Entries by Shoshannah Sayers

Private Prison Profiteers

Private Prisons: The Injustice League The two largest private prison providers in the U.S. each rake in tens of millions of dollars every year. How do they make their money, and what agreements are in place to protect their profits? Guaranteed Occupancy When a prison company approaches a state or city to either build or […]

Real Experiences with Racial Profiling

Since early 2013, the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, in conjunction with our partners in the FADE coalition, has been sounding the alarm with city leaders about racially disparate policing practices in our hometown of Durham, NC. SCSJ attorneys, analysts, and organizers have played a significant role in supporting members of directly affected communities in […]

Voting Rights and Mass Incarceration

With SCSJ attorneys in federal court hearings this week fighting against North Carolina’s voter suppression laws and the second Clean Slate Clinic in Durham quickly approaching, the disenfranchisement of the justice-involved population is a central topic for SCSJ this week. Voting Rights and Mass Incarceration at the National Level According to The Sentencing Project, there […]

Clean Slate Clinic July 12, 2014

Clean Slate Clinic July 12, 2014 Do you have a criminal record?  Has your criminal record held you back from getting a job?  There will be a Clean Slate Clinic on Saturday, July 12 – stop by to see if you are eligible to clean up your record.  Attorneys will be on hand to speak […]

Criminal Justice Initiative in the News

A sampling of Criminal Justice Initiative media coverage from May – early July 2014.   Daryl Atkinson receives White House “Champions of Change” award on June 30, 2014. Read more here.   Michelle Alexander and Daryl Atkinson featured on HuffPostLive discussing barriers to reentry   News Interview on Daryl Atkinson’s White House Champions of Change […]

NC Voting Rights Rollbacks: The New Selma?

In March of 1965, the Selma-to-Montgomery march began with hopes of creating voting equality. Hundreds of civil rights activists and demonstrators attempted to march from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama in protest of Jim Crow voter suppression measures such as literacy tests, poll taxes, grandfather clauses, and the general practice of intimidation. Pivotal moments of […]

SCSJ to Battle Voter Suppression in Monday Hearing

On Monday, July 7, Southern Coalition for Social Justice’s Allison Riggs will partner with the American Civil Liberties Union to present arguments in federal court asking that North Carolina’s voter suppression law be placed on hold for the 2014 midterm elections. Riggs is the lead attorney in this case, League of Women Voters of North […]

SCSJ 2014 Summer Interns

What’s it like for summer interns working with a multi-issue social justice organization? We asked SCSJ’s four summer law clerks and they told us all about it! SCSJ Legal Interns on their experience from SCSJ on Vimeo.   We also spoke with summer interns in Community Organizing, Research/Policy, and Media/Communications programs about their experiences working […]

Daryl Atkinson Receives White House Champion of Change Award

White House Honors Champion of Change Daryl Atkinson On Monday, June 30, 2014 the White House honored local “Champions of Change” who are doing extraordinary work to facilitate employment opportunities for individuals formerly involved in the justice system.  Daryl V. Atkinson, an attorney with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, was the only North Carolina-based […]