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Simental v. Ozuna

Pablo Simental, Jr. and three friends — all of whom were high school students — were walking towards the Wonderful College Prep Academy on their way to pick up prom passes when a police car pulled aside them as they walked.

May 18, 2020 Police Practices

California Attorneys for Criminal Justice v. Newsom

Conditions at ICE detention centers and county incarceration facilities — where bunk beds are commonly three-feet or less apart, bathrooms are shared by large groups, and individuals are forced to be inches from each other, sometimes in chains — make it impossible to maintain the social distancin

May 13, 2020 Immigrants' Rights

Ahlman v. Barnes

This class-action lawsuit seeks to force Sheriff Don Barnes and Orange County to take urgent steps to remedy conditions in Orange County jails during the pandemic. Specifically, it calls for the immediate release of vulnerable and disabled people in jail, plus greatly expanded social distancing

April 30, 2020 Jails Project