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...

***UPDATE: This position has been filled*** ALC is hiring a part-time Paralegal to join us in Pittsburgh!

The paralegal will work with incarcerated clients and their communities and advocates to challenge state violence in all its forms and contribute to building powerful movements for liberation.

ALC is hiring a full-time Staff Attorney to join us in Philadelphia!

As the movement to end racist state violence and abolish police and prisons has grown, so has our work and staff. We are seeking an abolitionist lawyer to assist in litigating against police violence, frame-up convictions, death by incarceration sentences, and inhumane and illegal jail and prison conditions.

“I Can’t Breathe” – Parents of Tyrone Briggs Sue Department of Corrections for Death of their Son

Philadelphia – A federal lawsuit was filed today on behalf of Tyrone Briggs against the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections after staff at State Correctional Institution Mahanoy killed him in November 2019 through a lethal combination of excessive oleoresin (OC) spray and refusal to provide necessary medical care. Tyrone, a native of Philadelphia who was 29 years old and had been incarcerated since he was a 15-year-old child was close to his parole eligibility date (his minimum sentence was 15 years) when his life was taken.

ALC Releases Report on Apartheid Policing in Pittsburgh, Calls for Defunding Police to pre-Peduto Levels

“Trotting out these tired, ineffective solutions in place of defunding is not a noble step towards change, but a manipulative attempt to feign compliance with activists’ demands while continuing to support police.” – Dolly Prabhu, ALC Staff Attorney. ALC drops new report on policing in Pittsburgh, highlighting glaring racial disparities in traffic stops, frisks, warrantless search and seizures, arrests, and use of force by the City’s police force – and their bloated budget which has increased by 60% under Mayor Bill Peduto.

Prisoners’ Rights Advocates File Lawsuit Against Allegheny County Jail for Sergeant Brutalizing Women with Disabilities

  December 2, 2020  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  CONTACT:  Jaclyn Kurin, Abolitionist Law Center, (703)-850-8914,  Alexandra Morgan-Kurtz, PA Institutional Law Project, (412) 434-6175  PITTSBURGH – The Abolit...

ALC Court Watch Releases First Court Watch Docket Report

The ALC Court Watch, launched by the Abolitionist Law Center in January 2020 to keep courts accountable through data collection and public reporting, has published its first Court Watch Docket Report. Examining a one-month period of municipal court docket information, the Report analyzes trends in arrests and bail decisions, highlighting the impact of police and judicial discretion. Notably, the vast racial disparities noted in the report lay bare an undeniable systemic of racial apartheid.

ALC, PILP and ACLU send letter to Allegheny County demanding COVID-19 testing and contact tracing after alarming reports and denied tests

November 24, 2020  John Bacharach, Esq.  Counsel for Defendants  RE: Graham v. Allegheny County  Dear Counsel,  We are writing in regard to recent reports of COVID-19 symptoms experienced by persons incarcerated in the Allegheny County Jail (ACJ). The reports ...

***UPDATE: This position has been filled*** PHILLY – ALC IS HIRING A RACIAL JUSTICE ORGANIZER!

Join ALC’s team of movement lawyers and abolitionist community organizers! To learn more about our staff and board members, click here. RACIAL JUSTICE ORGANIZER (Posted 11/18/20) Location: Philadelphia Reports to: Executive Director Job Type: Full time, $48,000 sala...


The Abolitionist Law Center's Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has selected Robert Saleem Holbrook as the organization's next Executive Director.