March 25, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Andy Hoover, email@example.com, 717-236-6827 x213 Miracle Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-346-6537 Rebecca Susman, email@example.com, 412-434-6004 HARRISBURG – The team of public interest lawyers who brought two federal civil rights challenges against the Pennsylvania Continue reading Civil Rights Advocates Settle Lawsuit With PA Department of Corrections Over Legal Mail Policy
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 Continue reading Media Alert: All Charges Dropped Against Blak Rapp Madusa
For Immediate Release 11/27/18 Contacts: Emily Posner, Attorney for Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons, (207) 930-5232 Prisoners File Lawsuit Against New Federal Facility on Toxic Strip Mine Site in Kentucky PICTURES AVAILABLE Washington, DC — Lawyers with the Campaign to Fight Continue reading Media Release: Prisoners File Lawsuit Against New Federal Facility on Toxic Strip Mine Site in Kentucky
Abolitionist Law Center, our clients, and our supporters have made important strides in overturning laws aimed at silencing prisoners’ voices, in challenging long-term solitary confinement, and in pushing for life-saving treatment for hepatitis C+ prisoners. None of this would have Continue reading Keep ALC in the Fight to End Mass Incarceration!
Arthur “Cetewayo” Johnson is a politicized prisoner who has been held in solitary confinement by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PA DOC) since 1979.
Despite his exemplary disciplinary record of the past 25 years, and his recently turning 61 years old, Cetewayo continues to be subjected to 23-24-hour lockdown in solitary confinement with its attendant austerity, monotony, and deprivations. He has not had human contact with anybody except prison guards in over 30 years. Continue reading Action Alert – Demand an end to Arthur “Cetewayo” Johnson’s 34 years in solitary confinement
By Pam Johnson
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 19 2013 (IPS) – He has not had human contact or a good night’s sleep in nearly three decades. Every single day, he wakes to the sound of metal doors clanging open and a pair of disembodied hands pushing a tray of food through a slot into his 64-square-foot cell.
For the next 23 hours, he will stare at the same four walls. If he is lucky, he’ll be escorted, shackled at his ankles and wrists, into a “yard” – an enclosure only slightly larger than his cell – for an hour of solitary exercise.
This is how Russell “Maroon” Shoatz, a prisoner in the restricted housing unit at the State Correctional Institute (SCI) Frackville in northern Pennsylvania, has spent the past 22 consecutive years. Continue reading The U.S.’s 64-Square-Foot “Torture Chambers”
October 17, 2013: Pittsburgh PA — Lawyers for Russell Maroon Shoatz submitted a Communication to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture – Fall 2013, Juan Mendez, requesting that he inquire into Shoatz’s nearly 30 years of solitary confinement within the Continue reading Lawyers for Russell Maroon Shoatz submit request to UN Special Rapporteur on Torture