The ACLU of Michigan files lawsuits that impact people’s rights by setting a legal precedent, or affecting the policies and actions of public officials. Our current Fall 2022 Legal Docket details our legal cases and actions taken in 2021-2022.

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Racial Profiling by the Michigan State Police

In 2016 the Michigan State Police (MSP) disclosed that troopers are evaluated in part on how many traffic stops they make.  The ACLU of Michigan wrote to MSP’s director urging that this policy be terminated because of the risk that it would lead to racial profiling.  Because of the po

October 19, 2021

Prioritizing COVID-19 Vaccines for People in Prison

COVID-19 ravaged jail and prison populations across the country, and Michigan’s prisons were among the hardest hit, with more than 25,000 cases and more than 120 deaths.  The development of safe and COVID-19 vaccines in late 2020 provided hope that there was an end in sight.  However,

October 19, 2021

Executive Orders to Decarcerate

As the COVID-19 pandemic swept through Michigan, it presented a dire threat to the tens of thousands of people incarcerated in Michigan’s overcrowded and unhygienic jails and prisons, many of whom are medically vulnerable.  The ACLU of Michigan, along with partners around the state, r

October 19, 2021

Surgery Requirement to Correct Birth Certificate

Appropriate treatment for gender dysphoria includes obtaining accurate identity documents that reflect a transgender person’s authentic life.  A Michigan statute, however, prohibits transgender people from changing the gender on their birth certificate unless they undergo sex reassign

October 19, 2021

Transgender Inmate Held in Solitary Confinement

Claire Mercer is a transgender woman who was sentenced to serve time in the Mason County Jail in March 2019.  When jail officials learned she was transgender, they immediately placed her in solitary confinement, not because there had been threats to her safety, but because the jail ha

October 19, 2021

Stuck on the No Fly List

Ahmed Chebli is a United States citizen of Lebanese descent and father of two young children who lives in Dearborn.  In 2018 FBI agents approached him, suggested that he knew people who were involved in terrorist activity, and demanded that he become a government informant against peo

October 19, 2021