2nd November, 2011

SCHR Identified by Experts As a Top Nonprofit Working In Criminal Justice In the U.s.

The Southern Center for Human Rights is proud to announce that it has been identified by experts as a top nonprofit working in criminal justice in the United States by Philanthropedia. Philanthropedia convened a group of 127 experts who identified SCHR as:

  • 1 of 16 high-impact nonprofits working in criminal justice on a national level. SCHR ranked 6th nationally among criminal justice programs.
  • 1 of 21 high-impact nonprofits working in criminal justice on a local/state level in the U.S. SCHR ranked at number 2.


Some of reviews experts had about our impact were:

“As the nation's foremost advocate for the rights of prisoners and, more broadly, poor persons enmeshed in the criminal justice system, it sets a leadership standard for other organizations. Through cutting-edge advioacy and litigation, SCHR drives system reform as well as bringing justice to individuals facing incarceration and, especially, capital charges.”

“SCHR has a long, honorable history of litigating prison conditions in the south and of representing poor people in capital cases.  Their work attacking the inadequacies in indigent defense in capital cases has been extraordinary and groundbreaking.”

“The center has conducted high impact litigation around prison healthcare provisions in Alabama, fine payment procedures in Georgia, and method of execution in Alabama.”

To read more about experts in the field have to say about Southern Center for Human Rights visit the Expert Reviews section on our organization profile.

Philanthropedia (at GuideStar) is a nonprofit organization working to help donors make smarter donations by connecting them with some of the highest impact nonprofits in a cause. They are different from other online rating sites or donation sites because they use experts to identify high-impact nonprofits.  All the information collected from the research is available on Philanthropedia’s website and will shortly be available on GuideStar Take Action’s website.

The recognition from Philanthropedia is one of several awards received by SCHR in 2011. Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and Goizueta Business School honored SCHR with their Martin Luther King Jr Community Service Award. The Sapelo Foundation bestowed upon SCHR the 2011 Smith W. Bagley Advocacy Award. Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA) presented SCHR with their Zenith Award for Service to the Community.On Friday November 4, 2011, the John Marshall Law School will give the 2011 Fred Gray Social Justice Award to SCHR.