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January 24, 2018

The state has not yet come up with an acceptable remedy to address the “horrendously inadequate” and unconstitutional mental health care and staffing needs of the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC), the SPLC will argue today in closing arguments at a federal trial to correct the problems.

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December 20, 2017

​The Alabama Juvenile Justice Task Force, with technical assistance from the Pew Charitable Trust, surveyed Alabama law and considered data-driven and evidence-based reforms to the juvenile justice system. Its final report contains a number of recommendations that, if enacted, would represent progress for Alabama and its most vulnerable children. For instance, the Task Force recommends ending fines and fees in the juvenile justice system, restricting out-of-home placement, and preventing unnecessary or inappropriate arrests of children from K-12 public schools.

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December 15, 2017

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently inspected several detention facilities run by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency – including the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia – and found numerous instances in which ICE agents mistreated detainees, in violation of DHS standards.

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December 11, 2017

El Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE, por sus siglas en inglés) entraron a los hogares de familias de inmigrantes sin órdenes de registro, sin el consentimiento de los residentes y sin causa probable – en violación a la Cuarta Enmienda de la Constitución estadounidense – solamente para detener y deportar familias, principalmente mujeres y niños, según una demanda radicada por la Southern Poverty Law Center y el bufete de abogados Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms (Barnwell Whaley).

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November 18, 2017

The bad news about the criminal justice system can seem overwhelming: vast racial disparities; an incarceration rate unprecedented in world history and more than quadrupling over the past four decades; a school-to-prison pipeline that short-circuits our children’s futures.

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November 11, 2017

If law enforcement agencies in Alabama want to seize and keep someone’s property — cash, cars, real estate, guns, TVs or other assets — they don’t have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that it was used in drug trafficking or obtained through criminal activity.

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