Criminal Justice

The Bill of Rights protects all people, including suspects, defendants, offenders, prisoners and undocumented immigrants. All too often, the rights of those involved in the criminal justice system are compromised or ignored. The ACLU is working to reform the criminal justice system and make the promise of fair treatment a reality for all people.

ACLU Hails New State Supreme Court Rules Aimed at Ending Debtors’ Prisons

ACLU Hails New State Supreme Court Rules Aimed at Ending Debtors’ Prisons

2016-05-26 00:00:00

LANSING—In a severe blow to the illegal “pay-or-stay” sentencing practices being challenged by the ACLU of Michigan and other groups, the state Supreme Court today announced a series of amendments to court rules designed to ensure that individuals are no longer jailed simply because they’re too poor to pay court costs.

Lansing Watchdog: Fighting for a Second Chance for Juvenile Lifers

Lansing Watchdog: Fighting for a Second Chance for Juvenile Lifers

2016-05-17 00:00:00

ACLU at the Michigan Capitol – May 16, 2016

In January 2016, the U.S.. Supreme Court settled an outstanding question in the interpretation of their series of promising opinions addressing the moral and legal question of whether juvenile defendants in our criminal justice system should be treated in the same manner as adults. 

In re Anderson: The Fight to End Debtor's Prisons in Michigan

In re Anderson: The Fight to End Debtor's Prisons in Michigan

2016-03-09 00:00:00

DETROIT — Striking a major blow against unconstitutional “pay or stay” sentencing practices, the Macomb County Circuit Court entered a final order yesterday requiring an Eastpointe judge to stop jailing indigent defendants who fail to pay court fees and fines before first determining whether they have the ability to pay.

Lansing Watchdog: Marching Toward Smart Justice

Lansing Watchdog: Marching Toward Smart Justice

2016-03-07 00:00:00

ACLU at the Michigan Capitol – March 7, 2016

Google "mass incarceration" and you get seemingly countless hits. Our massive prison population is the issue occupying the focus of state legislatures across the country, driving complicated and multi-faceted campaigns to reduce the percentage of state budgets that go toward locking up way too many citizens for way too long.

Lansing Watchdog: Strange Bedfellows Becoming More Commonplace in Lansing

Lansing Watchdog: Strange Bedfellows Becoming More Commonplace in Lansing

2016-02-24 00:00:00

ACLU at the Michigan Capitol – February 22, 2016

Working as a lobbyist for a principled, multi-issue, multi-disciplinary civil rights organization can be daunting at times; juggling the various issues and the cast of interested parties each fighting to advance our own policy position.  It’s definitely part of the excitement. My work is uniquely rewarding, though, when we can align with those interested parties with whom we are traditionally in opposition.

Michigan 'Youth in Prison' Bills to Rehab Juvenile Sentencing

Michigan 'Youth in Prison' Bills to Rehab Juvenile Sentencing

2016-02-15 00:00:00

Hopeful, promising change is in the works for children in Michigan's criminal justice system being sentenced as adults. Currently being vetted in the Michigan House of Representatives is the "Youth in Prison" bill package—a package of 21 bi-partisan bills, HB 4947-4966, aimed at keeping youth out of our adult criminal justice system.

In a conversation I had with State Rep. Harvey Santana (D), who is spearheading the legislative effort, he explained that Michigan is "one of nine states" that still tries to convict juveniles as adults.

Hope for Michigan Juveniles Condemned to Die Behind Bars

Hope for Michigan Juveniles Condemned to Die Behind Bars

2016-01-26 00:00:00

Matthew Bentley was 14 years old in 1997 when he broke into a house he thought was unoccupied. While rummaging for valuables, he was confronted by the owner. That's when Matthew shot and killed her with a gun he found in the house.

At the time of his crime, Matthew couldn't legally smoke, drive or join the military, but he would receive a mandatory adult sentence — life without the possibility of parole.

Panhandling Banned in Waterford Township

Panhandling Banned in Waterford Township

2014-06-26 00:00:00

Despite the courts being clear that it is unconstitutional to prohibit panhandling on a public sidewalk, a number of municipalities continue to enforce local anti-begging ordinances. In Waterford Township, Tiffany Cuthrell and her boyfriend were hoping to visit family out of state, but they were short on funds, so Tiffany stood on a sidewalk with a sign that said “In Love, Out of Gas,” while her boyfriend played guitar. Although soliciting donations has long been recognized as a form of speech protected by the First Amendment, a police officer ticketed Tiffany and charged her with a crime f

Modern-Day Debtors’ Prisons

Modern-Day Debtors’ Prisons

2015-07-09 00:00:00

The Supreme Court ruled decades ago that it is unconstitutional to jail a person for failure to pay a debt that she or he cannot afford. However, the ACLU of Michigan has documented through repeated court watching efforts that numerous judges throughout Michigan are jailing poor people on “pay or stay” sentences—sentences where individuals who are found guilty of a crime are sent to jail if they cannot immediately pay large fines and costs levied by the court. In order to draw attention to this problem, the ACLU has represented indigent individuals throughout the state in appealing their “p

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DETROIT — Striking a major blow against unconstitutional “pay or stay” sentencing practices, the Macomb County Circuit Court entered a final order yesterday...
September 17, 2015
In 2014 the ACLU of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit against the FBI for stigmatizing all fans of a popular hip hop and rap group as a “gang.” Dedicated fans...
September 01, 2015
Many employers require job applicants to disclose past convictions on their job applications.  Although this information may sometimes be relevant to a job...
Kary Moss, ACLU of Michigan executive director, issued the following statement today after Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced her decision to clear...
July 09, 2015
The Supreme Court ruled decades ago that it is unconstitutional to jail a person for failure to pay a debt that she or he cannot afford. However, the ACLU of...
June 17, 2015
Each year since 2012, the Detroit City Council has passed “emergency” ordinances making it a crime for minors to leave their homes without their parents after...
May 18, 2015 SORA, sex offender registry
In a landmark win for civil liberties, a federal judge deciding an ACLU of Michigan lawsuit against the state ruled in April that key components of the...
College students Chris Waechter and Gabe Novak were told by Saugatuck police officers and other city officials that they were prohibited from playing music, or...
March 23, 2015
The United States is the only country in the world that sentences juveniles to life in prison without the possibility of parole. This inhumane practice is...
December 19, 2014 Racial Justice
As part of our school-to-prison pipeline work, the ACLU of Michigan filed a public records request with the Detroit Public Schools seeking, among other things...
October 27, 2014
In a brutal execution-style killing captured on video in July 2012, eight Saginaw police officers took the life of Milton Hall, a 49-year-old, African American...
October 15, 2014
When Frederick Cunningham was convicted of a drug offense, he was also charged $1000 in unspecified court costs. Allegan County used the money it collected...
September 26, 2014
The Sixth Amendment guarantees that poor people who are accused of a crime and facing jail time have the right to court-appointed counsel. In February 2014...
June 26, 2014
Despite the courts being clear that it is unconstitutional to prohibit panhandling on a public sidewalk, a number of municipalities continue to enforce local...
June 23, 2014
Before courts recognized that abusive interrogation techniques could easily lead to a false confession and a miscarriage of justice, police routinely...
June 16, 2014
African Americans constitute 13 percent of the U.S. population, but 40 percent of U.S. prisoners. Black males are jailed at a rate of more than 6.5 times that...
June 12, 2014
Public housing for people in need is financed by the federal government and administered by the state through the Section 8 voucher program. Federal law...
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to reconsider its decision to not prosecute the Saginaw police...
December 20, 2013
Once a criminal defendant loses an appeal, there are certain circumstances under which he or she can invoke to go back to the trial court and seek relief by...
September 24, 2013
Michigan’s Central Registry for Child Abuse and Neglect is supposed to protect children by ensuring that individuals who are a threat to children do not work...
August 14, 2013
In difficult economic times, one would hope that the government would take measures to assist the poor and homeless. In Grand Rapids, however, the ACLU of...
July 16, 2013
For decades, leaders in the state have recognized that Michigan’s system of representing poor individuals accused of crimes is broken. In 2007, the ACLU filed...
For decades, leaders in the state have recognized that Michigan’s system of representing poor individuals accused of crimes is broken. Michigan provides no...
March 21, 2013
After cross-town rivals Huron High School and Pioneer High School squared off in an Ann Arbor football game in October 2012, the traditional mid-field...
January 11, 2013
In December 2012 LaRue Ford, a social worker with no criminal record, attempted to take care of an unpaid traffic ticket from Berrien County so she could...
August 19, 2006 Prisoner Rights
Detroit — In an American Civil Liberties Union case, a federal court today ruled that the Bush administration’s program to monitor the phone calls and e-mails...
Detroit — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the Michigan law denying legal representation to poor people in a criminal appeal is unconstitutional. The...
April 10, 2014
The ACLU maintains a presence in Lansing that enables us to pass policies that expand civil liberties or prevent the passage of policies that are hostile to...
April 10, 2014
The ACLU maintains a presence in Lansing that enables us to pass policies that expand civil liberties or prevent the passage of policies that are hostile to...
The Campaign for Smart Justice focuses its work on the “front end” of the criminal justice system—from policing to sentencing— seeking to end excessively harsh...
July 21, 2015 App
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LANSING—In a severe blow to the illegal “pay-or-stay” sentencing practices being challenged by the ACLU of Michigan and other groups, the state Supreme Court...
DETROIT — Striking a major blow against unconstitutional “pay or stay” sentencing practices, the Macomb County Circuit Court entered a final order yesterday...
LANSING--The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today announced the launch of a new project aimed at reducing the state’s incarceration rate, which is...
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. detested violence. Nevertheless, during the month when we commemorate his birth, we must face the fact that black males between the...
DETROIT--As Detroit civil-rights activists prepare to protest the recent fatal shooting of an unarmed Detroit man by a Dearborn police officer, the ACLU of...
December 02, 2015 pay-or-stay, debtors prisons
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is lauding a state Supreme Court proposal that could end unconstitutional "pay-or-stay" sentencing practices in...
ACLU at the Michigan Capitol – November 2, 2015 Bipartisanship is flourishing lately. Not so much among our elected officials – unsurprising given that...
November 02, 2015 Criminal Justice
The ACLU of Michigan has been working to abolish modern-day debtors’ prisons for the past seven years. As part of this work, I have observed courts and...
FOR IMMEDIATE USE October 30, 2015   CONTACT: Darrell Dawsey, ACLU of Michigan, 313-578-6831; ddawsey@aclumich.org DETROIT—As part of the ACLU of Michigan’...
October 23, 2015
While the practice of criminal forfeiture is widely accepted as legitimate, civil forfeiture has proven to be far more troublesome as a threat to our freedom....
David Stojcevski died, gasping for breath, naked on the cement floor of his cell at the Macomb County Jail, while his jailors watched the life ebb out of him...
DETROIT—Concerned over potential civil-rights violations in the grisly death of Macomb County Jail inmate David Stojcevski, the ACLU of Michigan in a letter...
September 17, 2015
In 2014 the ACLU of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit against the FBI for stigmatizing all fans of a popular hip hop and rap group as a “gang.” Dedicated fans...
At a highly publicized press conference last month, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy (pictured above) cleared federal immigration agent Mitchell Quinn in the...
August 19, 2015
Concerned that indigent defendants in the Detroit suburb of Eastpointe are being tossed into “debtors’ prison” for their inability to pay court fees and fines...
In the wake of two recent attacks against transgender women in Detroit, the ACLU of Michigan is again calling on legislators to update state civil-rights...
June 30, 2015
When marchers take to the streets on Friday for a mass walk from Detroit to Flint to call for better access to clean water, the ACLU of Michigan heaquarters in...
June 17, 2015
The Detroit City Council decided that youth in metro Detroit do have constitutional rights worth respecting after all—at least to some degree. After hearing...
June 06, 2015 Curfew
Michael Reynolds is a 17-year-old Detroiter, a recent graduate of Detroit Loyola High School and an impending freshman at Western Michigan University. Later...
May 07, 2015
Reflecting deepening concern over the controversial shooting death of 20-year-old Terrance Kellom by a federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent...
April 28, 2015
Kary Moss, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, gave the following statement in reaction to the shooting death of 20-year-old...
April 22, 2015 Racial Justice Project
It’s almost four years from the day I was forced off an airplane in Detroit, held for hours in a cell, strip-searched, and interrogated without explanation....
April 21, 2015 Student Rights
Special-education students in Michigan are being pushed out of public schools at an alarming rate—with far too many of them being driven directly in the school...
March 31, 2015
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced today that it has been awarded a grant of $100,000 by the JEHT Foundation to form the Juvenile Life...
College students Chris Waechter and Gabe Novak were told by Saugatuck police officers and other city officials that they were prohibited from playing music, or...
FAQ about Notice of Decision in Barry v. Lyon Lawsuit Against the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Will this court case help me? If  DHHS denied...
March 23, 2015
The United States is the only country in the world that sentences juveniles to life in prison without the possibility of parole. This inhumane practice is...
February 23, 2015
Barbara Hernandez was only 16 years old when she was tried as an adult and convicted of murder after her abusive boyfriend killed a man. Barbara entered...
February 13, 2015 This Week Online
Jacques: Michigan Laws Make Criminals of Us All (Detroit News) Because of Michigan's extensive penal code, however, many everyday activities can cross over...
January 01, 2015
The Supreme Court ruled decades ago that it is unconstitutional to jail a person for failure to pay a debt that she or he cannot afford. However, the ACLU of...
December 23, 2014
In recent months, it seems like a classic black American nightmare has been put on a feedback loop. With every acquittal of an accused killer cop, with every...
November 25, 2014 Ferguson
The grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., has declined to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on charges in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown. The...
November 25, 2014 Ferguson
The ire of those who condemn the crowds that are burning Ferguson is misdirected. The accusing finger must instead be pointed directly at a criminal justice...
November 11, 2014 Detroit
Civil liberties fans and supporters are spread out all over Michigan. Many parts even have a volunteer-led branch that acts as a watchdog for civil liberties...
October 27, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan testified today before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) about the failure of the U.S....
July 08, 2014 Juggalo
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, along with the music duo Insane Clown Posse (ICP), appealed a federal judge’s order dismissing the Juggalos’...
May 30, 2014
When the rights of one group are threatened by government intrusion, all our rights are in peril. Freedom in America is, and always has been the...
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to reconsider its decision to not prosecute the Saginaw police...
In an Alice in Wonderland turn of events, the U.S. Department of Justice has concluded that there is insufficient evidence to criminally charge six Saginaw...
February 12, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan calls on Governor Rick Snyder to veto legislation passed today by the Michigan Legislature that fails to provide...
November 26, 2013
A federal judge today ordered that all Michigan prisoners who are serving life sentences for crimes committed while children must be provided a “fair,...
November 26, 2013
A federal judge ruled today that claims against a Wayne County Family Court judge could proceed in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of...
September 19, 2013
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) to expand its current investigation of the Saginaw Police Department...
August 14, 2013
In difficult economic times, one would hope that the government would take measures to assist the poor and homeless. In Grand Rapids, however, the ACLU of...
August 09, 2013 Weekly Rights Review
Public schools charging fees for classes? Police taking innocent people’s cars? Law enforcement detaining people for years without a trial? What’s going on?...
July 25, 2013
So, you are walking down the block when you see a police officer arresting someone and pull out your phone to take a video of the scene. There’s nothing wrong...
June 19, 2013
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan applauds the Michigan Legislature today for passing necessary legislation to correct the state’s broken system...
April 18, 2013 Homelessness
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan sent a letter to the Detroit Police Department and filed a complaint with the United States Department of...
April 03, 2013
Lansing –The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that a class action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union seeking to fix Michigan’s system...
March 06, 2013
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and affiliates in 22 other states simultaneously filed 255 public records requests today to determine the extent...
February 20, 2013
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today urged law enforcement agencies in Michigan to adopt uniform policies that regulate the use of tasers to...
August 01, 2012
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and University of Michigan Innocence Clinic is pleased that the Michigan Supreme Court ordered a new trial...
August 01, 2012
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan applauded a state appeals court decision today declaring the City of Wyoming’s ordinance that bans medical...
June 22, 2012
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan lauded a report released today by the Governor’s Indigent Defense Advisory Commission that outlines...
May 31, 2012
In a victory for medical marijuana patients throughout the state, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that the Court of Appeals had wrongly...
May 15, 2012 Racial Justice
Today, advocates, clergy and family members of individuals sentenced to juvenile life without parole for crimes they committed as children joined Second...
March 21, 2012 Immigrant Rights
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- In a letter today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan urged the Michigan State Police (MSP) to investigate a racial...
February 16, 2012
An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan asked a federal judge today to strike down a state law that criminalizes peaceful panhandling in...
December 21, 2011 Due Process
In a friend of the court brief submitted today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, along with the Ottawa County Bar Association and Criminal...
October 14, 2011 Prisoner Rights
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan welcomes Governor Rick Snyder’s executive order establishing a commission to improve Michigan’s system for...
October 06, 2011
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and the University of Michigan Innocence Clinic asked the state’s Supreme Court today to overturn the felony...
September 29, 2011 Medical Marijuana
Joseph Casias has battled sinus cancer and an inoperable brain tumor for more than a decade. His condition has required extensive treatment and chemotherapy,...
August 05, 2011 Weekly Rights Review
Our justice system should be a place where freedom has no price and equality prevails. Sometimes reality falls short of these lofty goals, and it's often the...
August 04, 2011
The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan said today that they are challenging “pay or stay” sentences imposed on five persons across the...
August 01, 2011 Racial Justice
Detroit – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center sent letters to all Michigan jails today clarifying the...
July 15, 2011
In a decision issued today, a federal judge has allowed a lawsuit challenging Michigan’s juvenile life without parole sentences to proceed. Today’s ruling...
June 23, 2011
In an order announced today, the Michigan Supreme Court agreed to review the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan’s appeal in the case of a registered...
June 21, 2011 Education
Benton Harbor, Mich. – In a settlement finalized today, a Lake Michigan College student who was expelled because he is listed on the sex offender registry will...
May 18, 2011
Detroit – 13 people. 13 stories. 13 tragic, expensive and preventable examples of Michigan’s failing public defense systems. Today, at news conferences in...
May 16, 2011
Detroit – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan commended Royal Oak officials for repealing an unconstitutional ordinance that punished peaceful...
April 21, 2011
The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan were in federal court today for arguments in a lawsuit on behalf of nine Michigan individuals who...
March 11, 2011 Weekly Rights Review
In this week's Rights Review, we're standing against Arizona-style racial profiling in Michigan. Also, good news for teen lovers, Bigfoot, and the 2,000 people...
March 01, 2011 Education
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A group of more than 60 concerned parents, educators and community leaders, including the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, sent a...
January 13, 2011 Due Process
Royal Oak, Mich. – In a letter today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan urged Royal Oak officials to stop enforcing an unconstitutional ordinance...
December 15, 2010 Bill of Rights
Two hundred and nineteen years ago today, the United States ratified the Bill of Rights, protecting the freedoms and liberties of individuals from government...
December 01, 2010 Prisoner Rights
Detroit – The American Civil Liberties Union applauded a Michigan Supreme Court decision today allowing its lawsuit to proceed that seeks to fix Michigan’s...
October 04, 2010
New York – Poor defendants are being jailed at increasingly alarming rates for failing to pay legal debts they can never hope to afford, according to two...
July 16, 2010
Detroit – The American Civil Liberties Union slammed a Michigan Supreme Court decision today dismissing a lawsuit seeking to fix Michigan’s system for...
June 03, 2010
DETROIT – A Macomb County Circuit Court judge dismissed a bioterrorism charge late Wednesday against an HIV-positive man accused of biting his neighbor. The...
May 17, 2010 Prisoner Rights
Detroit – In a landmark decision today, the Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional for juvenile offenders who did not commit homicide to be sentenced...
April 30, 2010
Lansing – In an order issued today, the Michigan Supreme Court unanimously rejected the State of Michigan’s attempts to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the American...
April 28, 2010 Safe & Free
Ann Arbor, MI — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is gravely concerned by plans to evict about 20 residents of the local homeless encampment Camp...
April 01, 2010 Due Process
Detroit – A bioterrorism charge against an HIV-positive man accused of biting his neighbor should be dropped, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan...
March 04, 2010
Lansing, Mich. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and the Michigan Innocence Clinic asked an appeals court today to overturn the felony...
February 18, 2010 Safe & Free
Detroit – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit today challenging the Detroit Police Department's 2008 raid of the...
December 23, 2009
Ann Arbor, Mich. – In a friend of the court brief filed today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan urged the 15th District Court in Ann Arbor to...
December 22, 2009 Work Place Rights
In a letter to Wal-Mart Stores today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan expressed concern over reports that applicants at Wal-Mart’s new store in...
December 21, 2009
Lansing – In an order entered Friday, the Michigan Supreme Court agreed to hear the state’s appeal in a class action lawsuit filed by the American Civil...
December 18, 2009
Michigan’s successful efforts to reduce its statewide prison population by more than eight percent during the past two years while at the same time improving...
July 15, 2009
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan applauded a unanimous Michigan Court of Appeals decision today upholding the free speech rights of a...
April 30, 2009 Religious Liberty
DETROIT — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, with the support of a diverse group of religious, ethnic and domestic violence organizations,...
January 01, 2009
This 73-page publication discusses the disproportionate impact of school discipline policies, suspensions and expulsion on African American students.
December 09, 2008
In oral arguments today, the American Civil Liberties Union urged the Michigan Appeals Court to allow it to proceed with a class action lawsuit that seeks to...
December 04, 2008
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan applauded the State House of Representatives today for passing a package of bills (HB 4402 –HB 4405) that would...
November 12, 2008
DETROIT - The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan has agreed to represent a Benton Harbor minister who was sentenced to 3-10 years in prison for writing...
September 11, 2008
Today, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security is scheduled to hold a hearing on a bill that would help end the practice of...
March 18, 2008
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today marked the 45th anniversary of the historic Supreme Court decision in Gideon v. Wainwright by calling on...
March 12, 2008 Due Process
A federal jury today found the Saginaw County Jail responsible for the egregious and unconstitutional treatment of detainees and awarded 4 plaintiffs $145,000...
January 23, 2008
At a hearing today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan along with the Michigan Catholic Conference and dozens of juvenile justice supporters urged...
January 22, 2008
The Michigan House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. to address a package of bills (HB4402 –HB4405) that would prohibit the...
December 10, 2007 Work Place Rights
DETROIT – In honor of International Human Rights Day, the national American Civil Liberties Union released a report today about the pervasive institutionalized...
November 30, 2007
Detroit — A federal judge in Detroit ruled today that the constitutional rights a Catholic man were violated when he was sent to jail for asking a drug court...
June 01, 2007
This 66-page packet condemns sentencing minors to life without the possibility of parole through extensive research. Seeking to resolve this injustice, the...
May 16, 2007
Lansing — An Ingham County Circuit Court Judge ruled today that a lawsuit against the State of Michigan for failing to fulfill its constitutional obligation to...
February 22, 2007
Lansing, MI – The Michigan Coalition for Justice (MCJ) filed a lawsuit today against the State of Michigan and Governor Jennifer Granholm for failing to...
December 08, 2006 Due Process
The American Civil Liberties Union National Prison Project and two Ann Arbor civil rights attorneys, Patricia Streeter and Michael Barnhart, today lauded a...
November 14, 2006
DETROIT - The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan today urged a federal appeals court to uphold a lower court ruling declaring the...
Detroit — Today, a Genesee Circuit Court judge reversed a district court decision and ruled that Flint Police violated the constitutional rights of 94 men and...
October 03, 2006
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and the National Lawyers Guild announced today that they have reached a settlement with the City of Ferndale to...
September 28, 2006 Due Process
Detroit — The Michigan Public Service Commission in Lansing will hear oral arguments tomorrow on the phone companies’ request to dismiss the American Civil...
August 31, 2006 Criminal Justice
Detroit — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced today that the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that a Kent County judge defied the U.S....
August 02, 2006
DETROIT-- In a letter today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan urged Clawson city officials to amend their political sign ordinance to protect...
July 18, 2006
The American Civil Liberties Union and over forty other non-governmental organizations appeared today to monitor testimony delivered by the United States...
February 22, 2006
The national American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan today filed a petition urging the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to rule that...
January 11, 2006
Detroit — In a move reserved for extraordinary cases, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today filed a class action in the Michigan Court of...
December 21, 2005
DETROIT - The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is appealing to the Michigan Supreme Court on behalf of a divorced man whose overnight visitation with...
December 06, 2005
DETROIT – After exhausting all avenues in the Michigan courts, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced today that it has filed a federal...
October 25, 2005
One year after the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan released their report, “Second Chances,” which calls attention to the over 300 juveniles living...
September 07, 2005
Less than a week after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against top U.S. officials demanding the release of a long-time U.S. resident, the...
August 31, 2005
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit today in Washington, D.C. against top U.S. officials demanding the release of a legal permanent resident of...
July 27, 2005
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and Legal Aid of Western Michigan (LAWM) are hailing an agreement with the Michigan State Police (MSP...
Detroit — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the Michigan law denying legal representation to poor people in a criminal appeal is unconstitutional. The...
May 10, 2005
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan expressed great concern and opposition today to news that Attorney General Mike Cox is pushing for...
April 25, 2005
Detroit — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is hopeful that the Supreme Court will strike down a Michigan law denying legal representation to...
April 04, 2005
DETROIT -- The Roseville artist who has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for painting a mural on the side of an office building will be staying at home as the...
March 29, 2005 Prisoner Rights
Detroit — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced today that it will join in three lawsuits that have been filed against the Saginaw County...
January 10, 2005
Detroit — The ACLU of Michigan announced today that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a second constitutional challenge to a Michigan law - Halbert v....
October 04, 2004
DETROIT – In a case of national importance, the Supreme Court will hear arguments from the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today that a state law is...
September 14, 2004
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan released a report today to call attention to the growing number of juveniles living out life sentences in...
March 09, 2004
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan spoke out against a newly proposed constitutional amendment to reinstate the death penalty in Michigan debated...
March 08, 2004
YOUR ACTION NEEDED TODAY!!! FLOOR VOTE EXPECTED ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE AMENDMENT HEARING ON DEATH PENALTY IN HOUSE COMMITTEE After much on-again/off-again...
February 10, 2004 Prisoner Rights
DETROIT – In a victory for women prisoners, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced today that a tentative settlement agreement was reached in...
January 01, 2004
This 32-page publication chronicles the issue of sentencing children to life without the possibility of parole (LWOP) in Michigan.
December 10, 2003 housing
DETROIT – In a precedent-setting settlement, the Ypsilanti Housing Commission (YHC) has agreed to end a policy that led to the eviction of domestic violence...
June 18, 2003
DETROIT - An 82-year-old farmer who complained to the Michigan Department of Agriculture by voice-mail over its failure to stop a nearby agribusiness from...
January 21, 2003
In a lawsuit that may impact thousands of Michigan citizens, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is charging that Michigan prison officials and the...
October 06, 2002
Detroit - A federal judge ruled today that an immigration court did violate the due process of Rabih Haddad when closing a portion of his bond hearing last...
August 26, 2002 Safe & Free
In a unanimous decision today, a federal appeals court struck down the government's blanket policy of conducting secret deportation hearings inpost-9/11 cases...
October 18, 2000
The ACLU of Michigan and National Lawyer's Guild today filed a motion to dismiss charges levied against 13 protesters for wearing Lone Ranger masks during a...
March 14, 2000 Women’s Rights
Today the ACLU of Michigan filed a federal class action lawsuit challenging the treatment of women prisoners at the Livingston County jail. Significantly, the...
Despite a loss in the U.S. Supreme Court today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan remains hopeful that the Supreme Court eventually will strike...
Detroit – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and Western Michigan Legal Services (WMLS) sent a letter today to the state Attorney General’s Office...
Detroit — After hearing the plight of an artist sentenced to jail for painting a mural on the side of an office building, the American Civil Liberties Union of...
Representing Michigan prisoners, the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Prison Project filed objections to MDOC’s legal mail policy that was revised...
On March 24, 2003, the Department of Justice (DOJ) published a final rule without public comment that exempts the FBI's National Crime Information Center...
This 8-page booklet explores the practice of sentencing juveniles to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the context of international human...
Detroit –The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today released a comprehensive report entitled “Reclaiming Michigan’s Throwaway Kids: Students Trapped...
A Guide To Help You Correct Your Record If It Contains Crimes You Did Not Commit Having a criminal record can keep you from getting a job, getting an...
These intimate profiles of individuals who were sentenced to life without the possibility of parole as children illustrate the importance of reforming...
DETROIT — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced a federal lawsuit today against the City of Detroit on behalf of an army veteran who was...