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Recent Activity

ACLU Raises First Amendment Concerns about Baltimore County Animal Shelter

Restrictions on taking photos, raising concerns

Issues: Free Speech

Appeals Court Reinstates ACLU Challenge to State Police Secrecy in Racial Slur Case

Police cannot refuse to let the public see records about how they are policing themselves

Issues: Police Practices Open Government

ACLU Demands Justice for Stylist Fired by Hair Cuttery Over HIV Status

Groups asks state licensing agency to clarify regulations

Issues: LGBT Rights Disability Rights

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

Calls on other Maryland counties to reform ICE detainer policies

Issues: Immigrants' Rights Racial Justice Police Practices Due Process

Maryland Decriminalization Bill to Take Effect

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

Issues: Racial Justice Criminal Justice

ACLU Stands Up for Pregnant Workers’ Rights at the Supreme Court

Maryland Passed Law Protecting Pregnant Women Against Workplace Discrimination in 2013

Issues: Women's Rights Reproductive Freedom

ACLU, CASA de Maryland Hail New Immigration Detainer Policy Issued by Governor O'Malley

State-run Baltimore jail will stop honoring most ICE detainers

Issues: Immigrants' Rights

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

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

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

Groups Thank Governor O'Malley for Leadership on Child Refugee Crisis

Letter offers help in welcoming children to our state

Issues: Immigrants' Rights Youth Rights Due Process

Montgomery County Council Urges State to Decriminalize Possession of Marijuana Paraphernalia

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

Issues: Racial Justice Police Practices Criminal Justice

ACLU takes action for political free speech in Hancock, MD

New charter amendment sets unconstitutional durational limits for campaign signs

Issues: Free Speech Voting Rights and Elections

Supreme Court Allows Private Companies to Discriminate Against Employees by Denying Contraception Coverage

Employers Allowed to Use Religious Beliefs to Refuse to Comply With Law Requiring Contraception Coverage

Issues: Religious Liberty Women's Rights Reproductive Freedom

ACLU raises constitutional problem with detention centers

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

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

Civil Rights and Youth Groups Offer Alternative to Proposed Curfew Expansion

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

Issues: Racial Justice Police Practices Youth Rights Juvenile Justice Criminal Justice

ACLU Weighs in on Baltimore Police Taser Policies

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

Issues: Racial Justice Police Practices Criminal Justice

ACLU Raises Concerns with Far-Reaching Youth Curfew Proposal in Baltimore City

Courts around the country have struck down as unconstitutional less extreme curfews laws

Issues: Police Practices Youth Rights Due Process Juvenile Justice Criminal Justice

Coalition responds to effort to petition Fairness for All Marylanders Act to referendum

Get the facts about the important new law

Issues: LGBT Rights

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

Governor O'Malley signs five ACLU priority bills into law

Issues: Free Speech Privacy & Technology Safe and Free Racial Justice Police Practices Due Process Juvenile Justice Criminal Justice Women's Rights Reproductive Freedom

Maryland Senate Gives Final Approval to Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

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

Issues: Racial Justice Juvenile Justice Criminal Justice

House Approves Amended Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Bill would make possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil offense.

Issues: Criminal Justice