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ACLU of Louisiana Issues Statement on Alton Sterling

ACLU of Louisiana Issues Statement on Alton Sterling

2016-07-06 00:00:00

BATON ROUGE — Details surrounding the shooting last night of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, continue to emerge. In reaction, ACLU of Louisiana Executive Director Marjorie Esman issued the following statement:

“Alton Sterling was shot to death while he was on the ground and two police officers were on top of him. Sadly, Mr. Sterling is the 122nd Black person to be killed by U.S. law enforcement this year. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and the city of Baton Rouge.

ACLU Hails New State Supreme Court Rules Aimed at Ending Debtors’ Prisons

ACLU Hails New State Supreme Court Rules Aimed at Ending Debtors’ Prisons

2016-05-26 00:00:00

LANSING—In a severe blow to the illegal “pay-or-stay” sentencing practices being challenged by the ACLU of Michigan and other groups, the state Supreme Court today announced a series of amendments to court rules designed to ensure that individuals are no longer jailed simply because they’re too poor to pay court costs.

Lansing Watchdog: Fighting for a Second Chance for Juvenile Lifers

Lansing Watchdog: Fighting for a Second Chance for Juvenile Lifers

2016-05-17 00:00:00

ACLU at the Michigan Capitol – May 16, 2016

In January 2016, the U.S.. Supreme Court settled an outstanding question in the interpretation of their series of promising opinions addressing the moral and legal question of whether juvenile defendants in our criminal justice system should be treated in the same manner as adults. 

Lansing Watchdog: Marching Toward Smart Justice

Lansing Watchdog: Marching Toward Smart Justice

2016-03-07 00:00:00

ACLU at the Michigan Capitol – March 7, 2016

Google "mass incarceration" and you get seemingly countless hits. Our massive prison population is the issue occupying the focus of state legislatures across the country, driving complicated and multi-faceted campaigns to reduce the percentage of state budgets that go toward locking up way too many citizens for way too long.

Duncan v. Granholm: Indigent Defense Reform

Duncan v. Granholm: Indigent Defense Reform

2013-07-10 00:00:00

For decades, leaders in the state have recognized that Michigan’s system of representing poor individuals accused of crimes is broken. Michigan provides no administrative oversight or funding for public defense at the trial level. There is no training for public defense attorneys, no performance standards to govern their practice, and no review of their performance. They have too many cases and insufficient resources to hire outside investigators or experts.In February 2007, the ACLU and its coalition partners filed Duncan v.

Halbert v. Michigan: Ensuring Legal Representation for Poor Defendants

Halbert v. Michigan: Ensuring Legal Representation for Poor Defendants

2005-06-23 00:00:00

Detroit — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the Michigan law denying legal representation to poor people in a criminal appeal is unconstitutional. The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed the one of a kind case after the law was passed in 1999.

For decades, leaders in the state have recognized that Michigan’s system of representing poor individuals accused of crimes is broken. Michigan provides no...
Detroit — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the Michigan law denying legal representation to poor people in a criminal appeal is unconstitutional. The...
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BATON ROUGE — Details surrounding the shooting last night of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, continue to emerge. In reaction, ACLU of Louisiana...
LANSING—In a severe blow to the illegal “pay-or-stay” sentencing practices being challenged by the ACLU of Michigan and other groups, the state Supreme Court...
Detroit — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the Michigan law denying legal representation to poor people in a criminal appeal is unconstitutional. The...
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