National Center for Law and Economic Justice ("NCLEJ") (2020)

Filed a class action suit entitled McCullough v. City of Montgomery which challenging a series of interwoven policies and practices of the City of Montgomery, Alabama, designed to increase municipal budgets at the expense of low-income people of color by repeatedly ticketing them, subjecting them to coercive private “probation” schemes, jailing them when they lacked the ability to pay, and then forcing them to work while jailed to pay off their debt.

The district court ruled in July 2020 that the case could proceed to trial on claims for damages for violations of federal constitutional due process, equal protection rights and state tort law prohibiting false imprisonment and abuse of process. Since July 2020, NCLEJ and their partners have focused on obtaining class certification and are awaiting decision on their second appeal of a denial of class certification. 

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