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Open Government Groups Blast Attorney General Opinion on Open Records Law

Posted: Aug 28, 2014 |Category: Open Government

Calling it “a new low” in the state’s enforcement of the Access to Public Records Act (APRA), five open government groups, including the ACLU of RI, blasted an opinion issued by the Attorney General’s office which held that public bodies can charge members of the public for the time it takes to compose a letter denying an open records request.

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Groups Urge Police Departments to Adopt Policies Supporting Public’s Right to Record Police Activity

Posted: Aug 19, 2014 |Category: Free Speech Police Practices

Nine local organizations have asked police departments across the state to formally adopt policies codifying the public’s right to record, without interference, the actions of police. The request, contained in a letter sent to all municipal police departments and the State Police, was made in the backdrop of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, where police have impeded individuals’ and credentialed journalists’ efforts to document the ongoing protests there.

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Groups Praise Impact of NECAP Moratorium After RI Board of Education Officials Question the Policy

Posted: Aug 06, 2014 |Category: Students' Rights

Six organizations that have fought to end the use of high stakes testing in Rhode Island today commended lawmakers on the significant impact of a new law imposing a three-year delay on the use of such testing as a graduation requirement. The organizations’ response was prompted by recent comments from some Rhode Island Board of Education officials who suggested the moratorium was unnecessary.

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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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