The Southern Center for Human Rights


  • The Court's order extends the Temporary Restraining Order to anyone on the registry who lives within 1000 feet of the school bus stop.  This means that people like Wendy Whitaker, who is on the registry because she had consensual sex with a classmate when she was 17, can stay home this weekend without fear of being thrown in prison for 10 years.  It means that people on the registry who are in treatment can continue going to treatment; people are going to be able to maintain the stability that is so important to us all.

  • The Court's Temporary Restraining Order today did two very important things: it noted that the bus stop provision in HB 1059 is probably unconstitutional, and it recognized that the bus stop provision will have the perverse effect of putting the public in greater danger by making it harder to monitor people who are currently on the registry.

  • ROME, GEORGIA , Tuesday June 20, 2006 – A class action lawsuit is being filed today in U.S. District Court challenging HB 1059, the Georgia sex offender legislation passed in 2006 by the General Assembly. Lawyers from the Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) and the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia are asking the Court to stop the enforcement of HB 1059, scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2006.
  • ATLANTA - After eight months in the Clinch County Jail, ready to rejoin his three children and find a new job, Willie Williams Jr. had one more item on his to-do list: Repay the county a $4,608 "room and board" bill for his time behind bars.

    In a settlement reached this week, Williams could have some money coming back to him.

  • Pretrial detainees in Clinch had paid room and board

    A southeast Georgia sheriff must stop charging jail inmates $18 a day for room and board and return about $27,000 to those who have incurred the fees, according to the terms of a settlement signed Monday by a federal judge.