ALC BLOG

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

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This has been a deeply inspiring, encouraging, and productive year in our shared fight for abolition at Straight Ahead and the Abolitionist Law Center. Over the last year we grew. We listened. We organized. And we fought and won. And now we need your help to keep the momentum going.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court to Weigh in on Death-By-Incarceration Lawsuit

HARRISBURG ‒ A lawsuit brought by six people serving mandatory Death-By-Incarceration sentences, commonly known as Life Without Parole, will go before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which will decide if a lawsuit challenging the practice can proceed. Represented by the Abolitionist Law Center, Amistad Law Project, and Center for Constitutional Rights, they seek an end to the prohibition on parole for those serving life sentences under the state’s felony murder rule.

New Full-Time and Contracted Positions Added for PGH/Allegheny County! Disability Justice Advocate, Community Organizer, and Project Manager

⭐ We're hiring! Help us grow our movements against state violence and build community power in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County! We are seeking a passionate part-time contracted Disability Justice Advocate, a full-time experienced Community Organizer, and a tech-savvy Project Manager to maintain an...

We're hiring a Full-Time Pittsburgh-Based Administrative Manager!

Priority Application Consideration: 10/01/21 – The Administrative Manager position will be responsible for bookkeeping, vendor management, basic HR management, payment processing, etc. to keep the organization running smoothly so staff members can concentrate on building the movement to abolish police and prisons.

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.