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LFOs: Court Rules Courts Must Consider a Person’s Ability to Pay

The Washington Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that courts must take into consideration a defendant’s ability to pay before imposing discretionary legal financial obligations (LFOs). The ruling represents a significant step towards reforming a system that traps people in a cycle of poverty and incarceration. Read More »

Pasco Protesters

ACLU Supports Call for DOJ to Investigate Pasco Police Shooting

“The Department of Justice can help ensure that the investigation is fair and impartial. And the DOJ can fulfill an important need by investigating potential systemic problems within the Pasco Police Department,” said ACLU-WA deputy director Jennifer Shaw. Read More »
Kevan Coffey and Margaret Chen

Woman Sues Public Hospital District to Ensure Access to Abortion

Feb 19, 2015
The ACLU of Washington today filed a lawsuit seeking to have Skagit Regional Health comply with Washington’s Reproductive Privacy Act (RPA).  The suit is part of a new statewide effort by the ACLU to ensure that all public hospitals are complying with the RPA. Read More »

Court Orders New System of Districts for Yakima Elections

A federal court has issued an order requiring Yakima to implement a plan designed to provide Latino voters a meaningful voice in city council elections. The action followed a 2014 ruling in an ACLU-WA lawsuit that the city’s at-large election system unlawfully diluted the votes of the city’s Latino residents.  Read More »

Support Civil Liberties in the State Legislature

Heading up the ACLU-WA’s priorities for the 2015 session are measures to replace the death penalty, end modern-day debtors’ prisons, regulate government use of drones, ensure everyone a meaningful vote in local elections, and protect patient access to lawful health care without restrictions due to religious doctrine. Read More »