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Weekend Read: The painful persistence of corporal punishment

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 06:15
Across the country, numerous public institutions are legally responsible for children every day.

Judge orders ‘conversion therapy’ provider to permanently cease operations once again

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 07:09
A New Jersey state judge this week ordered the dissolution of an organization known as the Jewish Institute for Global Awareness (JIFGA) – which facilitated fraudulent gay-to-straight “conversion therapy” – after its directors violated an injunction entered four years ago requiring its predecessor to permanently cease all operations.

New report examines weaponization of immigration court system

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 14:25
The U.S. immigration court system has failed to fulfill the legal promise of fair and impartial case-by-case review, according to a new report released today by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Innovation Law Lab.

SPLC Action Fund: Alabama joins other states with civil asset forfeiture reporting law, but does not go far enough to protect property owners

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 13:02
Across the country, police are using a tool called civil asset forfeiture to seize millions of dollars in cash and property they claim have been involved in criminal activity.

Accusations in a Mirror: How the Radical Right Blames Rising Political Violence on the Left

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 10:02
In early April, Congress held its first hearing on white nationalism since the deadly 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. What was supposed to be an opportunity to address the rising threat of far-right extremism was, at certain points, upended by conservatives who insisted the real threat came from the left.

SPLC Report: Corporal punishment in school disproportionately affects black students, students with disabilities

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 07:53
Corporal punishment in school may seem like a practice that has long since disappeared from U.S. public schools, but every school day there are students who are punished by being struck by an educator – proof that corporal punishment remains a painful reality in thousands of public schools.

SPLC Report: Corporal punishment in school disproportionately affects black students, students with disabilities

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 07:53
Corporal punishment in school may seem like a practice that has long since disappeared from U.S. public schools, but every school day there are students who are punished by being struck by an educator – proof that corporal punishment remains a painful reality in thousands of public schools.

SPLC Report: Corporal punishment in school disproportionately affects black students, students with disabilities

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 07:53
Corporal punishment in school may seem like a practice that has long since disappeared from U.S. public schools, but every school day there are students who are punished by being struck by an educator – proof that corporal punishment remains a painful reality in thousands of public schools.

SPLC Action Fund: Louisiana criminal justice reform bills a good start, but more work remains

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 12:27
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed two bills into law this week that will improve transparency in police activities and save taxpayer money by eliminating lengthy sentences that are not warranted.

Weekend Read: The Changing Demographics of Mass Incarceration

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 11:46
After decades of constructing a system of mass incarceration, it appears that our nation is beginning to turn the tide.

Louisiana law will increase transparency in public school discipline and policing

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 13:25
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a bill today that will help ensure schools are transparent in their student disciplinary practices and school policing programs.

SPLC sues Trump administration for detaining immigrants who cannot afford bail

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 12:25
The SPLC and its allies sued the Trump administration today for holding people in Georgia immigration prisons just because they do not have enough money to pay for bail.

SPLC statement on YouTube’s decision to remove hateful content

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 12:58
YouTube announced plans today to clean up extremism and hate speech on its popular service by removing thousands of videos and channels that advocate neo-Nazism, white supremacy and other bigoted ideologies.

SPLC helps gay Honduran man win asylum

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 11:11
Juan Carlos Herrera-Zapata knew he was gay from the time he was a little boy.

Louisiana bills would increase transparency in law enforcement and public schools

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 07:32
The Louisiana Legislature this week passed legislation that will help ensure schools are complying with federal anti-discrimination laws, and, in a separate bill focused on law enforcement agencies, create a task force that will improve collection and reporting of data on basic law enforcement activities.

SPLC to Congress: Myth of ‘white genocide’ driving white nationalist terror attacks

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 12:42
The SPLC’s Lecia Brooks testified today before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (Committee on Oversight and Reform) about the need for federal action to confront the deadly white nationalist movement. Brooks delivered the following oral remarks to the subcommittee chaired by U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, in addition to written testimony.

SPLC sues Arizona groups for harassing churches that help immigrants

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 07:15
As the immigrants stepped off a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bus to receive assistance from a local Arizona church, a woman stood on church property and began shouting “fuera” (“get out” in Spanish) and “criminals” at them.

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