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

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Daves v. Dallas County

The ACLU of Texas, along with ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project, Civil Rights Corps and Texas Fair Defense Project, filed a lawsuit on behalf of six plaintiffs challenging Dallas County, Texas’s practice of using money bail to detain people arrested for misdemeanors and felonies.

January 19, 2018 Fair Justice

Morrow v. City of Tenaha, et al.

Beginning in 2006, under the guise of looking for criminal activity, the police in Tenaha, Texas stopped, searched, and often seized property from Blacks and Latinos traveling through town with no suspicion of criminal activity.

June 19, 2017 Racial Justice Fair Justice

Santa Fe Unconstitutional Debtors’ Prison Lawsuit

The ACLU of Texas’ lawsuit asks the court to protect individuals from being jailed for non-jailable offenses solely because they could not afford a payment. The lawsuit seeks to prohibit the police from jailing people who haven’t received a hearing or access to a lawyer.

November 3, 2016 Fair Justice

Brown v. Livingston

We filed a brief in support of Muslim inmates who challenged a direct supervision requirement by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice that prevented Muslim inmates from worshiping together in accordance with the tenets of their faith.

September 22, 2016

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