An SPLC staff attorney recounts how a tearful meeting with a scared child at a Mississippi juvenile detention center led to a federal lawsuit and a settlement agreement to hold the lock-up accountable for its abuses.
Alabama has agreed that it will not publish a list naming immigrants allegedly “unlawfully present” in the state. The settlement agreement blocks the final provision of the state’s harsh anti-immigrant law that the SPLC challenged in court.
The SPLC is hosting or supporting events in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi this month to raise public awareness of the need to reform criminal justice policies that are harming vulnerable children.
Almost a month after an SPLC lawsuit resulted in a federal judge ordering Tennessee to provide hearings to residents whose Medicaid applications have been unreasonably delayed, state officials continue to offer excuses andshift the blame – tactics blasted in a recent editorial by The Tennessean.
The SPLC submitted hundreds of pages of expert reports to a federal court as part of a motion to certify a lawsuit against the East Mississippi Correctional Facility as a class action. The reports expose shocking human rights violations at the for-profit prison, including conditions described as “torture” by a forensic psychiatrist.