The state Department of Corrections has agreed to give the Southern Center for Human Rights 1,000 pages of documents after the group sued during their probe into a northwest Georgia prison. The lawsuit had been dismissed and aside from providing the documents, the Georgia Department of Corrections has agreed to pay the organization's legal fees.
A group that focuses on fighting human rights violations against inmates has sued the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Corrections, saying the agency is in violation of the state's open records law.
Three south Georgia judges have asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit against them. The lawsuit was filed last month in Albany by the Southern Center for Human Rights against Cordele Judicial Circuit Chief Superior Court Judge John Pridgen, Superior Court Judge T. Christopher Hughes and Superior Court Judge Robert Chasteen, Jr.
Judges across Georgia are closing courtrooms to the public, citing reasons like lack of space and security concerns. But it’s against the law to do so and now some judges are getting slapped with lawsuits of their own.
Thousands of parents jailed for child support debt could join a lawsuit claiming, Georgia locks people up for being poor. The case involves parents who couldn't afford a lawyer when they asked a judge not to send them to jail for not paying child support. Plaintiffs say, the state is running modern-day debtor's prisons for parents unable to find work.
The Southern Center for Human Rights says a settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit involving appeals by indigent Georgia defendants. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed in 2009 were calling for the state to make changes to make sure hundreds of defendants have lawyers to represent them in their appeals.