Racial Justice

The ACLU of Maryland aims to preserve and extend constitutional and statutory rights to persons who have historically been discriminated against on the basis of race. We have also assumed the additional charge of helping Maryland overcome the stains of a history of legal segregation that manifests itself in structural and institutional racism that still exists. That legacy expresses itself in rural areas like the Eastern Shore as well as in Baltimore City, where historic racism has contributed to a concentration of impoverished people within a densely populated urban setting now undergoing economic transition.


Recent Activity

Federal Court to Hear Arguments in Challenge to Latest Muslim Ban

News article, October 16, 2017

The new ban announced last month blocks travel to the United States from six Muslim-majority countries

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ACLU Calls Out Censorship by AACO Council Chairman Grasso

News article, September 5, 2017

Grasso Unlawfully Censoring Public Comments Critical of County Council Members

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ACLU Files Two Lawsuits Challenging Gag Orders that 
Silence Victims of Police Abuse

News article, June 29, 2017

Lawsuits Against Baltimore City and Salisbury Police Charge Free Speech, Government Secrecy Violations

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June 14: Rally for immigrants rights in Frederick

News article, June 14, 2017

Voices unite against anti-immigrant 287(g) program

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Federal Appeals Court Rules Trump Muslim Ban Unconstitutional

News article, May 25, 2017

Victory for the rule of law and the future of our country

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ACLU of Maryland Joins 41 Affiliates to Demand Documents on Implementation of Trump Muslim Ban

News article, April 12, 2017

Trump administration cannot ignore the public's right to know

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Advocates Slam Maryland Senate Leadership for Failing Immigrant and Muslim Families

News article, April 11, 2017

Stand Ready to Protect Immigrants Against ICE

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Statement Regarding Consent Decree Approval

News article, April 7, 2017

Approving the consent decree is a step in the right direction.

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Statement Regarding DOJ motion to delay consent decree hearing

News article, April 3, 2017

Why is everyone in Baltimore ready to move forward with police reform except Donald Trump's DOJ?

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Muslim ban challenge

Legal case, February 23, 2017

Federal lawsuit challenging President Trump's Muslim ban executive order

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Press Conference to Support Transparency in Police Misconduct Investigations

News article, February 8, 2017

Maryland Public Information Act now blocks transparency and accountability regarding police abuse and misconduct

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Groups File New Challenge to Trump Muslim Ban

News article, February 7, 2017

ACLU of Maryland proud to join the effort to defend the rights of immigrants and Muslims

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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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Regional ACLU Affiliates File FOIA on Trump's Immigration Ban

News article, February 3, 2017

FOIA Filed As Part of Coordinated National Campaign With 50 ACLU Affiliates

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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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Stop the Retaliation Against Black Officers Challenging Eastern Shore Race Discrimination

News article, December 16, 2016

ACLU Files Public Information Request About Prior ‘Misconduct in Office' Prosecutions

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Judge Dismisses FOP suit seeking to block Civilian Review Board

News article, November 4, 2016

Police accountability advocates filed a brief challenging the FOP

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DOJ Gets Involved in Pocomoke Police Race Discrimination Case

News article, October 20, 2016

Plaintiffs Hail U.S. Department of Justice Intervention

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ACLU Urges Justice Department to Investigate the Use and Impact of Face Recognition

News article, October 18, 2016

ACLU of Maryland Raises Concerns About Impact in Baltimore

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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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Victory in "bullhorn" anti-protest case against Kwame Rose

News article, September 20, 2016

Final charge dropped, called "unlawful"

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Police Secretly Put Large Part of Baltimore Under Constant Aerial Video Surveillance

News article, August 24, 2016

Technology Was Developed for U.S. Military in Iraq

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School police being used as auxiliary Baltimore police officers?

News article, August 15, 2016

Statement from Maryland Coalition to Reform School Discipline

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Baltimore Education Coalition Speaks Out on Port Covington's Impact on State Education Aid

News article, August 11, 2016

Groups challenges MuniCap analysis

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Department of Justice findings regarding the Baltimore City Police Department

News article, August 10, 2016

Total lack of supervision and accountability has allowed abuses to flourish unchecked

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Citing Governor's Claim of "Declining Revenues," Groups Ask for Transfer of Public Funding from Private to Public Schools

News article, August 5, 2016

Call on Gov to withhold $5 million set aside for private school vouchers as part of FY2017 budget

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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 on Police-Involved Shooting of Korryn Gaines

News article, August 2, 2016

It should be the goal of police that all involved in encounters survive

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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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Advocates Call on Mayor and Police Commissioner to Remove Barriers to Police Accountability

News article, July 21, 2016

Civilian oversight and transparency in police discipline needed

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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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ACLU Challenges Baltimore Police Union’s Attempt to Block Work of Civilian Review Board

News article, July 14, 2016

Brief urges Court to dismiss FOP case as frivolous and contrary to improving police-community relations

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ACLU-MD Statement on the Police Killings in Louisiana and Minnesota

News article, July 8, 2016

ACLU-MD Statement on the Police Killings in Louisiana and Minnesota

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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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EEOC finds "reasonable cause" to believe Pocomoke race discrimination plaintiffs

News article, June 2, 2016

Plantiffs refute baseless attempt to excuse discrimination

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Talbot Co violated open meetings law in vote to retain Confederate statue

News article, May 9, 2016

Closed-door meeting and vote violated state law

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ACLU Sues to Protect Access of Migrant Farmworkers to Legal Aid

News article, April 21, 2016

Expedited Review Sought to Lift Unconstitutional Montgomery County Police Order

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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 Update: At Least 21 People Died in Police Custody in Maryland in 2015

News article, March 15, 2016

81 Percent of Those Killed Were Black; Every Unarmed Person Killed Was Black

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Baltimore County signs agreement with HUD to end decades of housing discrimination

News article, March 15, 2016

A turning of the page from a long history of segregation and exclusion

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ACLU raises concerns with Baltimore Police Department body camera policy

News article, March 10, 2016

Officers should not be allowed to access their own body camera footage before being questioned about an incident

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ACLU Represents Activist Kwame Rose at Trial Over Arrest During Peaceful Political Protest

News article, March 8, 2016

Arrest during protest after mistrial declared in trial of Officer William Porter in the killing of Freddie Gray

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ACLU speaks out about student slapped, kicked by school resource officer

News article, March 3, 2016

Problems within Baltimore School Police go far beyond this incident and require systemic reform

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ACLU, NAACP Challenge Secret Vote to Keep Confederate Statue in Talbot

News article, February 16, 2016

County council held closed meeting vote about "Talbot Boys" monument on courthouse lawn.

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ACLU supports promising "community schools" strategy

News article, February 11, 2016

Incorporating holistic methods of student and family engagement brings results

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ACLU of Maryland Applauds President Obama's Visit to Baltimore Mosque

News article, February 3, 2016

Our state and nation are strengthened when we recognize our common humanity

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Legislature Overrides Gov. Hogan's Veto of Bill to Fix State's Marijuana Decriminalization Law

News article, January 21, 2016

New Poll Shows Most State Voters Support Broader Reform

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Lawsuit Challenges Race Discrimination and Retaliation Against Black Police Officers in Pocomoke

News article, January 21, 2016

Long legacy of racial discrimination in Worcester County

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Jan 18: MLK police accountability rally in Annapolis

News article, January 12, 2016

Maryland Coalition for Justice and Police Accountability event to demand strong legislation in 2016

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State Policing Workgroup Recommendations a Positive Step, More Needed

News article, January 11, 2016

Coalition Statement Regarding Maryland Policing Workgroup Recommendations

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ACLU joins legal complaint against Governor's Discriminatory Transportation Policy

News article, December 21, 2015

Lack of rapid transit for African Americans in Baltimore to reach jobs, housing a civil rights issue

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Mistrial declared in trial of William Porter

News article, December 16, 2015

Statement of the ACLU of Maryland

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ACLU speaks out about Baltimore City students' right to protest

News article, December 14, 2015

Responds to Baltimore School System letter to parents, students, community members

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ACLU Successfully Defends Right of Homeowner to Display Political Messages on His Property

News article, December 9, 2015

Citation Had Been Issued Based on "Black Lives Matter" Message

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ARCHIVE: Hassan Sader vs. American Airlines

Legal case, November 18, 2015

in 2002, the ACLU of Maryland represented a U.S. citizen of Moroccan descent who was removed from an American Airlines flight because a passenger was not comfortable sitting next to him and because his name was Hassan.

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ACLU Speaks out Against Governor Hogan's Call to Bar Syrian Refugees

News article, November 17, 2015

Governor's decision goes against our common humanity

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Mobile Justice Comes to Maryland

News article, November 13, 2015

ACLU Releases Phone App for Recording Police Encounters

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Advocates to hold press conference regarding state workgroup meeting on LEOBR

News article, August 24, 2015

Groups Decry Law Enforcement-Dominated Hearing

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ACLU Files 2nd Open Meeting Complaint Against Pocomoke

News article, August 20, 2015

Officials Face Accusations of Racial Bias in Firing of Police Chief

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ACLU Files Open Meetings Complaint Against Pocomoke City

News article, July 31, 2015

The Real News Network, other media blocked from public town meeting on racial bias concerns with police chief firing

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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 Teleta Dashiell Opinion from the Court of Appeals

News article, June 25, 2015

ACLU Statement on Teleta Dashiell Opinion from the Court of Appeals

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ACLU to Hold "Police Accountability to the Communities They Serve," Annual Chapter Dinner and Discussion

News article, June 15, 2015

Guest speakers include Del. Alonzo Washington, sponsor of House Bill 954, to require police departments to report to the state civilian deaths as a result of a police encounter.

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As Legislative Work Group on Police Accountability Begins, Activists to Set Out Reform Principles

News article, June 8, 2015

Groups from across the state will then travel to Annapolis for workgroup meeting

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New Report by Researcher Focuses on Role Baltimore Police Contract and Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights Play in Impeding Accountability

News article, May 26, 2015

A new report “The Baltimore Police Union Contract and the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights: Impediments to Accountability” was released by Samuel Walker of the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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Mayor, Baltimore Schools CEO, Del. McIntosh to join coalition to call for school funding

News article, May 11, 2015

Baltimore Education Coalition to Urge Gov. Hogan to release school funding

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Maryland High Court to Hear Police Accountability Case

News article, May 11, 2015

State Police refused to provide information regarding complaint in racial slur incident

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Department of Justice launches investigation into Baltimore Police Dept

News article, May 8, 2015

ACLU applauds move, which will hopefully spur fully enacted reforms

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ACLU statement on lifting Baltimore Curfew

News article, May 3, 2015

We celebrate Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's decision this morning to rescind the order.

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ACLU raises new concerns with Baltimore curfew

News article, May 2, 2015

We express grave concern about the continuation of the curfew and the manner in which it is being enforced.

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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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ACLU asks Baltimore Mayor to lift the curfew

News article, April 30, 2015

Curfew is continuing at the expense of Baltimore residents' constitutional freedoms

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Statement on Freddie Gray investigation being handed over to state's attorney

News article, April 30, 2015

We join with the people of Baltimore who demand answers

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Statement on Freddie Gray and police/community conflict in Baltimore

News article, April 28, 2015

The path to peace goes through justice

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Groups to Call on Governor Hogan To Take Action Following Death of Freddie Gray

News article, April 24, 2015

Maryland Coalition for Justice and Equality presses for executive action to address systemic and structural issues

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ACLU Statement on Death of Freddie Gray in Police Custody

News article, April 21, 2015

Read briefing paper on police-involved killings

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Legislature Approves Bill to Restore Voting Rights to 40,000 Marylanders

News article, April 13, 2015

Broad Coalition Calls on Governor Hogan to Sign Legislation

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ACLU Briefing Paper Finds At Least 109 Police-Involved Killings Since 2010

News article, March 18, 2015

Victims from Counties Across Maryland

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ACLU Asks High Court to Uphold Transparency in Police Misconduct Investigations

News article, March 17, 2015

Case Involves Racial Slur Left on Eastern Shore Woman’s Cell Phone

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Parents and Students to Deliver Postcards to Governor, Urging Restoration of City School Funding

News article, March 9, 2015

Baltimore City Delegation to Stand with Baltimore Education Coalition

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Maryland Coalition for Justice and Equality to hold Press Conference

News article, February 26, 2015

Groups support police accountability and reform bills

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Report Tells Stories of People Given Parole-Eligible Life Sentences Yet Denied Release

News article, January 20, 2015

ACLU seeks to pass bill to depoliticize the parole process

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Judge Awards Full Attorneys Fees in Racial Profiling Case

News article, December 23, 2014

Ruling upholds value of using public information law to hold government accountable

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Maryland High Court Agrees to Hear Police Accountability Case

News article, December 11, 2014

Court to review case concerning access to information about citizen complaints of police misconduct

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ACLU speaks out on President Obama's Immigration Announcements

News article, November 21, 2014

Executive Action Grants Temporary Reprieve from Deportation and Reforms Immigration Enforcement System

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Education Coalition Urges Action for Critical City School Building Repairs

News article, November 10, 2014

BEC urges state to continue regular allocation of capital funding

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Civil Rights Groups Support Family of Victim in Police Killing Case Before Maryland High Court

News article, October 30, 2014

Excessive damages caps in constitutional rights cases severely undermine the guarantees of the Maryland Constitution

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ACLU Applauds Prince George's County for Ceasing to Honor ICE Holds Without a Warrant

News article, October 1, 2014

Calls on other Maryland counties to reform ICE detainer policies

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Maryland Decriminalization Bill to Take Effect

News article, September 30, 2014

Criminal penalties for simple marijuana possession will be replaced with a civil fine similar to a traffic ticket

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ACLU Seeks Answers to Unanswered Questions about Baltimore's Expanded Curfew Plans

News article, August 7, 2014

Group files public information request for copies of policies and directives to police officers

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Montgomery County Council Urges State to Decriminalize Possession of Marijuana Paraphernalia

News article, July 8, 2014

Representatives of Maryland's most populated county say possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia should be among its lowest law enforcement priorities

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ACLU raises constitutional problem with detention centers

News article, June 10, 2014

Courts find holding individuals solely on immigration detainers raises Fourth Amendment concerns

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Civil Rights and Youth Groups Offer Alternative to Proposed Curfew Expansion

News article, May 29, 2014

Alternate plan promotes safety of Baltimore youth without risking the criminalization and unintended consequences of an expanded curfew

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ACLU Weighs in on Baltimore Police Taser Policies

News article, May 27, 2014

Letter highlights key recommendations from 2009 Task Force on Electronic Weapons report

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Juvenile Curfew

Legal case, May 15, 2014

Extreme, far-reaching juvenile curfew in Baltimore City

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Bills to Decriminalize Marijuana, Limit Location Tracking and License Plate Readers, and Restrict Shackling of Pregnant Inmates

News article, April 14, 2014

Governor O'Malley signs five ACLU priority bills into law

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Maryland Senate Gives Final Approval to Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

News article, April 7, 2014

Measure Will Be Sent to Gov. O'Malley For His Signature

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Maryland Committee Passes Amended Bill to Create a Marijuana Task Force

News article, April 2, 2014

House Judiciary Committee failed to approve common sense proposal to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

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NAACP, ACLU Call on Chairman Vallario to Allow Vote on Marijuana Decriminalization

News article, March 31, 2014

New ACLU polling in several House Judiciary Committee members' districts shows majority support for marijuana policy reform

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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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Judges Rules for Fees in Racial Profiling Records Case

News article, March 20, 2014

Attorneys Should Be Compensated for Time Spent Ensuring Police Accountability

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Campaign Launched to Regulate and Tax Marijuana Like Alcohol in Maryland

News article, January 16, 2014

State lawmakers, state and national groups join together to support a legal marijuana market for adults

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ACLU of Maryland Announces 2014 Legislative Priorities

News article, January 8, 2014

Issues include taxing and regulating marijuana, stopping local police from enforcing civil immigration detainers, limiting email and cell phone surveillance, and ending the shackling of pregnant women.

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ACLU Demands Prince George's State's Attorney Allow Women to Reunite with Family Members In Misuse of "Nuisance Abatement" Law

News article, December 18, 2013

Group Asks that Families be Allowed to Spend the Holidays Together

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Wrongful Nuisance Abatement Actions in Hyattsville

Legal case, December 18, 2013

Prince George's County State's Attorney wrongfully forced two women to sign “nuisance abatement” orders banishing their family members from their own homes and the neighborhood in which they had grown up. The ACLU is urging the prosecutor to dissolve the orders and call off longstanding harassment by police claiming to enforce the orders so the families can be reunited without fear that they will be arrested or that they could lose the homes they own.

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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 Calls on Baltimore Police to Monitor Use of "Stop and Frisk" Tactics

News article, November 19, 2013

Group releases troubling BPD data on search results

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In Every County, Black People More Likely to be Arrested for Marijuana Possession

News article, November 7, 2013

New report details growing marijuana arrest rates, even as support for decriminalization grows

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Civil Rights Groups to Testify about Mistreatment, Experimentation at Crownsville State Hospital

News article, September 18, 2013

Hearing called by the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland

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Civil Rights Groups Call on State to Investigate, Memorialize African American Patients at Crownsville State Hospital

News article, August 5, 2013

History, Accounting of Patient Mistreatment, Experimentation, and Deaths Long Overdue

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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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Coalition Condemns Supreme Court Decision in Shelby County v Holder

News article, June 25, 2013

"Serious blow to a pillar of our democracy"

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ACLU Report on Racial Disparities in Marijuana Arrests

News article, June 4, 2013

Report Show Black People 3 Times More Likely to Be Arrested for Marijuana than White People, Despite Equal Usage Rates

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ACLU statement on Supreme Court decision on warrantless collection of DNA

News article, June 3, 2013

Ruling eliminates individualized suspicion safeguard for police searching for evidence of crimes

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ACLU Urges DOJ to Reopen Wicomico Voting Rights Challenge

News article, May 9, 2013

Wicomico leaders speak out for reform

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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 hails passage of bill to reduce youth incarceration

News article, April 9, 2013

Keeps youth charged with minor offenses out of juvenile facilities

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Diverse Groups Continue Strong Stance against HB 153, Even As Amended

News article, April 7, 2013

HB 153-Office of the Public Defender-Representation at Bail Hearings-Provisional

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General Assembly Passes Bill to Expand Drivers License Access for Immigrants

News article, April 5, 2013

ACLU hails the "Maryland Highway Safety Act"

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ACLU Decries Bill that Would Deny Public Defenders to Poor People

News article, April 2, 2013

Legislation has passed House; set for Senate Committee vote

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Drivers License Bill Approved by the Senate

News article, March 25, 2013

Bill would improve lives, public safety

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Senate Passes Bill Decriminalizing Small Amounts of Marijuana

News article, March 19, 2013

Legislation now moves to the House

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ACLU Heralds Passage of Historic Death Penalty Repeal Legislation

News article, March 15, 2013

Group Has Worked for Decades with Partners to End Capital Punishment

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ACLU Advocates for Immigrants Rights Bills

News article, March 13, 2013

Group supports limited use drivers licenses and opposed E-Verify

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ACLU Opposes Bill to Put Police Officers in Every School

News article, February 28, 2013

Criminalizing Minor Discipline Issues Does More Harm Than Good

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ACLU Advocates for Marijuana Decriminalization

News article, February 27, 2013

Reform Needed to Reduce Bloated, Biased Prison System

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ACLU Testifies in Support of Same-Day Registration, Early Voting Expansion

News article, February 21, 2013

Legislation would improve access to voting

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ACLU Supports Universal Access to Driver Licenses for Maryland Residents

News article, February 20, 2013

The ACLU strongly supports this much-needed proposal because of the fundamental importance of driver's licenses to public safety and to individuals' ability to perform the most essential daily tasks.

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High Court Rejects Maryland State Police Effort to Block Disclosure of Records on Racial Profiling Complaints

News article, January 24, 2013

MSP must turn over records pertaining to racial profiling complaints under the state's public information law

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Ending the federal 287(g) program in MD

Legal case, November 28, 2012

ACLU calls on congressional leaders to ask DHS to end 287(g) program in Frederick County

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Maryland DNA collection of arrestees

Legal case, November 27, 2012

ACLU raises privacy, Fourth Amendment concerns about DNA collection without a warrant upon arrest

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ACLU of Maryland Extends Voter Hotline Hours for Early Voting: 1-888-496-ACLU

News article, October 31, 2012

20,000 Maryland Voter Empowerment Cards Distributed to Groups Across the State

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ACLU Distributing 20,000 Maryland Voter Empowerment Cards to Groups Across the State

News article, October 9, 2012

Voters can report problems on Election Day by calling hotline: 1-888-496-ACLU

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ACLU Pushes for Government Transparency, Accountability in Maryland State Police Racial Slur Case

News article, October 4, 2012

ACLU of Maryland today asked Maryland's Court of Special Appeals to overturn a lower court ruling permitting the department to shield all records of complaint investigations from public scrutiny.

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Court Hearing in Maryland State Police Racial Slur Case

News article, October 3, 2012

ACLU of Maryland is asking the Court of Special Appeals to overturn a lower court ruling permitting the department to shield all records of complaint investigations from public scrutiny.

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NAACP LDF: Baltimore Public Housing Families Win Settlement in Fair Housing Lawsuit

News article, August 24, 2012

Agreement Will Continue Successful Baltimore Housing Mobility Program

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Supreme Court Decision on Arizona Law Shows Maryland Was Right to Reject Anti-Immigrant Provisions

News article, June 25, 2012

Tide Has Already Turned in Maryland against "Show Me Your Papers"

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New Video Profiles Cutting Edge School Building Renovation

News article, May 31, 2012

Students at Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School Inspired by Allied Health Suite

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ACLU Appeals Ruling In State Police Racial Slur Case

News article, May 24, 2012

Public Has a Right to Know about Handling of Citizen Complaints, Group Says

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Baltimore Police Department Fails To Comply with Illegal Arrests Settlement

News article, April 30, 2012

Independent Auditor Report Reveals Refusal to Provide Arrest Info and More

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Illegal Arrests Lawsuit Against Baltimore Police Department

Legal case, April 26, 2012

ACLU works to ensure that reforms are fully implemented in the Baltimore City Police Department

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Redistricting: Ensuring Election Fairness

Legal case, April 10, 2012

ACLU is dedicated to realizing the promise of the Voting Rights Act for all Marylanders

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ACLU Speaks Out Against Arrest, Handcuffing of Young Children at Baltimore School

News article, March 30, 2012

BPD's actions are appalling and in violation of state regulations on school arrests

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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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Civil Rights Groups File Amicus Brief

News article, December 21, 2011

Counters Misinformation About Maryland’s "No Representation Without Population" Redistricting Law

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Amicus brief in support of "No Representation Without Population Act"

Legal case, December 2, 2011

The ACLU of Maryland and a coalition of local and national civil rights groups file an amicus brief to defend the "No Representation Without Population Act," Maryland’s first-in-the-nation voting rights law requiring the state to count incarcerated persons at their home addresses.

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Civil Rights Groups Take Stand for Maryland’s “Prisoners of the Census” Redistricting Law

News article, November 18, 2011

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Princess Anne Community to Come Together for Memorial, Discussion on the 78th Anniversary of George Armwood Lynching

News article, October 22, 2011

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Mardela Springs' property ownership requirement for local office

Legal case, October 11, 2011

The ACLU of Maryland demanded that officials in the small town of Mardela Springs immediately rescind an unconstitutional property ownership requirement for candidates for local office.

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Unconstitutional Hurlock voter ID proposal

Legal case, August 17, 2011

The ACLU of Maryland and the Dorchester County NAACP oppose proposed voter identification law in the town of Hurlock.

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ACLU Calls Proposed Hurlock Voter ID Law Unconstitutional, Discriminatory

News article, August 17, 2011

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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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ARCHIVE: Statement of ACLU-MD client Hassan Sader

News article, June 4, 2010

Statement of ACLU of Maryland client Hassan Sader on being racially profiled and wrongfully removed from an airline flight

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ARCHIVE: ACLU defends U.S. citizen removed from flight for appearing Muslim

News article, June 4, 2010

In 2002, the ACLU represented a U.S. Citizen of Moroccan descent removed from airline flight because he appeared Muslim

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ACLU, NAACP Celebrate Passage of “Prisoners of the Census” Redistricting Legislation

News article, April 13, 2010

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Dashiell v MSP: ACLU seeks public information about police racial slur complaint

Legal case, March 2, 2010

Maryland High Court Agrees to Hear Police Accountability Case

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Racial Disparities in Somerset County Employment

Legal case, May 17, 2009

ACLU released report, help organize task force to produce recommendations for reform

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