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Who We Are


The Southern Center for Human Rights is working for equality, dignity, and justice for people impacted by the criminal legal system in the Deep South. SCHR fights for a world free from mass incarceration, the death penalty, the criminalization of poverty, and racial injustice.


SCHR was founded in 1976 by ministers and activists concerned about criminal justice issues in response to the Supreme Court’s reinstatement of the death penalty that year and to the horrendous conditions in Southern prisons and jails.

Our People

Dedicated people are the driving force of SCHR. Our staff, board, and ambassadors are committed to ensuring equality, dignity, and justice in the criminal legal system.


At SCHR, we envision a world in which the legal system is used not as a tool to concentrate power and control, but as an instrument of true justice by which individuals and communities remain accountable to each other. Join us.

Financial Reports

SCHR’s financial information, annual reports, and organizational audits.



  • Foundations & Individuals
  • Attorney Fees
  • Special Events & Other Income
  • Investment Loss


  • Program Services
  • Management & General
  • Fundraising

of Southern Center for Human Rights Board Members made personal contributions to support our work in 2023.