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 death penalty is a barbaric practice that has been a tool of racial injustice. We applaud the Connecticut supreme court for standing by its decision that the death penalty constitutes cruel and unusual punishment,” said Dan Barrett, Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut.

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The ACLU-CT spoke out for privacy, criminal justice reform, and more during the 2016 legislative session. Here are seven civil liberties bills that passed the legislature and are on to Governor Malloy’s desk.

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“Our Constitution guarantees equality and justice for all people, and this bill will help Connecticut to make good on that promise. At a time when one in three American adults has a criminal record and 95% of people in state prisons will be released, the Fair Chance Employment Act is a far-sighted bill that will change lives.”

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Advocates like Rafael, Nelson, Anderson, and Jonathan are sharing their stories to support the Connecticut Fair Chance Employment Act. We sat down to ask them what “justice” and a fair chance mean to them. Here is what they had to say…

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The following is a statement from David McGuire, Legislative and Policy Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, regarding today’s announcement of a $2.5 million grant to the State of Connecticut from the Safety & Justice Initiative of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The grant will support criminal justice initiatives […]

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