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ACLU Statement on Recall Petition Lawsuit Filed by Providence City Councilor Kevin Jackson

Posted: Oct 21, 2016 |Category: Free Speech Right to Petition & Protest

ACLU of Rhode Island executive director Steven Brown issued the following statement today in response to the lawsuit filed yesterday by Providence City Councilor Kevin Jackson, challenging the recall petition process that has been initiated against him by some constituents in his district:

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Black Rhode Islanders Almost Three Times More Likely to be Arrested for Drug Possession Than Whites

Posted: Oct 17, 2016 |Category: Criminal Justice Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Fair Administration of Justice The "War on Drugs"

According to a national report released by the ACLU and Human Rights Watch, blacks in Rhode Island were arrested for drug possession at almost three times the rate of whites in 2014. That rate was higher than the national average, which shows blacks being arrested at about two-and-a-half times the rates of whites. This major disparity at both the state and national level exists even though national studies repeatedly show that blacks and whites generally use drugs at roughly similar rates.

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ACLU Criticizes Latest Anti-Panhandling Proposal in Cranston

Posted: Oct 12, 2016 |Category: Free Speech

The ACLU of Rhode Island today sharply criticized as “troubling and constitutionally problematic” a proposed anti-panhandling ordinance being heard tomorrow by the Cranston City Council’s Ordinance Committee. The proposal comes just six months after the ACLU successfully challenged a similar Cranston ordinance that banned “solicitation on roadways.”

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ACLU Statement on Providence Police Department Plans to Acquire Body Cameras

Posted: Sep 27, 2016 |Category: Open Government Police Practices

The ACLU of Rhode Island today issued the following statement in response to the Providence Police Department’s plans to acquire force-wide body cameras:

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Settlement Reached in Civil Rights Complaint Against RI DMV For Refusing to Accommodate LEP Clients

Posted: Sep 22, 2016 |Category: Immigration

The ACLU of RI today announced the favorable settlement of a federal civil rights complaint it filed last year against the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for refusing to provide language interpreter services to clients who spoke any language other than English, Spanish or Portuguese.

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Statement in Response to Federal Appeals Court Decision In Cranston “Prison Gerrymandering” Case

Posted: Sep 21, 2016 |Category: Voting Rights

The following statement was issued today by representatives of the ACLU of Rhode Island, Demos, the Prison Policy Initiative and the ACLU:

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Judge Orders U.S. DEA to Release Documents a Local Journalist Has Sought For Years

Posted: Sep 16, 2016 |Category: Open Government

In an important victory for public access to judicial records, U.S. District Court John McConnell, Jr. today ordered the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to release thousands of pages of documents in support of the ACLU of Rhode Island’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit on behalf of local journalist Philip Eil.

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