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Criminal Justice Reform
Active Case

Date Filed

September 05, 2019

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) places hundreds of children in solitary confinement on any given day. The SPLC, Florida Legal Services and the Florida Justice Institute filed a federal class action lawsuit to end the use of solitary confinement in the state’s juvenile detention...

Immigrant Justice
Active Case

Date Filed

April 13, 2020

As the COVID-19 virus threatened the health and lives of people held at immigration detention centers in 2020, the SPLC and its allies filed a federal class action lawsuit seeking the immediate release of all people held at three detention centers in South Florida.

The complaint describes...

Voting Rights
Voting Rights - FL
Active Case

Date Filed

June 14, 2021

The Southern Poverty Law Center and Fair Elections Center filed a lawsuit to challenge a Florida law that, among other things, requires groups engaged in voter registration activities to provide misleading information to voters that the organization “might not” submit the voter’s registration...

Criminal Justice Reform
Active Case

Date Filed

May 08, 2019

The SPLC and its allies filed a federal class action lawsuit challenging Florida’s use of solitary confinement as cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act.

The lawsuit...

Children's Rights
Active Case

Date Filed

May 23, 2017

Mississippi has repeatedly violated a nearly 150-year-old, legally binding obligation to operate a “uniform system of free public schools” for all children, an obligation placed on the state as a condition of rejoining the Union after the Civil War.

Mississippi enshrined this requirement...

Immigrant Justice
Active Case

Date Filed

October 28, 2020

In October 2020, the Southern Poverty Law Center and its allies filed a new challenge to the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, which had forced over 60,000 asylum seekers into precarious, life-threatening situations in Mexico and deprived them of access to legal assistance and...

Children's Rights
Active Case

Date Filed

October 01, 2021

After Georgia’s Cobb County School District failed to implement and enforce recommended safety protocols to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools, the Southern Poverty Law Center and its allies filed a federal lawsuit describing how the school district’s actions unlawfully deny students with...

Voting Rights
Voting Rights - FL
Active Case

Date Filed

July 01, 2019

After Florida voters overwhelmingly passed Amendment 4 in 2018, which restored the right to vote to over 1.4 million residents who had completed their sentences for felony convictions, the Legislature introduced and passed a law known as SB 7066, which requires people with past felony...

Children's Rights
Active Case

Date Filed

October 26, 2010

Students with disabilities were denied access to New Orleans public schools and often pushed into schools that failed to provide them with a free and appropriate education as required by federal mandate.

The Southern Poverty Law Center and a coalition of advocacy groups first filed an...

Economic Justice
Active Case

Date Filed

March 26, 2021

During the 2020 property assessment cycle, the Orleans Parish assessor arbitrarily cut the value of large commercial properties – some by as much as 57% – citing the COVID-19 pandemic as a reason. As a result, he flouted his legal duty to assess properties at their fair market value. Despite...

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