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1 DOJ Investigation of Mount Vernon Police Department
(no court) (No Court)
Filed 12/03/2021 - Case Ongoing
Mount Vernon Police Department
Mount Vernon Police Department
Policing
PN-NY-0063
Westchester County
Coding In Process
On December 3, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, along with the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced a pattern and practice investigation into the Mount Vernon Police Department.* [view]
2 Pitney v. City of Chester
2:19-cv-00799-PD (E.D. Pa.)
Filed 02/25/2019 - Case Ongoing
City of Chester
Policing
PN-PA-0019
Delaware County
Coding Complete
The plaintiff in this case was strip-searched after being arrested for a minor offense. He was not suspected of possessing drugs or weapons, and he was ultimately not charged with any crime, but the City of Chester's policy allowed police to conduct strip searches on anyone they arrested. In this lawsuit, filed by private counsel on February 25, ... [view]
3 H.C. v. Bradshaw
9:18-cv-80810 (S.D. Fla.)
Filed 06/21/2018 - Case Ongoing
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JC-FL-0023
Palm Beach County
Coding Complete
Three children charged as adults who were being or had been held in solitary confinement in Palm Beach County Jail filed this class-action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida (West Palm Beach) on June 21, 2018. They sued the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and School Board under the Individuals ... [view]
4 Reid v. Wetzel
1:18-cv-00176-JEJ (M.D. Pa.)
Filed 01/25/2018 - Case Ongoing
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-PA-0045
Coding Complete
On January 25, 2018, five Pennsylvania prisoners who had been sentenced to death filed this putative class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania against the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC). Represented by the Abolitionist Law Center, the ACLU National Prison Project, and the ACLU of ... [view]
5 Doe v. Massachusetts Department of Corrections
1:17-cv-12255 (D. Mass.)
Filed 11/15/2017 - Closed 2019
Massachusetts Department of Correction
Prison Conditions
PC-MA-0052
Coding Complete
The plaintiff in this case is a trans woman who was housed in a men's prison in Massachusetts for a nonviolent drug possession charge. Because of her gender presentation and identity, she faced degrading sexual harassment from both staff and other prisoners. She was forced to use communal showers and bathrooms without locks, and was subject to ... [view]
6 Horse v. District of Columbia
1:17-cv-01216 (D.D.C.)
Filed 06/21/2017 - Case Ongoing
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department
Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
PN-DC-0013
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On June 21, 2017, a photojournalist, a practicing attorney, and two demonstrators filed this lawsuit against the District of Columbia, the individual police officers who committed the alleged acts, the police officers’ supervisors, and the chief of D.C. police in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia. Another female demonstrator ... [view]
7 K.A. v. Hobby
1:17-cv-00099-LJA (M.D. Ga.)
Filed 06/01/2017 - Closed 2019
Worth County Sheriff's Office
Policing
Criminal Justice (Other)
Education
ED-GA-0002
Worth County
Coding Complete
This case was brought in response to an event that occurred on April 14, 2017 in Worth County. That day, approximately 40 uniformed police officers arrived at Worth County High School and put the school on lockdown to conduct a drug search. They did not have a search warrant. Although the officers had a “target list” of thirteen suspected ... [view]
8 J.J. v. Litscher
3:17-cv-00047 (W.D. Wis.)
Filed 01/23/2017 - Case Ongoing
Wisconsin Department of Correction
Lincoln Hills School for Boys & Copper Lake School for Girls
Juvenile Institution
JI-WI-0004
Coding Complete
On January 23, 2017, four minor children confined to the state juvenile facilities Copper Lake School for Girls and the Lincoln Hills School for Boys filed this class action in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. The plaintiffs sued various state officials responsible for the facility under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The ... [view]
9 Jones v. Gov't of D.C.
1:16-cv-02405-CKK (D.D.C.)
Filed 12/07/2016 - Closed 2019
Government of the District of Columbia
Criminal Justice (Other)
Indigent Defense
CJ-DC-0004
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On December 7, 2016, an individual formerly detained in a D.C. jail filed this putative class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiff sued the District of Columbia under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Represented by private counsel, the plaintiff sought injunctive relief, damages, and attorneys’ fees. The ... [view]
10 Ross v. Gossett
3:15-cv-00309 (S.D. Ill.)
Filed 03/19/2015 - Case Ongoing
Illinois Department of Corrections
Illinois River Correctional Center
Prison Conditions
PC-IL-0033
Coding Complete
On March 19, 2015, an Illinois prisoner filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and state law against numerous members of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) tactical team “Orange Crush,” the wardens at Illinois River, Menard, Big Muddy River, and ... [view]
11 Gumm v. Jacobs
5:15-cv-00041-MTT-CHW (M.D. Ga.)
Filed 02/12/2015 - Case Ongoing
Georgia Department of Corrections
Georgia Diagnostic & Classification Prison
Prison Conditions
PC-GA-0020
Coding Complete
On February 12, 2015, a prisoner in the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison (GDCP) filed this lawsuit, pro se, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Georgia. The plaintiff sued Georgia prison officials under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, claiming that by holding him in solitary confinement for five years in poor conditions ... [view]
12 Pitts v. District of Columbia
1:14-cv-01319 (D.D.C.)
Filed 08/04/2014 - Closed 2017
The District of Columbia
Policing
PN-DC-0010
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On August 4, 2014, a 57-year-old disabled African-American woman and her 37-year-old son who lives with her filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs sued the District of Columbia under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiffs, represented by Equal Justice Under the Law, asked the court for ... [view]
13 Doe v. Patrick
1:14-cv-12813-DPW (D. Mass.)
Filed 06/30/2014 - Closed 2016
Massachusetts
Department of Correction
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MA-0001
Coding Complete
On June 30, 2014, women civilly committed to the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Framingham (MCI Framingham) under Chapter 123, section 35 of Massachusetts law, filed this lawsuit in U.S. District Court in the District of Massachusetts. They sued the Massachusetts Department of Correction, under 42 U.S.C § 1983 and the Americans with ... [view]
14 Gentry v. Floyd County
4:14-cv-00054-TAB-RLY (S.D. Ind.)
Filed 06/12/2014 - Closed 2017
Floyd County
Jail Conditions
JC-IN-0026
Floyd County
Coding Complete
On June 12, 2014, six individuals formerly held in the Floyd County Jail filed a class-action complaint in the Southern District of Indiana, against Floyd County, Indiana, the Sheriff in his official and unofficial capacities, corrections officers of Floyd County Jail, and other sheriff department workers under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiffs, ... [view]
15 Dillon v. Clackamas County
3:14-cv-00820 (D. Or.)
Filed 05/18/2014 - Case Ongoing
Clackamas County
Jail Conditions
JC-OR-0011
Clackamas County
Coding Complete
On May 18, 2014, inmates at the Clackamas County Jail (CCJ) filed this class action lawsuit against Clackamas County and one of its senior Department officials. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, brought this claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging violations of the Fourth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments for strip and visual cavity ... [view]
16 Salem v. Michigan Department of Corrections
2:13-cv-14567 (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 11/01/2013 - Closed 2019
Michigan Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-MI-0040
Coding Complete
On November 1, 2013, female inmates housed at the all-women Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Pittsfield Township, Michigan, sued the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) over its strip-search policies. Beginning in 2009, MDOC required each prisoner at Huron Valley to sit on a chair and spread her labia to allow female corrections ... [view]
17 Henry v. Hulett
3:12-cv-03087 (C.D. Ill.)
Filed 03/20/2012 - Case Ongoing
Illinois Department of Corrections
Jail Conditions
JC-IL-0055
Coding Complete
On March 31, 2011, female prisoners at an Illinois women’s prison were strip searched as part of a training exercise for new guards. Several of the prisoners filed this putative class action in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. The plaintiffs sued the Illinois Department of Corrections, Lincoln Correctional Center, ... [view]
18 Karsjens v. Minnesota Department of Human Services
0:11-cv-03659-DWF-JJK (D. Minn.)
Filed 12/21/2011 - Case Ongoing
Minnesota Department of Human Services
Jail Conditions
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MN-0002
Coding Complete
On December 21, 2011, patients civilly committed to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program filed this lawsuit pro se in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. The plaintiffs sued the Minnesota Department of Health & Human Services (DHS) and the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Seeking injunctive and ... [view]
19 Baggett v. Ashe
3:11-cv-30223-MAP (D. Mass.)
Filed 09/15/2011 - Closed 2015
Hampden County
Sheriff's Office
Prison Conditions
Jail Conditions
PC-MA-0040
Hampden County
Coding Complete
On September 15, 2011, former prisoners at the Western Massachusetts Regional Women's Correctional Center ("WCC") filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Hampden County Sheriff's Department. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, sought money damages, ... [view]
20 D.D. v. Washington County
2:10-cv-01097 (S.D. Ohio)
Filed 12/06/2010 - Closed 2014
Washington County, Ohio
Washington County, Ohio
Juvenile Institution
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JI-OH-0008
Washington County
Coding Complete
On December 6, 2010, juvenile inmates housed at the Washington County Juvenile Center (WCJC), filed a class action suit in the District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. In their complaint, the plaintiffs alleged that while at the center they had endured abusive conditions of confinement, including a lack of education and programming, ... [view]
21 DePriest ex rel. C.B. v. Walnut Grove Correctional Authority
3:10-cv-00663-CWR-FKB (S.D. Miss.)
Filed 11/16/2010 - Closed 2018
Walnut Grove Correctional Authority
Prison Conditions
Juvenile Institution
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JI-MS-0007
Leake County
Coding Complete
On November 16, 2010, thirteen boys and young men incarcerated at the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility ("WGYCF") in Leakes County, Mississippi, filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, against the city entity responsible for operating WGYCF (the Walnut Grove Correctional Authority) ... [view]
22 Amador v. Baca
2:10-cv-1649 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 03/05/2010 - Case Ongoing
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0110
Los Angeles County
Coding Complete
On March 5, 2010, two female former inmates who were imprisoned in the Century Regional Detention Facility ("CRDF"), a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department ("LASD") facility, filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Represented by a civil rights law firm, the plaintiffs sued the LASD ... [view]
23 Logory v. County of Susquehanna
3:09-cv-01448 (M.D. Pa.)
Filed 07/24/2009 - Closed 2013
the Country of Susquehanna
Jail Conditions
JC-PA-0036
Coding Complete
On July 24, 2009, an inmate at the Susquehanna County Jail filed a putative class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiff sued the County of Susquehanna under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for alleged violations of the Fourth Amendment. Specifically, the plaintiff challenged the Susquehanna Prison ... [view]
24 Cook v. Wall
09-cv-00169-S-LDA (D.R.I.)
Filed 04/09/2009 - Closed 2015
Rhode Island Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-RI-0009
Coding Complete
On April 9, 2009, an inmate at the John J. Moran correctional facility filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for Rhode Island. He sued the Rhode Island Department of Corrections under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and state law. The plaintiff alleged that he had been retaliated against for issuing a statement in a local newspaper denouncing a ... [view]
25 DOJ Investigation of Lorain Police Department
docket unknown (No Court)
Filed 11/20/2008 - Case Ongoing
Lorain Police Department
Policing
PN-OH-0009
Coding Complete
On November 20, 2008, the U.S. Department of Justice launched this investigation, prompted by allegations that police officers in Lorain, Ohio had used excessive force. The investigation, pursuant to the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, 42 U.S.C. § 14141, focused on determining whether there were systematic violations of the ... [view]
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