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1 Public Counsel v. Presiding Judge, Superior Court of LA Cty
21STCV05124 (State Court)
Filed 2021 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-CA-0028
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
2 Giroir v. Leblanc
3:21-cv-00108-JWD-SDJ (M.D. La.)
Filed 2021 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Prison Conditions
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-LA-0015
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
3 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]
4 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]
5 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
Coding Complete
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]
6 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]
7 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]
8 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]
9 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]
10 Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association v. Abbott
D-1-GN-20-002034 (State Court)
Filed 04/08/2020 - Case Ongoing
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]
11 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]
12 Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association v. Lamont
HHD-CV20-6126477-S (State Court)
Filed 04/03/2020 - Case Ongoing
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]
13 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]
14 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]
15 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]
16 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]
17 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]
18 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]
19 Torres v. Collins
2:20-cv-00026 (E.D. Tenn)
Filed 02/16/2020 - Case Ongoing
Hamblen County Court
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-TN-0013
Hamblen County
Coding Complete
Plaintiffs, individuals held in the Hamblen County (TN) jail pre-trial due to an inability to pay bail, filed this class action in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, on February 16, 2020, on behalf of themselves and all other past and future detainees in the jail unable to make bail. They sued officials in the Hamblen ... [view]
20 Nashville Community Bail Fund v. Gentry
3:20-cv-00103 (M.D. Tenn.)
Filed 02/05/2020 - Case Ongoing
Davidson County
Davidson County Criminal Court Clerk
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-TN-0015
Davidson County
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
21 Brown v. Transportation Security Administration
2:20-cv-00064-LPL (W.D. Pa.)
Filed 01/21/2020 - Case Ongoing
Drug Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-PA-0007
Coding Complete
TSA and DEA seized and confiscated $82,373 in cash from the plaintiff’s carry-on as she boarded a domestic flight in Pennsylvania in August 2019. Visiting her father for the weekend, she had learned that he had stored his life savings, in cash, in numerous envelopes hidden in his home. She offered to deposit the money in a new account she ... [view]
22 United States of America v. Kennedy
5:18-cr-20315-JEL-EAS (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 04/19/2018 - Case Ongoing
Pre-trial criminal defendants
Jail Conditions
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MI-0009
Washtenaw County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: A pre-trial criminal defendant sought a temporary release order on March 26, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The court granted temporary release from custody on March 27. Another criminal defendant sought release on June 2, which was denied on July 22.
The defendant is a pre-trial criminal defendant, indicted a charge ... [view]
23 Freeman v. Riverside
RIC2001772 (State Court)
Filed 2020 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Juvenile Institution
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-CA-0027
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
24 CRIPA Investigation of Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections
docket unknown (district not recorded)
Filed 2020 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-LA-0017
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
25 White v. Hesse
5:19-cv-01145-R (W.D. Okla.)
Filed 12/10/2019 - Case Ongoing
Canadian County District Court 26th Judicial District
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-OK-0005
Coding Complete
On December 10, 2019, a group of arrestees detained by Canadian County who have a financial condition of release that they cannot afford and was set without the presence of counsel and the NAACP of Oklahoma, on behalf of its members, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. The plaintiffs sued the ... [view]
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