Across the country, heavily armed Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams are forcing their way into people’s homes in the middle of the night, often deploying explosive devices such as flashbang grenades to temporarily blind and deafen residents.
Today, the United States has just 5% of the world’s population but nearly 25% of the world’s prisoners. But it has not always been this way.
The ACLU of Colorado had a very productive year in 2013-2014, with victories in free speech and criminal justice legal cases, significant progress on limiting the use of ICE detainers in county jails, and landmark legislation to end debtor’s prison practices and the warehousing of seriously mentaApril 1, 2014 Freedom of Expression & Religion Criminal Legal Reform Immigrants’ Rights
Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Colorado's continued warehousing of mentally ill prisoners in solitary confinement
This report examines past and continued use of solitary confinement by the Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC) to manage mentally ill prisoners; considers the moral, fiscal, safety and legal implications of CDOC’s continued warehousing of mentally ill prisoners in solitary confinement; andJune 1, 2013 Criminal Legal Reform
This report is the first to examine marijuana possession arrest rates by race for all 50 states (and the District of Columbia) and their respective counties from 2001 to 2010.