Prisoners' Rights

The ACLU of Maryland is dedicated to ensuring that our state’s prisons, jails, and other places of detention comply with the Constitution and state law. Our guiding principle is that, even though prisoners are deprived of liberty, they are still entitled to basic human rights.

Recent Activity

Federal Court Clears Way for Juvenile Lifers' Challenge to Maryland Parole System

News article, February 6, 2017

Ruling Suggests Current Scheme Unconstitutional

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Hearing in juvenile life sentences case

News article, January 4, 2017

Advocates and family members press for reform

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Report Outlines the Consequences of Maryland's Diversion Programs for Noncitizens

News article, October 11, 2016

Report finds guilty plea requirements lead to prolonged detention, deportation

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REPORT: Excessive, Wrongheaded Mandatory Detention of Immigrants in Maryland

News article, August 4, 2016

Most Could Be Safely Released on Bond While Their Cases Progress

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Statement After Charges Dropped Against Remaining Officers Regarding Freddie Gray

News article, July 27, 2016

It is a travesty that not one Baltimore Police officer will be held accountable by the court

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ACLU Slams "Postcard-Only" Prison Mail Proposal

News article, July 20, 2016

Maryland would be first state in Nation to ban personal letters

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Will there be individualized justice or accountability for Mr. Gray's death?

News article, June 23, 2016

Statement from the ACLU of Maryland

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ACLU Sues To Ensure Consideration of Youth Status in Sentencing and Parole

News article, April 6, 2016

Maryland must meet constitutional requirement of "a second chance" for rehabilitated juvenile lifers

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Solitary confinement reporting bill passes General Assembly

News article, April 5, 2016

Bill will shine light into Maryland's practices

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ACLU Comment on Closure of Decaying and Dangerous Jail Building in Baltimore

News article, July 30, 2015

Maryland must provide safe housing and adequate health care to detainees

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ACLU statement on charges filed against officers in death of Freddie Gray

News article, May 1, 2015

Starting to address the double standards of our criminal justice system.

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Bill to Curb the Shackling of Pregnant Inmates Passes

News article, April 4, 2014

ACLU joins allies in heralding this bill to protect women from barbaric, dangerous, and dehumanizing treatment.

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ACLU of Maryland Executive Director to be Inducted into Maryland Women's Hall of Fame

News article, March 20, 2014

Ceremony at the Governor's Mansion in Annapolis

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Report: Immigration Detainers Undermine Public Safety Through Unnecessary Enforcement

News article, November 19, 2013

ACLU will support "Maryland TRUST Act" legislation in the 2014 Session

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ACLU of Maryland Applauds Passage of Immigration Reform In Congress

News article, June 27, 2013

Group Thanks Sen. Cardin for Leadership in Attempting to Make the Bill More Just, Humane

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ACLU Heralds Signing of Bills Expanding Rights

News article, May 2, 2013

Legislation on Death Penalty Repeal, Drivers Licenses, and Same-Day Voter Registration

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ACLU Calls for Immigration Reform that Respects the Civil Rights of All

News article, April 19, 2013

Breakthrough legislation in need of improvement

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ACLU To Testify for Bill to End Shackling of Pregnant Women

News article, February 26, 2013

Practice is unhumane and dangerous

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2012 Legislative Priorities

News article, January 11, 2012

Issues Include Marriage Equality, Criminal Justice Reform, Social Media Privacy

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Maryland Increases Prison Population Nearly Two Percent

News article, December 21, 2011

While U.S. saw first drop in prison population since 1972, Maryland's imprisoned population rises, facilities at 99% capacity

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ACLU Testifies In Support Of Two Bills That Would Increase Public Safety And Save Taxpayer Money

News article, February 24, 2011

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ACLU of Maryland to Testify Today in Support of Bills to Decriminalize Marijuana and Reform Mandatory Minimum Sentences

News article, February 22, 2011

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ACLU Joins Republicans and Democrats to Support Bill to Steamline Maryland's Bloated Prison System

News article, February 10, 2011

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