Justice does not just happen. It does not simply exist. Justice is achieved by hard work, diligent struggle, unending hope, innovative thinking, boundless courage, and tremendous compassion.
For almost 40 years, the Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) has been working to reimagine equal justice, working to build a justice system that is fair, just, and humane. In 2015, SCHR’s litigation has secured a cert grant from the US Supreme Court on race discrimination in a death penalty case; shut down a private probation company that was holding poor people for ransom; substantially improved the public defense system in Cordele, GA; freed individuals serving long prison sentences for drug possession charges; and held police accountable for mandated reforms.
Our work is based on our values and beliefs. We believe that communities of color should not be targeted by overzealous police. We believe that poor children accused of delinquent acts should not have to represent themselves in court. We believe that poor people accused of minor traffic offenses should not be incarcerated for their inability to pay their fines. We believe in transformative justice. We believe in collective liberation. We find honor and fulfillment in fighting for justice.
We encourage you to partner with us in reimagining equal justice. Together, we can create the change we want to see.
- $10 – Allows us to purchase snacks for our clients when we visit them in prison. For many of our clients, our visits are among the very few they get each year as they await their execution date.
- $25 – Buys stamps for 50 response letters to the many people in prison or their family members who contact us daily with their tragic stories of encounters with the criminal justice system. Our letter is sometimes the only response they receive.
- $50 – Covers the cost of printing and mailing 25 parole handbooks, a helpful resource to people in prison who are eligible for parole and may soon reenter society.
- $100 – Funds travel to depositions for lawsuits ensuring that the right to counsel for the poor is upheld and challenging predatory private probation companies and inhumane prison conditions and violence.
- $250 – Covers 3 days travel for an investigator collecting mitigation evidence to save the life of one of our clients facing the death penalty.
- $500 – Pays for flight and one-night hotel expense for a member of our team arguing Foster v. Chatman at the United States Supreme Court on November 2, 2015. Foster is a clear example of the impact of racism in the administration of the death penalty.