Racial Justice

From the landmark Sheff v. O’Neill case seeking equal educational opportunities and racial desegregation in our schools to the fight against racial profiling and discriminatory drug laws, the ACLU of Connecticut stands for the equal treatment of all people.

A new report indicates that the likelihood police will search a car in Connecticut correlates directly to the color of the driver’s skin, and that minority drivers are more likely to be stopped in the first place, particularly in some towns and cities. The Traffic Stop Data Report by the Institute for Municipal and Regional […]

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 […]

After an initial disagreement over an annual racial profiling report presented to the Manchester Board of Directors by the Manchester police chief, the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut and the town of Manchester established a consensus on the importance of better data on traffic stops and race to making any conclusions valid. “We all […]

The Manchester Police Department used invalid methodology and unsupported conclusions in a report purporting to analyze racial profiling by its officers. “The data provided in the report show, if anything, the opposite of the stated conclusion,” said Sandra Staub, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut.

Connecticut must stop sentencing juveniles to life in prison without the possibility of parole in order to conform to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that banned the practice, ACLU of Connecticut Legal Director Sandra Staub wrote in testimony for the state Sentencing Commission The commission, which is again considering recommendations to change Connecticut’s sentencing laws, […]