The Southern Center for Human Rights

HEADLINES

  • For the 16th year in a row, SCHR was a daily presence at the Georgia General Assembly. There were major victories this year, including the comprehensive Criminal Justice Reform Bill, an increased budget for Georgia’s public defender system, and reforms on grand jury procedures in police use of force cases. There were setbacks, the gutting of Georgia’s judicial watchdog agency. We helped stop several dangerous pieces of legislation, including a bill that would have mandated collection of DNA from every person arrested for “certain serious felonies” before their innocence or guilt was determined.

  • The Southern Center for Human Rights applauds the latest step by the Department of Justice to address inequality in the nation’s busiest courts.

  • Cuts totaling $13.5 million to Fulton County’s justice agencies have created a crisis as they brace for the fallout from the elimination of Fulton Pretrial Services.

  • The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) filed Luse, et al. v. Sentinel Offender Services, LLC, et al. on behalf of people in White County, Georgia, who are placed on probation for traffic offenses and forced to submit to illegal urine tests at their own expense by one of the country’s largest for-profit probation companies.

  • The right to a lawyer for poor people accused of crime is on life support in the 15th Judicial Circuit of Louisiana. Plagued by devastating budget cuts, the Lafayette Public Defender Office that serves the 15th Judicial Circuit will effectively shut down in the next week if the State of Louisiana does not act to keep the office afloat.

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