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Wyatt to House ICE Detainees; ACLU Raises Specter of the Death of Jason Ng

Posted: Mar 22, 2019 |Category: Civil Rights Criminal Justice Due Process Fair Administration of Justice

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has begun moving some detainees from facilities near the southern border of the United States to the Wyatt Detention Center in Central Falls. News of the facility’s involvement is of particular concern to the ACLU, given the case of Jason Ng, a detainee who died in Wyatt custody in 2008.

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Court Denies ACLU Motion Seeking Access to Pawtucket Police Misconduct Records

Posted: Mar 18, 2019 |Category: Active Case Open Government Police Practices

In a major blow to the public’s right to know, RI Superior Court Judge Melissa Long today ruled that the Pawtucket Police Department is not required, pending further court proceedings, to release reports of police officer misconduct that are generated by its Internal Affairs Division (IAD).

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ACLU Dismisses Lawsuit After Adequate Heat Restored at ACI Facility

Posted: Mar 15, 2019 |Category: Active Case Civil Rights Criminal Justice

The ACLU of Rhode Island today voluntarily dismissed a lawsuit filed against the RI Department of Corrections (DOC) in January.  After the suit was filed, the DOC took action to address the heating problems.

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Settlement Reached in Suit Against Woonsocket for Retaliating Against Domestic Violence Agency

Posted: Mar 14, 2019 |Category: Active Case Due Process Free Speech Open Government

The ACLU of RI today announced the settlement of a federal lawsuit against the City of Woonsocket for unlawfully withholding critically needed grant funds from Sojourner House, a social service agency that helps victims of domestic violence.

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ACLU and Progreso Latino Applaud Central Falls for Repealing Youth Curfew

Posted: Mar 12, 2019 |Category: Civil Rights Criminal Justice Police Practices Youth Rights

The ACLU and Progreso Latino issued the following statements regarding yesterday’s unanimous vote by the Central Falls City Council to repeal the City’s unjust youth curfew ordinance

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ACLU Settles Legal Actions on Behalf of Students with Disabilities Affected by School Bus Strike

Posted: Feb 25, 2019 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Rights of the Disabled Rights of the Poor Students' Rights

Settlement agreements have been filed in two cases brought last October by the ACLU of RI and RI Legal Services to protect the rights of special education students who were harmed by Providence’s three-week long school bus strike.

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Religious & Secular Leaders Applaud AG Neronha’s Withdrawal from Controversial SCOTUS Brief

Posted: Feb 14, 2019 |Category: Free Speech Religious Freedom

Leaders from ten religious and secular organizations today applauded R.I. Attorney General Peter Neronha’s decision to withdraw the State of Rhode Island’s name from a U.S. Supreme Court brief in a controversial church-state case.

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