Arizona

Results of Our Poll for the Worst Prison Innovation of 2011: And the Loser Is...

By David Shapiro, ACLU National Prison Project at 2:24pm
In December, we asked you to pick among three candidates for the worst prison idea of 2011: denying prisoners lunch, charging families to visit prisoners or a pilot program in South Korea involving robotic correctional officers. You cast your votes, and the results are in!
Getting Joe Arpaio in Sync with the Constitution and Away from Racial Profiling

Getting Joe Arpaio in Sync with the Constitution and Away from Racial Profiling

By Steve Gosset, ACLU at 2:29pm

The rule of law and how Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio runs his office are often mutually exclusive.

Core Civil Liberties Threatened in State Legislatures: Three Trends to Watch

State legislatures are ground zero in the fight for civil liberties. Although they may not attract as much attention as debates in Congress or arguments in the Supreme Court, they are the source of unprecedented assaults on our most fundamental…

Sheriff Arpaio on the Stand

Sheriff Arpaio on the Stand

By Cecillia Wang, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 3:46pm

U.S. citizens are entitled to “equal protection under the law” – that is, unless you look Latino and live in Arizona under the rule of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The nation’s self-proclaimed “toughest…

One Thing Maine, Virginia and Arizona Have in Common: Opposition to the NDAA

One Thing Maine, Virginia and Arizona Have in Common: Opposition to the NDAA

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 10:46am

This week, the House Armed Services Committee has turned its attention back to the National Defense Authorization Act and began working on this year's bill. You remember last year's perversion that, for the first time in American history, codified…

Arizona Medical Marijuana Law Survives Attack by Arizona Governor

Arizona Medical Marijuana Law Survives Attack by Arizona Governor

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 12:37pm

A federal judge granted the ACLU's request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer seeking to strike down her own state's voter-approved medical marijuana law.

Arizona's Notorious Sheriff Is Called out on Unconstitutional Police Practices

By Cecillia Wang, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 10:36am

The U.S. Department of Justice announced yesterday that after a three-year investigation, it found that the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) has engaged in a pattern and practice of racial profiling against Latino residents. The Justice…

Charging for Prison Visits is Bad Business

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 6:53pm

We thought we’d heard it all when it came to the crazy ways corrections departments try to save money. That is, until we learned today that the Arizona Department of Corrections is charging people money to visit their loved ones in prison.

According…

ACLU Lens: Justice Department Sues to Block Alabama Immigration Law Previously Challenged by ACLU

By Steve Gosset, ACLU at 10:13am

The government has filed a suit against Alabama’s draconian anti-immigrant law, which it said conflicts with federal laws and makes it too easy for police to detain people suspected of being in the country illegally.

Modeled on Arizona’s…

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