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.
The state of Mississippi closed one of the most dangerous prisons in America today, six years after the Southern Poverty Law Center and other advocates sued the state to protect youthful offenders from rampant violence and sexual assault at the facility operated by a string of private, for-profit companies.
A city ordinance that criminalized the failure to pay a water bill was repealed by the city council in the town of Chickasaw, Alabama, last night in response to a Southern Poverty Law Center letter advising the city’s municipal judge that the ordinance is unconstitutional.