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The Death Penalty

  Criminal Justice: One Of The Enormous Non-Issues Of Presidential Politics

by James Freedman, The Huffington Post, July 23, 2008.

Go, Witness and Speak

by William Montross, Southern Center for Human Rights - 19 pages. Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, 28, 2 (2008): 3-21.

  The Calling of Criminal Defense

by William Montross, Southern Center for Human Rights - 113 pages. Westlaw - 50 Mercer Law Review 443, Winter, 1999

  TheDeath Penalty is Losing
by Glen Stassen about the Death Penalty and the Work of the Southern Center for Human Rights. 5 pages. Tikkun July/August 2008
Will the Death Penalty Remain Alive in the 21st Century?: International norms, discrimination, arbitrariness and the risk of executing the innocent
by Stephen B. Bright, Southern Center for Human Rights -32 pages The 12th Thomas E. Fairchild Lecture, University of Wisconsin Law School, October 27, 2000, Wisconsin Law
Review Volume 2001
  The Death Penalty: Casualties and Costs of the War on Crime

by Stephen B. Bright, Southern Center for Human Rights - 7 pages
The City Club of Cleveland, November 7, 1997
  Keep the Dream of Equal Justice Alive

by Stephen B. Bright, Southern Center for Human Rights - 11 pages
Yale Law School Commencement Address, New Haven, Connecticut, May 24, 1999
  Drum Majors for Justice

by Stephen B. Bright, Southern Center for Human Rights
Yale Law School Commencement Address, New Haven, Connecticut, May 23, 1994
Is Fairness Irrelevant? The Evisceration of Federal Habeas Corpus Review and Limits on the Ability of State Courts to Protect Fundamental Rights
by Stephen B. Bright, Southern Center for Human Rights - John Randolph Tucker Lecture, Washington and Lee College of Law, Published in Volume 54 Washington and Lee Law Review, page 1 (Winter 1997)
The Electric Chair and the Chain Gang: Choices and Challenges for America's Future
by Stephen B. Bright - 15 pages
February 1996
The Politics of Crime and the Death Penalty: Not "Soft on Crime," But Hard on the Bill of Rights
by Stephen B. Bright - 24 pages
Winter 1995
Capital Punishment and the Criminal Justice System: Courts of Vengeance or Courts of Justice?
Keynote address by Stephen B. Bright presented at a conference - 23 pages
March 1995
  The Death Penalty Roundtable: Power over Life and Death

8 pages. The Champion asked four death penalty experts to share their thoughts on the past and future of capital punishment. We appreciate their willingness to participate in our discussion and provide insights into the challenges facing attorneys who represent clients in capital cases. Our panelists are Stephen B. Bright, the president and senior counsel for the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia; Kathryn M. Kase, the managing attorney in the Houston office of the Texas Defender Service; Gregory J. Kuykendall, a Life Member of NACDL and the director of the Mexican Capital Legal Assistance Program in Tucson, Arizona; and Christina Swarns, the director of the Criminal Justice Project of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc., in New York City.
  Death Penalty and the Society We Want
by Stephen B. Bright, Southern Center for Human Rights, Peirce Law Review, Vol. 6, No. 3, 2008,17 pages.
  Human Side of Death Penalty Defense
by Terrica Redfield, Southern Center for Human Rights, Atlanta Lawyer, November 2008.
 
 

The Right to Counsel / Indigent Defense

  Statement regarding the Prison Abuse Remedies Act.
Before the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, and the Committee on the Judiciary, United States House of Representatives.
By Stephen B. Bright, President and Senior Counsel, Southern Center for Human Rights, J. Skelly Wright Fellow, Yale Law School, April 22, 2008
  Challenging Banishment of Registered Sex Offenders From the State of Georgia
Sarah Geraghty, Challenging the Banishment of Registered Sex Offenders
From the State of Georgia, 42 HARV. C.R.-C.L. L. REV. 513 (2007)
Turning Celebrated Principles into Reality
by Stephen B. Bright, Southern Center for Human Rights - The Champion, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, January/February, 2003
"If you cannot afford a lawyer ...": A report on Georgia's failed indigent defense system.

This report supplements our November 2000 report, Promises to Keep (see below), and adds to the growing body of information collected by the Chief Justice's Commission on Indigent Defense, the media, a consulting group, and other sources about the distance between the representation required to have a just and reliable adversary system, and the representation actually provided.

by the Southern Center for Human Rights - 69 pages
January 2003

Promises to Keep: Achieving Fairness and Equal Justice for the Poor in Criminal Cases
A preliminary report on Georgia's compliance with the Constitutions of Georgia and the United States in providing representation to poor people accused of crimes.

by the Southern Center for Human Rights - 22 pages
November 2000

Death in Texas
by Stephen B. Bright, Southern Center for Human Rights - The Champion, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, July, 1999
Counsel for the Poor: The Death Sentence Not for the Worst Crime but for the Worst Lawyer
by Stephen B. Bright - 48 pages
May 1994
Neither Equal Nor Just: The Rationing and Denial of Legal Services to the Poor When Life and Liberty Are at Stake
by Stephen B. Bright, Southern Center for Human Rights - New York University School of Law Annual Survey of American Law, Volume 1997, page 783 (published in 1999)
 

Racial Discrimination

Discrimination, Death and Denial: The Tolerance of Racial Discrimination in Infliction of the Death Penalty
by Stephen B. Bright - 50 pages
 

Judicial Independence

Judges and the Politics of Death: Deciding Between the Bill of Rights and the Next Election in Capital Cases
by Stephen B. Bright / Patrick J. Keenan - 76 pages
May 1995
Political Attacks on the Judiciary: Can Justice Be Done amid Efforts to Intimidate and Remove Judges from Office for Unpopular Decisions?
by Stephen B. Bright - Volume 72, New York University Law Review, Page 308 (May 1997)
Can Judicial Independence be Attained in the South? Overcoming History, Elections, and Misperceptions About the Role of the Judiciary
by Stephen B. Bright - Volume 14, Georgia State University Law Review, Page 817 (July 1998)
Elected Judges and the Death Penalty in Texas: Why Full Habeas Corpus Review by Independent Federal Judges Is Indispensable to Protecting Constitutional Rights
by Stephen B. Bright, Southern Center for Human Rights - Texas Law Review, Vol. 78, page 1806, (published in 2000) - 77 pages
 

Juvenile Justice

  Kids don't belong in the Adult Court System: Safety, rehabilitation must be core missions
by Sara Totonchi, the Southern Center for Human Rights, Atlanta Journal Consitution, Wednesday, June 25, 2008. @issue section.
An Assessment of Access to Counsel and Quality of Representation in Delinquency Proceedings
by the American Bar Association and the Southern Center for Human Rights - 57 pages
July 2001
Capital Punishment on the 25th Anniversary of Furman v. Georgia
by Southern Center for Human Rights - 35 pages
A Preference for Vengeance: The death penalty and the treatment of prisoners in Georgia
by Southern Center for Human Rights - 26 pages
June 1996

 

Books

The Center’s work is the subject of two books:

Proximity to Death by Pulitzer-Prize winning historian William S. McFeely

Finding Life on Death Row
by Katya Lezin.

For further information and to order either book, click on their titles. To see a larger list of recommended books about this work, please click here.

 

Films

The work of the Center has also been the subject of a documentary film, Fighting for Life in the Death-Belt. For information on the film, click here.