The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) fights hate and bigotry while seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality. The Alabama office seeks to reform government processes that criminalize children and put in their place policies, practices, and laws that provide youth with a fair opportunity for positive life outcomes. SPLC engages in campaigns that use a combination of advocacy tools, including litigation, media, public policy, administrative advocacy, community mobilizing, coalition-building, and technical assistance to key state agencies and high-impact court systems.
Primary Contact Name: Ebony Howard
Position: Senior Supervising Attorney, Southern Poverty Law Center
Alabama Juvenile Justice Task Force Final Report (December 2017)
“Building on the progress begun with Alabama’s 2008 Juvenile Justice Act … state leaders established the bipartisan, inter-branch Alabama Juvenile Task Force (Task Force). Senate Joint Resolution 78, enacted with unanimous legislative support in 2017, charged the Task Force with reviewing the state’s juvenile justice system and developing recommendations…”
Review of Services for Alabama Girls Charged with Delinquency (2011)
In this report, Dr. Marty Beyer and Mr. Paul DeMuro observe that Alabama can take a giant step towards the goal of promoting a continuum of services for children and their families, from prevention to aftercare, by developing a trauma-informed system of care for girls charged with delinquency.