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ACLU Brief Challenges Police Access to Prescription Database Without a Warrant

Posted: May 29, 2019 |Category: Active Case Privacy The "War on Drugs"

In a case with major implications for the medical privacy rights of Rhode Islanders, the ACLU of Rhode Island has joined with the National ACLU, four other ACLU Affiliates, and the New Hampshire Medical Society in filing a “friend of the court” brief arguing that law enforcement agents need a judicial warrant in order to obtain information from state prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) databases.

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ACLU Files Court Brief Opposing Extradition of Man Likely to be Tortured if Returned to His Country

Posted: May 20, 2019 |Category: Active Case Criminal Justice Fair Administration of Justice Immigration

The ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project and the ACLU of RI filed a “friend of the court” brief in U.S. District Court in RI in an important immigration case in which the federal government is claiming that a person who will likely be tortured if he is extradited back to his home country cannot rely on that fact to prevent his return to that country.

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ACLU Files 1st Amendment Suit Over State’s Discrimination Against Non-Fiction Authors

Posted: May 07, 2019 |Category: Active Case Free Speech

Should a decision as to whether a Rhode Island author is entitled to a sales tax exemption depend on whether she has written a fictional murder mystery as opposed to an exhaustive history of the state?

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ACLU Settles Suit over Selective Enforcement of Cranston Sign Ordinance

Posted: May 06, 2019 |Category: Active Case Due Process Fair Administration of Justice Free Speech

The ACLU of Rhode Island today settled a federal lawsuit against the City of Cranston, successfully challenging its selective enforcement of ordinances barring the placement of commercial advertisements on city property.

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Groups Applaud Commissioner of Ed Ruling Barring Schools from Charging for Field Trips

Posted: Apr 24, 2019 |Category: Discrimination Rights of the Poor Students' Rights Youth Rights

The ACLU of RI and RI Legal Services today applauded a “guidance document” issued this month by RIDE Commissioner Ken Wagner barring school districts from charging students fees for school-sponsored field trips.

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ACLU and R.I. Legal Services Appeal Decision Undermining Rights of English Language Learners

Posted: Apr 11, 2019 |Category: Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Rights of the Disabled Immigration Students' Rights Youth Rights

Rhode Island Legal Services and the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island have appealed a state Commissioner of Education ruling on services to English Language Learners (EL) that the groups say violates federal law and significantly shortchanges the educational rights of EL students.

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Wyatt to House ICE Detainees; ACLU Raises Specter of the Death of Jason Ng

Posted: Mar 22, 2019 |Category: Civil Rights Criminal Justice Due Process Fair Administration of Justice

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has moved some detainees from facilities near the southern border of the US to Wyatt in Central Falls. News of the facility’s involvement is of particular concern  given the case of Jason Ng, a detainee who died in Wyatt custody in 2008. UPDATE (4/5/19): The newly constituted Wyatt Detention Facility Board voted to terminate its contract with ICE and have all ICE detainees moved out within 7 days. We are awaiting more information.

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