Stories from the ACLU of Washington

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Microsoft President Brad Smith has acknowledged that widespread adoption of facial recognition technology (or face surveillance) carries significant risks. Underlying Smith’s proposals is the assumption that widespread adoption of face surveillance technology is simply inevitable, and that society must find a way to deal with the consequences. What first must be decided now is not how to make face surveillance less bad, but whether we want it at all.
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Friday, November 30, 2018
We issued a minority report opposing a task force recommendation to fund school police and instead recommend interventions to create a positive school climate and additional student supports.
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Voters often overlook this local election, but it’s a key way to curb mass incarceration. What few people realize is that prosecuting attorneys play a leading role in shaping the criminal system— and that voters in their communities elect them to the job.
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Friday, October 26, 2018
Last year, more people died in encounters with police in Washington state than in 45 other states in the country. On election day, Washington voters will have the chance to change that.
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Friday, September 7, 2018
A federal court will hear oral arguments today in a lawsuit the ACLU of Washington filed to uphold the free-speech rights of an immigrant being detained at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma.
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Monday, June 18, 2018
Amazon has an opportunity to be a good corporate citizen by listening to the voices of vulnerable communities that will be impacted by face surveillance systems and stop sales of this technology to the government.
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Wednesday, May 9, 2018
To adopt a public health approach to the opioid epidemic, communities must stop relying on law enforcement and outdated treatment models
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Thursday, April 26, 2018
Embedding mental health professionals in law enforcement teams saves lives.
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Friday, March 23, 2018
A rule proposed by Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services would let health care providers use their religious beliefs to justify turning away patients in need.
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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."

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