SB 1575/HB 2106 would fix an antiquated law that is used to remove "special needs" pretrial detainees — including pregnant women, people with illnesses or mental health issues and young people — from local jails and send them to state prison and other facilities if the local jail is deemed "insufficient" to house them.
SB 2062/HB 2111 would reduce the size of drug-free zones from 1000 feet to 500 feet around schools and other facilities, bringing the law more in line with its intent of actually protecting children and saving taxpayers over $3 million a year in incarceration expenses.
SB 2480/HB 2620 would force the state attorney general to defend any local education agency that discriminates against transgender children by enforcing policies that limit access to single-sex spaces based on “biological sex.”
Legislation has been proposed that would take steps to improve election security in our state by requiring each county to adopt voting systems that create a paper trail that can be audited if necessary.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - ACLU-TN will participate in a University of Tennessee College of Law CLE program that will help lawyers gain a better understanding of the needs of Muslim clients, particularly in civil rights and discrimination cases, in cases involving human trafficking, and with rights of domestic workers.
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the state of Tennessee in an effort to block refugee resettlement in the state. ACLU-TN and the Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition had voiced opposition to the legislation that enabled the legislature to file the lawsuit.
Thirteen Russians have been indicted for allegedly interfering in the 2016 election, including running a fake "Tennessee GOP" Twitter account that drew over 100K followers. Urge officials to protect against foreign interference & ensure election security in Tennessee.
In anticipation of student-led school walkouts to protest gun violence this week, ACLU-TN has sent a letter to every school district in the state calling on school directors to ensure that students’ First Amendment rights are protected.
The TGA is currently considering three measures that would protect net neutrality in Tennessee. Without net neutrality, Internet providers can block, speed up or slow down certain websites, choose what content we can access and what privileges some users have – whether based on corporate profit or even political views.
A 16-year-old Shelby County girl has been held in solitary confinement for more than four months now, spending over 22 hours per day alone in a cell. Juveniles must be segregated from the adult inmate population, but holding children in solitary confinement — which has devastating consequences for young people’s social and psychological development — is not a solution.