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Published: 
Friday, June 10, 2016
The ACLU-WA and allies have filed briefs in two cases before the Washington Supreme Court urging it to support a law designed to maintain the relationship between incarcerated parents and their children.
News Release, Published: 
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
The ACLU of Washington is glad that the U.S. Supreme Court today denied Nebraska and Oklahoma’s challenge to Colorado’s marijuana legalization and regulation law.
Published: 
Friday, March 18, 2016
Plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit A.B/Trueblood v. DSHS filed a motion last night in U.S. District Court seeking a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO).
Published: 
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Youth are categorically different from adults. They are more impulsive, less able to fully comprehend the consequences of their actions, and hold greater promise for rehabilitation.
Published: 
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
The right to a meaningful defense in court, even if you can’t afford a lawyer, is a cornerstone of our justice system. But access to an attorney means little if your attorney lacks the time, resources, or skills to be an effective advocate.

El Restablecimiento Del Derecho a Votar en Washington

Document, Published: 
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
La asamblea legislativa de Washington recientemente aprobó una ley la cual automáticamente restaura el derecho a votar a personas culpables de delitos graves al haber cumplido su condena de prisión y período de supervisión comunitaria bajo la supervisión del Departamento Correccional. Esta ley entró en vigor el 26 de julio de 2009.
News Release, Published: 
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
An ACLU brief asserts that the state’s system of capital punishment is fundamentally flawed and must be struck down: Joining in the brief are 56 former and retired judges from around the state and a wide range of other organizations.

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