Theo Shaw remembers searching through a law book for answers while sitting in a jail cell. It was 2006. Shaw and Robert Bailey Jr. were two teenagers desperate to find something in the law that could help them get out of jail. “We were looking for hope,” Shaw said. “We were looking to file anything we needed to file to get out.”
Despite some signs of improvement, a juvenile justice expert’s report shows that the Henley-Young Juvenile Justice Center in Jackson, Miss., still has a long way to go to reverse the “culture of suppression and harm” found at the facility earlier this year.
The SPLC has reached an agreement with officials in Orleans Parish, La., to address the brutal and inhumane conditions at the Orleans Parish Prison, where prisoners have endured rampant violence, sexual assaults and neglect.
More than a decade after the headquarters of the neo-Nazi Aryan Nations was shuttered and demolished, a protégé of the group’s late founder is building a new compound in Idaho that is already attracting white supremacists for Ku Klux Klan cross burnings, according to the Winter 2012 issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report, released today.
The Southern Poverty Law Center filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit today accusing a New Jersey organization of consumer fraud for offering conversion therapy services – a dangerous and discredited practice that claims to convert people from gay to straight.
A year after officials in Forrest County, Miss., reached an agreement with the SPLC to end dangerous conditions at the county’s juvenile detention center, an independent monitor’s report has found they are “significantly behind schedule” – even backsliding in areas of progress.
Hundreds of thousands of disgruntled conservatives, still smarting from the re-election of President Obama, are signing petitions to allow more than 30 states to secede from the United States — and they are being joined by a motley collection of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Klan sympathizers.
The SPLC today called on the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) to reduce the wildly excessive rates that telephone companies charge for collect calls made by state inmates – fees that are 15 times higher than charges for calls made outside of jails and prisons.