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ACLU Sues Johnston Police Department for Violating First Amendment Rights of Former Detective

Posted: Oct 11, 2017 |Category: Active Case Fair Administration of Justice Free Speech Open Government Police Practices Workplace Rights

ACLU of Rhode Island sued the Johnston Police Department on behalf of retired Detective James Brady, an 18-year veteran of the force, for violating his First Amendment rights.

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Statement on Alleged “Loophole” in Voter ID Rules

Posted: Oct 09, 2017 |Category: Voting Rights

Following in the footsteps of President Trump's "election fraud" commission, Ken Block seeks to propagate a falsehood about the state's voter ID law.

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RI DOT Plans To Adopt Toll Gantry Regulations Without Any Privacy Protections

Posted: Oct 05, 2017 |Category: Open Government Privacy

The RI DOT is holding a public hearing tomorrow afternoon on proposed regulations addressing the imminent installation of toll gantries for the state’s new truck toll program – but the proposal contains no provisions addressing critical privacy issues raised by the system.

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RIDE Moves Forward to Affirm Civil Rights of Trans Students

Posted: Oct 03, 2017 |Category: Discrimination LGBT Rights Students' Rights

In response to the ACLU's formal petition, RIDE agrees to require school districts to adopt comprehensive policies protectiong the civil rights of trans students.

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ACLU Goes After UHIP Again in Court; Seeks More Legal Help for Needy Families

Posted: Oct 03, 2017 |Category: Discrimination Rights of the Poor Due Process

The state, blaming continued problems with UHIP, is failing to comply with a court order requiring the timely provision of food stamp benefits to needy families, so the ACLU is heading back into court to seek additional legal help for those families.


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ACLU Obtains Court Ruling Against Smithfield Anti-Medical Marijuana Ordinance

Posted: Sep 27, 2017 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Rights of the Disabled Medical Marijuana

In an important victory for the rights of medical marijuana patients in the state, R.I. Superior Court Judge Richard Licht today issued a preliminary injunction against a Smithfield ordinance that the ACLU argued was an attempt to undermine the state’s medical marijuana law by imposing significant burdens on patients’ access to treatment in conflict with state law.

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Criminal Justice Reform Groups Slam AG for Opposition to Justice Reinvestment Legislation

Posted: Sep 26, 2017 |Category: Criminal Justice Due Process Fair Administration of Justice

Five members of Governor Gina Raimondo’s Justice Reinvestment Working Group and six other groups active in criminal justice reform today issued a sharp response to Attorney General Peter Kilmartin’s recent attack on the passage of justice reinvestment legislation by the General Assembly.

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