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ACLU Challenges Century-Old Law Barring Some Inmates From Marrying

Posted: May 28, 2015 |Category: Civil Rights

The ACLU of Rhode Island today filed a federal lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of a 106-year-old statute that declares inmates serving life sentences at the ACI to be “civilly dead.”

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ACLU, Others Urge School Districts Not To Use PARCC As Graduation Requirement Before 2020

Posted: May 13, 2015 |Category: Students' Rights

The ACLU of Rhode Island and 13 other organizations are urging school districts not to use PARCC as a graduation requirement before the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education's recommended start date of 2020 after some districts requested permission to use the PARCC test as a graduation requirement before the 2020 date.

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ACLU, DARE Call For Removal Of Illegal Questions About Criminal Records Job Applications

Posted: May 11, 2015 |Category: Rights of Ex-Offenders

At least eleven municipalities in the state ask job applicants a question on their application forms that is prohibited by law. As a result, the ACLU of Rhode Island and Direct Action for Rights and Equality have sent letters to those municipalities – from Burrillville to Warwick to Narragansett – asking them to promptly remove the question, which asks about applicants’ criminal record.

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ACLU Finds Increasing Racial Disparities In School Suspension Rates

Posted: May 05, 2015 |Category: Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Students' Rights

Racial disparities in suspensions at Rhode Island’s schools reached their highest rates in a decade last year, according to a new report issued today by the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island.

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ACLU Statement On “Change” In Motel 6 Policy of Sharing Guest List

Posted: May 01, 2015 |Category: Privacy

ACLU of Rhode Island executive director Steven Brown issued the following statement in response to recent news reports addressing a “change” in Motel 6’s policy of handing over its guest list to Warwick police:

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ACLU Weighs In On Right To Refuse To Stand For Pledge Of Allegiance

Posted: Apr 30, 2015 |Category: Free Speech

The ACLU of Rhode Island has asked the Pawtucket City Council to "forcefully and publicly reject any future efforts to intimidate members of the public who are exercising their First Amendment rights at City Council meetings" after a recent council meeting was halted because a member of the public refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Court Finds ACLU Challenge Of “Vicious Dog” Ordinance Likely To Succeed; Orders Dogs Returned

Posted: Apr 24, 2015 |Category: Active Case Due Process

The two pitbulls seized in October by North Kingstown officials despite the owner’s compliance with all relevant state laws will be returned home while the American Civil Liberties Union court case challenging the seizure of the dogs moves forward.

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