• 07/08/14

    Teen Released After 77 Days in Prison Without Charge

    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. The girl, known as Jane Doe to protect her privacy, was incarcerated April 8 after the state Department of Children and Families, taking advantage of an obscure […]

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  • 06/20/14

    Taser Reform, Police Complaint Standards Become Law

    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed two important bills on police accountability that were at the forefront of the ACLU of Connecticut’s legislative agenda. Public Act 14-149, the first law of its kind in the nation, will require police departments to adopt a policy on Taser use at least as stringent as a model policy […]

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  • 05/29/14

    David McGuire Appointed to Civil Rights Committee

    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 […]

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  • 05/13/14

    Police Complaint Reform Bill Passes Legislature

    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 […]

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  • Taser Reform Bill Passes State Legislature

    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 […]

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