April 12, 2017 -
The effort to release a North Carolina man who many believe has been imprisoned for over 20 years for a murder he did not commit is getting renewed attention — and shining a spotlight on a criminal justice system that's seven times more likely to convict innocent Black people of murder than innocent whites.
March 31, 2017 -
Immigrant-welcoming local governments in the South are navigating a challenging political terrain as states in the region adopt bans on so-called "sanctuary" policies and as the federal government also moves to crack down on sanctuary communities.
March 24, 2017 -
Florida has the harshest felon disenfranchisement law in the country, but it's now being challenged by a ballot initiative campaign led by a former felon as well as by a class-action lawsuit.
March 24, 2017 -
Though death sentences and executions have decreased nationally in recent years, the South continues to execute people at a disproportionate rate — but the movement to end the death penalty is picking up momentum there.
March 16, 2017 -
A high-profile incident involving a 15-year-old Black student in North Carolina who lashed out against a verbal bully has focused attention on the rise of racist harassment in schools following Trump's election. While some might think words don't actually hurt anyone, studies show otherwise.
March 7, 2017 -
When it comes to pay equity between women and men, the South lags behind the U.S. overall, where women still earn just 80 cents on average for every $1 a man makes. Equal pay is one of the driving issues behind this week's A Day Without a Woman protest.
March 3, 2017 -
With several Southern legislatures considering bills to penalize cities that decline to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, faith leaders and college students are taking steps to protect the undocumented from deportation.
February 22, 2017 -
What's being billed as "Resistance Recess" is drawing vocal protesters to public meetings with members of Congress to express their opposition to President Trump and the Republican agenda — and some meetings are going ahead even without lawmakers there.
February 17, 2017 -
Georgia will have to do away with its exact-match voter registration verification scheme thanks to a lawsuit filed last year by voting rights advocacy groups. The program resulted in the disenfranchisement of some 42,000 people, disproportionately people of color — but now it's being considered by other states including Florida, Virginia and West Virginia.