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Southern Center for Human Rights

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Crime & Law, Inmate Support, Public Interest Law

Mission: The Center was created in 1976 to respond to the deplorable conditions in prisons and jails in the South and the United States Supreme Court's decision that year allowing the resumption of capital punishment. Since its creation, the Center has been engaged in litigation, public education, advocacy, and work with other organizations and individuals to protect the civil and human rights of people prosecuted in the criminal courts, particularly those facing the death penalty, and confined in the prisons and jails of the South.

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

SCHR are my heroes. I saw them at work where indigent defendants were not being represented by lawyers. SCHR came to the rescue. They stayed, they endured and left the judicial circuit a better, more aware legal community.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My affiliation as a friend of the Southern Center for Human Rights is one that I am most proud of. While at another agency in the region I worked closely with SCHR and for more than a decade maintained my support of their incredible work. The leadership is unparalleled not just in service to the clients who are truly cherished and respected but also the way in which leadership is cultivated in order to grow and assure that the quality of criminal defense representation is superb and truly heroic. Perhaps the lowest paid, these are stars in the legal community of whom we can all be proud. The SCHR is an incredible watch-dog for our justice system demanding a zealous standard for those facing the death penalty and many other impact issues like mitigating circumstances, treatment in prison facilities and much more. Every dollar of a gift to the Southern Center makes a difference in a human life, allows talented legal practitioners to give their all to issues they are most passionate about and literally changes the way the world sees justice and humanity every single day-you can literally see your gift in motion and not one single dollar goes unappreciated or unaccounted for.