University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
Title "Youth Justice Coalition v. City of Los Angeles"
Date Mar 15, 2018
Author American Civil Liberties Union
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Abstract Youth Justice Coalition v. City of Los Angeles is a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of thousands of Angelenos whom the Los Angeles police and prosecutors have unfairly subjected to restrictive "gang injunctions" without due process.

Gang injunctions are civil court orders that prohibit supposed "nuisance activities" of a gang in particular neighborhoods. The injunctions prohibit not just criminal conduct, but everyday activities that would otherwise be perfectly legal, such as associating with others suspected of gang membership (including immediate family), drinking alcohol in public view, or possessing such ordinary objects as highlighters or cell phones. Violation can lead to arrest, fines, and up to six months in jail.

The city obtains these gang injunctions by suing the gang as an "unincorporated association," in much the same way someone might sue a company. But because gangs are not actually organized legal entities, they do not show up in court to defend against the gang injunction case, and the city wins by default. In fact, the city has obtained every single one of its 46 gang injunctions through those defaults. Once the city has the gang injunction in hand, it “serves” the order on people it believes to be gang members—without any notice, without a hearing, and without any opportunity to contest the city’s allegation they are gang members before they are subjected to the injunction.

This Resource Relates To
case Youth Justice Coalition v. City of Los Angeles (CJ-CA-0018)

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