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Civil Rights Corps is a non-profit organization dedicated to challenging systemic injustice in the American legal system. It works with individuals accused and convicted of crimes, their families and communities, people currently or formerly incarcerated, activists, organizers, judges, and government officials to challenge mass human caging and to create a legal system that promotes equality and human freedom. Civil Rights Corps engages in advocacy and public education and specializes in innovative, systemic civil rights litigation with the goal of resensitizing the legal system and our culture to the injustice and brutality that characterize the contemporary American criminal system.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 Russell v. Wayne County
2:20-cv-11094-MAG-EAS (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 05/04/2020 - Case Ongoing
Wayne County
Jail Conditions
JC-MI-0012
Wayne County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a class action complaint brought by six detainees in Wayne County Jail, seeking injunctive, declaratory and habeas relief. The petitioners sought the release or transfers to home confinement of medically vulnerable inmates in light of the virus, as well as an injunction requiring COVID-19 mitigation measures. The case ... [view]
2 Cullors v. County of Los Angeles
2:20-cv-03760 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 04/24/2020 - Case Ongoing
County of Los Angeles
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0139
Los Angeles County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: On April 24, 2020, nine detainees at the Los Angeles County detention centers and a coalition of activists filed a class-action seeking adequate safety conditions at the Los Angeles County detention centers. The petitioners sought a writ of habeas corpus, declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as a temporary restraining order ... [view]
3 Seth v. McDonough
8:20-cv-01028 (D. Md.)
Filed 04/21/2020 - Case Ongoing
Director of the Prince George's County Department of Corrections
Prince George's County Department of Corrections
Jail Conditions
JC-MD-0017
Prince George's County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This class action challenged COVID-related conditions at the Prince Georges County jail, seeking mitigation and release. On May 21, the court granted in part the plaintiff's motion for temporary restraining order. Defendants appealed and were denied a stay pending their appeal. On July 7, the plaintiffs submitted an amended ... [view]
4 Cameron v. Bouchard
2:20-cv-10949-LVP-MJH (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 04/17/2020 - Case Ongoing
Oakland County
Corrective Services
Jail Conditions
JC-MI-0011
Oakland County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a habeas action brought on behalf of classes of pre-trial and post-trial detainees at the Oakland County Jail, seeking release in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The plaintiffs also sought an injunction that would require the defendants to take concrete steps towards protecting those in the jail from COVID-19. On May 21, ... [view]
5 Sanchez v. Dallas County Sheriff
3:20-cv-00832 (N.D. Tex.)
Filed 04/09/2020 - Case Ongoing
Dallas County Texas
Jail Conditions
JC-TX-0027
Dallas County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a class-action complaint brought on April 9, 2020, by nine detainees at the Dallas County Jail, who have either been infected with COVID-19 or are at risk due to underlying conditions, seeking release from detention due to the risks to their health in light of the virus. The court rejected the request for TRO on April 26 ... [view]
6 Swain v. Junior
1:20-cv-21457 (S.D. Fla.)
Filed 04/05/2020 - Case Ongoing
Miami-Dade County
Jail Conditions
JC-FL-0025
Miami-Dade County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: On April 4, 2020, individuals detained in Miami-Dade County jails filed a class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, seeking habeas, injunctive, and declaratory relief. The court granted plaintiff’s motion for a TRO and preliminary injunction in part, and the defendants appealed to ... [view]
7 Mays v. Thomas
1:20-cv-02134 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 04/03/2020 - Case Ongoing
Cook County
Jail Conditions
JC-IL-0054
Cook County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a 18 U.S.C. § 1983/habeas corpus class action lawsuit brought on behalf of inmates in the Cook County Jail in Chicago in light of over 200 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Jail. Plaintiffs seek release for detainees who are vulnerable because of their underlying medical conditions or age, and transfer to a safer place ... [view]
8 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]
9 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]
10 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]
11 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
Summary not yet on record [view]
12 Stone v. Tom Green County
6:19-cv-00061-H (N.D. Tex.)
Filed 10/01/2019 - Case Ongoing
Tom Green County
District Attorney's Office
Indigent Defense
PD-TX-0003
Tom Green County
Coding Complete
On October 1, 2019, a criminal defense lawyer practicing in Texas filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The plaintiff sued Tom Green County and its two elected District Attorneys under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiff claimed violations of her First Amendment rights. In June 2018, plaintiff was ... [view]
13 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
Summary not yet on record [view]
14 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]
15 Briggs v. Montgomery
2:18-cv-02684 (D. Ariz.)
Filed 08/23/2018 - Case Ongoing
County of Maricopa
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-AZ-0003
Maricopa County
Coding Complete
On August 23, 2018, three Maricopa County, Arizona residents who were referred to Maricopa County's Marijuana Diversion program filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. The plaintiffs sued Maricopa County and Treatment Assessment Screening Center, Incorporated, a private company, under 42 U.S.C. § 198 ... [view]
16 McNeil v. Community Probation Services
1:18-cv-00033 (M.D. Tenn.)
Filed 04/23/2018 - Case Ongoing
Tennessee Correctional Services, LLC
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-TN-0012
Coding Complete
On April 23, 2018, five residents of Tennessee filed this putative class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. The plaintiffs sued the Tennessee Correctional Services, and two for-profit probation companies, Community Probation Services (CPS) and Progressive Sentencing, Inc. (PSI), all under the Racketeer ... [view]
17 Willey v. Ewing
3:18-cv-00081 (S.D. Tex.)
Filed 03/19/2018 - Closed 2019
Jack Ewing
County Court
Criminal Justice (Other)
Indigent Defense
PD-TX-0002
Galveston County
Coding Complete
On March 19, 2018, a criminal defense attorney in Galveston, Texas, filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. He sued a Galveston County Court judge under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, requested declaratory and injunctive relief together with attorney’s fees. He ... [view]
18 Daves v. Dallas
3:18-cv-00154-N (N.D. Tex.)
Filed 01/21/2018 - Case Ongoing
Dallas County, Texas
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-TX-0013
Dallas County
Coding Complete
On January 21, 2018, eight arrestees who could not afford to post bail filed this class action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The plaintiffs sued Dallas County, the Dallas County Sheriff, the Dallas County Magistrate Judges, the Dallas County Criminal Court at Law Judges, and the Dallas County District Court Judges, ... [view]
19 Singleton v. Cannizzaro
2:17-cv-10721 (E.D. La.)
Filed 10/17/2017 - Case Ongoing
Orleans Parish
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-LA-0010
Orleans Parish
Coding Complete
On October, 17, 2017, eight residents of Louisiana who were victims of or witnesses to crimes filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, alleging that they had been jailed or threatened with jail by prosecutors in hopes of ensuring their testimony in court. They sued the District Attorney of Orleans Parish ... [view]
20 Robinson v. Purkey
3:17-cv-1263 (M.D. Tenn.)
Filed 09/13/2017 - Case Ongoing
State of Tennessee
Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security
Criminal Justice (Other)
Public Benefits / Government Services
CJ-TN-0010
Coding Complete
On September 13, 2017, a middle-aged man with a disability, a single mother of five children, and middle-aged man who lived with his ailing father filed a putative class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. The case was assigned to Judge Aleta A. Trauger. The plaintiffs sued the Commissioner of the ... [view]
21 Caliste v. Cantrell
2:17-cv-06197 (E.D. La.)
Filed 06/27/2017 - Case Ongoing
Harry E. Cantrell
Orleans Parish Criminal District Court
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-LA-0008
Orleans Parish
Coding Complete
On June 27, 2017, pre-trial detainees at the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s office filed this putative class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana under 42 U.S.C. §1983 against the magistrate judge of the Criminal District Court alleging unlawful bail setting practices. Plaintiffs claimed that defendant ... [view]
22 Little v. Frederick
6:17-cv-00724 (W.D. La.)
Filed 06/05/2017 - Case Ongoing
15th Judicial District Court of Louisiana
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-LA-0007
Lafayette Parish
Coding Complete
On June 5, 2017, a male Louisiana detainee filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. He had been arrested and detained after being charged with felony theft and was unable to post the $375 bond to a for-profit bonding agent to clear his $3000 bail. The plaintiff sued the Sheriff, County ... [view]
23 Edwards v. Cofield
3:17-cv-00321 (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 05/18/2017 - Case Ongoing
Randolph County, Alabama
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-AL-0016
Randolph County
Coding Complete
On May 18, 2017, a 29-year old pregnant army veteran filed this class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. The plaintiff sued the Sheriff, Court Clerk, Court Magistrate, and District Court Judge of Randolph County under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and 28 U.S.C. § 2201. The plaintiff, represented by Equal ... [view]
24 Thomas v. Haslam
3:17-cv-00005 (M.D. Tenn.)
Filed 01/04/2017 - Case Ongoing
Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security
Criminal Justice (Other)
Public Benefits / Government Services
CJ-TN-0008
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
25 Robinson v. Martin
2016-CH-13587 (State Court)
Filed 10/14/2016 - Case Ongoing
Cook County, Illinois
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-IL-0012
Cook County
Coding Complete
Two men incarcerated in Cook County, Illinois, filed this class action lawsuit on October 14, 2016, in the Circuit Court of Cook County. Plaintiffs were eligible for release from jail but ... [view]
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