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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.
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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.

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News Release, Published: 
Monday, May 7, 2018
The ACLU of Washington has sued the Washington Department of Early Learning (DEL) for imposing a blanket lifetime ban preventing anyone with a robbery conviction from working in childcare.  The ban applies no matter how long ago the conviction was, no matter the circumstances, and no matter how the applicant has turned around their life.
Published: 
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Civil liberties highlights from the 2018 Washington State Legislative Session
Published: 
Monday, March 12, 2018
America’s juvenile justice system was established more than 100 years ago with the goal of rehabilitating youth who break the law. It reflects the belief that children who commit offenses should have an opportunity to account for their wrongdoing, change their behavior, and become productive members of society. But since 1997 Washington courts have treated some youth differently under a law called "automatic decline."
News Release, Published: 
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
The Washington Legislature has passed a bill (E2SHB 1783) which will ensure that poor people are not unfairly jailed or tied for years to the criminal justice system because they are unable to pay court-imposed debts known as Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs).
Published: 
Monday, February 12, 2018
What if there was a criminal charge that was ineffective and unfair? And what if taxpayers were spending billions to enforce it?

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