State officials are defending themselves against a lawsuit over the number of public defenders in south-central Georgia. This is the second time in 10 years that the Southern Center for Human Rights has sued over the Cordele judicial circuit, which doesn't have nearly enough lawyers for the poor, said attorney Atteeyah Hollie with the center.
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.