News & Events

  • 4 Suicides In 3 Weeks Inside Arizona Prisons

    May, 2017

    Arizona 12 News Reports – Four inmate suicides in three weeks within the state prison system is leaving many unanswered questions. Is there a suicide epidemic?

  • PLO Selects Alaskan Officials For Next European Prison Project Tour

    May, 2017

    May 10, 2017 – This fall, Alaska officials will travel to Norway to learn how the country’s corrections system has been successful in keeping offenders from committing new crimes.

    The trip is sponsored by the Berkeley-based Prison Law Office, a nonprofit, public-interest law firm focused on improving prison conditions in the United States.

  • Alaska Public Media: Press Conference At Fairbanks Correctional Center With PLO Executive Director

    May, 2017

     May 11, 2017 – During a Tuesday (May 9) press conference outside Fairbanks Correctional Center, Prison Law office Executive Director Donald Specter described Norway’s approach.

    ”In Norway, people who are incarcerated are seen as members of the community, so they’re not forgotten about when they come into a facility,” Specter said. “They’re immediate goal is to try to get them out in a productive way. Norwegian prison systems have a saying, that they want to produce a better neighbor.”

  • KTVF: Inside Fairbanks Correctional Center with PLO Exec. Director

    May, 2017


    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The Fairbanks Correctional Center will be seeing some changes in the near future.

    The facility will be implementing different aspects of the Norwegian prison system.

    Today, staff members were able to share the different programs they offer to inmates, and what changes have already been put in place.

    Executive Director at Prison Law Office, Donald Specter, will be helping to fund these implementations. This includes a trip to Norway to see firsthand what living is like for prisoners.


  • AZ Teen Held in Isolation Commits Suicide After ADOC Ignores Warning From Prison Law Office About Declining Mental Health

    August, 2016

    New evidence shows that a few weeks before a teenager held in solitary confinement at Perryville Prison died in what appears to be an act of suicide, the Arizona Department of Corrections had been specifically warned about her deteriorating mental health and notified that the conditions in which she was being kept likely violated state policy.