November 9, 2018
Judge orders training on transgender issues for all Illinois prison staff amid inmate lawsuitArticle
After multiple suits against the Illinois Department of Corrections, a federal judge in southern Illinois recognized that the Constitution protects trans women from discrimination. The judge ordered state prison officials to re-evaluate Strawberry Hampton’s previously denied request for transfer — and also mandated that the agency develop training on transgender issues for all staff.
November 8, 2018
Oral Argument: Garza v. Idaho (U.S. Supreme Court)Video
Supreme Court of the United States
November 8, 2018
State ordered to review transgender inmate’s request to move to female prisonUncategorized
November 5, 2018
Police lawsuits provide an inside view of cash register justice in LouisianaArticle
October 31, 2018
Argument analysis: Court skeptical that a lawyer may unilaterally countermand client’s instruction to file a criminal appealArticle
October 30, 2018
U.S. Supreme Court hears Garza v. Idaho arguments on defendant’s right to appellate reviewPress Release
In an appearance before the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct 30, 2018, Amir Ali, Supreme Court and Appellate Counsel at the MacArthur Justice Center, argued Gilberto Garza Jr., was deprived of his constitutional right to a lawyer because his lawyers did not follow his instructions to appeal the legality of his plea and sentence. In...
October 18, 2018
LGBTQ Organization Censored by IL PrisonsPress Release
Contact: Sheila Bedi, MacArthur Justice Center, 312-503-2492, email@example.com Alan Mills, Uptown People’s Law Center, 773-769-1411, firstname.lastname@example.org Today, attorneys filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Chicago chapter of Black & Pink, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide LGBTQ people in prison with allies on the outside. For over two years, Illinois...
October 13, 2018
Federal Court Rules Missouri Parole Board Ignores U.S. Supreme Court Rulings Protecting the Rights of Youth Given Mandatory Life SentencesPress Release
JEFFERSON CITY, MO – A federal judge has ruled that the Missouri Department of Corrections has violated the constitutional rights of individuals sentenced to life prison terms for crimes committed when they were children and ordered Missouri to provide a meaningful opportunity for them to obtain release from prison based on demonstrated maturity and rehabilitation....
October 11, 2018
Chicago’s policing problem is systemic. Truth and reconciliation are needed.Article
After Jason Van Dyke’s guilty verdict, the first in decades that convicted a cop for a killing while on duty, MacArthur Justice Center’s Sheila Bedi analyzes how the case reflects larger, systemic issues within the Chicago Police Department and what is needed to ensure real, institutional change.