The Southern Center for Human Rights

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  • State must deal with overburdened prison system

    It's understandable that Bob Riley would want to delay the adoption of any plan to ease overcrowding at the Tutwiler prison for women until after he takes office as governor next month. As his spokesman says, meeting the Dec. 30 court-imposed deadline would lock the incoming Riley administration to a plan hastily put together by the outgoing Siegelman administration.

  • In New York City and many other large cities across the country, the law requires that anyone arrested for a misdemeanor go before a judge, with a lawyer, within 24 or 48 hours.

    In Atlanta, Tony Barlow, 45, was released on Thursday after 11 days in the Fulton County jail on charges of shoplifting two greeting cards from a supermarket and resisting arrest. During that time, Mr. Barlow, who was unable to make his $1,000 bond, did not see a lawyer and was not assigned a court date.

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