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The Bill of Rights protects us against suspicionless searches and seizures. It guarantees due process to individuals who are accused of crimes and humane treatment to those who are incarcerated. The ACLU works to ensure that our criminal justice system indeed is just.
Stop the school to prison pipeline
Washington Needs Bail Reform:  Download No Money, No Freedom
Driven to Fail: Exposing the costs & ineffectiveness of Washington's most commonly charged crime
The death penalty is arbitrary, unfair, and racially biased.  The ACLU of Washington argued before the Washington Supreme Court to end it.


Friday, July 12, 2024
Let’s examine what anti-camping laws are, the effects of their enforcement, and discuss alternatives that address the ongoing crisis of homelessness more compassionately and effectively.
Wednesday, May 1, 2024
We are facing real threats to our communities, our freedoms, and our democracy. In this climate, positive change can seem like a fairy tale. It can be when you work alone. But we can make lasting progress when we rely on each other.
Friday, March 29, 2024
Reflecting on the 2024 legislative session and sustaining hope for transformative sentencing reform
Tuesday, February 27, 2024
A look at how the criminal legal system is more complex that "good guys" versus "bad guys."
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Tuesday, February 13, 2024
HB 2065 will align the judicial system with established science around brain development and adolescent behavior, reflect best practices in sentencing, and begin to rectify the vast racial disparities in Washington’s sentencing system.
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Monday, February 5, 2024
Like many community partners, we are disappointed that King County has announced the decision to delay the closing of the youth jail past the year 2025.
Friday, January 12, 2024
Our 2024 legislative priorities promote public safety and lead with racial justice
Friday, January 5, 2024
How to align our criminal legal system with the best science available
Thursday, December 21, 2023
The importance of community in caretaking.
Wednesday, December 6, 2023
HB 1445, The Attorney General (AG) Civil Rights Investigations and Reform bill, addresses systemic failures in police departments.