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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 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.

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.