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The The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) is working for equality, justice, and dignity in our criminal justice system. SCHR's mission is to end capital punishment, mass incarceration, and other criminal justice practices that are used to control the lives of poor people, people of color, and other marginalized groups in the Southern United States. We do this through death penalty representation, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and public education.
We are correcting the casualties of the War on Drugs through policy reform and challenging extremely long sentences. To date, we have freed more than 20 people serving long term drug sentences for minor drug offenses. Through our Welcome Home Gift Baskets, we have begun to lay the foundation for a successful transition back into the community. We need your help to push our efforts further. We are developing an initiative to provide holistic reentry services to these newly freed individuals to help them thrive.

Learn more about our work to challenge extremely long drug sentences by watching this video:

Our success in the struggle for justice depends on the partnership of individuals like you who believe as we do that justice is worth fighting for and it cannot wait.


  • $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 be released.
  • $100 – Covers the cost of one gift card for our newly released clients to help them purchase essential items they need to successfully transition back into the community.
  • $250 – Covers travel to collect evidence to support SCHR lawsuits that ensure that the right to counsel for the poor is upheld, challenge predatory private probation companies, and end inhumane prison conditions.
  • $500 – Covers the costs of a week-long trip to challenge race-based voter suppression in South Georgia.

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