A minor at the Sumter Correctional Institution in Florida was brutally beaten and raped as part of a prison initiation ritual that was ignored by a guard, according to a federal lawsuit filed today by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the Florida Institutional Legal Services Project of Florida Legal Services.
The Alabama Court of the Judiciary censured a circuit court judge today who forced defendants unable to pay court debt to give blood or face jail time – three months after the SPLC filed an ethics complaint against the judge.
An SPLC client who served time in a modern-day debtors’ prison in Alabama when she couldn’t pay fines for minor traffic tickets told her story to congressional staffers on Capitol Hill and called for action to prevent others from going to jail simply for being poor.
When it comes to technology in the classroom, educators shouldn’t be satisfied by the sight of students focused on the glow of a screen, but should ask what uses of technology actually help all students in diverse U.S. classrooms learn, grow and thrive, according to research highlighted in the latest issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance magazine, released today.
Last month, the New Orleans City Council voted to take down four monuments honoring the Confederacy and its heroes, resulting in a federal court challenge by preservation groups and a chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Federal immigration raids in Georgia, Texas and North Carolina over the past weekend raise serious questions about whether federal agents violated constitutional standards or used illegal tactics to detain immigrant families seeking safety in the United States.
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore should be removed from the bench for advising state probate judges to enforce Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban, the Southern Poverty Law Center said in a new supplement filed today in its ongoing ethics complaint against Moore.
The armed takeover of a federal government building in Oregon comes amid a renewed expansion of the far-right, antigovernment militia movement in the wake of the 2014 standoff between federal agents and heavily armed antigovernment activists in the Nevada desert.
The Southern Poverty Law Center had a highly successful year in 2015. We won justice for exploited workers, schoolchildren subjected to shocking cruelty, poor people thrown into modern-day debtors’ prisons, and many others.