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New Report Examines The Fallout From Overzealous ‘Tough-On-Crime’ Lawmaking

Posted: Jan 26, 2018 |Category: Criminal Justice Due Process Fair Administration of Justice Rights of Ex-Offenders The "War on Drugs"

A new ACLU of RI report - “Rhode Island’s Statehouse-to-Prison Pipeline” - takes an in-depth look at how overzealous lawmaking has resulted in an unfair, costly, and sometimes absurd criminal justice system in the State.

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Groups Ask U.S. Attorney to Investigate Police Policies Governing Communication with the Deaf

Posted: Jan 24, 2018 |Category: Criminal Justice Discrimination Rights of the Disabled Due Process Police Practices

The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island and the R.I. Disability Law Center (RIDLC) have asked the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Rhode Island to address local law enforcement agencies’ lack of compliance with federal laws requiring them to provide effective communication with people who are deaf and hard of hearing.

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Update on ACLU “Harrington Hall” Lawsuit: State Law Remains on Hold

Posted: Jan 16, 2018 |Category: Active Case Civil Rights Discrimination Rights of the Disabled Rights of the Poor Rights of Ex-Offenders

Following a closed-chambers conference with U.S. District Judge William Smith today, the State has acknowledged that a new law which caps the occupancy of registered sex offenders at Harrington Hall homeless shelter in Cranston at 10%, will be on hold until the court reaches a final decision in the pending ACLU challenge to the law.

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Update On ACLU Lawsuit Against State Over “Harrington Hall” Law: Shelter Will Not Turn People Away

Posted: Jan 03, 2018 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Rights of the Disabled Rights of the Poor

The Court acknowledged that there are significant legal and factual issues which the State has not yet had an opportunity to address....parties agreed that while they are developing the legal issues, no one would be turned away and that we could publicly communicate that understanding.

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ACLU Files New UHIP-Related Lawsuit Over Medicaid Termination Notices

Posted: Jan 02, 2018 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Rights of the Disabled Rights of the Poor Open Government

The ACLU of Rhode Island today filed a class-action lawsuit claiming that participants in a Medicaid program run by the state are not being given proper notice before being kicked off the program, leading to a loss of income that the suit says puts low-income residents “at risk of losing their homes and their utilities and deprives them of funds needed for their daily living expenses, including food.”

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