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SPLC: Louisiana’s title of incarceration capital of the world an opportunity for reform

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 09:39
Louisiana once again has the highest incarceration rate, imprisoning 719 of every 100,000 residents, according to a report released this week by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Weekend Read: Trump’s citizenship question

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 09:58
The Constitution requires the federal government to conduct a count of all of the people living in the United States every 10 years. 

SPLC Action Fund: Florida House bill would contradict Amendment 4, making it harder for people with past felony convictions to vote

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 08:10
The Florida House this week passed House Bill 7089, an unnecessary piece of legislation that would purportedly restore voting rights to people with past felony convictions, but would actually create hurdles by requiring them to pay all their criminal fines and fees – even if they have been converted to civil liens – before they could get their voting rights restored.

SPLC Action Fund: Florida immigration enforcement bill violates Constitution, makes communities less safe

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 14:26
The Florida House this week approved House Bill 527 (HB 527), which would require local law enforcement to assist in federal immigration enforcement.

SPLC Action Fund: Florida bill seeking to arm teachers with guns jeopardizes school safety

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 14:01
The Florida Senate today approved Senate Bill 7030, which seeks to allow teachers to carry guns in the classroom and would require schools to report students to law enforcement for normal adolescent behavior that is interpreted as a “threat."

Winston Shrout, One of America's Most High-Profile 'Sovereign Citizens,' is a Fugitive

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 13:06
Winston Shrout spent years defying the federal government as one of the country’s most high-profile sovereign citizens and tax dodgers.

SPLC answers questions about antigovernment extremists who detain migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 11:21
In recent days, media outlets have reported that armed militia groups, acting as border vigilantes, have been detaining migrants at gunpoint along the along the U.S.-Mexico border. 

QAnon Conspiracy Increasingly Popular with Antigovernment Extremists

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 09:27
Antigovernment extremists, including some who’ve committed violent acts, are increasingly subscribing to and propagating the QAnon conspiracy theory, which asserts that pro-Trump forces will soon take down the so-called deep state.

Weekend Read: Cuban asylum seekers detained in Louisiana

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 08:12
Every day, tens of thousands of immigrants are locked behind bars in the United States. Many are detained for months, even years, far from their loved ones and communities. 

Stalking Mosques and Trading Information, Back Woods Survivalist Squad Merges Anti-Islam Fever With Militia Tactics

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 11:52
Back Woods Survivalist Squad (BWSS), a group of Patriot movement extremists, has been using Facebook to coordinate surveillance on mosques around the country, a Hatewatch investigation reveals.

What the Supreme Court ruling could mean for civil asset forfeiture

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 09:34
As the U.S. Supreme Court pointed out on Feb. 20, the constitutional clause that protects Americans from having to pay “excessive fines” traces its lineage to the Magna Carta, which set forth certain rights in England more than 800 years ago.

Four Things to Know About Next Week's 'Patriotism Over Socialism' Rally in Arizona

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 13:09
A U.S. congressman and the chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party are both listed as speakers at an event that will also be attended by multiple hate groups.

Weekend Read: Alabama’s illegal - and deadly - prison system

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 11:52
We’ve been locked in a legal battle with the state of Alabama for the past five years over the sickening mistreatment of people in its prisons who have medical and mental health needs.

Suspect in Church Burnings Influenced by 'Black Metal' Music, Police Say, But Not All Black Metal is the Same

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 11:02
Holden Matthews, the 21-year-old man accused of burning three historically black churches in Louisiana, was influenced by “black metal,” police say – a music genre sometimes tied to organized hate.

White Supremacist Chris Cantwell Takes Hiatus to Avoid 'Another Crying Nazi Moment'

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 13:22
Christopher Cantwell, a prolific white supremacist radio host, put his broadcasting work on hiatus, citing “serious personal problems” as the reason behind his decision in a post on his website.

Vicious Facebook Posts and the Man Accused of Threatening to Kill Rep. Ilhan Omar

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 12:26
About three-and-a-half years ago, a man named Patrick Carlineo joined a brand-new Facebook group called “No Syrian refugees for NY.”

Cuban men thrown into Louisiana prisons despite legal asylum requests

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 08:56
Suicide. Self-harm. Medical neglect. Isolated in segregation. Quarantined and left without legal counsel.

SPLC launches digital initiative to promote honest discussion of Confederate history

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 14:22
The SPLC launched a digital initiative this month that seeks to correct the false narratives of the “Lost Cause” mythology, which idolizes people who fought against the United States in order to preserve slavery.

Judge temporarily blocks Trump administration from forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 19:08
A federal judge today ordered the Trump administration to immediately stop forcing asylum seekers to return to Mexico and wait there for their hearings in immigration court.

Alabama city holds 'Amnesty Week,' part of SPLC settlement of federal lawsuit over private probation scheme

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 15:38
The city of Gardendale, Alabama, today began a week in which it will allow people who are facing municipal offenses to clear their cases, without being arrested.

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