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The Cost of Imprisoning America's Poor

731,000 That's the number of people imprisoned in America's jails "on any given day," according to the Vera Institute of Justice's new report on America's swollen jail system. While too little attention has been paid to the size andShow More Summary

ACLU-Obtained Documents Reveal Breadth of Secretive Stingray Use in Florida

The ACLU is releasing records today obtained from law enforcement agencies across Florida about their acquisition and use of sophisticated cell phone location tracking devices known as “Stingrays.” These records provide the most detailed account to date of how law enforcement agencies across a single state are relying on the technology. Show More Summary

Not One More

Her name was Lamia Beard. She was from Virginia. Her name was Taja DeJesus. She was from California. Her name was Penny Proud. She was from Louisiana. Her name was Ty Underwood. She was from Texas. Her name was Yazmin Vash Payne. She was from California. Her name was Bri Golec. Show More Summary

Shouldn't You Be Able To See the Secret Surveillance Orders That Could Put You in Prison?

The Supreme Court is set to decide tomorrow whether it will hear a case concerning criminal defendants' right to see surveillance applications approved by the secret FISA court. The case, United States v. Daoud, has broad implications...Show More Summary

VICTORY! U.S. Jury Awards $14 Million to Indian Guest Workers in Historic Labor Trafficking Case

Five victims of a massive human trafficking scheme were awarded $14 million by a federal jury in New Orleans today, the largest amount ever awarded by a jury in a labor trafficking case. The historic decision comes in a lawsuit against...Show More Summary

UPS Does the Right Thing by Its Pregnant Employees

"Go home – you're useless to us right now." These are harsh words no one wants to hear from their employer. But this was exactly what a UPS employee heard from her supervisor last fall when she informed him that she was pregnant andShow More Summary

Replacing the Noose With a Needle: The Legacy of Lynching in the United States

Ida B. Wells said it best, "Our country's national crime is lynching." Last week, we were reminded of this when the Equal Justice Initiative released its report, "Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror." A gruesome...Show More Summary

Will White House Violent Extremism Summit Address Pressing Civil Rights Concerns?

Should the federal government task teachers, religious leaders, and mental health professionals with rating and reporting to law enforcement about the strength of a family's parent-child bond? A child's involvement in religious activities...Show More Summary

The Obama Administration's Two Faces on Releasing Evidence of U.S. Prisoner Abuse

There is too often a gap between the Obama administration's words and deeds when it comes to transparency on national security issues. Take, for example, whether the government should release information about the abuse of prisoners in U.S. Show More Summary

Myriad Genetics Relents on Gene Patents, But Will the Patent Office Stop Issuing Patents on Products of Nature?

It looks like the courts have finally put an end to Myriad Genetics' attempts to monopolize our genes. Following decisions striking down its gene patents from the U.S. Supreme Court, a Utah federal district court, and a federal court...Show More Summary

Annotated: Obama’s Proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against ISIS

President Obama just sent Congress his proposed legislation to authorize his use of military force against ISIS. An Authorization for the Use of Military Force against the group is long overdue given that the president has been conducting airstrikes against the group since last summer. Show More Summary

Thanks to President Obama, My American Dream Won't Become a Nightmare

This is my family's American Dream story. I am a divorced, single mother, and an undocumented immigrant. I have resided in the United States for almost 30 years. We came from Pakistan, a country known for its government abuse, torture, and violence against women. Show More Summary

ACLU to UN: Encryption is Not A Problem to be Solved, But a Crucial Tool For Freedom and Security

A few weeks ago, a U.N. Special Rapporteur solicited comments for a report on the relationship between free expression and the use of encryption and anonymity online. The report that he is writing will be submitted to the Human Rights...Show More Summary

Would You Like Some (More) Sexism With That?

There's been a great deal of interest in the case I blogged about last week, in which Angela Ames, a Nationwide Insurance worker alleged that she was denied a place to pump breast milk when she returned to work from maternity leave,Show More Summary

Et Tu, Detroit?

Senator Edward Markey (D, Mass.) has again obtained and released information about the privacy practices of private companies in a sensitive area, this time in the form of a report on the practices of automobile manufacturers. According...Show More Summary

This Prisoner's Note Isn't From Some Dystopian Dictatorship. It's From Texas.

Every day from dusk to dawn there's noise, banging, clanking, yelling, screaming. Everyday someone is getting hurt or hurting themselves. Everyday there's fire and floods and complete chaos & hate…Every day is a challenge here. A challenge...Show More Summary

Heterosexuals Only: Sign of the Times?

The Associated Press published a poll yesterday that reported many Americans say it's okay for wedding-related businesses to refuse to provide service to same-sex couples based on religious views. Ouch. That amounts, in essence, to blessing...Show More Summary

Congress Lines Up 3 Bills to Protect Our Emails From Unwarranted Government Intrusion

This blog was originally posted on ? Bipartisan legislation introduced this week in congress by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Ted Poe (R-Texas), and Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) would require police and federal law enforcement to obtain warrants before reading our emails or tracking our physical locations, barring some exemptions. Show More Summary

A Free, Federal College Education - But Mostly For Men

West Point, the Naval Academy in Annapolis, and the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs are all top-tier educational institutions owned and operated at taxpayer expense by the United States government. They provide an elite education and leadership training to some of the best and brightest students free of charge. Show More Summary

License Plate Scanners Also Taking Photos of Drivers and Passengers

The Drug Enforcement Agency is using its license plate reader program not only to track drivers’ locations, but also to photograph these drivers and their passengers, according to newly disclosed records obtained by the ACLU via a Freedom...Show More Summary

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