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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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2 01, 2019

ACLU-TN Annual Report, Fiscal Year 2017-2018

2019-01-02T15:15:26+00:00 January 2nd, 2019|Categories: Annual Reports|

2018 marked ACLU-TN's fiftieth anniversary fighting for freedom and fairness in the state of Tennessee. Learn what we've achieved in the past half-century, what we accomplished this past year and what’s on the horizon with our annual report from the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

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.