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.

Disability Rights

Despite evidence the Americans With Disabilities Act works, people with disabilities are still, too often, treated as second class, shunned and segregated by physical barriers and social stereotypes.

Drug Policy

The costly War on Drugs continues to erode personal liberties without curbing drug trade or use. This heavy-handed tactic has failed. The ACLU supports a public health approach, including investment in drug treatment, education, and regulation of drug availability.

Due Process

Due process is the principle that the government must respect all of the legal rights that are guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. This principle gives individuals the ability to enforce their rights against violations by the government.

Emergency Manager

In November 2012, Michigan residents voted to repeal a newly enacted state law that gave unprecedented power to so-called "emergency managers" appointed by the governor to run financially struggling cities, counties and school districts.

Flint Water Crisis

The suspension of democracy jeopardizes more than our civil liberties. Nowhere in Michigan has this been more evident recently than in Flint, where wrong-headed decisions by an unelected emergency manager left the city water supply contaminated with lead.

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