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America’s criminal justice system should keep communities safe, treat people fairly, and use fiscal resources wisely. ACLU-TN advocates for a criminal justice system that fosters public safety by reducing mass incarceration and ensuring police accountability. We work to ensure that constitutional protections are afforded to everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity or income. We also confront discriminatory or unfair police practices and challenge the broken death penalty system.

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18 10, 2018

ACLU-TN to Honor Former State Rep. Johnnie R. Turner and Advocate Sally Levine with Lifetime Achievement Awards

2018-10-18T17:02:31+00:00 October 18th, 2018|Categories: Press Releases|

ACLU-TN will honor former State Representative Johnnie R. Turner and advocate Sally Levine with its Lifetime Achievement Award at the organization's 50th anniversary edition of its annual fundraiser, The Constitution Uncorked, on November 29.

3 10, 2018

“Political surveillance in Memphis – Then & Now” presented by the First Amendment Center

2018-10-03T15:49:04+00:00 October 3rd, 2018|Categories: Events|

Mon., 10/15: Author Marc Perrusquia and ACLU-TN attorney Mandy Strickland Floyd discuss political surveillance in Memphis in the 1960s and 70s by the FBI and the Memphis Police Department and ACLU-TN's current lawsuit against the MMP for alleged First Amendment violations in its surveillance of activists and others.

27 09, 2018

ACLU-TN Statement on Arrest of Officer in Daniel Hambrick Shooting

2018-09-27T13:23:16+00:00 September 27th, 2018|Categories: Press Releases|

On the evening of July 26, a Metro Nashville police officer fatally shot Nashville resident Daniel Hambrick. The 25-year-old officer, Andrew Delke, was white and Hambrick, also 25, was Black. This week, after a night magistrate initially denied the district attorney's request for an arrest warrant, a general sessions judge found probable cause to support a criminal homicide charge against the officer.

25 09, 2018

ACLU-TN to Present “Know Your Rights When Interacting Law Enforcement” Workshop at Fisk University

2018-09-27T13:24:55+00:00 September 25th, 2018|Categories: Press Releases|

ACLU-TN and Fisk University have partnered to present a "Know Your Rights" workshop on Thursday, September 27 in North Nashville. The event will educate students and community members about their rights when interacting with law enforcement.

21 08, 2018

09/06/18: Statewide Webinar: “Liberties on the Line: From the Session to the Election”

2018-08-21T10:29:22+00:00 August 21st, 2018|Categories: Events|

Statewide Webinar: "Liberties on the Line: From the Session to the Election" (NEW DATE) Thursday, September 6; 5 – 6 p.m. CT

13 08, 2018

The Vigil (Spring 2018)

2018-08-13T14:13:05+00:00 August 13th, 2018|Categories: Newsletters, Publications|

In this issue: “ACLU Protects Fourth Amendment Rights of Disabled Veteran," "Tennessee Lawmakers Appeal Federal Dismissal of Anti-Refugee Lawsuit," "2018 Legislative Review," "ACLU Explores Criminal Justice Reform, Voting Rights On Statewide Speaking Tour," "The 'Get Your Right To Vote Back' Program," "#FamiliesBelongTogether" and more.