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Wrongfully Convicted “Marquette Park Four” Sue City of Chicago, Chicago Police Officers
Four men, known collectively as the “Marquette Park Four,” who each spent more than 20 years in prison for crimes they did not commit, are suing the City of Chicago as well as the Chicago…
13 Muslim, Faith-Based, and Civil Rights Community Orgs File Amicus Brief In Support of Guantánamo Bay Muslim Detainees
Washington, DC – Today, Muslim Advocates and the Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center filed an amicus brief on behalf of 13 Muslim, faith-based, and civil rights community…
Trans Woman Imprisoned in Illinois Seeks Emergency Court Order to Protect Her From Ongoing Abuse and Retaliation
The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center and the Uptown People’s Law Center have asked the federal court for an emergency order to protect Strawberry Hampton (incarcerated under the…
MacArthur Justice Center, SPLC Sue City of Corinth and Judge for Running Debtors’ Prison
The City of Corinth, Mississippi and Municipal Court Judge John C. Ross are operating a modern-day debtors’ prison, unlawfully jailing poor people for their inability to pay bail and fines,…
MacArthur Justice Center Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Gretna, Louisiana for Using “Mayor’s Court” as Modern Day Debtor’s Prison to Balance Books
The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center has filed a federal class action targeting the Mayor’s Court of Gretna, Louisiana for its inherent financial conflict of interest and focus on…
Important Prisoners' Rights Decision by Tenth Circuit
Important victory for prisoners’ rights to access the court system handed down by Tenth Circuit. The Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) is the 1996 federal law, which governs how an individual…
Amicus Brief Opposing Trump's Muslim Ban Filed in Fourth Circuit
Legal challenge to President Trump's Muslim Ban continues. MacArthur Justice Center again filed amicus brief, the detailed record of President Trump's hatred towards Muslims, in the Fourth Circuit.
New Prisoners' Rights Case [Carter v. Fleming] Before Fourth Circuit
Appellate Director David Shapiro is arguing a new prisoners' right case before a special meeting of the Fourth Circuit. Our client, a member of the Nation of Islam, accepted one non-halal meal (on…
Court Moves Forward Class Action Challenging Unjust Parole Process for Missouri Juveniles Previously Sentenced to Death Behind Bars
A Missouri federal court has ruled in favor of plaintiffs who sued the Missouri Department of Corrections (MDOC), challenging the Parole Board’s disregard for the constitutional rights of…
MacArthur Justice Center’s Cutting-Edge Case Calling for Juvenile Offender Parole Standards Moves Forward
St. Louis, Missouri – In a victory for the rights of Missouri youthful offenders, a judge rejected the State’s motion to dismiss a suit brought by the Roderick and Solange MacArthur…
New Prisoner’s Rights Case (Snodgrass v Messer) Submitted for Consideration to the US Supreme Court
We are asking the Supreme Court to hear Snodgrass v. Messer, a case about the First Amendment rights of prisoners. Our client, a prisoner at the notorious Red Onion State Prison in Virginia, alleges…
City of Pearl, Mississippi Youth Court Judge Resigns Under Pressure; City Closes Court Upon Learning That Judge Prohibited Young Mother From Seeing Her Baby Due to Unpaid Court Fees
Late Wednesday, in the Jackson suburb of Pearl, Mississippi, Youth Court Judge John Shirley resigned under pressure and the Pearl Municipal Youth Court was permanently closed in the wake of demands…
Nine leading civil rights groups urge Supreme Court to reform how compensation is awarded for victims of prison abuse
Prison staff have held prisoners down in boiling water until their skin peeled off, shocked prisoners with cattle prods, and kneed pregnant female prisoners in the stomach. Today nine leading civil…
MacArthur Justice Center Urges Court to Uphold Arpaio's Conviction
Amicus brief filed with the US District Court of Arizona argues that Trump’s pardon is both invalid and unconstitutional because it eviscerates judicial power to enforce constitutional rights
MacArthur Justice Center Takes Missouri Prison and Parole System to Task Again – Sues Over State’s Failure to Provide Process or Lawyers before Revoking Parole
The MacArthur Justice Center at St. Louis (MJC-STL) filed a federal class action lawsuit yesterday in the Western District of Missouri, alleging the Missouri Department of Corrections (MDOC) and its…
MacArthur Justice Center Sues Private Prison for Withholding Information
Allen Correctional Center ignores repeated inquiries into inmates held in segregation
Class Action Certified Against Missouri Department of Corrections for Denial of Care for Detainees with Chronic Hepatitis C
A federal judge has certified that lawsuit, brought forth by the MacArthur Justice Center of St. Louis and the ACLU of Missouri, challenging the Missouri Department of Corrections’ (MDOC)…
Louisiana State Prison Obstructs Investigation into Disability Abuse Allegations - Federal Lawsuit Brought by Advocacy Group Asks Court to Order Access
A federal lawsuit filed by the MacArthur Justice Center of New Orleans and the Advocacy Center of Louisiana that argues that the Louisiana Department of Corrections and David Wade Correctional Center…
Lawsuit: Chicago Police Department’s Inaccurate, Racially Biased Gang Database led ICE to Target Dreamer for Deportation
Federal civil rights lawsuit filed against the Chicago Police Department on behalf of an immigrant who was falsely labeled a gang member, which triggered his arrest, imprisonment and imminent…
Settlement Will Stop Four Mississippi Counties from Jailing People Indefinitely Without a Lawyer or Because They Can't Afford Bail
The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU of Mississippi today announced a settlement agreement in their federal class-action suit Burks v.…
Lawsuit Targets Orleans Magistrate Judge Cantrell’s Unjust Bond Practice
Orleans Magistrate Judge Harry Cantrell consistently sets high bail without legal justification. He then requires that bail be paid through a commercial bond company, so the Court can collect its…
Statement from Locke Bowman, Executive Director, MacArthur Justice Center
Statement in response to Special Prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes' indictments of Former Detective David March and Patrol Officers Joseph Walsh and Thomas Gaffney as part of the investigation into…
Landmark Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against the City of Chicago Alleging Racially Discriminatory Policing and Violent Police Abuse
Chicago – A class action lawsuit seeking federal court oversight of the Chicago Police Department’s (“CPD’s”) operations has been filed on behalf of thousands of…
PRESS RELEASE: Missouri Parole Board Sidesteps Professional Responsibilities in Favor of "Parole Bingo"
The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center (MJC) - St. Louis is calling on Governor Eric Greitens to take immediate action to meaningfully reform the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole,…
Statement from MacArthur Justice Center on Nineth Circuit Decision to Uphold Block of Trump Travel Ban
Statement from MacArthur Justice Center-Washington D.C. Director Amir Ali in response to the Nineth Circuit decision to uphold block on Trump's travel ban

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