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Settlement Reached in Civil Rights Complaint Against RI DMV For Refusing to Accommodate LEP Clients

Posted: Sep 22, 2016 |Category: Immigration

The ACLU of RI today announced the favorable settlement of a federal civil rights complaint it filed last year against the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for refusing to provide language interpreter services to clients who spoke any language other than English, Spanish or Portuguese.

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Statement in Response to Federal Appeals Court Decision In Cranston “Prison Gerrymandering” Case

Posted: Sep 21, 2016 |Category: Voting Rights

The following statement was issued today by representatives of the ACLU of Rhode Island, Demos, the Prison Policy Initiative and the ACLU:

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Judge Orders U.S. DEA to Release Documents a Local Journalist Has Sought For Years

Posted: Sep 16, 2016 |Category: Open Government

In an important victory for public access to judicial records, U.S. District Court John McConnell, Jr. today ordered the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to release thousands of pages of documents in support of the ACLU of Rhode Island’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit on behalf of local journalist Philip Eil.

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Open Government Groups Call for Release of 38 Studios Documents

Posted: Aug 02, 2016 |Category: Open Government

Highlighting the “extraordinarily strong public interest” in the investigation of the 38 Studios scandal and calling “less than compelling” the arguments offered for keeping the records of that investigation secret, five open government groups today called on Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and State Police Superintendent Steven O’Donnell to release those documents to the public.

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ACLU Statement on Ethics Commission Vote

Posted: Jul 19, 2016 |Category: Right to Petition & Protest

The ACLU of Rhode Island issued the following statement in regard to today’s vote by the Rhode Island Ethics Commission to place a moratorium on the filing of complaints:

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ACLU Applauds New Law Addressing Internet Filtering in Schools

Posted: Jul 14, 2016 |Category: Students' Rights

The ACLU of Rhode Island today commended the General Assembly for passing, and Governor Gina Raimondo for signing, legislation establishing transparent standards for the use of Internet filters in Rhode Island’s schools.

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ACLU Heralds Passage of Law Restricting Cell Phone Location Tracking

Posted: Jul 13, 2016 |Category: Criminal Justice Police Practices Privacy

The ACLU of Rhode Island today celebrated the signing by Governor Gina Raimondo of crucial privacy legislation requiring law enforcement to obtain a warrant before accessing cell phone location information, except in certain emergency circumstances.

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