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Collection Number: 04655

Collection Title: Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990

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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.)
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records #4655, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from the Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons through Lao Rubert of the Carolina Justice Policy Center, Durham, N.C., in March 1993 (Acc. 93050).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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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.

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Box 1

Alabama Prison Project #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 1

ACLU: Capital Punishment Project #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 1

ACLU: Death Penalty, General #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 1

Amnesty International #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 1

Bishop, Jesse, Execution #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 1

Clark Proposal, 1980 #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 1

Conference on the Death Penalty, 1981 #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 1

"Death Watch" #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 1

Dorsey, L. C., Associate Director #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 1

England: Death Penalty #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 1

Expert Witnesses #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 1

Florida Clearinghouse on Criminal Justice #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 1

Box 2

Funding #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 2

Georgia Clearinghouse on Criminal Justice #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 2

Gilmore, Gary #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 2

Health Care Proposal #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 2

Incarceration Rates #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 2

Kanjian, Robert #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 2

Lethal Injection #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 2

Louisiana Coalition #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 2

Maps #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 2

Maryland Alternatives to Incarceration #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 2

Memos #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 2

Mississippi Coalition #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 2

Nagel, William #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 2

National March Against Death #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 2

Newsclippings #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 2

Newsletter Copy #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 2

Newsletters, 1978-1980 (incomplete run) #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 2

Other Newsletters: "Jericho" #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 2

Other Newsletters: "Journal of the National Prison Project" #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 2

Other Newsletters: "Liberty to the Captives" #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 2

Other Newsletters: "Lifelines" #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 2

Other Newsletters: "Moratorium" #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 2

Other Newsletters: "National Catholic Reporter" #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 2

Other Newsletters: "North Carolina Prison & Jail Project News" #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 2

Playboy Printing Memo #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 2

Potts, Jack #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 2

Press Contacts #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 2

Prison Construction Litigation #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 2

Proposal, 1978-1979 #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 2

Reidsville Brothers #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 2

Shevin, Robert #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 2

South Carolina Criminal Justice Project #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 2

Southern Prison Ministry #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 2

Box 3

Spenkelink, John, Execution #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 3

Staff #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 3

State Reports: 1981 #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 3

State Reports: 1982 #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 3

State Reports: 1983 #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 3

State Reports: 1985 #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 3

Tennessee #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 3

Wicker, Tom #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 3

Writings: Collection of photocopies and typed short writings on issues of interest to the Coalition #04655, Series: "Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons Records, 1974-1990." Box 3

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Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, May 1993

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