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Advocates for Students Raise Concerns about Official Response to Kickemuit School Discipline Problem

Posted: Feb 11, 2019 |Category: Discrimination Rights of the Disabled Students' Rights

The ACLU and four other advocacy organizations have criticized the Bristol-Warren School District's decision to immediately bring a police officer into the school to tackle disciplinary problems, instead of quickly expanding resources that have been depleted over the years to address the social service needs of students.

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ACLU Criticizes Providence Police for Minimizing Court’s “Grave Disapproval” of Interrogation

Posted: Jan 28, 2019 |Category:

The ACLU of Rhode Island has sharply criticized Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements, Jr. for minimizing a court’s recent conclusion that police blatantly violated the constitutional rights of a criminal defendant.

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ACLU Sues State for Failing to Provide Adequate Heat at ACI Facility for More than a Month

Posted: Jan 25, 2019 |Category: Active Case

After receiving numerous complaints from inmates at the ACI’s Intake Center, the ACLU of RI today filed a class-action lawsuit against the RI Department of Corrections (DOC) claiming that the facility has failed to provide adequate heat to at least two cell blocks for more than a month and a half.

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ACLU Asks State Supreme Court to Address Key Open Records Issues in Google Settlement Fund Case

Posted: Jan 22, 2019 |Category: Active Case Open Government

Calling the controversy “one of the most significant challenges to the public’s right to know under the state’s Access to Public Records Act” since its enactment, the ACLU of Rhode Island today filed an appeal to the R.I. Supreme Court on behalf of former House Minority Leader and Gubernatorial candidate Patricia Morgan, whose access to documents pertaining to the Attorney General’s expenditure of more than $50M in funds from the “Google settlement” has been stymied by hundreds of questionable redactions.

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ACLU Settles Second UHIP-Related Lawsuit Over Medicaid Termination Notices

Posted: Jan 09, 2019 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Rights of the Disabled Rights of the Poor

The ACLU of Rhode Island today announced the settlement of a class-action lawsuit that was filed against the State last year, claiming that participants in a Medicaid program run by the state were not being given proper notice before being kicked off the program, leading to a loss of income that the suit says put low-income residents “at risk of losing their homes and their utilities and…funds needed for their daily living expenses, including food.” The suit tied the improper notice to the state’s infamous UHIP computer system, the subject of another pending ACLU suit regarding food stamp benefit delays.

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