The War on Marijuana is a War on Equality
When it comes to marijuana arrests, D.C. is one of the worst offenders in the country, with a higher arrest rate, more racially biased arrests and more money spent than almost any other jurisdiction. Aggressive enforcement of marijuana laws does not diminish use or availability, and money could be better spent invested in our communities to enhance public health and safety, drug treatment programs, and police-community relations.
D.C. Attorney General Is Seeking Unnecessary and Unwise Expansion of His Powers -- ACLU Tells CouncilApril 14, 2013
The ACLU of the Nation’s Capital on April 11 filed a federal lawsuit against MPD Officer David E. Bailey, Jr., assigned to the Seventh District. The suit says the officer for no reason assaulted a 10-year-old boy in his elementary school in Southeast D.C. a year ago.
ACLU Hails Proposed D.C. Law to Strengthen Protection Against Police Suggestive Lineups, Raps Second Proposal to Release Police Booking PhotographsMarch 23, 2013
ACLU green-lighted proposals before the D.C. Council that would improve police lineups and bring local rules in line with best practices nationwide that are reducing false eyewitness identifications, the biggest source of wrongful convictions. The ACLU also joined a chorus speaking against a plan to let anyone get booking photos from D.C. police.
ACLU Witnesses Testify to Annual Oversight Hearings of the D.C. Council on Performance Issues in 2012 in Agencies of D.C. Government (UPDATED)March 02, 2013
ACLU witnesses reported important facts and legal concerns about fire and police departments and about public schools to six 2013 D.C. Council oversight hearings in February and March.
ACLU Calls on Schools to Reverse Course on Barring Parents, Keeping Budget Secret; and Not to Adopt Punishing Approaches to Truants and FamiliesFebruary 25, 2013
ACLU testimony to the oversight hearing of the D.C. Council on the public schools February 22, 2012, highlighted ways the schools likely alienate, rather than draw in, the District’s students and their families.
ACLU Files Disability Discrimination Lawsuit Against District of Columbia: Department of Corrections Denied Accommodation to Deaf PrisonerFebruary 04, 2013
A profoundly deaf D.C. resident, William Pierce, on February 1, 2013, filed a lawsuit against the District of Columbia for disability-based discrimination during two months he spent in a D.C. jail. Pierce, represented by the ACLU, says he was largely unable to communicate with those around him for lack of an interpreter for key interactions with guards and medical staff and with family and friends in the community for lack of modern communications devices for the deaf.
Responding to concerns raised by the ACLU in two eleventh-hour letters, the D.C. Council in its final session of the 2012 term put aside legislation that would have made sweeping change in the law governing warrantless arrests for minor crimes in the District.
In testimony December 19 on the first budget hearing on the public schools’ budget for 2013-14, we told schools’ Chancellor Kaya Henderson from our experience “it is almost impossible for a member of the public to have timely access to the full DCPS budget.”
ACLU of the Nation's Capital invites law students interested in public interest lawyering to apply for summer internships. Work on civil liberties litigation and legislation to help the community of Washington, DC.