October 18, 2018

LGBTQ Organization Censored by IL Prisons

Press Release
Contact: Sheila Bedi, MacArthur Justice Center, 312-503-2492, Alan Mills, Uptown People’s Law Center, 773-769-1411,   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 Sentences

Press 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.

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.

USA Today

October 5, 2018

Statement in reaction to the second-degree murder conviction of Chicago Police Office Jason Van Dyke in the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald:

The verdict demonstrates a respect for Laquan’s life, and we hope it brings comfort to his family. However, the verdict alone will not change the system that allowed this police officer to remain on the street in spite of his violent and racist disciplinary history. The police department that trained Jason Van Dyke and failed to discipline Van Dyke also helped cover up his...
September 21, 2018

What Punishment Is Cruel and Unusual for a Crime Committed at 17?


The Wall Street Journal

September 6, 2018

Prisoner says he’s spent over a dozen years in solitary confinement because he doesn’t speak English

Despite the Virginia Department of Corrections previously acknowledging he posed no threat, Mr. Nicolas Reyes has been kept in extreme segregation solely because he cannot complete the required “Step-Down Program. Mr. Reyes cannot read or speak English and that is the only language in which program materials are provided.

The Washington Post

September 5, 2018

Prisoner Suing Virginia Department of Corrections After 12-and-a-Half Years in Solitary Confinement

Press Release
The ACLU of Virginia and the Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday against the Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC) on behalf of a prisoner who has been held in solitary confinement in a state prison for 12-and-a-half years.   The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the...
September 4, 2018

Mentally ill man held in solitary confinement in Va. prison for 12 1/2 years


Richmond Times-Dispatch

August 30, 2018

Ball State father and son reach settlement in unlawful New Orleans arrest


The Daily News

August 21, 2018

New Orleans judges to appeal decisions in fines and fees lawsuits

After a federal court agreed with our suit that Orleans Magistrate Judge Harry Cantrell’s bond court violates the constitutional rights of pre-trial detainees, Cantrell and the 12 judges of Orleans Parish Criminal District Court will appeal the federal court decision rather than implement reforms. Judge Cantrell sets high bail amounts without any consideration of ability to pay...

The New Orleans Advocate