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Criminalization of poverty

This collection features a number of recent lawsuits challenging the practice of jailing poor people who cannot afford to pay 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 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
2 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
3 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
4 Luse v. Sentinel Offender Services
2:16-cv-00030-RWS (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 2016 - Case Ongoing
Sentinel Offender Services, LLC
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-GA-0013
Coding Complete
5 Mitchell v. City of Los Angeles
2:16-cv-01750 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 2016 - Case Ongoing
City of Los Angeles
Policing
PN-CA-0038
Los Angeles County
Coding Complete
6 Canaan v. City of El Paso
16-cv-00132 (W.D. Tex.)
Filed 2016 - Case Ongoing
City of El Paso, Texas
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-TX-0009
El Paso
Coding Complete
7 O'Donnell v. Harris County
4:16-cv-01414 (S.D. Tex.)
Filed 2016 - Case Ongoing
Harris County Sheriff
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-TX-0010
Harris County
Coding Complete
8 Thomas v. City of St. Ann
4:16-cv-01302 (E.D. Mo.)
Filed 2016 - Case Ongoing
City of St. Ann
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MO-0018
St. Louis County
Coding Complete
9 Thompson v. Alabama
2:16-cv-00783-WKW-CSC (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 2016 - Case Ongoing
State of Alabama
Election/Voting Rights
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-AL-0015
Coding Complete
10 Roberts v. Black
2:16-cv-11024 (E.D. La.)
Filed 2016 - Closed 2017
Bogalusa City Court
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-LA-0005
Bogalusa
Coding Complete
11 West v. City of Santa Fe
3:16-cv-00309 (S.D. Tex.)
Filed 2016 - Case Ongoing
City of Santa Fe
Policing
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-TX-0011
Coding Complete
12 Thompson v. DeKalb County
1:15-cv-00280 (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 2015 - Case Ongoing
DeKalb County
DeKalb County Recorders Court
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-GA-0008
De Kalb County
Coding Complete
13 Fant v. City of Ferguson
4:15-cv-00253 (E.D. Mo.)
Filed 2015 - Case Ongoing
City of Ferguson
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MO-0005
Coding Complete
14 Jenkins v. City of Jennings
4:15-cv-00252-CEJ (E.D. Mo.)
Filed 2015 - Closed 2017
The City of Jennings, Missouri
The City of Jennings, Missouri
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MO-0006
St. Louis County
Coding Complete
15 Varden v. City of Clanton
2:15-cv-00034-MHT-WC (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 2015 - Case Ongoing
City of Clanton
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-AL-0009
Clanton
Coding Complete
16 Reynolds v. Judicial Correction Services
2:15-cv-00161 (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 2015 - Case Ongoing
Judicial Correction Services, Inc.
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-AL-0010
Jefferson County
Coding Complete
17 Edwards v. Red Hills Community Probation
1:15-cv-00067-LJA (M.D. Ga.)
Filed 2015 - Case Ongoing
Red Hills Community Probation, LLC
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-GA-0010
Coding Complete
18 Pierce v. City of Velda City
4:15-cv-00570 (E.D. Mo.)
Filed 2015 - Case Ongoing
The City of Velda City
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MO-0007
Coding Complete
19 Powell v. City of St. Ann
4:15-cv-00840 (E.D. Mo.)
Filed 2015 - Case Ongoing
City of St. Ann
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MO-0008
Coding Complete
20 Cooper v. City of Dothan
1:15-cv-00425-WKW-TFM (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 2015 - Case Ongoing
City of Dothan
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-AL-0011
Houston County
Coding Complete
21 Thompson v. Moss Point, Mississippi
1:15-cv-00182-LG-RHW (S.D. Miss.)
Filed 2015 - Case Ongoing
City of Moss Point
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MS-0002
Coding Complete
22 Snow v. Lambert
Civ. 15-567-SDD-RLB (M.D. La.)
Filed 2015 - Closed 2015
Ascension Parish
Ascension Parish Court
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-LA-0002
Ascension Parish
Coding Complete
23 Foster v. City of Alexander City
3:15-cv-647-WKW (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 2015 - Case Ongoing
City of Alexander City
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-AL-0014
Alexander City
Coding Complete
24 Walker v. City of Calhoun
4:15-cv-00170-HLM (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 2015 - Case Ongoing
City of Calhoun, Georgia
City of Calhoun
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-GA-0012
Gordon County
Coding Complete
25 Fuentes v. Benton County
15-2-02976-1 (State Court)
Filed 2015 - Case Ongoing
Benton County
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-WA-0004
Benton County
Coding Complete
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