A class-action lawsuit charging Nevada with violating its constitutional responsibility to ensure all citizens receive equal treatment before the law is aimed at pushing the state to fix its “utterly failing” public defense system, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). It’s the eighth such suit launched by the ACLU against states and counties.
Nevada has “abdicated” its duty under the Constitution to ensure rigorous legal representation for indigent defendants, according to a class-action suit filed today by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
According to a joint report released by the Prison Policy Initiative and the ACLU, 60% of women in jail have not been convicted of a crime and are awaiting trial. Incarcerated women have lower incomes than incarcerated men, and have a harder time affording cash bail, say the report’s authors.
About 25 Missouri Highway Patrol troopers will be policing the interstate highways in St. Louis as part of Gov. Eric Greitens’ initiatives to combat crime in the city. Civil rights groups worry about racial profiling by the troopers, a persistent problem in the state.
A report issued last week by the American Civil Liberties Union implores the business community to put people with criminal records– that’s one-third of adults in the U.S.– back to work, for the good of the economy.
Louisiana leads the nation in incarceration rates, with most of those imprisoned African Americans. One reason is the state’s post-Civil War practice of allowing non-unanimous jury verdicts—but some reformers are pressing for change.
In a special report, the ACLU and Color of Change say just nine insurers underwrite the majority of bonds issued in the U.S. Another report from Texas A&M University , which compares pretrial strategies in two Texas counties, says “automated risk-assessment” tools are fairer for defendants, cost less and improve public safety.
Citing fear over church and school shootings, a megachurch near Birmingham seeks the right to hire its own police officers “to protect the safety and integrity of the church and its ministries.” The ACLU predicts that any law allowing a church-based police force would be struck down as unconstitutional.