MEDIA RELEASE: District Court Grants Preliminary Injunction to Release Darrick Hall from Solitary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 23, 2018 PHILADELPHIA – The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has granted Darrick Hall’s preliminary injunction against the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Darrick has been held in solitary confinement on death Continue reading MEDIA RELEASE: District Court Grants Preliminary Injunction to Release Darrick Hall from Solitary

MEDIA RELEASE: ACLU and Abolitionist Law Center Sue Pennsylvania to End Mandatory and Permanent Solitary Confinement for Prisoners Sentenced to Death

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 25, 2018 CONTACT: Alexandra Ringe, American Civil Liberties Union, 212-549-2582, aringe@aclu.org Andrew Hoover, ACLU of Pennsylvania, 717-236-6827 ext. 213, ahoover@aclupa.org Bret Grote, Abolitionist Law Center, 412-654-9070, bretgrote@abolitionistlawcenter.org HARRISBURG — The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU Continue reading MEDIA RELEASE: ACLU and Abolitionist Law Center Sue Pennsylvania to End Mandatory and Permanent Solitary Confinement for Prisoners Sentenced to Death

MEDIA RELEASE: Settlement in Lawsuit that Ended 37-year Solitary Confinement

December 21, 2017: Arthur Johnson, a 65-year-old man in the custody of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) at State Correctional Institution Greene, who spent 37 years in solitary confinement before a federal court ordered his release last year, has Continue reading MEDIA RELEASE: Settlement in Lawsuit that Ended 37-year Solitary Confinement

Allegheny County Jail to Cease Housing Pregnant Women in Isolation

Agreement Reached in Settlement of a Lawsuit Brought by Women who Were Housed in Solitary While Pregnant PITTSBURGH – Allegheny County has settled a lawsuit filed last December by five women who challenged the county jail’s practice of housing pregnant Continue reading Allegheny County Jail to Cease Housing Pregnant Women in Isolation

MEDIA RELEASE: Lawsuit seeks end to 19-year solitary confinement on death row

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Shawn Bridges remains on death row despite his conviction being overturned in 2013 August 4, 2017: Lawyers for Shawnfatee Bridges, a 40-year-old man held on death row in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) at State Correctional Institution Graterford, filed Continue reading MEDIA RELEASE: Lawsuit seeks end to 19-year solitary confinement on death row

Media Release: In Precedential Third Circuit Ruling, Lawsuit Challenging Solitary Confinement Resulting in Suicide Moves Forward

On Friday, April 14, 2017, the federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the decisions of the Western District Court of Pennsylvania in the case of Palakovic v. Wetzel, ruling that the Palakovics claims challenging the conditions of solitary confinement Continue reading Media Release: In Precedential Third Circuit Ruling, Lawsuit Challenging Solitary Confinement Resulting in Suicide Moves Forward

Lawsuit Filed Challenging County Jail’s Practice of Placing Pregnant Women in Solitary Confinement

PITTSBURGH (December 19) – The ACLU of Pennsylvania, the Abolitionist Law Center (ALC), the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project (PILP), and Reed Smith LLP joined forces today in filing claims in federal court challenging the inhumane way officials treat pregnant women Continue reading Lawsuit Filed Challenging County Jail’s Practice of Placing Pregnant Women in Solitary Confinement

MEDIA RELEASE: Federal Judge Orders Pennsylvania DOC to Release Arthur Johnson from Solitary Confinement

On September 20, the Chief Judge Christopher Conner of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania granted a preliminary injunction ordering the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to begin a “step-down” program to return Arthur Johnson to the Continue reading MEDIA RELEASE: Federal Judge Orders Pennsylvania DOC to Release Arthur Johnson from Solitary Confinement

MEDIA RELEASE: Settlement reached in Shoatz v. Wetzel

russellmaroonshoatz.com  July 11, 2016: Pittsburgh PA —A settlement has been reached in the case of Shoatz v. Wetzel, which challenged the 22-year solitary confinement of Abolitionist Law Center client and political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz. This brings an end to Continue reading MEDIA RELEASE: Settlement reached in Shoatz v. Wetzel

MEDIA RELEASE: Lawsuit seeks end to 36 years of solitary confinement

May 13, 2016: Lawyers for Arthur Johnson, a 63-year-old man in the custody of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) at State Correctional Institution Frackville, filed a lawsuit today challenging his long-term solitary confinement. Mr. Johnson has been held in isolation since 1979. Continue reading MEDIA RELEASE: Lawsuit seeks end to 36 years of solitary confinement