David McGuire, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, has been appointed to the Connecticut State Advisory Committee of the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights. His two-year term began May 16. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is an independent, bipartisan agency charged with studying and advising the president and Congress […]
Police departments will have to meet new standards for accepting complaints of misconduct under legislation that was prompted by an ACLU of Connecticut report and passed by the state legislature last week. Senate Bill 55, which Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is expected to sign into law, directs the Police Officer Standards and Training Council to […]
The state Senate passed House Bill 5389 on a 35-1 vote Wednesday night as the legislative session drew to a close, requiring police departments that use Tasers or other electronic weapons to adopt policies on their use and to track and report all incidents in which they are deployed. The House of Representatives passed the […]
A letter is often taken for granted, but not by prisoners when it is an essential lifeline to the outside world. “Prisoners live and die by that mail,” said author and former inmate Piper Kerman. It is “reassurance that there’s someone on the outside who cares about them.” When the correction system retains or refuses […]
Another person has died after being Tasered by police in Connecticut, bringing the number to at least 14 and prompting another call for statewide regulations of how police use electronic weapons. José Maldonado, 22, of Manchester died Sunday, shortly after East Hartford police Tasered him while he was being booked at the East Hartford police […]
A 16-year-old transgender girl was released from the adult prison in Niantic on June 24 after a public outcry that drew national attention to her imprisonment without charge.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed a Taser reform bill and a bill setting standards for accepting complaints of police misconduct, both strongly supported by the ACLU of Connecticut.