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Southern Center for Human Rights Releases Georgia Public Defender Council Open Records Database

Today, the Southern Center for Human Rights is launching a public database to share a selection of the documents we have received from GPDC via Georgia’s Open Records Act since March 2022.

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SCHR Mourns the Passing of Charles Ogletree

The Board and Staff of the Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) mourn the passing of former SCHR Board Member, Harvard Law Professor, and public defender, Charles Ogletree.

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Community Keeps Community Safe: A Year of Listening, Learning, and Action

One year ago, the Southern Center for Human Rights set out on a mission to…

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The Fear of Too Much Justice: Race, Poverty, and the Persistence of Inequality in the Criminal Courts 

On Thursday, July 27 at 7pm ET, join former SCHR President and Senior Attorney Stephen…

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Protecting Dissent: SCHR Launches First Amendment Lawyer Bridge

We are working to ensure that Georgians who express dissent are protected from criminalization.

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SCHR Statement on the Department of Justice Investigation into Conditions at the Fulton County Jail

Mere days after news that 19-year-old Noni Battiste-Kosoko has died in Fulton County custody, the…

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AJC Op-Ed: Reducing police violence will make Georgia safer, healthier

A focus on reform, mental and even physical health will have multiple benefits. By Opal…

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Southern Center for Human Rights Files Lawsuit Amid the Georgia Public Defender Council’s Refusal to Comply with Open Records Act

On June 5, as part of the Southern Center for Human Rights’ (SCHR) investigation into the Georgia Public Defender Council’s (GPDC) persistent failure to provide lawyers for accused people who cannot afford them, SCHR and Caplan Cobb, LLC, filed a lawsuit under the Georgia Open Records Act against GPDC Director Omotayo Alli due to the agency’s repeated violations of Georgia’s open records laws.

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“A death sentence as well:” Deadly Conditions Worsen in GA Prisons and Jails

On April 27, Public Policy Director Tiffany Williams Roberts was featured on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s…

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“Fix this Mistake:” Justice for Toforest Johnson

On a Sunday last month, over 400 people filled Highlands United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, to support our client Toforest Johnson, who has spent the past 25 years on Alabama’s death row.

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SCHR Hosts International Human Rights Advocates in Atlanta

On April 26, the United Nations’ International Independent Expert Mechanism to Advance Racial Justice and Equality in Law Enforcement (UN EMLER) heard testimony from human rights organizations and people impacted by state violence at Atlanta’s Auburn Avenue Research Library.

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Six Takeaways from Phase One of SCHR’s Community Safety & Police Violence Town Hall Series 

By Tyler Gay, Microsoft Policy Research Fellow at SCHR Over the past eight months, I’ve…

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