The Southern Center for Human Rights

HEADLINES

  • If one state best embodies all the irrationality, unreliability and arbitrariness of the death penalty in America in 2016, it is Alabama.

  • US Department of Justice Civil Rights Chief Vanita Gupta offers Keynote Address.

  • ATLANTA, GEORGIA – In a brief signed by Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta and U.S. Attorney John A. Horn, the U.S.

  • Alabama’s practice of judicial override, through which an elected judge can impose a death sentence even where the jury voted for life, is facing increasing scrutiny for diminishing the role of juries and allowing political pressure to affect capital cases. 

  • The U.S. Census Bureau released its proposal to count incarcerated persons at the wrong location once again for the 2020 Census. Ignoring overwhelming consensus to count incarcerated people at home, The Bureau counts incarcerated people as residents of the towns where they are confined, though they are barred from voting in 48 states and return to their homes after being released. The practice also is out of step with most state constitutions and statutes, which explicitly state that incarceration does not change a residence.

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