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California Court Rejects the State's Prolonged Detention of People with Psychiatric and Intellectual Disabilities in County Jails

Jun 16, 2021
The California Court of Appeal has ruled that the state’s prolonged detention of people who have been declared incompetent to stand trial due to psychiatric or intellectual disability violates their right to due process. This has profound implications for the thousands of people who languish in county jails every year because they cannot stand trial or pursue their defense without adequate treatme... Read More
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ACLU Calls on Biden Administration to Shut Down ICE Detention Facilities

Apr 28, 2021
The National ACLU today called upon Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas to close 39 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities nationwide. The Yuba County Jail and the Mesa Verde Detention Facility in Kern County are among six detention facilities in California identified by the ACLU for closure. Read More
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ACLU Statement on Derek Chauvin Guilty Verdict 

Apr 20, 2021
“Today, for the first time in state history, a white police officer has been held accountable for killing a Black man. Now, we can finally say George Floyd’s name and make it synonymous not only with grief, anger, and loss over his brutal murder, but with a moment of justice. But to be clear, true justice would mean George Floyd was alive today, with his fiancée, his daughter, and his family. Read More
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ACLU Urges Lemoore School District to Provide Distance Learning Options to all Students During COVID-19 in Accordance with the Law

Mar 29, 2021
The ACLU Foundation of Northern California sent a letter to the Lemoore Union Elementary School District expressing deep concern for the District’s failure to provide all students with a distance learning option during the Covid-19 pandemic. The letter urges the District to immediately comply with public health guidance and the law to provide a high-quality distance learning option to all students... Read More
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ACLU Sues Fresno County Sheriff’s Office for Violation of California’s Public Records Act

Mar 23, 2021
The law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson, representing the ACLU Foundation of Northern California, filed suit against the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office for its failure to comply with a public record request seeking information regarding use of force, discharge of firearms, sexual assault, and dishonesty by its officers. The complaint seeks immediate disclosure of all of the requested public records. Read More