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MacArthur Justice Center
The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center is a public interest law firm founded in 1985 by the family of J. Roderick MacArthur to advocate for human rights and social justice through litigation. It has five offices -- freestanding offices in New Orleans, St. Louis, and Washington DC, and connected with Northwestern Pritzker School of Law's Bluhm Legal Clinic in Chicago, and with the University of Mississippi School of Law in Mississippi.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 Waddell v. Taylor
3:20-cv-00340-TSL-RHW (S.D. Miss.)
Filed 05/14/2020 - Case Ongoing
Mississippi Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-MS-0011
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of 6,000 incarcerated individuals to challenge the inadequate response to the COVID-19 outbreak at Mississippi's two largest prisons, alleging that the Mississippi Department of Corrections' response to the pandemic violates the Americans with Disabilities Act and the ... [view]
2 Tamayo Espinoza v. Witte
5:20-cv-00106 (S.D. Miss.)
Filed 04/16/2020 - Case Ongoing
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-MS-0003
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a habeas action brought by seven medically vulnerable detainees in Mississippi. They sought release from detention because their underlying medical conditions made them particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, which made their detention allegedly unconstitutional. The court denied a TRO on June 3, 2020.
On April 16, 2020 ... [view]
3 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]
4 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]
5 Gay v. Baldwin
19-cv-01133 (C.D. Ill.)
Filed 10/28/2018 - Case Ongoing
Illinois Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-IL-0045
Coding Complete
This case addresses the Illinois Department of Corrections’ treatment of a prisoner during two decades of solitary confinement. Initially, the prisoner had been sentenced to serve seven years in prison as a young adult. However, during his first years in prison, he accumulated infractions for violent behavior caused by an untreated personality ... [view]
6 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]
7 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]
8 Church v. State of Missouri
2:17-cv-04057-NKL (W.D. Mo.)
Filed 04/07/2017 - Closed 2020
State of Missouri
Indigent Defense
PD-MO-0003
Coding Complete
On March 9, 2017, the plaintiffs filed this class action suit challenging the adequacy of the Missouri State Public Defender (MSPD) on behalf of all indigent adults and juveniles who were charged with any offense that carries the potential for incarceration as a penalty and who are eligible to be represented by MSPD. The complaint was originally ... [view]
9 Postawko v. Missouri Department of Corrections
16-cv-4219-NKL-P (W.D. Mo.)
Filed 07/14/2016 - Case Ongoing
Missouri Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-MO-0015
Coding Complete
On July 14, 2016, an inmate at the Missouri Department of Corrections (MDOC) filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, alleging that he had received inadequate medical care from the MDOC for a chronic Hepatitis C (HCV) viral infection. The inmate originally filed on his own, but the ACLU of Missouri ... [view]
10 Snow v. Lambert
Civ. 15-567-SDD-RLB (M.D. La.)
Filed 08/25/2015 - Closed 2015
Ascension Parish
Ascension Parish Court
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-LA-0002
Ascension Parish
Coding Complete
On August 25, 2015, a woman jailed for her failure to pay an automatically set bail filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court of the Middle District of Louisiana. The plaintiff sued Ascension Parish under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and 28 U.S.C. § 2201. The plaintiff, represented by attorneys from the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice ... [view]
11 Vermillion v. Levenhagen
1:15-cv-00605-RLY-TAB (S.D. Ind.)
Filed 07/12/2011 - Closed 2019
Indiana Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-IN-0025
Coding Complete
On July 12, 2011, the plaintiff, an inmate subjected to long-term solitary confinement, filed an initial pro se complaint against various officials at the Indiana Department of Corrections (IDOC) in the District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. He sought relief under 42 U.S.C. 1983, 42 U.S.C. 1985 (2,3), and 42 U.S.C. 1986 for ... [view]
12 Burks v. Scott County
3:14-cv-00745-HTW-LRA (S.D. Miss.)
Filed 09/23/2014 - Closed 2019
Scott County, Mississippi
Criminal Justice (Other)
Indigent Defense
CJ-MS-0003
Scott County
Coding Complete
On September 23, 2014, two Scott County, Mississippi residents who had been arrested and detained filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. The plaintiffs sued Scott County, an Eighth Circuit Judge, and Scott County Justice Court judges. The plaintiffs filed on behalf of themselves and ... [view]
13 Cooper v. Kliebert
3:14-cv-00507-SDD-SCR (M.D. La.)
Filed 08/14/2014 - Case Ongoing
Louisiana Dept. of Health and Hospitals
State of Louisiana
Mental Health (Facility)
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
MH-LA-0002
Baton Rouge
Coding Complete
On August 14, 2014, a number of prisoners in Louisiana state prisons filed this class action in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. The plaintiffs, represented by public interest attorneys, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive ... [view]
14 George v. Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections
3:14-cv-00338 (M.D. La.)
Filed 05/28/2014 - Closed 2017
Louisiana Department of Safety and Corrections
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-LA-0003
East Baton Rouge Parish
Coding Complete
On May 28, 2014, a private plaintiff with mental disabilities filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. The plaintiff sued the Louisiana Department of Safety and Corrections and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals under the American Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and 4 ... [view]
15 Jones v. Gusman
2:12-cv-00859 (E.D. La.)
Filed 04/02/2012 - Case Ongoing
City of New Orleans
Jail Conditions
JC-LA-0028
New Orleans
Coding Complete
On April 2, 2012, ten prisoners at the Orleans Parish Prison (OPP) -- the New Orleans jail (NOJ) -- brought this class action suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against the Orleans Parish Sheriff, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiffs, represented by the Southern Poverty Law Center, asked for both declaratory ... [view]
16 Berry v. Pastorek
10-CV-04049 (E.D. La.)
Filed 10/26/2010 - Case Ongoing
Louisiana Department of Education
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Education
ED-LA-0003
Coding Complete
On October 26, 2010, a group of students with disabilities filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against the Louisiana Department of Education and the Orleans Parish School Board. The plaintiffs, represented by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Southern Poverty Law Center, and private ... [view]
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