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Blog author, Justin Jones

How to Starve the For-Profit Prison Beast

By Justin Jones, Former Director, Oklahoma Department of Corrections at 3:27pm
I know some private prison lobbyists who would love it if you were found with a cell phone. Assuming, of course, that you're already locked in one of the prisons their clients operate in Oklahoma.
How to Disappear a Mentally Ill Grandmother: Throw Her in Solitary

How to Disappear a Mentally Ill Grandmother: Throw Her in Solitary

By Helen Vera, National Prison Project Fellow, ACLU at 1:45pm

Her cell was so dirty that a sock rotted into an open wound on her foot. For two and a half years, she didn't have a bed. She slept on a mat on the floor. She bled on herself, because the jail denied her sanitary napkins.

Jan Green, a 51-year-old…

Elizabeth "Tizzy" Lockman and daughter

Resegregation: The Unfulfilled Promise of Brown

By Carmel Ferrer at 1:40pm

Elizabeth "Tizzy" Lockman lives with her daughter, Sophie, in the same Wilmington, Del., house where Tizzy grew up. She had hoped to send her daughter to the same elementary school she attended as a little girl, but soon discovered that the school…

Crash the Wedding Event of the Year

Crash the Wedding Event of the Year

By Alicia Gay, ACLU at 12:51pm

What's the #1 rule for crashing a wedding?

According to the Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson film Wedding Crashers it's "Never leave your fellow Crashers behind!"

A decade later that movie still resonates (even for us stodgy old civil libertarians).…

Hope, At Last, for Some Federal Prisoners

Hope, At Last, for Some Federal Prisoners

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 4:53pm

Here's some truth for you: many federal prisoners would receive substantially shorter sentences for the exact same crime if they were sentenced today under the current law. Many would have already served their time and paid their debt to society. Instead,…

Marriage Matters to Us

Marriage Matters to Us

By Chris Tanner at 3:20pm

Ten years ago in March, Lisa and I were first in line when Multnomah County issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples. We married immediately in our church, with our ministers, blessed with the presence of friends.

Ten years ago in November,…

Immigrants Rights are Civil Rights

Gov. Brewer, Heed Your Own Advice

By Alessandra Soler, ACLU of Arizona at 11:30am

Several weeks ago, when Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the anti-gay Senate Bill 1062, she urged us to "turn the ugliness of the debate … into a renewed search for greater respect and understanding." She cited "non-discrimination" as a core value among Arizonans...

Why Should This Matter More Than This

We're All Losers After the Supreme Court's Decision in Schuette

By Dennis Parker, Director, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 10:35am

There are many individuals and groups in Michigan who lost as a result of yesterday's United States Supreme Court decision in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action.

Schuette is widely misunderstood as being a case about affirmative…

The CIA Doesn't Torture

Don't Let the Torturer Play Censor

By Noa Yachot, Communications Strategist, ACLU at 12:05pm

In a matter of weeks, the public could finally have access to information the CIA has been trying to keep secret for years. That is, unless the CIA decides otherwise.

The summary of a Senate report documenting the CIA's use of torture is now…

Martin Sheen from The West Wing: Tell Congress Smarter Sentencing Now!

Finally! One of the West Wing's Biggest Cliffhangers Answered

By Meghan Groob, Media Relations Associate, ACLU at 11:49am

Years after the West Wing left us hanging, we finally have an answer to one of the show's biggest unanswered questions: Does President Josiah Bartlet support sentencing reform?

Okay, maybe I'm overstating it a bit. The aptly titled episode…