Nearly three dozen prominent national and state civil rights and criminal justice groups have joined the SPLC in support of federal legislation that would end debtors’ prison practices nationwide and strip federal funding from municipalities engaging in them.
An agreement has been reached with the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) to ensure that prisoners with disabilities receive treatment and services required under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If approved by the judge, the settlement will resolve part of a federal lawsuit filed by the SPLC and the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP) over inadequate care of inmates.
The following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Justice’s letter today to judges and court administrators about unconstitutional state court policies is by Sam Brooke, deputy legal director at the Southern Poverty Law Center:
Today, SPLC President Richard Cohen joined Rep. Terri Sewell, Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Jim Clyburn, and others in Birmingham, Alabama, for the Congressional Forum on the Current State of Voting Rights in America. The following are his prepared remarks.
This morning during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” businessman Donald Trump repeatedly dodged questions about the Ku Klux Klan and notorious white nationalist David Duke, who announced recently his support for Trump’s campaign.
A Virginia-based group is committing consumer fraud by offering services it claims can convert people from gay to straight – deceptive practices that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) must stop, according to a federal complaint the Southern Poverty Law Center and other civil rights groups filed with the FTC today.