SPLC fights alleged bias in bail system

racial justiceHaving to post bail after an arrest is a generally accepted part of the criminal justice system. But is the ability to come up with bail money inherently biased against the poor? The Southern Poverty Law Center believes it is, and has filed a lawsuit alleging that bail “creates a ‘two-tiered’ system of justice based on wealth.” Learn more about the lawsuit in this story at the SPLC website.

Using Civil War-era law, MS parents sue over ‘inequitable’ education

Alleged inequities in public education in Mississippi are at the heart of a lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC is using a novel legal argument that Mississippi is failing to live up to its agreement to allow the state back in the Union after the Civil War. Read more about the novel legal approach in this story at the Washington Post. More on the lawsuit is also available at the SPLC website.