News & Events

  • 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.

  • North Dakota: DOJ Changes Course After European Criminal Justice Project Participation

    July, 2016

    “If people are spending all of their time in a cage by themselves, it’s not unusual that they’re going to behave in a way that’s not really desirable,” says Karianne Wolfer, Director of Correctional Practices.


  • Attorneys For Arizona Prisoners Ask Federal Court to Enforce Year Old Settlement

    April, 2016

    On April 11, 2016, the Prison Law Office and the ACLU National Prison Project filed in federal court in Arizona a motion to enforce the year-old settlement between the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) and prisoners in the case of Parsons v. Ryan.  The motion seeks an order requiring ADC to hire more healthcare staff to prevent further injury and death.


  • Alameda County Halts Juvenile Probation Fees

    April, 2016

    As a result of efforts by advocates, including the Prison Law Office, thousands of low income Alameda county families will no longer have to pay juvenile probation and public defender fees.


  • Prisoners Sue San Bernardino County Jail

    February, 2016

    Prisoners in the San Bernardino County Jail have filed a federal class action lawsuit challenging unconstitutional conditions, including failure to provide basic medical and mental health care, reasonable accommodations for disabilities, and protection from violence by other prisoners