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Criminal Justice Reform

Date Filed

April 19, 2018

The SPLC filed a petition seeking the “immediate and unconditional release ” of a 15-year-old boy who was illegally held in a Louisiana juvenile prison without a court hearing required under state law.

A Madison Parish judge committed the child to the secure custody of the Office of...

Criminal Justice Reform
Immigrant Justice
Active Case

Date Filed

April 05, 2018

After the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) violated the Constitution by blocking immigrants in isolated civil immigration prisons from accessing lawyers, the SPLC filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit against the agency and other high-level federal officials.

The federal lawsuit...

Criminal Justice Reform
Voting Rights
Voting Rights - MS
Active Case

Date Filed

March 27, 2018

More than a century ago, Mississippi adopted a state constitution that was specifically intended to prevent formerly enslaved people and their descendants from gaining political influence, in part by blocking their access to the ballot box. Today, a provision of that 1890 constitution – a...

Features and Stories
February 15, 2018

The educational services provided to children in Florida who are prosecuted as adults and locked up in adult jails are “seriously deficient” and, in some cases, “virtually nonexistent,” according to a report released today by the SPLC.

Features and Stories
February 08, 2018

Alabama had at least 152 prisoners with a “serious mental illness” in solitary confinement on two randomly chosen days in December 2017 and January 2018, violating a judge’s directive last summer for the state prison system to move seriously mentally ill people out of segregation “as soon as possible.”

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