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February 06, 2017

Louisiana officials denied poor people their constitutional right to counsel by failing to establish an effective statewide public defense system. The SPLC and its allies filed suit in state court fix the broken system.

In 2016, a funding crisis forced as many as 33 out of 42 public...

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January 13, 2017

A federal judge on Thursday entered an order requiring the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) to immediately take actions to protect suicidal prisoners – an order sparked by the SPLC after a client died by suicide in a prison cell days after testifying in court about the state’s failure to provide adequate mental health care to prisoners.

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December 22, 2016

The SPLC asked a federal judge today to force the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) to take immediate action to protect suicidal prisoners – an action that comes after a prisoner represented by the SPLC was found dead in his cell from suicide 10 days after testifying in federal court about the state’s failure to provide adequate mental health care to prisoners.

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November 26, 2016

A federal judge ruled yesterday that a lawsuit on behalf of prisoners denied mental health care can head to trial as a class action on behalf of all prisoners, noting that there is evidence of systemic “deliberate indifference” to the mental health needs of the prisoners.

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October 27, 2016

The SPLC today filed claims for damages against the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on behalf of three families targeted in the aggressive and potentially unconstitutional ICE raids conducted in Atlanta last January.

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