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 and advocacy 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 crimes 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.
We are thrilled to announce a matching gift challenge from Atlantic Philanthropies: any gift from a new donor or an increased gift from a returning supporter will be matched dollar for dollar.