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U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
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The Civil Rights Division was founded in 1957, and enforces a number of the nation's civil rights law, especially against state and local governments. In particular, its litigating components enforce laws that prohibit discrimination in education, employment, credit, housing, public accommodations and facilities, voting, and certain federally funded and conducted programs. In addition, the Division enforces the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act of 1980, which authorizes the Attorney General to seek relief for persons confined in public institutions where conditions exist that deprive residents of their constitutional rights; the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act; the Police Misconduct Provision of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994; and Section 102 of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), as amended, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of national origin and citizenship status as well as document abuse and retaliation under the Immigration and Nationality Act. Finally, the Division prosecutes actions under several criminal civil rights statutes which were designed to preserve personal liberties and safety.

The Division is responsible for coordinating the civil rights enforcement efforts of federal agencies, and assists federal agencies in identifying and removing discriminatory provision in their policies and programs.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 United States v. Alabama
2:20-cv-01971-JHE (N.D. Ala.)
Filed 12/09/2020 - Case Ongoing
Alabama Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-AL-0037
Coding Complete
At the very end of the Trump administration, the U.S. Department of Justice brought this statewide lawsuit against Alabama, alleging widespread unconstitutional conditions conditions in the state's men's prisons. The case was filed on December 9, 2020, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama (in Birmingham).. On October 6, ... [view]
2 U.S. v. Hampton Roads Regional Jail Authority
2:20-cv-00410 (E.D. Va.)
Filed 08/05/2020 - Case Ongoing
Hampton Roads Regional Jail Authority
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-VA-0027
Portsmouth (independent) city
Coding Complete
After a two-year investigation initiated in December 2016 under CRIPA and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a Notice on December 19, 2018 concluding that the Hampton Roads Regional Jail Authority (“HRRJ”) failed to provide constitutionally adequate medical and mental health care to ... [view]
3 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]
4 DOJ CRIPA Investigation of Four Mississippi Prisons
docket unknown (No Court)
Filed 2020 - Case Ongoing
Mississippi Department of Corrections
Mississippi Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-MS-0010
Hinds County
Coding Complete
On February 5, 2020, the Justice Department announced a CRIPA investigation into conditions in four Mississippi prisons: the Mississippi State Penitentiary (Parchman), Southern Mississippi Correctional Institute, Central ... [view]
5 American Council of the Blind of Metropolitan Chicago v. Chicago
1:19-cv-06322 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 09/23/2019 - Case Ongoing
City of Chicago
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
DR-IL-0006
Cook County
Coding Complete
This class action lawsuit alleged that the City of Chicago’s failure to equip signalized street intersections with accessible pedestrian signals (ASPs) constituted illegal discrimination against Chicago’s blind residents and visitors. ASPs are used by blind pedestrians to travel safely at intersections. In municipalities which have installed ... [view]
6 United States v. Baltimore County
1:19-cv-02465-CCB (D. Md.)
Filed 08/27/2019 - Case Ongoing
Baltimore County, MD
Equal Employment
EE-MD-0152
Baltimore County
Coding Complete
On August 27, 2019, the United States filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland (in Baltimore). The federal government sued Baltimore County for injunctive relief for employment dicrimination, alleging violations by the County Police Department of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-6(a), ... [view]
7 U.S. v. South Carolina Department of Corrections
Never filed (No Court)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
South Carolina Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-SC-0008
Coding Complete
In March 2018, the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) and the United States reached a settlement agreement following an investigation of SCDC’s accommodations to inmates with hearing disabilities. The settlement resolved complaints from inmates that they were being denied full and equal access to programs, services, and activities ... [view]
8 DOJ CRIPA Investigation of Lowell Correctional Institution
No Court Case (No Court)
Filed 2018 - Closed
Florida Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-FL-0034
Coding Complete
In April 2018, the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division (“DOJ”) opened an investigation into the conditions of confinement at the Lowell Correctional Institution and the Lowell Annex, a women’s prison complex in Ocala, Florida. Specifically, the investigation focused on allegations of widespread sexual abuse within the prison and ... [view]
9 United States v. Police Department of Baltimore City
1:17-cv-00099-JKB (D. Md.)
Filed 01/12/2017 - Case Ongoing
Baltimore City Police Department
Policing
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PN-MD-0008
Baltimore City
Coding Complete
On January 12, 2017, the United States of America filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Alleging a pattern or practice of conduct by law enforcement officers in deprivation of people's rights under the United States Constitution and federal laws, the United States brought this action against the ... [view]
10 CRIPA Investigation of Hampton Roads Regional Jail
NA (No Court)
Filed 12/12/2016 - Case Ongoing
Hampton Roads Regional Jail
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JC-VA-0016
Coding Complete
On December 12, 2016, the Department of Justice notified the Hampton Roads Regional Jail (the "Jail") of its intent to conduct an investigation of the Jail pursuant to Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. § 12132. The Jail, located in ... [view]
11 DOJ-COPS Assessment of the San Francisco Police Department
N/A (No Court)
Filed 10/12/2016 - Case Ongoing
San Francisco Police Department
Policing
PN-CA-0039
San Francisco
Coding Complete
On December 2, 2015, San Francisco police officers shot Mario Woods at least 21 times, killing him. Woods was suspected of assault, and was holding a knife. The police claimed that Woods repeatedly ignored orders to drop the knife before they fired. However video of the shooting showed that Woods appeared to be walking away from the officers when ... [view]
12 United States of America v. Humboldt County
1:16-cv-05139 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 09/07/2016 - Closed 2020
Humboldt County
Humboldt County
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
DR-CA-0060
Humboldt County
Coding Complete
On September 7, 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The DOJ sued Humboldt County under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) alleging that Humboldt County discriminated against individuals with disabilities by failing to make County facilities, programs, ... [view]
13 United States v. Mississippi
3:16-cv-00622-CWR-FKB (S.D. Miss.)
Filed 08/11/2016 - Case Ongoing
Mississippi
Mississippi
Mental Health (Facility)
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
MH-MS-0001
Coding Complete
On August 11, 2016 , the Attorney General and Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed this lawsuit in the Southern District of Mississippi. The DOJ sued the State of Mississippi under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA). The DOJ asked the court to ... [view]
14 United States v. Hinds County
3:16-cv-00489-WHB-JCG (S.D. Miss.)
Filed 06/23/2016 - Case Ongoing
Hinds County
Jail Conditions
JC-MS-0021
Hinds County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This case originated as a jail conditions case in Hinds County, Mississippi in 2015. In March of 2020, the monitor’s report noted that the novel coronavirus had the potential to become a serious problem at the facilities. The monitor’s report in August 2020 reported that several detainees had tested positive, and that Hinds ... [view]
15 United States v. Michigan Department of Corrections
2:16-cv-12146-PDB-MKM (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 06/13/2016 - Case Ongoing
Michigan Department of Corrections
Equal Employment
EE-MI-0199
Coding Complete
The U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division filed this lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) on June 13, 2016 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The action proceeded under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000 et. seq., alleging policies and practices that discriminated on the basis of sex ... [view]
16 United States v. State of North Carolina
1:16-cv-00425 (M.D. N.C.)
Filed 05/09/2016 - Closed 2017
State of North Carolina
State of North Carolina
Equal Employment
Education
Public Accomm./Contracting
PA-NC-0004
Coding Complete
This is one of several federal lawsuits addressing North Carolina Session Law 2016-3, House Bill 2 (HB2), which was passed on March 23, 2016. For the others, see the case collection. On February 22, 2016, ... [view]
17 United States v. City of Newark
2:16-cv-01731-MCA-MAH (D.N.J.)
Filed 03/30/2016 - Case Ongoing
City of Newark
Policing
PN-NJ-0007
Essex County
Coding Complete
The U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ") initiated an investigation of the Newark Police Department ("NPD") in May 2011, after receiving serious allegations of civil rights violations by the NPD. Such allegations included that the NPD subjected Newark residents to excessive force, unwarranted stops and arrests, and discriminatory police actions ... [view]
18 United States v. City of Ferguson
4:16-cv-00180 (E.D. Mo.)
Filed 02/10/2016 - Case Ongoing
City of Ferguson
Ferguson Police Department
Policing
PN-MO-0002
St. Louis County
Coding Complete
On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a small city in St. Louis County. The shooting sparked nationwide protests and attention to police use of force and police/African-American relations. The Prosecuting Attorney for St. Louis County, ... [view]
19 DOJ Investigation of Georgia Department of Corrections re: LGBT Treatment
docket unknown (No Court)
Filed 02/05/2016 - Case Ongoing
Georgia Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-GA-0019
Coding Complete
On February 5, 2016, the DOJ notified the Attorney General of Georgia of its investigation into the treatment of transgender and gay prisoners in the custody of the Georgia Department of Corrections. The DOJ's Civil Rights Division was partnering with the three U.S. Attorney’s Offices in Georgia to conduct the investigation. The investigation ... [view]
20 DOJ Investigation of Ville Platte Police Department and Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office
docket unknown (No Court)
Filed 08/26/2015 - Case Ongoing
Ville Platte Police Department
Policing
PN-LA-0003
Evangeline Parish
Coding Complete
On August 26, 2015, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it was opening an investigation into the Ville Platte Police Department (VPPD) and the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office (EPSO) for their detention techniques. The DOJ also looked into how VPPD and EPSO trained and supervised their officials to prevent unlawful ... [view]
21 United States v. County of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County Sheriff [USDOJ CRIPA Case]
2:15-cv-05903 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 08/05/2015 - Case Ongoing
Los Angeles County Jail
LA County Jail
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0005
Los Angeles County
Coding Complete
On June 6, 1996, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) notified Los Angeles County that it intended to investigate conditions in the Los Angeles County Jail system (the Jails) pursuant to the Civil Rights of the Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA). In August of 1996, the DOJ toured the Jails with correctional mental health experts. The ... [view]
22 United States v. University of Michigan
2:15-cv-12582-BAF-RSW (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 07/22/2015 - Closed 2018
University of Michigan
Equal Employment
EE-MI-0198
Washtenaw County
Coding Complete
On July 22, 2015, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan against the University of Michigan. The DOJ brought this suit on behalf of an employee of the University who had filed a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity ... [view]
23 U.S. v. Alabama
2:15-cv-00368-MHT-TFM (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 05/28/2015 - Case Ongoing
Alabama Department of Corrections
Alabama Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-AL-0034
Coding Complete
On February 26, 2013, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division sent notice to the Alabama Department of Corrections that it would be conducting an investigation of the Julia Tutwiler Prison. The investigation sought to address allegations that prisoners were subjected to sexual abuse by prison staff in violation of their constitutional ... [view]
24 United States v. City of Cleveland
1:15-cv-01046 (N.D. Ohio)
Filed 05/25/2015 - Case Ongoing
City of Cleveland
Cleveland Division of Police
Policing
PN-OH-0008
Cuyahoga County
Coding Complete
In March 2013, following a series of highly-publicized use-of-force incidents involving the Cleveland Division of Police (CDP), the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) opened an investigation pursuant to the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, 42 U.S.C. § 14141, that focused on the CDP's use of force, ... [view]
25 United States of America v. Leflore County, Mississippi
4:15-cv-00059-DMB-JMV (N.D. Miss.)
Filed 05/12/2015 - Case Ongoing
Leflore County
Leflore County Juvenile Detention Center
Juvenile Institution
JI-MS-0011
Leflore County
Coding Complete
On August 14, 2009, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division (DOJ) began an investigation of conditions at the Leflore County Juvenile Detention Center ("LCJDC") in Greenwood, Mississippi pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1997, and the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, 42 U.S.C ... [view]
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