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What the Founders Would Say About Cellphone Surveillance

Government cell phone tracking clearly jeopardizes the security of the people against unreasonable searches and seizures.

By Brian Frazelle, David Gray
November 17, 2017

Too Old and Too Sick to Execute? No Such Thing in Ohio.

Ohio’s bungled execution of an elderly man shows that the death penalty is broken and barbaric.

By Brian Stull
November 17, 2017

Federal Prison Illegally Bans Christian Head Scarves for Visitors Like Me

Yes, some Christian women cover their heads for religious reasons. No, you can’t discriminate against them for it.

By Audra Ragland
November 17, 2017

ACLU Poll Finds Americans Reject Trump’s Tough-on-Crime Approach

A majority of Americans support criminal justice reform that reduces the prison population.

By Udi Ofer
November 16, 2017

Racist Sheriffs Are Reapplying to Be Part of Trump’s Deportation Force

Law enforcement entities with troubling civil rights records are under consideration for the 287(g) program.

By Sarah Gillooly
November 16, 2017

Georgia Is Fighting to Keep Its Laws Secret — Unless You Pay

Georgia sued a non-profit for publishing the state's law online. But knowing the law is a right, not a privilege.

By Vera Eidelman
November 16, 2017

North Carolina Is Trying to Destroy the State’s Only Farmworkers Union. We’re Suing.

North Carolina passed a law making it all but impossible for the state’s only farmworkers union to operate effectively.

By Brian Hauss
November 15, 2017

An Arkansas Town Agrees to Criminal Justice Reform to Ensure That the Poor Are Not Jailed

The city of Sherwood agrees to stop jailing people for debts they are too poor to pay.

By Rita Sklar
November 14, 2017

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