Georgia

States' Top Jurists Call for Criminal Justice Reform

States' Top Jurists Call for Criminal Justice Reform

By Alex Stamm, ACLU Center for Justice at 4:45pm
Skyrocketing corrections budgets have fixed state lawmakers' attention on the problem of mass incarceration, and smart reform — reducing prison populations and spending while keeping communities safe — is starting to happen. Nonetheless, some states have been slow to respond. In the early months of 2012, a number of states' chief justices told their legislators to wake up to the growing problem and suggested reforms that would be good for both budgets and public safety.
An Unlikely Ally in Fighting Anti-Immigrant Laws

An Unlikely Ally in Fighting Anti-Immigrant Laws

By Elizabeth Beresford, ACLU at 2:49pm

A Republican leader who raises goats in Uvalda, Paul Bridges bucks the conservative trend as an outspoken critic of the state's harsh immigration law.

Breaking the Addiction to Incarceration: Weekly Highlights

By Rebecca McCray, ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project at 4:20pm

Today, the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world. With over 2.3 million men and women living behind bars, our imprisonment rate is the highest it’s ever been in U.S. history. And yet, our criminal justice…

Why Cops Shouldn't Be in Classrooms

By Taurean K. Brown, Racial Justice Program at 5:56pm

If we were all honest with ourselves, I am sure that we could recall a momentary lapse into delinquency at some point in our childhood, whether it was throwing a temper tantrum over a puzzle piece or being a smart alec to a teacher. These very same…

Fewer Americans Supporting the Death Penalty

By Brian Stull, ACLU Capital Punishment Project at 12:55pm

Is it that the State of Georgia executed an innocent man last month? Is it the dawning realization that the risk of executing an innocent person exists in many cases beyond Troy Davis? Is it that race cannot help but to seep into the consideration…

I AM TROY DAVIS

I AM TROY DAVIS

By Tanya Greene, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU at 10:58am

The state of Georgia has blood on its hands.

Last night, Georgia strapped down an innocent human being and forced lethal poison into his veins until he died. In your name; in my name, unashamed and unhesitating.

This case had most…

ACLU Lens: Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole Denies Clemency to Troy Davis Despite Serious Doubts About his Guilt

ACLU Lens: Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole Denies Clemency to Troy Davis Despite Serious Doubts About his Guilt

By Will Matthews, ACLU of Northern California at 11:53am

The board denied clemency despite serious concerns that he was wrongfully convicted in 1989 for killing a police officer.

Standing in Solidarity with Troy Davis

Standing in Solidarity with Troy Davis

By James Clark, ACLU of Southern California at 7:00pm

Next week, the state of Georgia plans to execute Troy Davis despite lingering doubts about his guilt. Today is a Global Day of Solidarity when people all over the world stand together to proclaim that there is too much doubt to execute Troy Davis.…

Troy Davis Execution Set — Take Action Today!

Troy Davis Execution Set — Take Action Today!

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 9:34am

The State of Georgia plans to execute Troy Davis at midnight on September 21, even though he is very likely innocent.

Davis has been scheduled for execution three times before, and three times his execution has been stayed amid doubts and…

License to Abuse? Time for Bureau of Prisons to Sever Ties with CCA

By Azadeh N. Shahshahani, ACLU Foundation of Georgia at 6:08pm

In 2009, a 39-year-old detainee at the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia, died after a heart infection was allegedly allowed to go untreated. Stewart, the largest immigration detention center in the country, is owned by the Corrections…

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