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|Size||4.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 2000 items)|
|Abstract||The Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons was organized in 1974 with the missions of abolishing the death penalty, stopping prison construction and dependency on incaraceration, developing alternatives to incarceration, and protecting the human and civil rights of prisoners. The Coalitioin was active in North and South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, and Kentucky until the early 1990s. Papers include scattered office files of the Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons, including some issues of the Coalition newsletter. There are also newsletters of other prison and criminal justice reform groups and miscellaneous short writings apparently collected by Coalition staff. Topics covered include prison reform, capital punishment, prisoners' rights, and criminal justice reform in general. Included are several files with materials relating to the execution of specific individuals.|
|Creator||Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons (U.S.)|
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The Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons was organized in 1974 with the missions of abolishing the death penalty, stopping prison construction and dependency on incarceration, developing alternatives to incarceration, and protecting the human and civil rights of prisoners. Initially, the Coalition was active in six southern states: North and South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. By 1977, it was also active in Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, and Kentucky. Over its history, the Coalition operated with as many as ten and as few as four member organizations, among them the Alabama Prison Project, the Clearinghouse on Georgia Prisons and Jails, the Florida Clearinghouse on Criminal Justice, the Kentucky Prisoners' Support Council, the Louisiana Coalition on Jails and Prisons, the North Carolina Prison and Jail Project, the South Carolina Criminal Justice Project, the Southern Prison Ministry, and the Delta Ministry.
Operating with an executive director and central office in Nashville, Tenn., the Coalition produced a quarterly newsletter and sponsored project coordinators in member states. Each project coordinator was charged with identifying persons and groups in his or her state that shared the Coalition's goals and organizing these individuals and groups into local coalitions to develop education programs on prison and criminal justice reform, to identify and prioritize the needs of state and federal prisoners in their locality, to identify and prioritize areas in need of immediate change or reform within the criminal justice and penal systems, and to formulate and implement plans of action aimed at bringing about the necessary changes.
The Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons and its member organizations were financed by contributions from individuals and by grants from various private funding agencies. Some of the constituent organizations have apparently survived the demise in the early 1990s of the Coalition.Back to Top
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