Last Week Tonight with John Oliver tackled the issue of modern-day debtors’ prisons by featuring the story of an SPLC client – a grandmother who ended up behind bars after struggling to pay traffic tickets.
The Florida Supreme Court confirmed this week what experts and parents have long known: Children are fundamentally different from adults. Recognizing this fact is critically important in Florida, a state where more than 10,000 children have been prosecuted as adults in the last five years without a judge’s input.
The SPLC and a coalition of other civil rights groups have vowed to continue fighting for poultry and meatpacking workers following the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s refusal to create safeguards to protect them from crippling repetitive motion injuries.
As managing attorney in the SPLC’s Mississippi office, Jody Owens has seen firsthand the devastation wrought by the “school-to-prison pipeline” that funnels vulnerable children into the harsh world of police, courts and prison cells. He explains this civil rights crisis and the path to reform.
AnSPLC suit filed today accuses Judicial Correction Services, a for-profit company, of violating federal racketeering laws by extorting money from impoverished Alabamians by threatening them with jail when they fall behind on paying fines from traffic violations or other citations.
In a commentary published in today’s Tampa Tribune, the head of the SPLC’s Florida office argues in favor of pending legislation that would greatly reduce the number of the state’s children pushed into adult courts, a category in which Florida leads the nation.
Marking the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, U.S. Rep. John Lewis and a gathering of congressional leaders and others laid a wreath on the Civil Rights Memorial at the SPLC in Montgomery, Alabama, to honor those who were killed during the movement.