We pursue impact litigation that reduces the harm of prisons and gets people free. As movement lawyers we believe our clients are the protagonists in their own liberation.
End LWOP: Scott v. Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole
Amistad Law Project, along with the Abolitionist Law Center and the Center for Constitutional Rights, are currently suing the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole to overturn mandatory life without parole for felony murder.
Juvenile Lifer Resentencings
In 2012 a US Supreme Court decision ordered that people sentenced to mandatory life without parole as kids be resentenced. We successfully represented several juvenile lifers at their resentencings and mobilized to support others.
Free Speech: Abu-Jamal v. Kane
Shortly after Amistad Law Project incorporated in October 2014, we sued along with a number of other public interest law firms to strike down the Revictimization Relief Act, a dangerous law that would've silenced incarcerated people.
Solitary Confinement is Torture: Hall v. Wetzel
Along with the Abolitionist Law Center and the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center at Northwestern University we sued the Department of Corrections to end the 24 year long solitary confinement of Darrick Hall.
Defending the Right to Confidential Communication with Counsel: PILP et al
In 2018, the Department of Corrections started copying and storing the legal mail of incarcerated people. We and a number of closely allied public interest law firms filed suit and put a stop to this flagrant violation of their rights.
Healthcare is a Human Right: Eaddy v. Noel
In 2018, Amistad Law Project, Abolitionist Law Center, and Carey Shenkman filed suit against the Department of Corrections on behalf of Lester Eaddy and made sure that he would receive direct-acting antiviral treatment (DAA) for his Hepatitis C.
Healthcare is a Human Right: Foderingham v. Wetzel
In 2015, an elderly incarcerated man named Gary Glasco who we had been corresponding with died due to lack of adequate medical care. We filed a wrongful death suit against the Department of Corrections and held them accountable.