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VOICES: Prison violence like Alabama's demands a national reckoning

June 18, 2021 - Despite lawsuits instituting reforms, state prisons across the U.S. continue to be places of physical and sexual violence, especially against incarcerated people of color. Conditions got so bad in Alabama's prisons that the federal government recently sued the state for violating the Constitution. Robert T. Chase, a historian of prisons, says they need the same kind of scrutiny now faced by police.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Looking back at the long human rights crisis at the U.S. border

August 3, 2018 - Thirty years ago, the Institute for Southern Studies published a special issue of Southern Exposure magazine on the human rights crisis along the U.S. border with Mexico. Here we reprint "Valley So Low," about how asylum seekers from civil war-ravaged Central America were being arrested and held in immigrant detention centers in Texas — a story that sheds light on U.S. immigration policy today.

Remembering Katrina as a human rights disaster

August 27, 2015 - When Hurricane Katrina crashed into the Gulf Coast in 2005, it was not only an economic and social catastrophe — it was a human rights disaster. As the region continues to struggle for a full and equitable reconstruction, activists continue to frame the problem in human rights terms.