Criminal Justice

The ACLU of Connecticut works in many ways to improve the criminal justice system. We were at the forefront of the successful effort to repeal the death penalty in Connecticut and we continue to push for changes to the legal system to end punitive drug policies, eliminate racial injustices and reduce our high level of incarceration. We also work in the state’s prisons for humane and just treatment of inmates.

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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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 […]

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A bill designed to punish people who post ‘revenge porn’ on the Internet is written so loosely that it could interfere with the freedom of speech and of the press, Sandra Staub, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, told a legislative committee on Monday. She testified against Senate Bill 489, which […]

The state should require police to get a search warrant before putting a GPS device on a vehicle and should expand the warrant requirement to cover cellphone tracking, David McGuire, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, told the state legislature’s Judiciary Committee on Monday. McGuire testified in support of House Bill […]

For 27 years, Connecticut’s harsh drug-free zone law has punished minorities more severely than white people for the same crimes and has failed to protect urban children, David McGuire, staff attorney for the ACLU of Connecticut, told the state legislature’s Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. He testified in support of Senate Bill 259, which would shrink […]