Residents say their cars were improperly ticketed, then impounded and scrapped after they couldn't pay off their debts soon enough.
A homeless man’s truck was impounded in Seattle and he couldn’t afford the costs to get it back. That’s unconstitutional, justices rule.
He Died After Cops Shackled Him and Held Him Facedown. A Court Said That Was Constitutional. SCOTUS Isn't So Sure.
The officers might receive qualified immunity, however.
The question of proportionality assumes that punishment is appropriate for peaceful conduct that violates no one's rights.
They need not wait for the Supreme Court or Congress to restrict or abolish qualified immunity.
The warden at the center of the case was originally given qualified immunity.
Lisa Montgomery faces possible execution this evening.
Justice Department Finds Rampant Sexual Assaults and Constitutional Violations in Country's Largest Women's Prison
The report confirms what news investigations and advocates have said for years: Lowell prison lets guards abuse women without consequence.
The suit follows a scathing 2019 report detailing unchecked violence and sexual assault against incarcerated people.
Holly Barlow-Austin suffered horrifying medical neglect at a Texarkana detention facility, according to video evidence in a new lawsuit.
Cheryl Weimar's case put a gruesome spotlight on Florida's troubled prison system.
The Onerous Burdens of Sex Offender Registration Are Not Punishment, the 10th Circuit Rules. They Just Feel That Way.
According to the appeals court, the relevant question is what legislators were trying to accomplish.
The Cops Took This Guy's $15,000 Jeep Because His Girlfriend Allegedly Used It for a $25 Marijuana Sale
Kevin McBride argues that Arizona's civil forfeiture law is unconstitutional.
A court delay on Friday was lifted over the weekend, only to be reinstated Monday for different reasons.
A Reason investigation has identified three deaths from alleged medical neglect at FCI Aliceville, a federal women's prison. Current and former inmates say it's routine, but the Bureau of Prisons won't talk about it.
Indiana is still fighting to keep Tyson Timbs' SUV seven years after it first seized the car, but for now, it's back in Timbs' driveway.
ACLU argues the practice violates the Eighth Amendment.
Videos and photos smuggled out by Mississippi inmates have shown gruesome violence and wretched living conditions.
Groups Call for Justice Department To Investigate Mississippi Prisons after Violence Leaves Five Inmates Dead
In Mississippi's severely understaffed prisons, gangs run the show.
This Florida Prison Guard Allegedly Paralyzed an Inmate. Now He's Been Arrested for Child Molestation
Inmates say Keith Turner abused them for a decade. Now children have stepped forward with complaints of molestation.
The ruling is a continuation of the same case in which the federal Supreme Court ruled that the Excessive Fines Clause of the Eighth Amendment is "incorporated" against state governments and applies to asset forfeitures.
S.C. Judge Rules the Obvious: It's Unconstitutional for Police to Seize and Keep People's Property Without Proving They Committed Crimes
Law enforcement and prosecutors have seized millions from people they’ve arrested. That might be coming to an end.
Dean Higgins claims he was put in a cell that regularly flooded with raw sewage for seven months after he bit a guard while having an involuntary seizure.
If governments can oppress, they usually will.
Indiana Is Still Arguing That It's Constitutional To Seize Your Car for Driving 5 MPH Over the Speed Limit
"Historically the answer to that question is yes, and we're sticking with that position here."
The federal attempt to take the patch uniquely combines free speech violations and asset forfeiture.
Institute for Justice sues Dunedin, Fla., over the $29,000 in fines imposed without due process over Jim Ficken's unmowed lawn.
Following a Reason investigation into Chicago's punitive vehicle impound program, a new lawsuit alleges the practice violates Chicagoans constitutional rights.
Testimony on Asset Forfeiture Before the Arkansas State Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights
My testimony addressed the general problem of asset forfeiture, the potential impact of the Supreme Court's recent decision in Timbs v. Indiana, and Arkansas' recent reform law.
Supreme Court Rules that Excessive Fines Clause Applies to States and Constrains Civil Asset Forfeiture
The decision in Timbs v. Indiana is a significant step forward for property rights and civil liberties, though a key issue remains to be resolved by lower courts.
The future of civil asset forfeiture law in the United States now revolves around a single Land Rover.
Repudiating the 'Dual Sovereignty' Exception to the Double Jeopardy Clause Could Undermine the Federal War on Weed. Oh No!
The Supreme Court seems disinclined to overturn precedents allowing serial prosecutions of the same crime.
Today's Supreme Court Oral Argument in Timbs v. Indiana Suggests Justices are Likely to Apply Excessive Fines Clause to State Asset Forfeitures
The Court seems very likely to rule that the Excessive Fines Clause of the Eighth Amendment applies to state governments, and that at least some asset forfeitures violate the Clause. Potentially a big win for property rights and civil liberties.
The case both addresses important legal issues, and could have substantial practical implications.
Women prisoners are more likely to receive solitary confinement and other harsh punishments for minor infractions like "reckless eye-balling."
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor: "Keeping prisoners in 'near-total isolation' from the living world [...] comes perilously close to a penal tomb."
No constitutional right to pay cash for freedom if there are alternatives
The president-elect reserves the right to torture terrorism suspects for revenge.