The explosion in the use of incarceration has resulted in a level of overcrowding in prisons and jails throughout the South that is inherently dangerous. Prison systems and county jails across the Deep South are nearly all either at or over capacity, resulting in people being forced to sleep on the floor or in the dayroom, often with little opportunity to go outdoors for exercise or fresh air.
SCHR has represented hundreds of men and women in class action lawsuits challenging the consequences of severe overcrowding: violence, excessive use of force by corrections officers unable to keep order in the chaos created by overcrowding, poor medical care, and intolerable living conditions.
Click here to read the Laube v. Alabama Order by Federal District Court Judge Myron Thompson regarding prison violence.
Click here to read the Order by Federal District Court Judge U.W. Clemon in Maynor v. Morgan County, Alabama, regarding intolerable living conditions caused by overcrowding.
Click here to read the Complaint filed on behalf of a class of prisoners at Phillips State Prison in Georgia regarding guard brutality in the prison's mental health dorm.
Click here to read the Complaint filed on behalf of an individual prisoner incarcerated at Phillips State Prison.
|Title||Publication||Date of Publication|
|Southern Center for Human Rights Sues Georgia Department of Corrections for Violations of the Open Records Act||04/04/2013|
|SCHR Report Details Georgia Criminal Justice Reform Priorities||10/21/2011|
|SCHR Responds to ADOC; Data Reveals Assaults on Corrections Officers at Donaldson Also Underreported||12/12/2009|
|Alabama Department of Corrections Significantly Underreports Assaults on Incarcerated Men||12/09/2009|
|SCHR Releases 5th Edition of Georgia Advocacy Handbook: A Guide to Helping Loved Ones in Georgia Prisons||11/09/2009|
|Alabama Supreme Court Sides with People in Prison in Open Records Act Lawsuit||09/18/2009|
|Federal Judge Eyes Way to Thin Jail Crowds||Fulton County Daily Report||08/31/2009|
|Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Injured Prisoners to Prevent Future Violence||SCHR Press Release||02/26/2009|
|NACDL & SCHR’s 15th Annual Making the Case for Life Seminar: Mitigation and Jury Selection in Capital Cases, August 21-24, 2013|