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.
The Washington House of Representatives today passed a bill (HB 1390) to end debtors’ prisons in Washington and reform our state’s system for court-imposed debts. The measure passed by a unanimous 97-0 vote.
A private health plan has agreed to cover medically necessary health care for transgender people. Action came after a Seattle man represented by the ACLU challenged the plan’s denial of coverage for routine laboratory tests. (Client Anthony Bopp pictured)
Individuals now have a much improved opportunity to register to vote when they sign up for public benefits, thanks to efforts made by the state to improve compliance with the Ntl. Voter Registration Act.
Three former CIA prisoners represented by the ACLU filed a lawsuit today against the two psychologists who designed and implemented the CIA’s torture program. Filed in federal court in Spokane, the suit alleges war crimes and unlawful human experimentation.
The ACLU-WA and allies are pointing local officials statewide to an important Dept. of Justice brief. It explains that when there is insufficient shelter space, cities that prosecute homeless people for sleeping or camping in public places violate the Constitution’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.