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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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9 08, 2018

ACLU-TN Statement on Release of Video Depicting Daniel Hambrick Shooting

2018-08-09T13:37:27+00:00 August 9th, 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, the Davidson County District Attorney's Office released footage of the shooting. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is currently investigating.

30 07, 2018

Sign the Petition to Put a Community Oversight Board in Nashville on the November Ballot

2018-07-30T16:57:27+00:00 July 30th, 2018|Categories: Take Action|

Community Oversight Now is collecting hard copies of signatures for a petition to put an amendment establishing a community oversight board in Nashville on the November ballot.

17 07, 2018

Urge Nashville Metro Council to Support Divestment from Private Prison Corporations

2018-07-17T10:16:34+00:00 July 17th, 2018|Categories: Take Action|

Urge Nashville Metro Council to take a concrete step towards saying no to investment in private prison corporations where profit trumps accountability.

5 06, 2018

ACLU of Tennessee Files Federal Lawsuit Challenging Police Seizure of Disabled Vet’s Car

2018-06-05T17:05:32+00:00 June 5th, 2018|Categories: Press Releases|

ACLU-TN has filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of a disabled veteran whose car was seized without cause by Mount Juliet police.

16 04, 2018

Tennessee wise to revise ‘safekeeping’ law

2018-04-24T15:09:28+00:00 April 16th, 2018|Categories: General News, Media Highlights|

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.

16 04, 2018

Fix Tennessee’s dangerous and antiquated “safekeeping” system

2018-04-16T09:17:36+00:00 April 16th, 2018|Categories: Take Action|

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.

9 04, 2018

Support Fair Sentencing Reform in Tennessee

2018-04-09T09:06:43+00:00 April 9th, 2018|Categories: Take Action|

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.

7 03, 2018

End the Months-Long Solitary Confinement of a 16-Year-Old Girl

2018-03-07T15:06:25+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Categories: Take Action|

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.