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Victory: No More Shackles on Pregnant Prisoners

Victory: No More Shackles on Pregnant Prisoners

By Alicia M. Walters, ACLU of Northern California at 4:10pm

We did it. After years of work from the ACLU of California and our allies, dangerous shackles and restraints can no longer be used on pregnant women in our state’s prisons and jails. Last week Governor Brown signed AB 2530, authored by Assemblymember Atkins, after it passed the legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support.

Voter Registration is Good for Your Health

Voter Registration is Good for Your Health

By Faith Barksdale, Legal Assistant, ACLU at 12:00am

Are voter registration opportunities good medicine? For the one-third of uninsured Americans who are also not registered to vote it would appear so. When people sign up for health care through the Affordable Care Act, they should also have the opportunity…

California Gives Hope to Child Offenders Sentenced to Die in Prison

California Gives Hope to Child Offenders Sentenced to Die in Prison

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 6:43pm

Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown signed California’s Senate Bill 9, the Fair Sentencing for Youth Act, giving California youth sentenced to die in prison a second chance at life. There are 309 child offenders serving life-without-parole sentences…

California Social Media Privacy Laws Give Students, Employees Online Rights

California Social Media Privacy Laws Give Students, Employees Online Rights

By Chris Conley, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California Technology and Civil Liberties Project at 11:15am

On Thursday California Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills into law that will protect the privacy of employee and college student social media accounts in the state of California. While these bills aren’t perfect, they are an important first…

VICTORY! In San Francisco, Immigration Detainees No Longer Shackled

VICTORY! In San Francisco, Immigration Detainees No Longer Shackled

By Jenny Zhao, Liman Public Interest Fellow, ACLU of Northern California at 10:08am

Hard to believe, but until recently, all detained immigrants appearing in the civil immigration court in San Francisco were forced to give critical testimony while restrained by shackles and chains at the wrists, waist, and ankles. The inhumane practice…

California Attorney General: Immigration Detainers are Voluntary

California Attorney General: Immigration Detainers are Voluntary

By Jennie Pasquarella, ACLU of Southern California & Julia Harumi Mass, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California at 2:14pm

 

For the first time, California Attorney General Kamala Harris publicly weighed in on the hotly-contested federal immigration program, Secure Communities (S-Comm).

The High Price of Habitual Offender Laws

The High Price of Habitual Offender Laws

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 4:07pm

Has North Carolina taken one step forward but another one back in trying to solve the state's prison population issues? The recently passed Justice Reinvestment Act looks to make some positive strides in the area of criminal justice reform, particularly…

Confronting California's Abuse of Solitary

Confronting California's Abuse of Solitary

By Helen Vera, National Prison Project Fellow, ACLU at 11:52am

Solitary confinement can eat away at someone's mind, making mental illness worse and leaving many people depressed, suicidal, hopeless or hallucinating. It's no place for individuals with mental illness.

In 1995, a federal court in California…

$4 Billion Since 1978 — Time to Cut California's Death Penalty

By James Clark, ACLU of Southern California at 5:39pm

The Los Angeles Times reports new data in a study to be released next week on California’s death penalty has revealed that the price tag for death is even higher than we thought: $4 billion since 1978. Put another way, we spend $184 million…

Overzealous School Discipline Keeps Students out of the Classroom

By Vesna Jaksic, ACLU at 6:47pm

The Washington Post ran a great editorial Tuesday pointing out how schools frequently overreact to misbehaving students, and why the resulting loss in classroom time does not lead to better behavior, nor improved school safety.

The editorial…

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