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Southern Center for Human Rights
The Southern Center for Human Rights provides legal representation to people facing the death penalty, challenges human rights violations in prisons and jails, seeks through litigation and advocacy to improve legal representation for poor people accused of crimes, and advocates for criminal justice system reforms on behalf of those affected by the system in the Southern United States.
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1 Gonzalez v. Moore
1:19-cv-03035-TWT (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 07/02/2019 - Case Ongoing
Commissioner, Georgia Department of Driver Services
Georgia Department of Driver Services
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-GA-0010
Coding Complete
On July 2, 2019, a United States citizen born in Puerto Rico filed this putative class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The plaintiff sued the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) and an inspector of the Georgia DDS under 28 U.S.C. §§ 2201-2202, 42 U.S.C. § 1983, ... [view]
2 Georgia Advocacy Office v. Jackson
1:19-cv-01634-WMR-JFK (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 04/10/2019 - Case Ongoing
Fulton County Sheriffs Office
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JC-GA-0034
Fulton County
Coding Complete
On April 10, 2019, two female detainees in the South Fulton Municipal Regional Jail and the Georgia Advocacy Office filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The plaintiff sued the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and the South Fulton Municipal Jail under 42 U.S.C.§ 1983 and the Americans ... [view]
3 Andrews v. Allen
6:18-cv-00047-JRH-RSB (S.D. Ga.)
Filed 04/19/2018 - Closed 2019
Georgia State Prison
Georgia State Prison
Prison Conditions
PC-GA-0022
Reidsville
Coding Complete
On April 19, 2018, two prisoners incarcerated in the Georgia State Prison filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. The plaintiffs sued the prison’s warden, regional director, and four other prison employees under 42 U.S.C § 1983 for violations of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments. Represented by the ... [view]
4 K.A. v. Hobby
1:17-cv-00099-LJA (M.D. Ga.)
Filed 06/01/2017 - Closed
Worth County Sheriff's Office
Policing
Criminal Justice (Other)
Education
ED-GA-0002
Worth County
Coding Complete
This case was brought in response to an event that occurred on April 14, 2017 in Worth County. That day, approximately 40 uniformed police officers arrived at Worth County High School and put the school on lockdown to conduct a drug search. They did not have a search warrant. Although the officers had a “target list” of thirteen suspected ... [view]
5 Georgia State Conference of the NAACP v. City of LaGrange
3:17-cv-00067-TCB (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 05/18/2017 - Case Ongoing
City of LaGrange
City of LaGrange
Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-GA-0009
Troup County
Coding Complete
On May 18, 2017, the Georgia State Conference of the Georgia NAACP, the Troup County Chapter of the NAACP, Project South, and a small number of named and unnamed plaintiffs filed this lawsuit against the City of LaGrange, Georgia in the Northern District of Georgia. The plaintiffs sued the city on one federal claim – violation of the Fair ... [view]
6 Luse v. Sentinel Offender Services
2:16-cv-00030-RWS (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 02/17/2016 - Closed 2017
Sentinel Offender Services, LLC
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-GA-0013
Coding Complete
On February 17, 2016, two women on probation in White County, represented by the Southern Center for Human Rights, sued the private probation company Sentinel Offender Services (Sentinel) in a class action in the U.S. Northern District of Georgia pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and Georgia law. The plaintiffs claimed that they were forced by ... [view]
7 Walker v. City of Calhoun
4:15-cv-00170-SCJ (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 09/08/2015 - Closed
City of Calhoun, Georgia
City of Calhoun
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-GA-0012
Gordon County
Coding Complete
This is a case challenging the Georgia city of Calhoun's use of a bail schedule that did not account for ability to pay, leading to longer detention of poor criminal defendants. On September 8, 2015, a 54-year-old indigent man filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The plaintiff sued the ... [view]
8 Edwards v. Red Hills Community Probation
1:15-cv-00067-LJA (M.D. Ga.)
Filed 04/10/2015 - Case Ongoing
Red Hills Community Probation, LLC
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-GA-0010
Coding Complete
On April 10, 2015, five indigent probationers brought this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and state law against Red Hills Community Probation, its employees, and city police officers. Red Hills ... [view]
9 Gumm v. Jacobs
5:15-cv-00041-MTT-CHW (M.D. Ga.)
Filed 02/12/2015 - Case Ongoing
Georgia Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-GA-0020
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
10 Thompson v. DeKalb County
1:15-cv-00280 (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 01/29/2015 - Closed 2015
DeKalb County
DeKalb County Recorders Court
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-GA-0008
De Kalb County
Coding Complete
On January 29, 2015, a nineteen-year-old man from Decatur, Georgia, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, against DeKalb County and Judicial Correction Services, Inc. ("JCS"). The plaintiff, represented by attorneys from the ACLU, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and ... [view]
11 N.P. v. Georgia
14-cv-241025 (State Court)
Filed 01/07/2014 - Closed
Georgia
Indigent Defense
PD-GA-0008
Coding Complete
On January 7, 2014, youth and adult criminal defendants filed this class-action lawsuit in the Georgia Superior Court of Fulton County. The plaintiffs sued Georgia, the Georgia Public Defender Standard Counsel (GPDSC), and several Georgia counties, under 42 U.S.C. 1983, for violations of the 6th and 14th Amendments, and for violations of the ... [view]
12 Jones v. Grady County
1:13-cv-00156-WLS (M.D. Ga.)
Filed 09/24/2013 - Closed 2015
Grady County
Grady County
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-GA-0009
Grady County
Coding Complete
On September 24, 2013, a resident of Georgia filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the state constitution and laws against Grady County and Judge J. William Bass Sr., who presides over the state court of Grady County. The plaintiff, represented by attorneys from ... [view]
13 Anderson v. City of Atlanta
1:11-CV-3398 (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 10/06/2011 - Closed 2012
City of Atlanta
Policing
PN-GA-0006
Coding Complete
On October 6, 2011, the plaintiff filed this individual lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The plaintiff sued a police officer and the City of Atlanta under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for violations of her First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The plaintiff, represented by a combination of private ... [view]
14 Nwakanma v. Clark
4:11-cv-00188 (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 07/12/2011 - Closed 2012
Georgia Department of Corrections
Hays State Prison
Prison Conditions
PC-GA-0015
Coding Complete
On July 12, 2011, prisoners in the custody of the Georgia Department of Corrections ("GDC") filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the state of Georgia. The plaintiffs, represented by the Southern Center for Human Rights and private counsel, asked the Court for compensatory ... [view]
15 Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights v. Deal
1:11–CV–1804–TWT (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 06/02/2011 - Closed 2013
Governor of the State of Georgia
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-GA-0007
Coding Complete
On June 2, 2011, Plaintiffs filed a class action against the Governor of Georgia and other state officials under 42 U.S.C. §§ 1981 and 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division. Plaintiffs are nonprofit organizations, business associations, and individuals. Plaintiffs challenged Georgia's ... [view]
16 Miller v. Deal
2011-CV-198121 (State Court)
Filed 03/22/2011 - Closed 2014
Georgia
Department of Human Services,
Indigent Defense
PD-GA-0007
Coding Complete
On March 22, 2011, five indigent parents incarcerated because of child support debt brought this case in Georgia Superior Court. The plaintiffs sued the State of Georgia for violations of the Georgia State Constitution and under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for violations of their Sixth and Fourteenth amendment rights. The plaintiffs, represented by the ... [view]
17 Flournoy v. State of Georgia
2009 cv 178947 (State Court)
Filed 12/15/2009 - Closed 2011
State of Georgia
Indigent Defense
PD-GA-0005
Coding Complete
On December 15, 2009, indigent criminal defendants filed this class action lawsuit against the State of Georgia and its Public Defender Standards Council ("GPDSC") in the Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia. Plaintiffs sought mandamus, declaratory and injunctive relief to compel Defendants to provide them and others similarly situated with ... [view]
18 Calhoun v. Pennington
1:09-cv-03286 (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 11/24/2009 - Case Ongoing
City of Atlanta Police Department
Policing
PN-GA-0003
Atlanta
Coding Complete
On November 24, 2009, patrons of Atlanta Eagle, a gay bar in Atlanta, Georgia, filed this lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the City of Atlanta, the chief of police, and officers of the Atlanta Police Department in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division. The plaintiffs, represented by private lawyer ... [view]
19 Cantwell v. Crawford
09EV275M (State Court)
Filed 04/07/2009 - Case Ongoing
State of Georgia
Georgia Public Defender Standards Council
Indigent Defense
PD-GA-0006
Royston
Coding Complete
On April 7, 2009, plaintiffs, indigent pretrial detainees who had not been appointed counsel, filed this class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and state statutory law against the State of Georgia in the Superior Court for the County of Elbert, Georgia. The plaintiffs, represented by the Southern Center for Human Rights, asked the court for ... [view]
20 Hicks v. Hetzel
2:09-cv-00155 (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 02/26/2009 - Closed 2012
Alabama Department of Corrections
W. E. Donaldson Correctional Facility
Prison Conditions
PC-AL-0032
Coding Complete
On February 26, 2009, inmates at Donaldson Correctional Facility filed this class action lawsuit against Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) and relevant officials under 42. U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. Represented by Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) and private counsel, the plaintiffs ... [view]
21 Gadson v. Crawford
2008CV151884 (State Court)
Filed 2008 - Closed 2009
Mack Crawford
Georgia Public Defender Standards Council
Indigent Defense
PD-GA-0003
Coding Complete
On June 11, 2008 plaintiffs filed a class action complaint in the Superior Court for Fulton County, Georgia pursuant to state law and 42 U.S.C. §1983. Plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief to protect their rights as clients represented by Metro Conflict Defender Office to continued representation by counsel, access to judicial ... [view]
22 Santos v. State of Georgia
07CR1281B (State Court)
Filed 2007 - Closed
State of Georgia
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-GA-0006
Coding Complete
A homeless convicted sexual offender was asked to leave the shelter where he had been living. For several months, he had no fixed residence address. He was arrested and charged with violating the State of Georgia's registry requirements because he did not register a new address with the county sheriff within 72 hours prior to leaving the shelter, ... [view]
23 Whitaker v. Perdue
4:06-cv-00140-WCO (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 06/20/2006 - Closed
State of Georgia
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-GA-0004
Coding Complete
On June 20, 2006, six low-level sex offenders filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, against the state of Georgia. The plaintiffs, represented by the Southern Center for Human Rights and the ACLU of Georgia, challenged provisions of the state's new sex offender law that prevented sex ... [view]
24 Thomas v. City of Gulfport, Mississippi
1:05-cv-00349-LG-RHW (S.D. Miss.)
Filed 07/21/2005 - Closed 2007
City of Gulfport, MS
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MS-0001
Coding Complete
On July 21, 2005, fifteen named indigent plaintiffs, individually and on behalf of a putative class, filed this suit in in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and state law against the City of Gulfport, Mississippi. The plaintiffs, represented by the Southern Center for Human Rights and the ... [view]
25 Williams v. Clinch County, GA
7:04-cv-00124-HL (M.D. Ga.)
Filed 11/02/2004 - Closed 2007
Clinch County
Clinch County Jail
Jail Conditions
JC-GA-0029
Clinch County
Coding Complete
On November 2, 2004, two former inmates of Homerville, Georgia's Clinch County Jail filed a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, challenging the policy of charging Jail inmates fees for room and board. Plaintiffs, represented by the Southern Center for Human Rights and a private law ... [view]
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