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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…
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…
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…
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…

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