WA Supreme Court needs to address whether a sentence of life without parole (LWOP) constitutes cruel punishment when it is imposed under a three strikes mandatory minimum statute and some of the crimes were committed when the defendant was a young adult.
ACLU-WA filed an amicus brief with the Washington Supreme Court arguing that closed containers cannot be searched as part of a warrantless inventory search of an impounded vehicle.
ACLU-WA co-signed an amicus brief with the Korematsu Center in November 2018 in support of Seattle’s Fair Chance Housing Ordinance. The ordinance would make it easier for people with criminal records to access housing.
ACLU-WA filed an amicus brief with other amici in a case in which a juvenile was sentenced to an exceptionally harsh sentence for misdemeanor crimes because the court decided they were unlikely to comply with services in the community.
ACLU-WA filed an amicus brief focused on the importance of government transparency; the specific language of the PRA, its history, and purposes; and the constitutional implications of the public’s right to see and know what government actors are doing.
The brief argued that the personnel records exemption to the PRA applies to birthdates because personnel records are the source of birthdate information—and birthdates are private information that can be used to intrude on other sensitive records.
The ACLU of Washington represents Nonnie Lotusflower, a transgender woman in the custody of the Washington Department of Corrections (“DOC”) in a case challenging DOC's blanket ban on gender affirming surgery for transgender people.
Low juror pay disproportionately affects those facing financial hardship and people of color, which means they are less likely to be represented on juries. Juries should be representative of the communities in which they serve to the extent possible becau
We believe that the policy of the King County Superior Court to have individuals appear for mental commitment trials by video violates their rights.

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