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Access Limited: An Audit of Compliance with RI Public Records Certification Procedures and Training

Posted: Jul 31, 2014 |Category: Open Government

An audit of open government practices in Rhode Island has found that six municipalities and 10 out of 24 surveyed state and quasi-public agencies are seemingly in violation of the Access to Public Records Act (APRA) by failing to certify that they have any employees trained to grant or deny public record requests.

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ACLU Urges Cranston to Consider Investigation of Police Department Practices

Posted: Jul 24, 2014 |Category: Police Practices

The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island this week urged the Cranston City Council to look more deeply into city police department practices based on police officers' actions in a high-profile criminal case that were once described by a state judge as showing “an overall attitude of gross negligence, if not downright recklessness, in blatant disregard of the requirements of the law.”

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ACLU Urges Providence Police Department To Reject ICE Detainers Issued Without Judicial Oversight

Posted: Jul 23, 2014 |Category: Due Process Immigration

In a letter sent to Police Chief Hugh Clements, Jr., the American Civil Liberties of Rhode Island is urging the Providence Police Department to reject immigration detainers issued without judicial oversight now that the state Department of Corrections has ended the practice of detaining individuals based solely on these requests.

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ACLU Applauds State’s Adoption of New Immigration Detainer Policy

Posted: Jul 17, 2014 |Category: Due Process Immigration

The ACLU of Rhode Island today praised Governor Lincoln Chafee for adopting a policy that no longer authorizes holding individuals at the ACI on the basis of questionable immigration detainers.

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Groups Call on Department of Education to Ensure High Stakes Testing Moratorium is Implemented

Posted: Jul 14, 2014 |Category: Students' Rights

Nine organizations that pushed for the new law imposing a three-year moratorium on “high stakes testing” as a condition of high school graduation have sent an “urgent request” to state Department of Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, calling on her to ensure that the law is being implemented by school departments.

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Community Groups Urge Veto of “Criminal Street Gang” Bill

Posted: Jun 27, 2014 |Category: Criminal Justice

More than twenty community organizations representing youth, nonviolence, and civil rights have urged Governor Chafee to veto legislation purportedly aimed at “criminal street gangs” that the groups say will likely target at-risk youth.

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ACLU Applauds U.S. Supreme Court Ruling that Police Must Obtain Warrants for Cell Phone Searches

Posted: Jun 25, 2014 |Category: Privacy

The ACLU of Rhode Island today applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision this morning that police generally must seek a warrant before examining the contents of an arrestee’s cell phone. Two years ago, the RI General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a bill that would have essentially codified the principle the Court enunciated today, but Governor Lincoln Chafee vetoed that legislation in a cursory veto message.

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