• 23rd May 2016

    Today, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out the conviction and death sentence of Timothy Foster in a 7-1 decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts. The Court held ruling that Georgia prosecutors discriminated in striking all of the African American prospective jurors to get an all-white jury in Mr. Foster’s 1987 capital trial. The following is a statement from Stephen Bright, counsel of record for Petitioner and President of Southern Center for Human Rights.

  • 27th April 2016

    We enthusiastically support the Governor’s signing of SB367, a criminal justice reform bill that will positively impact thousands of Georgians.

  • 4th April 2016

    STATESBORO, GEORGIA – Today, the Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) and Hunton & Williams LLP, filed Davison v.

  • 29th March 2016

    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.

  • 15th March 2016

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

  • 11th March 2016

    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.

  • 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.