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News Release, Published: 
Thursday, June 7, 2018
The ACLU of Washington has filed a class-action civil rights lawsuit against Whatcom County and the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office for denying people with opioid use disorder (OUD) in the County Jail medications necessary to treat their addiction.

Can I Vote Flowchart?

Document, Published: 
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Can I vote in Washington with a criminal record? Use this chart to find out if you can register.

¿Puedo Votar? Esquema

Document, Published: 
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Esta tabla le ayudara a darse cuenta si una persona que tiene antecedentes penales es elegible para votar.

Voting Rights Restoration in Washington State

Document, Published: 
Monday, June 4, 2018
Under Washington law, individuals convicted of felonies that have their right to vote automatically restored as soon as they have completed incarceration and any community custody required by the Department of Corrections. This brochure briefly explains the law and answers frequently asked questions.  
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

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