The Southern Center for Human Rights represents individuals on death row at trial, on appeal, and in the post-conviction review process. In doing so, we all too often discover that a person who had been sentenced to death has a history of extraordinarily serious abuse or neglect which was never presented to the judge or jury. Some of our clients on death row were never competent to stand trial, and were prosecuted and convicted without consideration of their mental disabilities. In investigating an individual client’s case, we often unveil evidence that prosecutors abused their power, or that trial attorneys were unable to provide a meaningful defense. Litigation by SCHR on behalf of our clients include claims of ineffectiveness assistance of counsel, failure to present mitigation evidence, and competency.
SCHR is also vigilant in defending against politicians' attempts to increase the use of the death penalty even as the public's skepticism grows about its use. We are fighting, for example, repeated attempts by Georgia legislators to allow a sentence to death be imposed in instances where the jury does not reach consensus to impose such a sentence. SCHR also provides trainings and otherwise acts as a resource to lawyers and law firms with death row clients, and has served as a training ground for death penalty attorneys nationwide.
To view a summary of US Supreme Court Death Penalty cases since 1970, click here.
For links to other organizations working to abolish the Death Penalty, click here.
For general articles and resources written and assembled by SCHR staff, click here.
|Title||Publication||Date of Publication|
|In Honor and Remembrance of Martina Davis Correia||12/01/2011|
|SCHR identified by experts as a top nonprofit working in criminal justice in the U.S.||11/02/2011|
|Life for Jamie Ryan Weis||Atlanta Journal-Constitution||07/14/2011|
|Southern Center for Human Rights Files Complaint Seeking Revocation of Dr. Carlo Musso’s Medical License||06/20/2011|
|Judge allows Hammond execution to go forward despite shady origin of lethal injection drugs||01/24/2011|
|Injunction Filed to Halt Execution of Emanuel Hammond on January 25th||01/20/2011|
|Alabama ranks third nationally in executions||Birmingham News||01/02/2011|
|SCHR Wins Reversal of Death Sentence for Alabama Death Row Prisoner LaSamuel Gamble||10/18/2010|
|SCHR Attorney Lauren Sudeall Lucas Recognized as a Lawyer "On the Rise" by the Fulton County Daily Report||08/16/2010|
|US Supreme Court declines review of Georgia's "Serious and Unprecedented Violence to the Right to Counsel"||07/23/2010|
|Defendants Squeezed by Georgia’s Tight Budget||New York Times||07/05/2010|
|Mental retardation ruling reversed:11th Circuit finds state law violates death penalty defendants' Eighth Amendment rights||Daily Report||07/01/2010|
|Georgia Murder Case Shines Spotlight on Nation's Indigent Defense Systems||The National Law Journal||05/24/2010|
|SCHR Argues that Denial of Counsel for Over Two Years in Death Penalty Case Prevents Fair Trial||11/10/2009|
|Stephen B. Bright Testifies on Need for Competent Counsel in US House of Representatives||09/20/2009|
|Death Penalty Disgrace||New York Times Op-Ed||05/31/2009|
|Life Sentence for Brian Nichols||SCHR Statement||12/12/2008|