The Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta “provides legal representation to people facing the death penalty, challenges human rights violations in prisons and jails, seeks through litigation and advocacy to improve legal representation for poor people accused of crimes, and advocates for criminal justice system reforms on behalf of those affected by the system in the Southern United States.” The center focuses on issues of discrimination in the application of the death penalty. Media inquiries should be directed to Kathryn Hamoudah.
In the United States, Richard L. McCormick says, "In the nineteenth century voters whose religious heritage was pietistic or evangelical were to prone to support the Whigs and, later, the Republicans." Paul Kleppner generalizes, "the more pietistic the groups outlook the more intensely Republican its partisan affiliation."  McCormick notes that the key link between religious values and politics resulted from the "urge of evangelicals and Pietists to 'reach out and purge the world of sin.'"  Pietistic denominations in the United States included Northern Methodists , Northern Baptists , Scandinavian Lutherans, Congregationalists , Presbyterians , Disciples of Christ , and some smaller groups. The great majority were based in the northern states; some of these groups in the South would rather support the Democrats.