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  • 9th April 2009

    Though a bill to fix the most egregious problems with Georgia's sex offender law stalled, a federal judge sides with SCHR: Georgia cannot categorically ban people on the sex offender registry from working or volunteering at a church.

    When a federal judge last week halted enforcement of Georgia's law banning sex offenders from volunteering at churches, one state lawmaker could easily have said, "I told you so."

  • 7th April 2009

    ATLANTA, GEORGIA, April 7, 2009 - The right to counsel - the most basic protection against unlawful imprisonment and the most fundamental constitutional right, upon which the enforcement of every other right in the criminal justice system depends - is being systematically denied to poor people accused of crimes in the five counties of the Northern Judicial Circuit of northeast Georgia.

  • 3rd April 2009

    April 3, 2009 - Attorneys from the Southern Center for Human Rights petitioned a federal court to permit an independent correctional security expert to conduct an immediate, full, and thorough inspection into the living and working conditions at Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer, Alabama.

    This request was made in the context of Hicks v. Hetzel, Civil Action No. 2:09-cv-155-WKW (M.D. Ala), a lawsuit, filed on February 26, 2009, in which four prisoners have challenged the overcrowded, unsanitary, and dangerous conditions at Donaldson.

  • 26th February 2009


    MONTGOMERY, AL, February 26, 2009 — Today, attorneys from the Southern Center for Human Rights filed a federal class action lawsuit on behalf of people incarcerated at Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer, Alabama.

  • 28th January 2009

    A victory in SCHR's litigation to save public defense in Georgia

    ATLANTA, GA - Georgia’s public defender council has scrapped an arrangement strongly criticized for degrading the quality of legal representation in Fulton County.

    Last summer, amid a funding crisis, the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council abruptly shut down the Metro Conflict Defender Office. The office represented co-defendants when conflict-of-interest rules allowed a public defender to represent only one person.

  • 9th January 2009

    DECATUR, Ala. — The prisoners in the Morgan County jail here were always hungry. The sheriff, meanwhile, was getting a little richer. Alabama law allowed it: the chief lawman could go light on prisoners’ meals and pocket the leftover change.

  • 9th January 2009

    (CNN) -- A federal judge ordered a north Alabama sheriff jailed this week, saying the lawman intentionally served jail inmates "woefully insufficient" meals in order to pocket more than $200,000.

  • 9th January 2009

    Federal agents busted Morgan County sheriff Greg Bartlett, Wednesday night. They took him to the federal prison in Talladega.

    Bartlett was busted all because of jail food.

    WHNT NewsChannel 19's Special Investigations Unit revealed in 2007 how some Alabama sheriff's pocket jail food profit.

    It's legal. But, it's controversial.

    In Batlett's case, though, the judge has leverage to do something about it. That's because Morgan County's jail is operating under a federal consent decree.

  • 9th January 2009

    DECATUR, Ala.

  • 18th December 2008

    Statement of Stephen B. Bright, President and Senior Counsel of the Southern Center for Human Rights.

    “It is very difficult to convince 12 people to take the life of another person.  That’s because every person is more than the worst thing that he has ever done – even those who have committed horrendous crimes.  Killing another human being is the absolute last resort.  And because of life imprisonment without parole, the jury was not required to resort to the death penalty to punish and to protect the community.