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Recent Activity

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

Group releases troubling BPD data on search results

Issues: Racial Justice Police Practices Due Process

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

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

Issues: Racial Justice Police Practices Due Process Juvenile Justice Criminal Justice

City Council’s “mean-spirited” panhandling bill unconstitutional

A bill to further restrict panhandling in downtown Baltimore is both unconstitutional and a violation of a consent decree.

Issues: Free Speech

Free Speech Rights Significantly Expanded in Baltimore's Inner Harbor

Settlement completed in lawsuit brought on behalf of peace group, The Women In Black

Issues: Free Speech

Poll: Majority of Maryland Voters Support Regulating and Taxing Marijuana; Only 38% Opposed

More than 2/3 support removing criminal penalties for marijuana possession and replacing them with a civil fine

Issues: Criminal Justice

ACLU, CASA Urge Police to Change ICE Warrant Policies

Recent court ruling bans arrest by local law enforcement

Issues: Immigrants' Rights Police Practices Criminal Justice

Illegality of "stop and frisk" practice by police not addressed by name change

ACLU public information request seeks answers about Baltimore Police stops and searches without reasonable suspicion.

Issues: Police Practices Open Government Due Process Juvenile Justice Criminal Justice

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

Hearing called by the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland

Issues: Racial Justice Disability Rights

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

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

Issues: Racial Justice Disability Rights

ACLU Releases License Plate Scanner Documents

Maryland Documents Show Over 85 Million Scan Records in 2012

Issues: Privacy & Technology Police Practices Open Government Due Process

ACLU of Maryland Applauds Passage of Immigration Reform In Congress

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

Issues: Immigrants' Rights Racial Justice Police Practices Due Process Prisoners' Rights

Supreme Court Declares Core Section of the "Defense of Marriage Act" Unconstitutional

ACLU of Maryland Joins to Hail Ruling Establishing Equality for Married Gay Couples Under Federal Law

Issues: LGBT Rights

Coalition Condemns Supreme Court Decision in Shelby County v Holder

"Serious blow to a pillar of our democracy"

Issues: Racial Justice Voting Rights and Elections

ACLU asks court to block Boardwalk ordinance silencing musicians

Federal court will hear testimony from musicians, acoustical expert

Issues: Free Speech

ACLU Report on Racial Disparities in Marijuana Arrests

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

Issues: Racial Justice Police Practices Due Process Criminal Justice

ACLU statement on Supreme Court decision on warrantless collection of DNA

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

Issues: Privacy & Technology Racial Justice Police Practices Due Process

ACLU Slams Montgomery County Schools For Refusing to Discuss How to Stop Pledge of Allegiance Harassment

County Needs to Ensure Policy is Followed in Schools

Issues: Free Speech Youth Rights

ACLU Urges DOJ to Reopen Wicomico Voting Rights Challenge

Wicomico leaders speak out for reform

Issues: Racial Justice Voting Rights and Elections

ACLU Heralds Signing of Bills Expanding Rights

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

Issues: Immigrants' Rights Racial Justice Due Process Voting Rights and Elections Prisoners' Rights Criminal Justice

ACLU Seeks to Add Former Anne Arundel Police Chief Teare as Defendant in "Enemies List" Lawsuit

Audio Tapes Released by the County Reveal Teare's Involvement, Compilation of Dossier on Karla Hamner

Issues: Free Speech Police Practices Open Government