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Fines/Fees/Bail Reform (Criminalization of poverty)

This collection features a number of recent lawsuits challenging the practice of jailing poor people who cannot afford to pay bail, fines, or fees. This wealth-based detention takes a variety of forms. In some instances, indigent defendants accused of minor crimes are held for months before trial, not because they are a flight risk or a danger to the community, but because they cannot afford to pay some amount necessary to secure their release. In other cases, courts impose fines as punishment for traffic violations and other low-level (civil) offenses. Sometimes, those who cannot pay--or who fail to appear at the relevant hearings--are immediately or eventually jailed until they settle the debt. Advocates argue that these practices effectively amount to jailing those too poor to pay for their freedom.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 Dixon v. City of St. Louis
4:19-cv-00112 (E.D. Mo.)
Filed 2019 - Case Ongoing
City of St. Louis
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MO-0023
Coding Complete
2 Ross v. Blount
2:19-cv-11076-LJM-EAS (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 2019 - Case Ongoing
State of Michigan
36th District Court
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MI-0008
Wayne County
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3 Daves v. Dallas
3:18-cv-00154-N (N.D. Tex.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
Dallas County, Texas
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-TX-0013
Dallas County
Coding Complete
4 McNeil v. Community Probation Services
1:18-cv-00033 (M.D. Tenn.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
Tennessee Correctional Services, LLC
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-TN-0012
Coding Complete
5 Booth v. Galveston County
3:18-cv-00104 (S.D. Tex.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
Galveston County
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-TX-0014
Galveston County
Coding Complete
6 Johnson v. Jessup
1:18-cv-00467 (M.D. N.C.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
Commissioner
North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-NC-0008
Coding Complete
7 Edwards v. Leaders in Community Alternatives, Inc.
3:18-cv-04609-JSC (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
Leaders in Community Alternatives
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-CA-0022
Alameda County
Coding Complete
8 Harold v. Richards
2:18-cv-00115-RK (E.D. Pa.)
Filed 2018 - Closed 2018
Governor of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-PA-0005
Coding Complete
9 Mendoza v. Garrett
3:18-cv-01634-HZ (D. Or.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
Oregon Department of Transportation
Criminal Justice (Other)
Public Benefits / Government Services
CJ-OR-0001
Coding Complete
10 Howard v. City and County of Denver
18-cv-02593 (D. Colo.)
Filed 2018 - Closed 2018
City and County of Denver
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-CO-0005
Coding Complete
11 Rodriguez v. Mach
5:18-cv-01265 (W.D. Tex.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
Chairman for the Texas Department of Public Safety Commission
Texas Department of Public Safety Commission
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-TX-0014
Austin County
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12 Cook v. Taylor
2:18-cv-00977 (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
Secretary of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-AL-0019
Montgomery County
Coding Complete
13 Brucker v. The City of Doraville
1:18-cv-02375 (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
The City of Doraville
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-GA-0015
De Kalb County
Coding Complete
14 Fowler v. Johnson
4:17-cv-11441 (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
The State of Michigan
Secretary of State for the State of Michigan
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-MI-0013
Coding Complete
15 Brown v. Lexington County
3:17-cv-01426-MBS-SVH (D.S.C.)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
Lexington County, South Carolina
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-SC-0002
Lexington County
Coding Complete
16 Edwards v. Cofield
3:17-cv-00321 (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
Randolph County, Alabama
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-AL-0016
Randolph County
Coding Complete
17 Little v. Frederick
6:17-cv-00724 (W.D. La.)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
15th Judicial District Court of Louisiana
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-LA-0007
Lafayette Parish
Coding Complete
18 Caliste v. Cantrell
2:17-cv-06197 (E.D. La.)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
Harry E. Cantrell
Orleans Parish Criminal District Court
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-LA-0008
Orleans Parish
Coding Complete
19 Uptown Tent City Organizers v. City of Chicago Department of Administrative Hearings
1:17-cv-04518 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
City of Chicago Department of Administrative Hearings
Speech and Religious Freedom
Policing
FA-IL-0016
Cook County
Coding Complete
20 Robinson v. Purkey
3:17-cv-1263 (M.D. Tenn.)
Filed 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
21 Justice Network v. Craighead County
3:17-cv-00169 (E.D. Ark.)
Filed 2017 - Case Ongoing
Craighead County, Arkansas
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-AR-0005
Craighead County
Coding Complete
22 Watlington v. City of McCrory
2:17-cv-00002-DPM (E.D. Ark.)
Filed 2017 - Closed 2017
City of McCrory
Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
FH-AR-0001
Coding Complete
23 Still v. El Paso County
1:17-cv-02656 (D. Colo.)
Filed 2017 - Closed 2018
El Paso County
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-CO-0004
El Paso County
Coding Complete
24 Dade v. City of Sherwood
4:16-cv-00602-JM (E.D. Ark.)
Filed 2016 - Case Ongoing
City of Sherwood
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-AR-0004
Pulaski County
Coding Complete
25 United States v. City of Ferguson
4:16-cv-00180 (E.D. Mo.)
Filed 2016 - Case Ongoing
City of Ferguson
Ferguson Police Department
Policing
PN-MO-0002
St. Louis County
Coding Complete
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