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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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28 12, 2022

ACLU-TN Disturbed by Lethal Injection Report, Calls for Moratorium on Death Penalty

2022-12-29T14:37:42-06:00 December 28th, 2022|Categories: General News, Press Releases|

The recently released report on the state's lethal injection protocols is disturbing and illustrates the danger that can arise when the government operates in secrecy.

16 11, 2022

The Vigil (Fall 2022)

2022-11-16T09:36:06-06:00 November 16th, 2022|Categories: General News, Newsletters|

In this issue: "Educating Voters About the Power of DAs," "Protect Abortion in TN," "Anti-Trans Restroom Sign Law Struck Down," "Building Our Legal Team," "Welcoming New Executive Director, Kathy Sinback," and more!

9 08, 2022

Shelby County Commission Passes Resolution to Fund Bail Hearing Courtroom

2022-09-22T12:54:45-05:00 August 9th, 2022|Categories: General News, Press Releases|

ACLU-TN's comment on the Shelby County Board of Commissioners passing a resolution creating a new bail process, including establishment of a new bail hearing courtroom.

4 05, 2022

ACLU-TN Announces New Legal Director

2022-05-04T14:47:26-05:00 May 4th, 2022|Categories: General News, Press Releases|

Yarbrough will lead the organization’s legal work by building ACLU-TN’s impact litigation docket to advance ACLU-TN’s strategic priorities, supervising litigation teams, collaborating with state and national partners, responding to threats against civil liberties, and more.

27 04, 2022

ACLU-TN Urges Governor to Veto “Truth-In-Sentencing” Bill

2022-04-27T16:28:22-05:00 April 27th, 2022|Categories: General News, Press Releases|

We urged Governor Lee to veto the “truth-in-sentencing" bill that would require certain offenders to serve all or nearly all of their sentences without the opportunity to earn credit for good behavior or program participation.