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Sine Die: Georgia’s 2023/2024 Legislative Biennial Ends

On Thursday, March 28, the Georgia General Assembly officially adjourned!

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Legislative Update – Day 39

Today marks Legislative Day 39, which means we are two days away from Sine Die, the final day of the 2023-2024 biennial legislative session, which concludes months of debate and decision-making on legislation that will continue to shape the future of Georgia’s criminal legal system.

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Legislative Update – Day 35

Today marks Legislative Day 35, which means there are only five legislative days remaining in…

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Legislative Update – Day 27

Tomorrow will mark Legislative Day 28, Crossover Day. This is this session’s deadline for legislators in each chamber to pass legislation from one chamber to the next.

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An Update on Pain & Power Part II

Thank you to all – community members, partners, and elected officials – for joining us…

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Legislative Update – Day 21

Today marks Legislative Day 21, which means we are more than halfway through the legislative session! As we approach Crossover Day in two weeks (February 29), legislators will work to pass legislation from one chamber to the next. Your representatives have voted on promising proposals as well as some extremely harmful ones.

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Southern Center for Human Rights Hosts Pain & Power Part II on February 22, 2024

Please join the Southern Center for Human Rights on February 22, 2024 at the Auburn Avenue Research Library for Pain and Power Part II.

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SCHR Statement on Senate Bill 63

On the first day of Black History Month, the Georgia State Senate passed SB 63, which is an unconstitutional abridgment of the right to free speech, the presumption of innocence and the prohibition against unreasonable bail.

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Georgia Senate Passes Regressive Bill Targeting Cash Bail and Community Support

On February 1, 2024, the Georgia Senate passed Senate Bill 63. This bill, sponsored by Senator Randy Robertson, raises numerous concerns at the Southern Center and among our organizational partners for its potential to negatively impact criminal legal reform efforts throughout Georgia, specifically within the City of Atlanta and Fulton County.

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Our 2024 Georgia Legislative Priorities

The Southern Center for Human Rights is committed to decriminalizing race and poverty in America’s Deep South and our policy priorities this session reflect that commitment. Read on to learn about our policy priorities, advocacy tools and community advocacy days.

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Sheriff Patrick Labat Found In Breach of Settlement Agreement in South Fulton Jail Lawsuit

On Wednesday, January 3, 2024, a federal magistrate judged issued an order declaring Fulton County Sheriff Patrick Labat in “material breach” of our 2022 settlement agreement on behalf of women with serious mental illness suffering under inhumane conditions of solitary confinement.

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Southern Center for Human Rights First Amendment Lawyer Bridge Project Pairs 40+ Clients in the Fulton County “Cop City” RICO Indictment

The First Amendment Lawyer Bridge (“The Bridge”) is the formalized lawyer pairing project housed at SCHR that provides compensation to attorneys representing people arrested while exercising their First Amendment rights.

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