Federal Court Blocks South Dakota Laws Suppressing Pipeline Protests

A federal court today blocked enforcement of the unconstitutional provisions of several South Dakota laws, including the recently-enacted “Riot Boosting” Act, that threaten activists who encourage or organize protests, particularly protests of the Keystone XL pipeline, with fines, civil liabilities, and/or criminal penalties of up to 25 years in prison.In granting plaintiff’s motion for a …

The East Mississippi Correctional Facility Is ‘Hell on Earth’

By Carl Takei, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU’s Trone Center for Justice and EqualityMarch 5, 2018At the East Mississippi Correctional Facility, where Mississippi sends some of the most seriously mentally ill people in the state prison system, even the most troubled patients are routinely ignored and the worst cases of self-harm are treated with certain neglect. …

Despite increased social acceptance, marijuana possession arrests increase: ACLU

ACLU calls for Pa. to legalize marijuanaBy Steve [email protected] - The findings of a new study that black people are eight times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than white people, even though usage rates are just about the same, does not surprise the ACLU."The racial disparities in possession arrests have been around …

Every 25 seconds in the United States, someone is arrested for the simple act of possessing drugs for their personal use…

  Summary   Neal Scott may die in prison. A 49-year-old Black man from New Orleans, Neal had cycled in and out of prison for drug possession over a number of years. He said he was never offered treatment for his drug dependence; instead, the criminal justice system gave him time behind bars and felony …

Student Free-speech Bill Passes Kentucky Senate

Posted: Fri 8:51 AM, Feb 20, 2015   FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A bill touted by its supporters as providing a guide to Kentucky's public schools on the religious and political free-speech protections of students has passed the state Senate. The bill, which advanced on a 30-4 vote Thursday, is backed by The Family Foundation. …

US Supreme Court decision allows police to commit “reasonable mistakes” in detaining suspects

By Nick Barrickman 18 December 2014 In a blow to the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches and seizures, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that a police officer detaining someone under a mistaken reading of the law could cite having made a “reasonable mistake,” and thus avoid having the court disregard all evidence obtained …