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The following statement regarding a September 17 incident in which an African-American female student was dragged by her hair and struck on the head by a school staffer at Greenville High School is by Jody Owens, managing attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Mississippi office:
The Southern Poverty Law Center today called on Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to release the letter delivered today from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announcing that it is opening a wide-ranging investigation into the conditions in Alabama’s prisons.
The SPLC recognized the documentary film Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America with its first-ever filmmaking award at the eighth annual Charlotte Film Festival in North Carolina on Saturday.
A ruling by a federal appeals court this week that might benefit immigrant workers taking legal action against abusive employers drew from the findings of two SPLC reports that examined the abuse immigrant workers face in the food industry.
The Alabama Court of the Judiciary today suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore for the rest of his term in office.
When the U.S. Justice Department announced its plan to phase out the use of private prisons, it confirmed what critics have long known and many states are just beginning to comprehend: It doesn't pay to put this vital government function into the hands of profit-making ventures.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has asked a federal court to deny an attempt by Florida’s Collier County Public Schools to dismiss a SPLC lawsuit charging that the school district has illegally barred immigrant children with limited English skills from enrolling in high school.
The Alabama Court of the Judiciary heard testimony today in a trial to determine whether state Chief Justice Roy Moore violated judicial ethics when he advised state officials to ignore federal court orders and uphold the state’s unconstitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The following statement regarding the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting program’s annual Crime in the United States report, released September 26, 2016, is from Lisa Graybill, deputy legal director at the Southern Poverty Law Center.