Southern Center for Human Rights
The Southern Center for Human Rights is a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to enforcing the civil and human rights of people in the criminal justice system in the South. It is based in Atlanta, Georgia, and has won cases in several states in the southeastern United States, including Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina.
The Center’s legal work includes representing prisoners in challenges to unconstitutional conditions and practices in prisons and jails; challenging systemic failures in the legal representation of poor people in the criminal courts; and representing people facing the death penalty who otherwise would have no representation.
The Center's president, Stephen Bright, was lauded in 2001 by Nat Hentoff in the Village Voice. In May 2004, the Center was highlighted in a New York Times op-ed piece which compared treatment of prisoners in Georgia to abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
- Hentoff, Nat (January 2001). "Winter Solstice Tributes". The Village Voice (Village Voice LLC). Retrieved 2007-12-21.
- Herbert, Bob (May 31, 2004). "America's Abu Ghraibs". New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved 2007-12-21.
- Bach, Amy. Ordinary Injustice: How America Holds Court. Metropolitan Books, New York, 2009. ISBN 978-0-8050-7447-5
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