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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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7 08, 2020

Federal Court Denies Emergency Release of People in Shelby County Jail Most Vulnerable to COVID-19

2020-08-07T16:42:04-05:00 August 7th, 2020|Categories: General News, Press Releases|

A federal judge today denied the emergency release of medically vulnerable people, including people with disabilities, detained at the Shelby County jail who are at high risk of severe injury or death from COVID-19.

16 07, 2020

ACLU-TN Releases Report Analyzing Tennessee’s Jail Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

2020-07-24T12:20:12-05:00 July 16th, 2020|Categories: Press Releases|

Our comprehensive, statewide report illustrates the cumulative impact of varying efforts to decarcerate local jails by advocates and stakeholders across the criminal justice system in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

11 06, 2020

Federal Court Certifies Classes in Shelby County Jail Lawsuit

2020-06-11T12:26:49-05:00 June 11th, 2020|Categories: General News, Press Releases|

A federal judge certified the classes in the lawsuit seeking the emergency release of medically vulnerable people, including people with disabilities, detained at the Shelby County jail.

20 05, 2020

Groups File Lawsuit Against Shelby County Jail Seeking Release of Those Most At Risk of COVID

2020-06-23T18:53:40-05:00 May 20th, 2020|Categories: General News, Press Releases|

We and our partners filed a lawsuit to protect medically vulnerable people at the Shelby County Jail who are at high risk of severe injury or death from COVID-19.

22 04, 2020

Data Model Shows National COVID-19 Death Toll 100,000 Higher Than Current Projections

2020-04-22T11:54:25-05:00 April 22nd, 2020|Categories: General News, Press Releases|

New data model shows that, nationwide, COVID-19 could claim the lives of approximately 100,000 more people than current projections predict if jail populations are not dramatically and immediately reduced.

19 03, 2020

We’re Still Here for You: ACLU-TN & Civil Liberties During the COVID-19 Pandemic

2020-03-19T17:46:09-05:00 March 19th, 2020|Categories: General News|

A letter to our supporters regarding ACLU-TN's commitment to protect civil liberties and safeguard against government abuses during this critical time.

18 03, 2020

Federal Court Blocks Court Rule that Unfairly Keeps Poor People in Jail

2020-03-20T17:31:39-05:00 March 18th, 2020|Categories: General News, Press Releases|

A federal judge has temporarily blocked a Davidson County court rule that allowed cash bonds to be garnished to pay court fines and fees.