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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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5 02, 2020

Groundbreaking Lawsuit Challenges Court Rule that Unfairly Keeps Poor People in Jail

2020-02-05T15:13:42-06:00 February 5th, 2020|Categories: General News, Press Releases|

We and our partners filed a lawsuit against Davidson County demanding that they stop enforcement of their unconstitutional rule that requires garnishment of the cash bonds people post to get family or friends released from jail for court costs, fines and restitution.

27 09, 2019

Local and National Groups Notify Davidson County Criminal Court That It Is Violating State and Federal Law

2019-09-27T12:56:20-05:00 September 27th, 2019|Categories: General News, Press Releases|

We and our partners sent a letter to the Davidson County Criminal Court demanding that they stop their unlawful, unconstitutional practice of taking some of the money people post to get family or friends released from jail for court costs, fines and restitution.

12 09, 2019

Memphis Mayoral Candidate Questionnaire: Tami Sawyer’s Answers

2019-09-12T16:41:02-05:00 September 12th, 2019|Categories: General News|Tags: |

1. If elected or re-elected mayor of Memphis, will you propose programs and/or initiatives to limit the number of arrests for minor offenses in the city? YES/NO Please elaborate. Absolutely. [...]

12 09, 2019

Memphis Mayoral Candidate Questionnaire: Lemichael D. Wilson’s Answers

2019-09-12T16:40:55-05:00 September 12th, 2019|Categories: General News|Tags: |

1. If elected or re-elected mayor of Memphis, will you propose programs and/or initiatives to limit the number of arrests for minor offenses in the city? The massive number of [...]