Headlines

  • 17th February 2016

    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.

  • 15th February 2016

    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.

  • 1st February 2016

    A federal judge in Rome has barred the city of Calhoun from detaining indigent defendants in misdemeanor or minor traffic cases in jail for as long as a week simply because they cannot afford a cash bond.

  • 29th January 2016

    In an order that will have far-reaching effects throughout Georgia, a federal judge yesterday condemned the City of Calhoun’s money bail system – a system that permitted the wealthy to purchase their release from jail, while detaining the indigent for up to one week. The order came in a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of indigent people charged with minor crimes in Calhoun, where city and court practices resulted in days of jail for people unable to afford to pay a monetary bond. The case, Walker v. City of Calhoun, is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

  • 25th January 2016

    The United States Supreme Court heard arguments on November 2, 2015, on whether prosecutors engaged in race discrimination at Timothy Foster’s 1987 capital trial in Rome, Georgia, when prosecutors used their peremptory strikes to exclude black prospective jurors from jury service and then argued to the all-white jury that Foster should be sentenced to death for the murder of a white victim to “deter other people out there in the projects.” At the time, ninety percent of the families in the projects were black, including the Fosters. The jury sentenced Foster to death.

  • 19th January 2016

    The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) applauds Governor Deal’s historic recognition of the rights of Georgia’s children. In his FY 2017 budget, the Governor has recommended funding the Georgia Public Defender Council (GPDC) for 20 juvenile public defenders to represent poor children in juvenile court.

  • 16th December 2015

    Fulton County Commissioners are dragging their feet in making a decision about who should provide healthcare at the Fulton County Jail, posing a public health threat to jail staff, detainees, and ultimately the community.

  • 18th November 2015

    On the eve of the next execution, a look at the state’s history of bad lawyering and faulty evidence.

  • 28th October 2015

    Southern Center for Human Rights' President and Senior Counsel Stephen Bright, Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S.

  • 21st September 2015

    ALBANY, GEORGIA – The Plaintiffs have reached a settlement with the City of Bainbridge in Edwards v. Red Hills Community Probation, LLC, et al., No. 1:15-cv-67-LJA (M.D.

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