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ACLU of RI Statement on the “Crush Covid RI” Contact Tracing App

Posted: May 19, 2020 |Category: Active Case COVID-19 Open Government Privacy

The following statement was issued today by ACLU of Rhode Island executive director Steven Brown on the Governor’s announcement and release of the “Crush Covid RI” app.

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ACLU Class-Action Lawsuit Seeks Release for all ICE Detainees at Wyatt Detention Center

Posted: May 15, 2020 |Category: COVID-19 Immigration

The ACLU today filed an emergency class-action lawsuit seeking the release, with appropriate conditions, of all ICE detainees at the Wyatt Detention Center due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 at the facility and the extremely serious medical risks it poses to the detainees.

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ACLU Settles Latest UHIP-Related Lawsuit Dealing with Inadequate Notices Provided SNAP Recipients

Posted: May 11, 2020 |Category: Discrimination Rights of the Poor Due Process

The ACLUof RI has settled its third, and latest, class-action lawsuit against the Department of Human Services related to the state’s UHIP computer system.

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ACLU Files APRA Request for Info About State Plans to Address Possible COVID-19 Outbreak at ACI

Posted: Apr 29, 2020 |Category: COVID-19 Criminal Justice Open Government

The ACLU of RI has filed an Access to Public Records Act request with state officials to obtain information about Rhode Island’s plans to address a likely, and potentially catastrophic, outbreak of COVID-19 at the ACI.

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Court Orders Release from Wyatt Detention Center of Two Immigrants Especially Vulnerable to COVID-19

Posted: Apr 24, 2020 |Category: COVID-19 Immigration

Ruling on an emergency ACLU lawsuit, a federal judge has ordered the prompt release of two immigrants being detained at the Wyatt Detention Center who are at high risk for serious illness or death in the event of COVID-19 infection.

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Black People in Ocean State 3.3 Times More Likely to be Arrested for Pot Possession than Whites

Posted: Apr 20, 2020 |Category: Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Police Practices The "War on Drugs"

The ACLU released a report showing that Black people in Rhode Island are 3.3 times more likely than white people to be arrested for marijuana possession despite comparable marijuana usage rates among the two racial groups.

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ACLU Sues ICE for Release from Wyatt of Three Immigrants Especially Vulnerable to COVID-19

Posted: Apr 18, 2020 |Category: Active Case COVID-19 Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Immigration

The ACLU has filed an emergency lawsuit seeking the release of three immigrants being detained at the Wyatt Detention Center who are at high risk for serious illness or death in the event of COVID-19 infection.

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