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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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11 05, 2017

ACLU-TN Statement on DA Decision Not to File Charges in Jocques Clemmons Killing

2017-05-11T16:51:12+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Categories: Press Releases|

District Attorney General Glenn Funk today announced that he will not file charges against the police officer who killed Jocques Clemmons. Hedy Weinberg, ACLU of Tennessee executive director, released the following statement in response:

5 05, 2017

Challenge to Tennessee Department of Corrections Hepatitis C Protocol Certified as a Class Action

2017-05-05T10:14:01+00:00 May 5th, 2017|Categories: Press Releases|

A federal judge has certified that a lawsuit challenging the Tennessee Department of Corrections’ systematic denial of treatment to inmates infected with Hepatitis C (HCV) can proceed as a class action.

1 05, 2017

287(g) Marcha y Acción en Knoxville/ 287(g) March and Rally in Knoxville

2017-05-01T15:57:47+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Categories: Events|

Monday, May 1, 2017 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. EST City County Building 400 Main St SW, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902 RSVP HERE El Sheriff del Condado de Knox JJ Jones, quiere unirse [...]

29 04, 2017

Day 100: Celebrate #WeThePeople’s incredible defense of liberty in Trump’s first 100 days

2017-04-29T12:39:54+00:00 April 29th, 2017|Categories: Your First 100 Days Challenge|

   Celebrate #WeThePeople's incredible defense of civil liberties during Trump's first 100 days Over the past 100 days, we have seen a barrage of attacks on civil liberties at the [...]

26 04, 2017

Day 97: Tell the Knox County mayor and county commission to oppose anti-immigrant 287(g)

2017-04-26T16:26:38+00:00 April 26th, 2017|Categories: Your First 100 Days Challenge|

   Tell the Knox County mayor and county commission to oppose Sheriff J.J. Jones' anti-immigrant 287(g) application Knox County Sheriff J.J. Jones has applied for 287(g), an #ICE program deputizing [...]

21 04, 2017

Day 92: Learn about the problems with school policing

2017-04-21T10:53:26+00:00 April 21st, 2017|Categories: Your First 100 Days Challenge|

   Learn about the problems with school policing Police officers assigned to patrol schools often use physical force on students, arrest and handcuff them, and bring the weight of the [...]

20 04, 2017

Day 91: Know your right to photograph or film police, protests and more

2017-04-20T14:17:46+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Categories: Your First 100 Days Challenge|

   Know your right to photograph or film police, protests and more Taking photographs of things that are plainly visible from public spaces is a constitutional right – including federal [...]

9 04, 2017

Day 80: Know Your Rights: What to Do If You’re Stopped by Police, Immigration Agents or the FBI

2017-04-07T14:57:35+00:00 April 9th, 2017|Categories: Your First 100 Days Challenge|

   Know Your Rights: What to Do If You're Stopped by Police, Immigration Agents or the FBI We rely on the police to keep us safe and treat us all [...]