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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 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.

26 02, 2018

Don’t lock up Tennessee youth for life

2018-02-26T15:38:37+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Categories: Take Action|

SB 197/HB 274 would end de facto life without parole sentencing for juveniles by requiring courts to consider mitigating circumstances when determining sentences for juveniles tried and convicted as adults. It also establishes that such juveniles are eligible for parole after they have served a minimum of thirty depending on the offense.

23 02, 2018

Stop Tennessee from Becoming a “Show Me Your Papers” State

2018-02-23T15:14:10+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|Categories: Take Action|

SB 2332/HB 2315 would require all state and local law enforcement agencies to enter into 287(g) agreements with the federal government, prohibit any local policies that limit entanglement with federal immigration enforcement, and strip state funding from localities that do not comply.

14 02, 2018

ACLU-TN’s February 28 Freedom Forum to Examine Criminal Justice Reform, Voting Rights & Activism

2018-02-20T17:03:09+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Categories: Press Releases|

ACLU-TN will host a "Freedom Forum" in Johnson City on Wednesday, February 28 on criminal justice reform, voting rights and community activism. The forum will take place at the Johnson City Public Library.

14 02, 2018

ACLU-TN’s March 1 Freedom Forum to Examine Criminal Justice Reform, Voting Rights & Activism 

2018-02-20T17:03:36+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Categories: Press Releases|

ACLU-TN will host a "Freedom Forum" in Knoxville on Thursday, March 1 on criminal justice reform, voting rights and community activism. The forum will take place at the Knox County Public Library.

13 02, 2018

ACLU-TN’s February 22 Freedom Forum to Examine Criminal Justice Reform, Voting Rights & Activism

2018-02-13T15:13:01+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Categories: Press Releases|

ACLU-TN will host a "Freedom Forum" in Chattanooga on Thursday, February 22 on criminal justice reform, voting rights and community activism. The forum will take place at the Chattanooga Public Library.