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The Bill of Rights protects us against suspicionless searches and seizures. It guarantees due process to individuals who are accused of crimes and humane treatment to those who are incarcerated. The ACLU works to ensure that our criminal justice system indeed is just.
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Wednesday, November 22, 2023
We lock up too many people, for too long, without considering the impacts of incarceration.
Thursday, November 2, 2023
What it is, how it works, and expanding access across Washington
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Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Seattle City Council voted down a proposed ordinance that would have added criminalization of drug possession
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Tuesday, May 16, 2023
The Washington State Legislature voted Tuesday to establish harsher criminal penalties for drug possession, marking a huge step backwards in Washington’s fight against the ever-growing public health crises of substance use disorder and the opioid overdose epidemic.