENTING INCARCERATED PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES: ABLEISM IN PRISON REFORM LITIG...