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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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8 09, 2021

ACLU-TN Launches Campaign to Encourage Transparency and Accountability of DAs’ Offices

2021-09-08T13:27:24-05:00 September 8th, 2021|Categories: Press Releases|

Learn more about elected prosecutors' power to shape the criminal legal system and incarceration rates, and to advocate for district attorney transparency and accountability.

31 08, 2021

Court Ruling Keeps Decree in Place Requiring Shelby County Sheriff to Fix Dangerous Conditions at Jail

2021-08-31T15:47:04-05:00 August 31st, 2021|Categories: General News, Press Releases|

A federal court ruled that a decree requiring the Shelby County sheriff to fix dangerous pandemic conditions at the jail must remain in place.

14 07, 2021

Police Surveillance: Knoxville, Tennessee

2021-08-06T12:03:44-05:00 July 14th, 2021|Categories: General News|

in recent years, the Knoxville Police Department has increased their reliance on surveillance technology, from acquiring automatic license plate readers, working with state lawmakers to enhance their ability to use drones to spy on protesters, and signing agreements with powerful corporations like Amazon to access surveillance data.

3 05, 2021

Bills Creating New Crimes, Penalties Undermine Governor’s Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

2021-05-03T15:45:19-05:00 May 3rd, 2021|Categories: Press Releases|

Our analysis of passed and currently pending legislation illustrates that the TGA is undermining Governor Bill Lee’s criminal justice reform agenda.