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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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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.

30 01, 2018

Tennessee’s neighbors are moving ahead in criminal justice reform

2018-04-24T15:05:25+00:00 January 30th, 2018|Categories: General News, Media Highlights|

The goal of Tennessee Coalition for Sensible Justice is to make our communities safer, protect taxpayers’ money, and increase accountability, all while treating fairly and with dignity those individuals who come into contact with the system.