We have been watching closely alongside the rest of Connecticut as the COVID-19 pandemic has touched every aspect of daily life. While the news is changing by the hour, we are committed to doing everything we can to safeguard the health, safety, and rights of all people in Connecticut, and to ensuring the State of Connecticut’s response protects vulnerable and marginalized people. We firmly believe any response to this pandemic must be grounded in science and public health. The ACLU of Connecticut will be watching closely to ensure the State of Connecticut’s response is scientifically justified and no more intrusive on civil liberties than absolutely necessary. 

Here you will find information about the ACLU of Connecticut's’s response to COVID-19, including recommendations and letters to public officials, statements, joint letters with other organizations, and blog updates — as well as other resources. Above all, the ACLU of Connecticut believes:

  • Any coronavirus response should be grounded in science and public health, and not be politicized
  • Any response plan must protect the health, safety, and civil liberties of all
  • State leaders should encourage voluntary compliance with self-isolation measures as much as possible
  • State leaders must pay particular attention to the most marginalized and vulnerable people in our society

Join us by taking action. Tell Governor Lamont to act now to protect incarcerated people from COVID-19.

Statements

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March 11 - ACLU of Connecticut Comment on State of Connecticut Response to COVID-19

March 12 - ACLU of Connecticut Urges State Officials to Use Existing Powers to Release People Awaiting Trial, Certain Other Incarcerated People During COVID-19 Pandemic

March 24 - ACLU of Connecticut Reaction to First Positive COVID-19 Test of a Connecticut Department of Correction Worker

March 27 - ACLU of Connecticut Sends Emergency Request to Connecticut Judicial Branch Seeking Temporary Rules Change to Reduce Pre-Trial Detention During COVID-19 Pandemic

March 30 - ACLU of Connecticut Reaction to First Positive COVID-19 Test of an Adult Incarcerated in Connecticut 

April 3 - ACLU of Connecticut Files Emergency Lawsuit to Force Governor, Commissioner of Corrections to Protect Incarcerated People from COVID-19

April 13 - ACLU of Connecticut Reacts to First Death from COVID-19 of a Person Incarcerated by the State of Connecticut

April 15 - ACLU of Connecticut Statement Regarding Today's Hearing in CCDLA et al v Lamont et al 

April 21 - ACLU of Connecticut Files Emergency Lawsuit to Force Governor, Commissioner of Correction to Protect Incarcerated People from COVID-19

April 21 - ACLU of Connecticut Statement Regarding Westport Drone COVID-19 Pilot Program

April 25 - ACLU of Connecticut Statement Regarding State Court Dismissal of Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers et al v Lamont et al

May 6 - Federal Court Allows Class Action Lawsuit (McPherson et al v Lamont et al) Seeking to Protect Incarcerated People from COVID-19 to proceed

Letters & Recommendations to Government Officials

Joint Letters

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Videos & Additional Resources

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Lawsuits