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1 Evenson-Childs v. Ravalli County Sheriff's Office
9:21-cv-00089 (D. Mont.)
Filed 08/09/2021 - Case Ongoing
Ravalli County Sheriff's Office
Ravalli County Sheriff's Office
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MT-0004
Ravalli County
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Plaintiff, a homeless resident of the state of Montana, filed this putative class action against Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office on August 9, 2021 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana. She challenged the Office’s practice of charging pre-trial arrestees released on bail for various forms of pre-trial supervision, such as ... [view]
2 Arroyo et al. v. Eischen et al.
1:21-cv-01687 (D. Colo.)
Filed 06/18/2021 - Case Ongoing
Bureau of Prisons
Bureau of Prisons
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-CO-0006
Coding Complete
On June 8, 2021, several employees of the United States Bureau of Prisons (“BOP”) Business Office filed suit in the U.S. District Court of Colorado against fellow BOP employees who are members Special Operations Response Team (“SORT”) for violation of their Fourth Amendment rights, intentional infliction of emotional eustress (“IIED”), ... [view]
3 Giroir v. Leblanc
3:21-cv-00108-JWD-SDJ (M.D. La.)
Filed 02/19/2021 - Case Ongoing
The Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections
Prison Conditions
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-LA-0015
Coding Complete
This is a case about the Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections consistently over-detaining thousands of incarcerated people per year for nearly the past ten years. On February 19, 2021, an incarcerated person in DOC’s custody filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. The plaintiff sued the ... [view]
4 Public Counsel v. Presiding Judge, Superior Court of LA Cty
21STCV05124 (State Court)
Filed 02/09/2021 - Closed 2021
Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-CA-0028
Los Angeles County
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COVID-19 Summary: In this case, various attorneys filed a lawsuit to stop the Los Angeles Superior Courts from requiring in-person appearances for non-essential civil matters, like traffic and unlawful detainer matters. The plaintiffs filed a request for a temporary restraining order, but a month later filed a dismissal and the case is now closed ... [view]
5 Easley v. Hot Spring County
6:21-cv-06125 (W.D. Ark.)
Filed 2021 - Case Ongoing
Hot Spring County
Hot Spring County
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-AR-0007
Hot Spring County
Coding In Process
This lawsuit challenges an Arkansas state statute that makes it a criminal offense to fail to pay rent while occupying a property. The plaintiffs sued the sheriff and prosecutor of Hot Spring County, where they reside, and requested an injunction to prevent them from enforcing the law. This case was filed on September 2, 2021 and remains pending.* [view]
6 Civil Rights Corp v. Pestana
1:21-cv-09128-VM (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 2021 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-NY-0017
Coding In Process
On November 4, 2021, a group of law professors and the Civil Rights Corp brought suit against New York's Corporation Counsel, the Queens District Attorney, and state grievance committee officials claiming that they were retaliated against for filing complaints related to alleged prosecutorial misconduct and that the officials abused ... [view]
7 Wilson v. Secretary Department of Corrections
3:21-cv-00062 (M.D. Fla.)
Filed 2021 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-FL-0010
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
8 Ryan v. Smith
3:20-cv-00843-SDD-SDJ (M.D. La.)
Filed 12/14/2020 - Case Ongoing
Judges
19th Judicial District Court of Louisiana
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-LA-0014
East Baton Rouge Parish
Coding Complete
COVID Summary: This is a class action suit regarding the legality of detention orders that are holding detainees at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for up to years and detrimental to life during the COVID-19 pandemic. The plaintiffs moved for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction on December 14, 2020, but withdrew the request for ... [view]
9 NAACP v. Lee
3:20-cv-01039 (M.D. Tenn.)
Filed 12/03/2020 - Case Ongoing
Commisioner
Tennessee Department of Corrections
Election/Voting Rights
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-TN-0016
Davidson County
Coding Complete
This class action lawsuit, filed by the NAACP and several individual plaintiffs on December 3, 2020, challenged Tennessee's statutory scheme for people convicted of felonies to have their voting rights restored. Plaintiffs alleged that Tennessee’s voting rights restoration scheme was, at best, error-ridden and confusing, and at worse, ... [view]
10 Smith v. Barr
2:20-cv-00630-JRS (S.D. Ind.)
Filed 11/25/2020 - Closed 2021
Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
Prison Conditions
Criminal Justice (Other)
PC-IN-0027
Washington
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: Two individuals incarcerated at Terre Haute Correctional Complex filed this lawsuit on behalf of all individuals who were or would be incarcerated at Terre Haute during the COVID-19 pandemic. They sought injunctive relief to stop the defendants from conducting federal executions, which drew hundreds of individuals from all over ... [view]
11 Scholl v. Mnuchin
4:20-cv-05309-PJH (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 08/01/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States of America
Criminal Justice (Other)
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-CA-0058
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Two incarcerated plaintiffs brought this class-action lawsuit seeking to obtain the benefits provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economics Security (CARES) Act. The plaintiffs sought to represent a class all people incarcerated in the United States between March 27, 2020 until August 1, 2020 (the date the complaint was filed) who was ... [view]
12 Defy Ventures v. Small Business Administration
1:20-cv-01838-CCB (D. Md.)
Filed 06/16/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Small Business Administration
Criminal Justice (Other)
Public Benefits / Government Services
CJ-MD-0006
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a case challenging the legality of the Small Business Administration's decision to exclude small business owners from parts of the CARES Act, passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On July 21, the court granted a preliminary injunction extending the deadline to apply for a loan for the named plaintiffs.
In ... [view]
13 Freeman v. Riverside County
RIC2001772 (State Court)
Filed 06/01/2020 - Case Ongoing
Riverside County
Riverside County
Juvenile Institution
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-CA-0027
Riverside County
Coding Complete
This case is about whether the parents of children who interact with the juvenile justice system can be forced to pay the costs of those services in the absence of legal process. The plaintiffs in this case, parents and grandparents of children who were involved in the juvenile justice system in Riverside County, California, alleged that they were ... [view]
14 Meade v. Bonin
2:20-cv-01455-CJB-DMD (E.D. La.)
Filed 05/14/2020 - Case Ongoing
ETOH Monitoring
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-LA-0012
Orleans Parish
Coding Complete
This is a case about due process violation under the 14th amendment based on a judge potentially steering defendants towards using ankle monitors by a company he has financial and political ties to. On May 14, 2020, two criminal defendants who were ordered to wear ankle monitors in Judge Paul A. Bonin’s court, filed this lawsuit in the U.S ... [view]
15 Doe #1 v. Hall
1:20-cv-00600 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 04/28/2020 - Closed 2020
Fresno County Sheriff
Fresno County Sheriff’s Office
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-CA-0026
Fresno County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: On April 29, 2020, three individuals sued the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office and Fresno Police Department, claiming that the defendant’s requirement of in-person registration for sex offenders violates COVID-19 related orders by the Governor of California. The plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed the case in September.
On ... [view]
16 Humphrey v. LeBlanc
3:20-cv-00233-JWD-SDJ (M.D. La.)
Filed 04/15/2020 - Case Ongoing
Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections
Prison Conditions
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-LA-0016
Coding Complete
This case challenges Louisiana's alleged practice of detaining prisoners longer than necessary after those prisoners receive "time-served" sentences. On April 15, 2020, three former prisoners filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in the Middle District of Louisiana. Represented by the civil rights firm Loevy & Loevy, local ... [view]
17 Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association v. Abbott
D-1-GN-20-002034 (State Court)
Filed 04/08/2020 - Closed 2020
Governor of Texas
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-TX-0017
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a challenge to the Texas governor's order to limit bail for detainees accused of violent offenses, filed by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and sixteen Harris County Judges. The plaintiffs sought a declaratory judgment that the order was unconstitutional, as well as a temporary and permanent injunction and ... [view]
18 Barnes v. Jeffreys
1:20-cv-02137 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 04/05/2020 - Case Ongoing
Illinois Department of Corrections
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-IL-0015
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a putative class action filed by individuals who completed prison sentences for sex offenses, but were prevented from being released under an Illinois statute. The plaintiffs filed the lawsuit after the COVID-19 pandemic began to spread to an Illinois correctional facility. In April 2020, the court held the statute ... [view]
19 Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association v. Lamont
HHD-CV20-6126477-S (State Court)
Filed 04/03/2020 - Closed 2020
Governor of Connecticut
Prison Conditions
Jail Conditions
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-CT-0003
Coding Complete
COVID-19 summary: The ACLU of Connecticut filed this suit on April 3, 2020 asking the court to intervene and force the Governor of Connecticut and the state's Correction Commissioner to reduce the number of individuals incarcerated in the state's jails and prisons during the COVID-19 pandemic. The trial court dismissed the case for lack of ... [view]
20 In the Matter of: Petition Requesting the Indiana Supreme Court to Engage in Emergency Rulemaking to Address the Issue of Imprisoned Persons and the COVID-19 Crisis
20S-MS-00234 (State Court)
Filed 03/30/2020 - Closed 2020
no defendants on record
Prison Conditions
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-IN-0005
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: ACLU of Indiana filed a petition in light of the COVID-19 pandemic seeking Indiana corrections facilities to compose a list of prisoners who either face heightened risk of disease infection, or merit temporary or permanent release. The ACLU's petition for emergency rule-making was denied.
On March 30, 2020, the ACLU of ... [view]
21 In re: the Petition of the Pennsylvania Prison Society, Brian McHale, Jeremy Hunsicker, Christopher Aubry, Michael Foundos, and Frederick Leonard, on behalf of all similarly situated individuals
70 MM 2020 (State Court)
Filed 03/30/2020 - Closed 2020
no defendants on record
Jail Conditions
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-PA-0008
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: The Pennsylvania Prison Society and incarcerated individuals filed a petition requesting that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court take immediate action to reduce the population of Pennsylvania county jails. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied the petition but ordered that the Pennsylvania judicial system take steps to reduce the ... [view]
22 Committee for Public Counsel Services v. Chief Justice of the Trial Court
SJ-2020-12926 (State Court)
Filed 03/24/2020 - Case Ongoing
Chief Justice of the Trial Court
Prison Conditions
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MA-0004
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is an emergency petition to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court seeking, among other responses, releases of many prisoners. On April 3, the court held that certain detainees were entitled a rebuttable presumption of release and to an expedited hearing within two business days on their motions for reconsideration of bail ... [view]
23 In re COVID-19 Pandemic
2020-0428 (State Court)
Filed 03/24/2020 - Case Ongoing
Tennessee Supreme Court
Prison Conditions
Jail Conditions
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-TN-0014
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: A coalition of criminal justice and prison advocacy organizations filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to take immediate action to reduce the population of Tennessee’s prisons and jails in light of the coronavirus pandemic. On March 25, 2020, the Tennessee Supreme Court ordered local judges to come up with plans for ... [view]
24 In the Matter of the Request to Commute or Suspend County Jail Sentences
084230 (State Court)
Filed 03/19/2020 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Jail Conditions
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-NJ-0005
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is an emergency order by the New Jersey Supreme Court, temporarily releasing about 1,000 pepole serving time in county jails.
This case involves the release of individuals held in New Jersey jails during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency on March 9, 2020 due to ... [view]
25 Jones v. Stanford
1:20-cv-01332 (E.D.N.Y.)
Filed 03/12/2020 - Case Ongoing
Commissioner
New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
Criminal Justice (Other)
Speech and Religious Freedom
CJ-NY-0016
Kings County
Coding Complete
This is a lawsuit about whether the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) can ban individuals required to register under the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) from accessing social media and the internet. On March 12, 2020 six people required to register under SORA, filed this lawsuit in the United States ... [view]
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