The Southern Center for Human Rights


  • A federal judge has been asked to remove Fulton County and some of its cities from a lawsuit brought last October that accused the county and 10 cities of violating inmates' right to counsel.

    Stephen Bright, director of the Southern Center for Human Rights, asked U.S. Judge Clarence Cooper on Thursday to dismiss Fulton County, Atlanta, Roswell and Mountain Park from the lawsuit.

    Last year, the Supreme Court ruled that lawyers had to be provided in any case where a defendant faced the possibility of incarceration and not only when a felony is involved.

  • WETUMPKA - A copy of the U.S. Constitution hangs in one of the inmate dorms in Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women.

    The dorm's walls are painted a medicinal pink, thought to be soothing for the recovering addicts assigned to this particular dorm, which is funded by federal crime prevention money. Inmates are taught to be patriotic in the "crime bill" dorm.

  • MONTGOMERY: A medical consultant's audit of health-care services in Alabama prisons found "dangerous and extremely poor quality health care" at Limestone Correctional Facility at Capshaw.

    Reports from visits Oct. 1 and Nov. 8 by Chicago-based Jacqueline Moore and Associates said the death rate from AIDS at Limestone is more than twice the national average in prisons and that efforts to control infectious and communicable diseases at Limestone were not adequately monitored or reported. Most of the state's inmates with AIDS are confined at the north Alabama prison.

  • Health care claims latest woes in corrections calamity

    The allegations of poor medical care at Alabama's prisons for women make them sound more like concentration camps: Female inmates sometimes pull their own teeth, are denied cancer treatment, don't receive medicine for diabetes and psychiatric disorders, and live with untreated gynecological problems, according to new claims added to an ongoing federal lawsuit against the state.

  • State must deal with overburdened prison system

    It's understandable that Bob Riley would want to delay the adoption of any plan to ease overcrowding at the Tutwiler prison for women until after he takes office as governor next month. As his spokesman says, meeting the Dec. 30 court-imposed deadline would lock the incoming Riley administration to a plan hastily put together by the outgoing Siegelman administration.