The Southern Center for Human Rights

HEADLINES

  • Atlanta, GA -- A proposed multimillion dollar class settlement has been reached in K.A., et al. v.

  • (Atlanta, GA) – On Friday, November 10, 2017, two civil rights organizations, Civil Rights Corps (CRC) and the Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR),

  • Columbus, GA—Yesterday, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia approved a final class action settlement in Harrison v. Consolidated Government of Columbus, Georgia, et al., a case in which plaintiff Cleopatra Harrison challenged the imposition of “victim fees” on survivors of domestic violence. As a result of the lawsuit, the Columbus Recorder’s Court will no longer charge victim fees, and people who paid such fees will receive restitution and compensation. Plaintiffs were represented by the Southern Center for Human Rights and Columbus attorney, Mark Post.

  • Atlanta, GA – Today, a civil rights lawsuit was filed against Sentinel Offender Services (“Sentinel”), a private probation company, on behalf of people in Atlanta who were forced by Sentinel to pay illegal fees while on “pay-only” probation for traffic violations.  The lawsuit, brought by the Southern Center for Human Rights and Caplan Cobb LLP, seeks the return of money that Sentinel illegally collected from people sentenced to “pay-only” probation by the Atlanta Municipal Court.  

  • The United States Supreme Court held today in McWilliams v. Dunn that James McWilliams was denied his right to a mental health expert to assist the defense at his 1986 capital trial in Alabama. McWilliams was evaluated by state doctors but was denied an independent expert to assist in the evaluation, preparation, and presentation of the defense.

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