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  • 15th December 2008

    The Georgia prison system is failing to protect the state's youngest inmates from violent attacks and sexual assaults, a motion filed Thursday in federal court alleges.

    The Southern Center for Human Rights contends that young inmates at Lee Arrendale State Prison in northeast Georgia routinely fall prey to older prisoners. The Atlanta-based center is asking a judge to find the Georgia Department of Corrections in contempt of a 1991 court order governing conditions at the prison, in Alto in Habersham County.

  • 15th December 2008
    State sued for not stopping rapes, threats, especially at young Lee Arrendale inmates

    Two inmates offered sordid, chilling accounts in federal court Tuesday of life in a northeast Georgia prison where prisoners fight to survive in a toxic atmosphere of threats, rape and violence.

    Lawyers for the Southern Center for Human Rights are asking a federal judge to force the state Department of Corrections to take immediate steps to stop a string of violent attacks and sexual assaults at Lee Arrendale State Prison in Alto.

  • 15th December 2008
    State to make Alto mostly for women

    Corrections officials are making sweeping changes to a North Georgia prison where, critics charge, some of the state's youngest inmates are regularly subjected to rapes and other brutal attacks.

    The state plans to turn Lee Arrendale State Prison in Alto into a women's prison, according to documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

  • 15th December 2008
    Family members and lawyers describe assaults of teens in prison

    Wayne Boatwright Sr. couldn't hold back tears as he told legislators about the death of his 18-year-old son, Wayne Boatwright Jr. He was strangled to death in February at Lee Arrendale State Prison, where children between the ages of 13 and 17 found guilty of one of seven violent felonies are sent. Once there, they often are preyed upon by the prison's older population, documents show.

  • 21st November 2008
    Injunction filed to Halt Forcible Removal of Wendy Whitaker from her home.

    AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – Today, attorneys from the Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) filed an injunction to stop the Thanksgiving Day eviction of Harlem, Georgia resident Wendy Whitaker. Ms. Whitaker is on Georgia’s sex offender registry for engaging in a single act of consensual oral sex as a teenager with another teenager just 15 months her junior. Ms. Whitaker is facing eviction from her home because she resides within 1,000 feet of a child care center and a church.

  • 19th November 2008

    BIRMINGHAM, AL  -- This week, United States Magistrate Judge John E. Ott issued his report and recommendations on the settlement of a lawsuit filed by a class of HIV-positive inmates in the Alabama prison system in November, 2002, challenging the living conditions and inadequate medical care provided at Limestone Correctional Facility.

  • 19th November 2008
    County to Reimburse Former Inmates Over $27,000 In Illegally Collected Jail Fees

    HOMERVILLE, GEORGIA – Today, United States District Court Judge Hugh Lawson approved a settlement agreement in a federal class action lawsuit on behalf of pre-trial detainees who were required to pay for their “room and board” at the Clinch County Jail in Homerville, Georgia.

  • 17th November 2008

    ATLANTA , GEORGIA, October 30, 2006 –  HB 1059, Georgia’s sex offender legislation, has taken another hit as Sheriffs in several counties agree not to enforce a portion of the law.

  • 17th November 2008
    Law forces Elderly and Severely Disabled People onto the Streets or Jail
  • 17th November 2008

    We are deeply saddened by the horrific murder of 6 year old Christopher Michael Barrios.  The little boy was last seen playing on a swing set near his father's home at a trailer park near Brunswick. His body was found a week later about three miles away near the side of a road.  In light of this cruel and sickening tragedy, we steel our resolve to create public policy and practice that meaningfully promotes safety for Georgia’s women and children.