The Southern Center for Human Rights

HEADLINES

  • 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.

  • We are deeply disturbed by the killings of 37 year old Alton Sterling and 32 year old Philando Castile, both Black men fatally shot by police in Baton Rouge, LA, and St. Paul, MN, in the span of 48 hours.

  • A Grantville Municipal Court judge on Tuesday canceled the $1,590 fine she had levied against a 52-year-old woman for not putting a decal on her

  • Yale Law School’s Commencement took place Monday, May 23, 2016. SCHR's President and Senior Counsel Stephen Bright addressed the class of 2016.

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