Josh Glenn should have been going to high school when he turned 17, but instead he was sitting in a Philadelphia jail cell after his family was unable to afford bail. More than a decade later, he's joined the ACLU in a newly filed lawsuit challenging allegedly excessive bail practices on the part of Philadelphia judges.
Jaylan Banks and Sylvester Williams were nearing the end of their juvenile sentences at a youth facility in Harrisburg, Illinois in the spring of 2017 when they found themselves flung directly into multiyear sentences in the adult corrections system following altercations with guards.
A recent move by immigration authorities to bump up a slew of hearing dates in New York without notice has public defenders crying foul and painting the move as a not-so-subtle attack on the ability of immigrants facing deportation to have proper counsel.
In an effort to boost legal access and the rule of law across the globe, attorney Vivek Maru launched Namati in 2011. Here, Maru talks about growing a network of grassroots legal advocates and democratizing the law.
Phone calls from local jails often cost far more than phone calls from state prisons due to commission-based contracts between service providers and jail operators. As a result, contact between defendants and their attorneys before trial can cost up to $25 per 15 minutes.
States have seen an explosion of access to justice commissions in recent years, and they’ve become a driving force not only in getting legal aid to those who need it, but also helping self-represented litigants better navigate the courts.
Oakland resident Riana Buffin was never formally charged with a crime, but that didn’t stop her from spending 46 hours in jail because she couldn't pay bail while suspected of grand theft, or from losing her job when she didn't show up to work.
Part of the Immigration and Nationality Act violates the U.S. Constitution by limiting federal district courts from reviewing whether asylum seekers apprehended near the border established a fear of persecution, the Ninth Circuit found Thursday.
Bail reform advocates got a boost last week when the Tenth Circuit backed the constitutionality of recently enacted New Mexico rules allowing courts to eschew cash bail for many defendants, experts said.
Advocates and lawmakers in New York are gearing up to make the Empire State the first in the country to decriminalize sex work, hoping for a package of changes that they say should include wiping away past criminal convictions on prostitution and related charges.
Two recent reports from New York and Pennsylvania document the pervasive fear of courthouse immigration arrests among immigrant communities. Immigration officers defend the practice as a result of so-called sanctuary city policies, but lawyers say it scares off crime victims and witnesses.
Having a legal ID can easily be taken for granted, but more than 1 billion people across the globe don’t have a way to show who they are, which can affect everything from starting a business, to enrolling in school, to appearing in court or filing a police report.
A city granted a $21 million settlement to an exonerated man who spent 37 years behind bars, less than a year after the state paid just $1.95 million. The discrepancy in sums raises the question: how much is a wrongfully convicted person’s lost time really worth?
A New York federal judge on Friday declined to renew an order mandating strict access to attorneys for inmates in a Brooklyn federal jail that had no heat for a frigid week in January, finding the lawyers who sued over the ordeal lack standing to bring Sixth Amendment claims.
Communications with your attorney are usually private, but there’s a glaring exception for people in prison. Federal prosecutors can access all emails sent over a system set up by the Bureau of Prisons, and it’s unclear how often they might be looking at emails between attorneys and their clients.
In 2017, after two trials and years of legal fees that wiped out his life savings, Curtis Lovelace was acquitted of the murder of his wife, but the court ruled he still had to pay $35,000 as a "bond forfeiture fee," something Lovelace is now arguing is unconstitutional.
A Texas court relied on outdated and stereotypical rationales to determine that a death row inmate who struggled as a teenager to grasp basic math was not intellectually disabled and should be executed, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled, reinforcing that established clinical guidelines must underpin such decisions.
After the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that state and local governments must abide by the constitutional ban on excessive fines, advocates say the fight against civil asset forfeiture is far from over.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the constitutional bar on excessive fines applies to state and local governments, unanimously siding with a convicted drug dealer in his fight to reclaim a $42,000 Land Rover the state of Indiana had seized via civil forfeiture.
The Florida Bar Foundation said it has received $3.6 million of the $4.3 million in sanctions from two law firms involved in tobacco litigation and plans to disburse it to qualified legal aid organizations in the Middle District of Florida.
What do baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, Stanford Law School Dean M. Elizabeth Magill and legal novelist John Grisham have in common?
An estimated 100 million Americans have criminal records that follow them for life. Some states have moved to ease the burden by passing record-sealing laws for certain offenses, but the process of clearing your name can be byzantine, expensive and futile in an age where mugshots are searchable online.
Maddy deLone, the executive director at the Innocence Project for the past 15 years, has a poster-sized photograph of a man named Warith Habib Abdal framed above her desk in lower Manhattan.
For children, there are few things that can have a greater impact on their lives than dependency proceedings that decide where they will live and with whom. But according to a new lawsuit, kids in Indiana are going through that process without a common protection — having attorneys.
Amid mounting questions about conditions in a Brooklyn federal prison that lost power and heat in January, the more than 1,600 men and women living there have earned a court victory providing access to attorneys, but the legal fight following the alleged humanitarian crisis isn't over.