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.

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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 22, 2016 CONTACT: Meghan Smith, Another person has died after a SWAT raid in Connecticut, prompting the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut to call for increased oversight and reporting requirements regarding SWAT units. On Monday night, the Stamford Police Department Special Response Team, a SWAT unit, shot and killed […]

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As a voice for freedom and equality, our legislative priorities include promoting and preserving civil liberties for all. Through state legislative advocacy, we aim to defend and extend key constitutional principles, including privacy, justice, and democracy. The bills below represent just some of the issues of interest to the ACLU of Connecticut in 2016. Criminal […]

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“The ACLU-CT expresses its support of the Governor’s proposal to raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction through age 20 but also seeks to ensure that there be open access to the courts consistent with public and press rights under the U.S. and Connecticut Constitutions.”

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