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Groups Applaud Commissioner of Ed Ruling Barring Schools from Charging for Field Trips

Posted: Apr 24, 2019 |Category: Discrimination Rights of the Poor Students' Rights Youth Rights

The ACLU of RI and RI Legal Services today applauded a “guidance document” issued this month by RIDE Commissioner Ken Wagner barring school districts from charging students fees for school-sponsored field trips.

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ACLU and R.I. Legal Services Appeal Decision Undermining Rights of English Language Learners

Posted: Apr 11, 2019 |Category: Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Rights of the Disabled Immigration Students' Rights Youth Rights

Rhode Island Legal Services and the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island have appealed a state Commissioner of Education ruling on services to English Language Learners (EL) that the groups say violates federal law and significantly shortchanges the educational rights of EL students.

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Wyatt to House ICE Detainees; ACLU Raises Specter of the Death of Jason Ng

Posted: Mar 22, 2019 |Category: Civil Rights Criminal Justice Due Process Fair Administration of Justice

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has moved some detainees from facilities near the southern border of the US to Wyatt in Central Falls. News of the facility’s involvement is of particular concern  given the case of Jason Ng, a detainee who died in Wyatt custody in 2008. UPDATE (4/5/19): The newly constituted Wyatt Detention Facility Board voted to terminate its contract with ICE and have all ICE detainees moved out within 7 days. We are awaiting more information.

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Court Denies ACLU Motion Seeking Access to Pawtucket Police Misconduct Records

Posted: Mar 18, 2019 |Category: Active Case Open Government Police Practices

In a major blow to the public’s right to know, RI Superior Court Judge Melissa Long today ruled that the Pawtucket Police Department is not required, pending further court proceedings, to release reports of police officer misconduct that are generated by its Internal Affairs Division (IAD).

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ACLU Dismisses Lawsuit After Adequate Heat Restored at ACI Facility

Posted: Mar 15, 2019 |Category: Active Case Civil Rights Criminal Justice

The ACLU of Rhode Island today voluntarily dismissed a lawsuit filed against the RI Department of Corrections (DOC) in January.  After the suit was filed, the DOC took action to address the heating problems.

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Settlement Reached in Suit Against Woonsocket for Retaliating Against Domestic Violence Agency

Posted: Mar 14, 2019 |Category: Active Case Due Process Free Speech Open Government

The ACLU of RI today announced the settlement of a federal lawsuit against the City of Woonsocket for unlawfully withholding critically needed grant funds from Sojourner House, a social service agency that helps victims of domestic violence.

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ACLU and Progreso Latino Applaud Central Falls for Repealing Youth Curfew

Posted: Mar 12, 2019 |Category: Civil Rights Criminal Justice Police Practices Youth Rights

The ACLU and Progreso Latino issued the following statements regarding yesterday’s unanimous vote by the Central Falls City Council to repeal the City’s unjust youth curfew ordinance

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