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Category: Mass Incarceration

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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Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, SCHR Sends Letters to Department of Juvenile Justice; Judges

In the letter to the Department of Juvenile Justice, SCHR urges DJJ to adopt a…

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COVID-19 Behind Bars: A Handbook for Incarcerated People

In prisons and jails characterized by unsanitary conditions and inadequate healthcare, COVID-19 represents an unprecedented threat. While…

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Georgia Justice Reform Partnership Sends Letter to Georgia DOC; Board of Pardons and Paroles Urging Immediate Action in light of COVID-19

The Georgia Justice Reform Partnership (GJRP) is a diverse coalition of organizations and individuals committed…

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SCHR Sends Follow-Up Letter to Georgia Department of Corrections; Board of Pardons and Parole

This morning, SCHR sent a follow-up letter to the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) and…

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Friends of Shauntrice Murry Push for her Immediate Release

We were all incarcerated at Lee Arrendale State Prison with Shauntrice Murry. We know that…

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Nonessential Arrests by the Atlanta Police Department Increase Risk of Covid-19 Transmission

Today, a group of attorneys, health care professionals, and community-based organizations sent a letter to…

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Stronger Together: Share Your Experiences with Georgia Courts and Jails with SCHR

We hope that you are as well as is possible in these tumultuous times. We need…

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Statement from Sara Totonchi on Possible Covid-19 Exposure at the Fulton County Jail

After the AJC reported yesterday that a detainee is being held in isolation at the Fulton County Jail…

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