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1 Scholl v. Mnuchin
4:20-cv-05309-PJH (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 08/01/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States of America
Criminal Justice (Other)
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-CA-0058
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
2 Defy Ventures v. Small Business Administration
1:20-cv-01838-CCB (D. Md.)
Filed 06/16/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Small Business Administration
Criminal Justice (Other)
Public Benefits / Government Services
CJ-MD-0006
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a case challenging the legality of the Small Business Administration's decision to exclude small business owners from parts of the CARES Act, passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On July 21, the court granted a preliminary injunction extending the deadline to apply for a loan for the named plaintiffs.
In ... [view]
3 Meade v. Bonin
2:20-cv-01455-CJB-DMD (E.D. La.)
Filed 05/14/2020 - Case Ongoing
ETOH Monitoring
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-LA-0012
Orleans Parish
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
4 Doe #1 v. Hall
1:20-cv-00600 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 04/28/2020 - Case Ongoing
Fresno County Sheriff
Fresno County Sheriff’s Office
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-CA-0026
Fresno County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: On April 29, 2020, three individuals sued the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office and Fresno Police Department, claiming that the defendant’s requirement of in-person registration for sex offenders violates COVID-19 related orders by the Governor of California.
On April 28, 2020, three individuals who are vulnerable to COVID- ... [view]
5 Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association v. Abbott
D-1-GN-20-002034 (State Court)
Filed 04/08/2020 - Case Ongoing
Governor of Texas
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-TX-0017
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a challenge to the Texas governor's order to limit bail for detainees accused of violent offenses, filed by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and sixteen Harris County Judges. The plaintiffs sought a declaratory judgment that the order was unconstitutional, as well as a temporary and permanent injunction and ... [view]
6 Barnes v. Jeffreys
1:20-cv-02137 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 04/05/2020 - Case Ongoing
Illinois Department of Corrections
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-IL-0015
Coding Complete
The plaintiffs in this lawsuit were entitled to be released from prison long before the COVID-19 pandemic began. When the pandemic and they were still in prison, the plaintiffs sought a court order compelling their release. Under Illinois law, most sex offenders must complete an indefinite term of “Mandatory Supervised Release” following ... [view]
7 Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association v. Lamont
HHD-CV20-6126477-S (State Court)
Filed 04/03/2020 - Case Ongoing
Governor of Connecticut
Prison Conditions
Jail Conditions
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-CT-0003
Coding Complete
COVID-19 summary: The ACLU of Connecticut filed this suit on April 3, 2020 asking the court to intervene and force the Governor of Connecticut and the state's Correction Commissioner to reduce the number of individuals incarcerated in the state's jails and prisons during the COVID-19 pandemic. The trial court dismissed the case for lack of ... [view]
8 In the Matter of: Petition Requesting the Indiana Supreme Court to Engage in Emergency Rulemaking to Address the Issue of Imprisoned Persons and the COVID-19 Crisis
20S-MS-00234 (State Court)
Filed 03/30/2020 - Closed 2020
no defendants on record
Prison Conditions
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-IN-0005
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: ACLU of Indiana filed a petition in light of the COVID-19 pandemic seeking Indiana corrections facilities to compose a list of prisoners who either face heightened risk of disease infection, or merit temporary or permanent release. The ACLU's petition for emergency rule-making was denied.
On March 30, 2020, the ACLU of ... [view]
9 In re: the Petition of the Pennsylvania Prison Society, Brian McHale, Jeremy Hunsicker, Christopher Aubry, Michael Foundos, and Frederick Leonard, on behalf of all similarly situated individuals
70 MM 2020 (State Court)
Filed 03/30/2020 - Closed
no defendants on record
Jail Conditions
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-PA-0008
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: The Pennsylvania Prison Society and incarcerated individuals filed a petition requesting that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court take immediate action to reduce the population of Pennsylvania county jails. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied the petition but ordered that the Pennsylvania judicial system take steps to reduce the ... [view]
10 Committee for Public Counsel Services v. Chief Justice of the Trial Court
SJ-2020-12926 (State Court)
Filed 03/24/2020 - Case Ongoing
Chief Justice of the Trial Court
Prison Conditions
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MA-0004
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is an emergency petition to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court seeking, among other responses, releases of many prisoners. On April 3, the court held that certain detainees were entitled a rebuttable presumption of release and to an expedited hearing within two business days on their motions for reconsideration of bail ... [view]
11 In re COVID-19 Pandemic
2020-0428 (State Court)
Filed 03/24/2020 - Case Ongoing
Tennessee Supreme Court
Prison Conditions
Jail Conditions
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-TN-0014
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: A coalition of criminal justice and prison advocacy organizations filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to take immediate action to reduce the population of Tennessee’s prisons and jails in light of the coronavirus pandemic. On March 25, 2020, the Tennessee Supreme Court ordered local judges to come up with plans for ... [view]
12 In the Matter of the Request to Commute or Suspend County Jail Sentences
084230 (State Court)
Filed 03/19/2020 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Jail Conditions
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-NJ-0005
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is an emergency order by the New Jersey Supreme Court, temporarily releasing about 1,000 pepole serving time in county jails.
This case involves the release of individuals held in New Jersey jails during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency on March 9, 2020 due to ... [view]
13 Torres v. Collins
2:20-cv-00026 (E.D. Tenn)
Filed 02/16/2020 - Case Ongoing
Hamblen County Court
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-TN-0013
Hamblen County
Coding Complete
Plaintiffs, individuals held in the Hamblen County (TN) jail pre-trial due to an inability to pay bail, filed this class action in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, on February 16, 2020, on behalf of themselves and all other past and future detainees in the jail unable to make bail. They sued officials in the Hamblen ... [view]
14 Brown v. Transportation Security Administration
2:20-cv-00064-LPL (W.D. Pa.)
Filed 01/21/2020 - Case Ongoing
Drug Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-PA-0007
Coding Complete
TSA and DEA seized and confiscated $82,373 in cash from the plaintiff’s carry-on as she boarded a domestic flight in Pennsylvania in August 2019. Visiting her father for the weekend, she had learned that he had stored his life savings, in cash, in numerous envelopes hidden in his home. She offered to deposit the money in a new account she ... [view]
15 United States of America v. Kennedy
5:18-cr-20315-JEL-EAS (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 04/19/2018 - Closed
no defendants on record
Jail Conditions
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MI-0009
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: A pre-trial criminal defendant sought a temporary release order on March 26, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The court granted temporary release from custody on March 27, 2020. Another criminal defendant sought release on June 2, which was denied on July 22.
The defendant is a pre-trial criminal defendant, indicted a ... [view]
16 Freeman v. Riverside
RIC2001772 (State Court)
Filed 2020 - Closed
no defendants on record
Juvenile Institution
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-CA-0027
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
17 White v. Hesse
5:19-cv-01145-R (W.D. Okla.)
Filed 12/10/2019 - Case Ongoing
Canadian County District Court 26th Judicial District
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-OK-0005
Coding Complete
On December 10, 2019, a group of arrestees detained by Canadian County who have a financial condition of release that they cannot afford and was set without the presence of counsel and the NAACP of Oklahoma, on behalf of its members, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. The plaintiffs sued the ... [view]
18 Allison v. Allen
1:19-cv-01126 (M.D. N.C.)
Filed 11/12/2019 - Case Ongoing
Alamance County District Court Judges
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-NC-0009
Alamance County
Coding Complete
This is a class-action lawsuit challenging the detention of indigent individuals awaiting trial who are unable to post bail in exchange for their freedom. On November 12, 2019, three confined individuals in the Alamance County Detention Center, North Carolina, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina ... [view]
19 Moran v. Landrum-Johnson
2:19-cv-13553-CJB-KWR (E.D. La.)
Filed 11/11/2019 - Case Ongoing
Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judges
Orleans Parish Criminal District Court
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-LA-0013
New Orleans
Coding Complete
On November 11, 2019, a pretrial detainee filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana alleging that twelve judges of the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court ("OPCDC") unlawfully imposed secured financial conditions of release in an amount that individuals cannot afford, without any inquiry ... [view]
20 Jones v. DeSantis
4:19-cv-00300 (N.D. Fla.)
Filed 06/15/2019 - Case Ongoing
Ten Florida Counties
Supervisor of Elections
Election/Voting Rights
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-FL-0009
Coding Complete
In the fall of 2018, Florida voters amended the Florida Constitution, restoring voting rights to most people convicted of felonies “upon completion of all terms of sentence, including parole or probation.” (This excluded people convicted of murder or sexual offenses.) On June 28, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 7066 into law, ... [view]
21 Ross v. Blount
2:19-cv-11076-LJM-EAS (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 04/14/2019 - Case Ongoing
State of Michigan
36th District Court
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MI-0008
Wayne County
Coding Complete
On April 14, 2019, several pre-trial detainees in Wayne County Jail filed this class-action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The plaintiffs sued the 36th District Court in Detroit, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO), the Chief Judge, and five Magistrates of the 26th District Court in their ... [view]
22 Wright v. Family Support Division
4:19-cv-00398-RLW (E.D. Mo.)
Filed 03/04/2019 - Case Ongoing
Missouri Department of Social Services Family Support Division
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MO-0025
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
23 Dixon v. City of St. Louis
4:19-cv-00112 (E.D. Mo.)
Filed 01/28/2019 - Case Ongoing
City of St. Louis
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MO-0023
Coding Complete
On January 28, 2019, several arrestees from St. Louis filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. None of the four named plaintiffs could afford to pay their monetary release conditions, which ranged from $10,000 to $30,000, and were thus incarcerated at one of the City’s two detention centers ... [view]
24 Russell v. Harris County, TX
4:19-cv-00226 (S.D. Tex.)
Filed 01/21/2019 - Case Ongoing
Harris County
Harris County Jail
Jail Conditions
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-TX-0016
Harris County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a preexisting class action addressing issues in Harris County Jail with indigent felony detainees who remain detained solely because they cannot pay the amount necessary for release on secured money bail. On March 27, 2020, the plaintiffs sought a temporary restraining order because they are in extreme danger of being ... [view]
25 Davis v. City of Chicago
2019CH05413 (State Court)
Filed 2019 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-IL-0014
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
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