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The death penalty is arbitrary, unfair, and racially biased.  The ACLU of Washington argued before the Washington Supreme Court to end it.

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Thursday, September 5, 2019
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Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Nearly thirty years ago, when he was 18 years old, Sy Eubanks had surgery for a knee injury he got while competing on his high school’s wrestling team. His doctor prescribed him opioid painkillers, the dangers of which are now widely known. All Sy knew was that he liked the feelings his prescription gave him and he wanted more.
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Monday, June 24, 2019
ACLU Reaction to Seattle Mayor’s Office Statement Regarding Status of City’s Compliance with Federal Consent Decree
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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
The Whatcom County Jail will provide people in the jail with opioid use disorder (OUD) the medications necessary to treat their addiction, according to the settlement agreement proposed in a class-action civil rights lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Washington.
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Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Governor Inslee signed into law the Responsible Teen Communications Act (SHB 1742) which protects teenagers from felony prosecution for distribution or possession of child pornography when they make explicit messages and images of themselves (“selfies”) and share them with peers, and invests in evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies.
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Wednesday, March 6, 2019
People with criminal records have a constitutional right to due process
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Thursday, February 21, 2019
Past conviction doesn’t automatically disqualify her from childcare work, court said
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Friday, February 8, 2019
The legislative process isn’t just about laws; It’s about people. This is why we need you, our ACLU-WA members and supporters, to join us in advancing our 2019 legislative agenda.
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Thursday, January 24, 2019
Read about our 2019 Washington State Legislative Agenda
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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Allied organizations support the introduction of death penalty repeal bill in Washington legislature

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