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Updated - June 26, 2020

Balsewicz v. Pawlyk

Health and Safety
Proceeding without counsel, Ms. Balsewicz filed an action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, alleging that the sergeant violated her Eighth Amendment right to freedom from cruel and unusual punishment by failing to protect her from a substantial risk of serious harm. The district...

Filed - June 26, 2020

Updated - May 1, 2020

Tay Tay v. Illinois Department of Corrections

Health and Safety
A transgender woman currently housed at Danville Correctional Facility, a medium security men’s prison, has filed a federal lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) after being repeatedly subjected to sexual harassment and assault by both prisoners and IDOC staff. The complaint has been filed anonymously under the name “Tay Tay,” at the request...

Filed - May 14, 2019

Updated - April 6, 2020

Mays v. Dart

Health and Safety
An emergency class action lawsuit has been against Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart, asking for the immediate release of medically vulnerable people in the Cook County Jail in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.

Filed - April 3, 2020

Updated - March 26, 2020

Gasca v. Precythe

Parole
In Missouri, the Parole Board is running an assembly-line parole process that pushes people back into our prisons without any real legal protections. In many instances, alleged parole violators are tricked or pressured into waiving their right to a hearing and being returned to prison without any process at all.

Filed - October 12, 2017

Updated - February 3, 2020

Henry v. Hulett

Health and Safety
This feels too similar to eras and armed conflict that belong in the dustbin of history. We, the ACLU, and amici argue that the en banc Seventh Circuit should reverse and hold this reprehensible conduct bounded by the Fourth Amendment.
Updated - January 7, 2020

Complaint to DOJ Following Deaths in MDOC

Health and Safety
As indicated by its track record over the last several years and substantiated by the events of the last ten days, Mississippi is deliberately and systematically subjecting people in its care to a substantial risk of serious harm due to understaffing, in violation of the rights secured and protected by the Eighth Amendment to the...
Updated - October 2, 2019

Johnson v. Kempter County et al.

Health and Safety
Wayne Johnson was incarcerated at the Kemper Neshoba Regional Correctional Facility for failure to pay fines owed to the Meridian, Mississippi Municipal Court. Despite being sentenced to only two days in jail, Mr. Johnson was detained for more than 50 days. Kemper County, Sheriff James Moore, and five correctional officers have been sued by the...

Filed - September 30, 2019

Updated - August 8, 2019

Brown v. Precythe

Parole
The MacArthur Justice Center is pursuing a federal class action challenging the Missouri Parole Board’s demonstrated abuse of power, disregard for due process and failure to comply with state and federal law when it comes to youthful offenders previously given mandatory life without parole sentences.

Filed - October 31, 2017

Updated - April 24, 2019

Hampton v. Illinois Department of Corrections

Health and Safety
Strawberry Hampton is a 28-year-old transgender woman who is incarcerated within the Illinois Department of Corrections. Ms. Hampton has survived numerous sexual assaults and received constant harassment and threats in men's prisons, where she spent the majority of her sentence. IDOC officials have consistently refused to acknowledge Ms. Hampton’s gender and have repeatedly and deliberately placed her in environments detrimental to her physical, mental and emotional health.

Filed - November 29, 2017

Updated - February 27, 2019

Garza v. Idaho (U.S. Supreme Court)

Access to Courts
This case concerns one of the clearest instances in which a criminal defendant was abandoned by his defense attorney and deprived of his right to appellate review. After pleading guilty, Gilberto Garza, Jr., instructed his attorney to file an appeal, but his attorney refused to do so. As a result, Mr. Garza’s attorney deprived him...

Filed - January 23, 2018