Along with our advocacy, legislative, and public education work, litigation remains one of the fundamental tools with which the ACLU of Mississippi fights for equality and civil rights. See below for more information on the cases we've brought to the courts.

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Thomas v. Bryant (amicus brief)

The ACLU of Mississippi joined a number of other advocacy organizations in an amicus brief supporting the rights of minority voters in ensuring their opportunity to vote remained preserved and uninfringed upon.

December 19, 2019 Voting Rights

Hopkins v. Hosemann (amicus brief)

The ACLU of Mississippi, along with the NAACP, filed an amicus brief in support of Plaintiffs-Appellees Cross-Appellants’ contention that the lifetime disenfranchisement of felons in Mississippi pursuant to Section 241 of the Mississippi Constitution violates the Eighth Amendment’s....

November 19, 2019 Criminal Justice Reform

Alford v. Moulder

The U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit overturned the preliminary injunction in the lawsuit, Barber v. Bryant, which had previously stopped House Bill 1523 from taking effect. As a result, thousands of LGBT Mississippians, single parents, and children are at risk of being harmed.

June 22, 2017 Equality & Equity of Access LGBTQ Rights

Brown v. Madison County

The Madison County Sheriff’s Department routinely targets Black people through widespread stops, searches and arrests that are not based on reasonable suspicion of criminal activity, but on race. These practices frequently use unjustified and excessive force.

May 8, 2017 Racial Justice

Kennedy v. City of Biloxi

In the latest pushback against the national scourge of debtors' prisons, on October 21, 2015, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit challenging the illegal arrest and jailing of poor people in Biloxi, Mississippi, without a hearing or representation by counsel. Victims are...

October 21, 2015 Equality & Equity of Access Criminal Justice Reform