ACLU Social Justice Conference 2012 by Laura Saponara

Criminal Justice and Drug Policy

The ACLU advocates for a criminal justice system that fosters public safety by reducing over-incarceration and recidivism. We work to ensure that constitutional rights apply to all, regardless of race, ethnicity or economics. We also challenge broken death penalty systems, confront illegal police practices, and advocate for drug policy reform.

know your rights with the police

What are your rights with the police? Read More

Michael Scott

Victory: Voting rights restored for 42,000 Californians. Read More

Nate Clark by Gigi Pandian

Oakland students and the impact of racial disparities in arrests. Read More

Lily Haskell photo by Vanessa Huang

Federal lawsuit challenging DNA collection at arrest. Read More

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Does compulsory testing and maintenance of DNA from persons who are arrested for felony offenses and persons with past convictions who are no longer supervised by the criminal justice system violate the Fourth Amendment and federal privacy rights? Read more
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An appeal was filed to halt the execution of Donald Beardslee, arguing that one of the drugs used in the procedure, Pavulon, would paralyze and leave him unable to signal if he was in pain, violating Beardslee's Eighth Amendment right to be free... Read more
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Criminal Intelligence Systems: A California Perspective
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The Faces of DWB

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