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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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24 08, 2023

Blended Sentencing & Juvenile Transfers Bill

2023-08-24T12:49:25-05:00 August 24th, 2023|Categories: General News, Take Action|

As amended, SB 7027/HB 7073 is very complex and could have serious, life-altering consequences, both intended and unintended, for young people. This bill will lead to more young adults in prison for offenses they committed – and already served full sentences for – while they were children.

16 08, 2023

Tell Governor Lee to listen to the people or cancel the special session.

2023-08-22T12:27:08-05:00 August 16th, 2023|Categories: Take Action|

The 2023 special session could have drastic consequences for civil liberties and civil rights. Tell Gov. Lee to listen to the people or cancel the special session.

28 04, 2023

ACLU-TN Urges Governor to Veto Bill Abolishing Community Oversight Boards

2023-04-28T19:20:14-05:00 April 28th, 2023|Categories: General News, Press Releases|

We urged Governor Bill Lee to veto SB 591/HB 764, which would abolish existing community oversight boards and replace them with smaller, less powerful “police advisory and review committees” staffed by local mayors rather than the community. 

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.