• The Southern Center for Human Rights represents individuals on death row at trial, on appeal, and in the post-conviction review process.
  • The legal system is so complex and contains so many procedural traps that a lay person accused of a crime can no more navigate it alone than a passenger can fly a plane in the absence of the pilot.
  • Through the use of tough on crime rhetoric, politicians have brought about longer prison terms, siphoning off resources that could be better spent on programs and services that provide real solutions to crime.
  • The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, and within the United States, the top 7 states with the highest incarceration rates are all Southern states.
  • Contrary to what many people believe, there are debtors’ prisons throughout the United States where people are imprisoned because they are too poor to pay fines and fees.

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RECENT NEWS

  • 22nd January 2014

    Tuesday's arguments at the Georgia Supreme Court weren't supposed to be about the ultimate question raised in a 2011 lawsuit filed by the Southern Center for Human Rights: whether the state has to provide free lawyers to indigent parents facing jail for allegedly failing to pay child support. But the issue seemed difficult to avoid as lawyers debated whether a Fulton County judge was right to certify the case as a class action.

  • 13th January 2014

    The Obama Administration last week warned against over-discipline in the nation's schools. An important new lawsuit in Georgia offers a glimpse of how high that cost can be for young offenders.

  • 10th January 2014

    ATLANTA (CN) - Georgia's 8th Judicial District underfunds its public defender's office so badly that its juvenile courts have more judges than public defenders, denying children the right to counsel, and sending adults to jail for months before trial, a class action claims in state court.

    Four children and four adults sued Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal and the director of Georgia's Public Defender Standards Council W. Travis Sakrison, in Fulton County State Court.

  • 9th January 2014

    MACON, Ga.  —    Ben Hill County Court, one of four counties that comprise the Cordele judicial circuit, which lawyers for the Southern Center for Human Rights claim is woefully understaffed with public defenders. Ben Hill County Court, one of four counties that comprise the Cordele judicial circuit, which lawyers for the Southern Center for Human Rights claim is woefully understaffed with public defenders.

    State officials are defending themselves against a lawsuit over the number of public defenders in south-central Georgia. 

  • 9th January 2014

    A human rights organization is suing the state for allegedly violating the right to counsel of indigent juveniles and adults facing criminal charges in the Cordele Judicial Circuit, and seeks remedies for alleged understaffing in the four-county circuit’s public defender’s office.

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