The ACLU Is at the UN Tomorrow to Testify on the Horrific Human Rights Record of US Private Prison Companies

The ACLU is staunchly against prison privatization, and we’re taking our case to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. On April 13, private prison company GEO Group announced its first new contract to detain immigrants under the Trump administration: a 1,000-bed detention center that will be built in Conroe, Texas, just north of Houston and…

Anti-LGBT Forces in Congress Are Giving Trump Very Bad Advice

And if he takes their advice, we’ll see him in court. Several dozen Republican members of the House of Representatives are urging President Trump to issue an unconstitutional executive order that would authorize wide-ranging, taxpayer-funded discrimination against LGBT people, women, and religious minorities. A draft of the EO that leaked earlier this year would allow…

We All Need to Defend Speech We Hate

Controversial, critical, confrontational, and challenging speech is an essential part of any successful college education. This piece originally appeared at Inside Sources.  Controversial, critical, confrontational, and challenging speech is an essential part of any successful college education. Without it, institutions of higher education cannot truly be said to be preparing students for the world outside of…

In Time for the Reform Debate, New Documents Shed Light on the Government’s Surveillance of Americans

Congress can rein in warrantless spying by enacting significant reforms to an important surveillance law. The ACLU today released more than a dozen new documents concerning the government’s warrantless surveillance of millions of Americans. They were obtained from several intelligence agencies in an ongoing Freedom of Information Act lawsuit and relate to Section 702 of…

Donald Trump Has Free Speech Rights, Too

Demagoguery, fury, and assault in a crowded theater… is this incitement? Few organizations have been more engaged in fighting President Donald Trump’s attacks on civil liberties and civil rights than the ACLU. But it’s important to remember that political candidates — including Donald Trump — have constitutional rights, too. A judge recently held that Donald…

I Spent More Than 6 Years in Prison. Now I’m Deputy Director of the ACLU’s Campaign for Smart Justice.

The Smart Justice Campaign’s 50-state plan will be a driving force in ending mass incarceration in the U.S. In January 2000, I was released from a Pennsylvania state prison after serving six-and-a-half years. In 1994, I had pled guilty to criminal charges of robbery, kidnapping, criminal conspiracy, and violation of the Uniformed Firearms Act. In…