Race, Poverty and Criminal Justice
Stephen B. Bright, Patrick Mulvaney and Melanie Velez of the Southern Center for Human Rights presented "Race, Poverty and Criminal Justice," at the New York office of Sullivan & Worcester on March 27, 2015. The seminar focused on:
- Race, poverty and the criminal justice system
- Capital litigation trends, developments and crises
- A need for accountability and reform: Georgia's indigent defense crisis and rampant abuse of prisoners
Attendees learned about the intersections among race, poverty and criminal justice, as well as recent developments and current issues in capital litigation, including judicial override, intellectual disability and the death penalty, and the need for effective counsel in capital cases. They also learned about how far Georgia has to go in fulfilling the mandate of the Supreme Court's decision in Gideon v. Wainwright and how prison violence is running unchecked throughout Georgia's prisons.
Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR)
The SCHR provides legal representation to people facing the death penalty, challenges human rights violations in prisons and jails, seeks through litigation and advocacy to improve legal representation for poor people accused of crimes and advocates for criminal justice system reforms on behalf of those affected by the system in the Southern United States.