Abolitionist Statement

Mission Statement: The Allegheny County Jail Health Justice Project seeks to ensure that members of our community incarcerated at Allegheny County Jail receive comprehensive health care.

Prisons and jails across the country have become warehouses for the most vulnerable members of our community and they are woefully unprepared.  Inmates at ACJ in particular are suffering dire health consequences due to unconstitutionally inadequate care caused by Corizon Health‘s poor management and cost cutting measures, including insufficient medical supplies and understaffing.  This is a human rights crisis that affects every aspect of our community.  This campaign will pressure the County to provide all inmates in the jail with timely and comprehensive health care through advocacy, community outreach, investigation and potential litigation.


Our Demands:

1. Require the formulary at the Allegheny County Jail to be fully stocked and inform the public of the formulary’s condition via bi-monthly report.

2. Hire enough medical staff to meet minimum staffing per shift and incorporate hiring practices that prioritize residents of low income neighborhoods and people of color.

3. Require that inmates receive appropriate medicine, referrals for medical care, transportation, clothing, and housing resources upon release from the Allegheny County Jail.

4. Terminate the position of any CO’s who violate the human rights of any inmate.

5. Call for an immediate federal investigation of the Allegheny County Jail by the Department of Justice.

6. Require new crisis training for CO’s, focusing on mental health education, and contract with outside organizations to complete anti-rape employee training.

7. Fire and replace Warden Orlando Harper with an individual without a history of human right violations and has a strong background in mental health advocacy.

8. Allow for random tours of the Allegheny County Jail by the County Controller’s office.

9. Incorporate and acknowledge adequate dietary needs of all inmates and abide by the nutritional standards of the FDA.


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