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.

  • Go read the story by my colleague Rhonda Cook about the travails of Linda Ford, a Coweta County resident who f

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

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