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Civil Liberties Bills Hang in the Balance as Legislature Goes into Overtime

In the special session, measures which did not pass during the regular session are again alive for consideration. The ACLU continues to press for passage of a state voting rights act and reasonable regulations on government use of aerial drones. Read More »

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Court Orders State to Stop Violating Rights of People with Mental Illness in Jail

Apr 3, 2015
A federal judge has rebuked the State of Washington and ordered it to provide competency services speedily to people with mental illness in jails. The ruling came in a suit on behalf of incarcerated pre-trial detainees who have sat for weeks and months awaiting court-ordered services. Read More »
 
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Innovative LEAD Program Is Showing Success

Apr 8, 2015
An evaluation of the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program has found that it is reducing recidivism rates for participants. Under LEAD, instead of prosecuting low-level drug and prostitution suspects, law enforcement officers divert them to treatment and other social services.  Read More »
 
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Woman Sues Public Hospital District to Ensure Access to Abortion

Feb 19, 2015
The ACLU of Washington has 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 »