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  • 9th September 2009

    Critics of Georgia's public defender system filed a lawsuit in April contending that hundreds of poor defendants in northeast Georgia were languishing in jails without seeing attorneys. They returned to court Thursday to tell a judge that there is still much work to be done.

    There are still dozens of lawyerless indigent defendants in northeast Georgia sitting in jail awaiting an attorney, said Gerry Weber, an attorney for the Atlanta-based Southern Center for Human Rights, which filed the lawsuit.

  • 9th September 2009

    ATLANTA -- The wheels of justice in Georgia are grinding more slowly each day.

    Cuts in spending for the state court system have led to fewer court dates available for hearings and trials, creating a growing backlog of cases. With serious criminal matters being heard first, delays are stretching to months for many civil, domestic and minor criminal cases.

  • 9th September 2009

    A federal judge in Atlanta who once placed the Fulton County Jail in receivership has proposed to solve the jail's chronic overcrowding problems by directing that people arrested for misdemeanors be issued a citation and a court summons rather than being taken to jail.

  • 22nd July 2009

    Civil rights and community groups across the country denounce Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano’s plans to expand the highly criticized 287(g) program to eleven new jurisdictions around the country.  The program, authorized in 1996 and widely implemented under the Bush Administration, relinquishes, with no meaningful oversight, immigration enforcement power to local law enforcement and corrections agencies.

  • 15th July 2009

    ADEL, GEORGIA, July 15, 2009 – This morning, the Southern Center for Human Rights appeared in Cook County Superior Court in Adel, Georgia to request the release of Frank Hatley, a 50 year old man. Mr. Hatley has languished in jail for more than a year for being too poor to pay for the support of a child who is not his. This afternoon, Cook County Superior Court Judge Dane Perkins agreed that Mr. Hatley is indigent and ordered his release.  Mr. Hatley left the Cook County Jail at 1pm today.

  • 29th June 2009

    ATLANTA, GEORGIA, June 29, 2009 – The Atlanta Citizen Review Board was created to provide a voice to the people of Atlanta who have grievances against the police. Despite the enthusiastic support that it received initially and the tragic circumstances that led to its creation, the Atlanta Citizen Review Board (ACRB) is under attack and in danger of being stripped of any real power it has to investigate the complaints of the citizens of Atlanta.

  • 22nd June 2009

    Click here for updates on our cases, analysis of the issues by our attorneys and investigators, legislative update for 2009, and the letter from the Director.

  • 3rd June 2009

    THERE is no abuse of government power more egregious than executing an innocent man. But that is exactly what may happen if the United States Supreme Court fails to intervene on behalf of Troy Davis.

  • 8th May 2009

    BESSEMER, Ala. — Inmates and officers agree on this much about Alabama's toughest prison, where old plastic jugs catch drips from death row's leaky roof: It's barely fit to live in or work in.
    A group of prisoners suing the state claims Donaldson Correctional Facility is unconstitutionally crowded and dangerous, which the Department of Corrections denies. And in an odd alliance that is rare in prison litigation, corrections officers are siding with the cons instead of backing their bosses.

  • 4th May 2009