Justice for prisoners

Challenging and removing the death sentence
Our 25-strong team of lawyers are currently representing seven men under sentence of death in Alabama; in six of these cases, the clients’ juries actually voted against the death sentence, but Alabama law – which we are challenging – allowed the trial judges to overrule the juries and impose a death sentence.

Through years of litigation in previous cases in Illinois and Pennsylvania, our lawyers succeeded in saving three clients who had been sentenced to death.

United States – juvenile justice
In Pennsylvania, many teenagers were being sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole. In June 2017, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania threw out life-without-parole prison terms for juveniles, allowing hundreds across the state to be re-sentenced.

Our lawyers have fought for and won fair sentences in several of these court proceedings. In one case, our client has already been released from prison due to his demonstrated rehabilitation.

“At last count there were about 500 people who were convicted of crimes committed while they were juveniles and all of those are going through the process of being re-sentenced.”
Dave Fawcett, Partner, Pittsburgh

Pregnant inmates
In Pittsburgh, following a federal lawsuit that we brought against the county and officials at the local jail, our lawyers compelled the jail to cease its prior inhumane practice of placing pregnant inmates into solitary confinement for minor failures to follow rules.