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Groups Condemn Department of Health Regulatory Action Affecting Thousands with Criminal Records

Posted: Dec 13, 2018 |Category: Criminal Justice Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Rights of the Poor Rights of Ex-Offenders

Eight state-based and national advocacy organizations – including the ACLU of RI, the NAACP Providence Branch, the National Employment Law Center, and JustLeadershipUSA – have sharply criticized the Rhode Island Department of Health (DOH) for a “disturbing trend” of “undermining a major goal of criminal justice reform by increasing the barriers for people with past criminal records or substance use disorders to obtain professional licensing.”

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ACLU Settles Lawsuit Preserving Shelter Access for Homeless People

Posted: Dec 05, 2018 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Rights of the Poor Fair Administration of Justice Rights of Ex-Offenders

The ACLU of RI today announced the settlement of a lawsuit that will ensure that no shelter operating on State property is required to turn away vulnerable homeless Rhode Islanders seeking shelter even though beds are available.

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Groups Urge Repeal of Central Falls Curfew Ordinance

Posted: Dec 04, 2018 |Category: Fair Administration of Justice Free Speech Police Practices Youth Rights

Seeking to address the issue well before the summer season comes around, Progeso Latino and the ACLU of RI have urged officials in Central Falls  to repeal the City’s juvenile curfew law.

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ACLU Sues Pawtucket Police Again for Shielding Records of Police Misconduct

Posted: Nov 24, 2018 |Category: Open Government Police Practices

For the second time in a year, the ACLU of RI has sued the Pawtucket Police Department for attempting to shield from public view records of police misconduct allegations.

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ACLU Raises Concerns Over RIPTA Attempt to Ban Journalist from Recording Meeting

Posted: Nov 20, 2018 |Category: Free Speech Open Government

The ACLU of Rhode Island today wrote to officials at the R.I. Public Transportation Authority raising concerns about an incident that occurred yesterday when the agency initially sought to ban local journalist Steve Ahlquist from video recording a RIPTA Board meeting.

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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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