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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 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
2 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
3 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
4 Edwards et al v. Leaders in Community Alternatives, Inc. et al
3:18-cv-04609-JSC (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
Leaders in Community Alternatives
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-CA-0022
Alameda County
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5 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
6 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
7 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
8 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
9 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
10 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
Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-IL-0016
Cook County
Coding Complete
11 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
12 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
13 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
14 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
15 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
16 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
17 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
18 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
19 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
20 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
21 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
22 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
23 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
24 Robinson v. Martin
2016-CH-13587 (State Court)
Filed 2016 - Case Ongoing
Cook County, Illinois
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-IL-0012
Cook County
Coding Complete
25 Commonwealth v. Wagle
1613CR003391 (State Court)
Filed 2016 - Closed
Massachusetts
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MA-0003
Coding Complete
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