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ACLU Issues Statement on Arrest of Richard Gardner

Posted: Nov 03, 2018 |Category: Criminal Justice Due Process Fair Administration of Justice Police Practices Rights of Ex-Offenders

The ACLU of RI has issued a statement raising concerns about the arrest of Richard Gardner on misdemeanor charges of filing a false document.

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ACLU Sues N. Smithfield Police for Placing Resident in Danger by Falsely Labeling Him Unstable

Posted: Oct 22, 2018 |Category: Active Case Due Process Fair Administration of Justice Police Practices

The ACLU of Rhode Island today filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a North Smithfield resident, challenging the police department’s refusal to remove from its files a note falsely claiming that he is “dangerous,” “psychologically unstable,” and has numerous weapons at his house.

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Groups Respond to Efforts to Remove Ex-Offender from Washington Park

Posted: Oct 20, 2018 |Category: Criminal Justice Due Process Rights of Ex-Offenders

In light of the strong media interest in the views of organizations involved in criminal justice reform and the rights of the homeless on the topic, a statement was prepared by groups in response to the events surrounding convicted sex offender Richard Gardner’s move into Providence:

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Remedial Action Taken to Help Students With Disabilities Affected by Bus Strike

Posted: Oct 16, 2018 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Rights of the Disabled Students' Rights Youth Rights

The Providence school bus strike may be over, but the legal actions taken by three civil rights organizations last week to protect the rights of special education students harmed by the strike are not. Instead, the groups are working to ensure that parents of those students receive proper notification of their right to get prompt reimbursement for any transportation costs they incurred in getting their children to school, as well as their children's right to compensatory education for the time they missed classes.

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Citing Public Interest, Judge Rules in Favor of Fee Waiver in Google Settlement Records Request

Posted: Oct 15, 2018 |Category: Active Case Open Government

In an important victory for open government, R.I. Superior Court Judge Melissa Long today ruled that the Attorney General must waive fees for any additional documents that are delivered as part of state Representative Patricia Morgan’s request for information on how the AG’s Office spent more than $50M in Google settlement funds.

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ACLU Files Brief in Support of Requiring AG to Waive Fees for Google Settlement Records

Posted: Oct 12, 2018 |Category: Active Case Open Government

The ACLU of Rhode Island today filed a “friend of the court” brief in support of state Representative Patricia Morgan’s request for a waiver of more than $4,000 in fees that the Attorney General is demanding in her quest for documents pertaining to the AG’s expenditure of more than $50M in funds from the “Google settlement.” The brief also asks the court to reject the basis offered by the AG for many redactions in the documents that have already been given to Morgan, who has thus far paid more than $3,700 for partial release of the records.

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Series of Legal Actions Taken on Behalf of Students with Disabilities Affected by Bus Strike

Posted: Oct 10, 2018 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Rights of the Disabled Students' Rights Youth Rights

The ACLU of Rhode Island, along with two other civil rights organizations, has taken three separate legal steps with the R.I. Department of Education (RIDE) on behalf of students with disabilities who are caught up in the ongoing Providence school bus strike. The complaints allege that the failure of the school district to honor its responsibility under the students’ Individual Education Plans (IEPs) to provide transportation to and from school violates federal and state laws protecting the students’ rights.

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