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Helping Youth Move Forward: Bill Would Keep Juvenile Records Confidential

Since the turn of the century, juvenile courts have been separate from adult courts. The goal of juvenile courts, as the Supreme Court recognized over 50 years ago, is to determine how to rehabilitate juveniles and “save [them] from a downward career.” To further these goals, juvenile court records have historically been shielded from public view. This system allows juveniles to enter adulthood without being publicly labeled as criminals. Read More »

GPS Tracking: The Supreme Court Takes a Step for Privacy

The United States Supreme Court on Monday unanimously decided that law enforcement needs a warrant to place a GPS tracking device on a vehicle. We applaud the Supreme Court for ruling correctly that warrantless installation of a GPS device violates the Fourth Amendment. Read More »

End the death penalty in Washington

As the 2012 legislative session gets underway, momentum to end the death penalty continues to grow. The ACLU is supporting the Safe and Just Alternatives Campaign to replace the death penalty with a sentence of life imprisonment without parole. Help us by telling your legislators to replace the death penalty. Read More »

Standing Up Against Injustice: We Honor the Courage of Gordon Hirabayashi

Gordon Hirabayashi was a senior at University of Washington when bombs fell at Pearl Harbor. Like 112,000 of his fellow Japanese Americans, he would be placed under curfew, ordered into internment, and finally jailed for defying those orders. Forty years later, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated his conviction. On Monday, Hirabayashi died at the age of 93. We here at the ACLU of Washington honor his memory. Read More »

Governor’s Endorsement Boosts Drive for Marriage Bill

At a press conference in Olympia, Governor Chris Gregoire issued a heart-felt endorsement of civil marriage for same-sex couples. The Governor talked of the need for state law to recognize the "love, commitment, partnership, and responsibility" of lesbian and gay couples. Read More »

Mortgaged Futures: 30% of Juveniles Arrested

By the time they’re 23 years old, between 30 and 41 percent of Americans have been arrested, according to a study recently released by the journal Pediatrics.  This number has sharply increased in recent decades; in the mid-1960s, only 22 percent of Americans reported having been arrested by the time they turned 23. Read More »

Kudos to the DOJ! Now On to the Hard Work of Reform

I returned, very happily, from the Department of Justice press conference this morning. The DOJ’s in-depth report confirms what the ACLU has been saying and what many people of color and others have experienced – that the Seattle Police Department has engaged in a pattern and practice of excessive use of force. Read More »

Public Health Approaches Work: Teen Tobacco and Alcohol Use Falls

Teen marijuana usage rates have risen slightly in recent years, while tobacco and alcohol usage rates have declined. Alarmingly, 12th-graders across the nation and in Washington state are now more likely to have used marijuana in the past 30 days than to have smoked a cigarette. Read More »

520 Tolling Starts Soon, But Your Privacy Is Already Protected

The Washington Department of Transportation announced today that tolling will start on the SR 520 bridge on December 29. This will be Washington’s first all-electronic toll bridge—meaning there will be no toll booths—and by far the highest volume all-electronic toll facilities in the country. There are lots of advantages to eliminating toll booths (e.g., less congestion, greater safety), but there are also drawbacks, potentially including a loss of privacy.  Read More »
No E-Verify

There’s Good Reason Behind the Controversy over E-Verify

Gov. Chris Gregoire and a group of farm-group representatives recently made headlines when they returned from Washington D.C., where they had sought to persuade Congress to oppose a bill requiring employers to use a system called E-Verify.  In stern words, Gov. Gregoire criticized the measure and its likely detrimental effect on our state’s agriculture industry.  Read More »