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.
Tennessee’s ironically-named "safekeeping" law is used to remove certain pretrial detainees — including pregnant women, people with illnesses or mental health issues, and even young people — from local jails and to send them to state prison and other facilities if the local jail is deemed "insufficient" to house them.