SCHR’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic centers on protecting people who are incarcerated in Georgia’s jails and prisons or who may encounter the criminal legal system during this public health crisis. From advocating for a reduction in jail and prison populations to calling for a halt to non-essential arrests, SCHR is taking the lead and marshaling every resource available to stand in the gap for people who are too often forgotten, especially during times of crisis.
Your financial support on May 5th will allow SCHR to continue agitating for appropriate protections for people impacted by the criminal legal system. For some people who are incarcerated, this advocacy might mean the difference between life and death, and we thank you for helping to save lives.
Last month, SCHR’s client Sheila Denton was granted a new trial after a judge vacated her conviction and sentence, finding that the bitemark evidence used to convict her in 2006 is no longer reliable scientific evidence and, therefore, that there is a reasonable probability that she would be acquitted at trial today. After the prosecution chose not to appeal the decision, and amid the COVID-19 pandemic, SCHR filed a motion for bond. On April 7, the prosecution consented to Ms. Denton’s release on her own recognizance, and on April 8, she was released from prison, pending the prosecution’s decision as to whether or not they will retry the case. Ms. Denton (center) is pictured with SCHR attorneys Mark Loudon-Brown and Katherine Moss.
SCHR is gravely concerned about the spread of COVID-19 among incarcerated people. To that end, we have sent a number of advocacy letters, laying out ways to safely decarcerate and otherwise mitigate the risk of infection and death:
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