Due Process

The due process clause of the Fourteenth amendment holds that there is a fundamental, constitutional guarantee that all legal proceedings will be fair and that one will be given notice of the proceedings and an opportunity to be heard before the government acts to take away one's life, liberty, or property. There also is a constitutional guarantee that a law shall not be unreasonable, arbitrary, or changeable.  

Recent Activity

ACLU Seeks Answers to Unanswered Questions about Baltimore's Expanded Curfew Plans

News article, August 7, 2014

Group files public information request for copies of policies and directives to police officers

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Groups Thank Governor O'Malley for Leadership on Child Refugee Crisis

News article, July 22, 2014

Letter offers help in welcoming children to our state

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ACLU raises constitutional problem with detention centers

News article, June 10, 2014

Courts find holding individuals solely on immigration detainers raises Fourth Amendment concerns

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Juvenile Curfew

Legal case, May 15, 2014

Extreme, far-reaching juvenile curfew in Baltimore City

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ACLU Raises Concerns with Far-Reaching Youth Curfew Proposal in Baltimore City

News article, May 12, 2014

Courts around the country have struck down as unconstitutional less extreme curfews laws

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Bills to Decriminalize Marijuana, Limit Location Tracking and License Plate Readers, and Restrict Shackling of Pregnant Inmates

News article, April 14, 2014

Governor O'Malley signs five ACLU priority bills into law

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NAACP, ACLU Call on Chairman Vallario to Allow Vote on Marijuana Decriminalization

News article, March 31, 2014

New ACLU polling in several House Judiciary Committee members' districts shows majority support for marijuana policy reform

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ACLU of Maryland Executive Director to be Inducted into Maryland Women's Hall of Fame

News article, March 20, 2014

Ceremony at the Governor's Mansion in Annapolis

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Landmark Settlement in Challenge to Man’s Wrongful Detention, Camera Seizure at Preakness

News article, March 12, 2014

Police to Adopt Model Policy, Institute New Training, Apologize for Incident, Pay Substantial Settlement Amount

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Privacy Legislative Agenda Put Forward by Senators Raskin, Shank

News article, January 14, 2014

Bills Will Address Email Surveillance, Location Tracking, Drones, and Automatic License Plate Readers

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ACLU of Maryland Announces 2014 Legislative Priorities

News article, January 8, 2014

Issues include taxing and regulating marijuana, stopping local police from enforcing civil immigration detainers, limiting email and cell phone surveillance, and ending the shackling of pregnant women.

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Wrongful Nuisance Abatement Actions in Hyattsville

Legal case, December 18, 2013

Prince George's County State's Attorney wrongfully forced two women to sign “nuisance abatement” orders banishing their family members from their own homes and the neighborhood in which they had grown up. The ACLU is urging the prosecutor to dissolve the orders and call off longstanding harassment by police claiming to enforce the orders so the families can be reunited without fear that they will be arrested or that they could lose the homes they own.

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ACLU Demands Prince George's State's Attorney Allow Women to Reunite with Family Members In Misuse of "Nuisance Abatement" Law

News article, December 18, 2013

Group Asks that Families be Allowed to Spend the Holidays Together

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Report: Immigration Detainers Undermine Public Safety Through Unnecessary Enforcement

News article, November 19, 2013

ACLU will support "Maryland TRUST Act" legislation in the 2014 Session

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ACLU Calls on Baltimore Police to Monitor Use of "Stop and Frisk" Tactics

News article, November 19, 2013

Group releases troubling BPD data on search results

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In Every County, Black People More Likely to be Arrested for Marijuana Possession

News article, November 7, 2013

New report details growing marijuana arrest rates, even as support for decriminalization grows

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Illegality of "stop and frisk" practice by police not addressed by name change

News article, September 24, 2013

ACLU public information request seeks answers about Baltimore Police stops and searches without reasonable suspicion.

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ACLU Releases License Plate Scanner Documents

News article, July 17, 2013

Maryland Documents Show Over 85 Million Scan Records in 2012

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ACLU of Maryland Applauds Passage of Immigration Reform In Congress

News article, June 27, 2013

Group Thanks Sen. Cardin for Leadership in Attempting to Make the Bill More Just, Humane

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ACLU Report on Racial Disparities in Marijuana Arrests

News article, June 4, 2013

Report Show Black People 3 Times More Likely to Be Arrested for Marijuana than White People, Despite Equal Usage Rates

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ACLU statement on Supreme Court decision on warrantless collection of DNA

News article, June 3, 2013

Ruling eliminates individualized suspicion safeguard for police searching for evidence of crimes

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ACLU Heralds Signing of Bills Expanding Rights

News article, May 2, 2013

Legislation on Death Penalty Repeal, Drivers Licenses, and Same-Day Voter Registration

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ACLU Calls for Immigration Reform that Respects the Civil Rights of All

News article, April 19, 2013

Breakthrough legislation in need of improvement

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ACLU Files Information Requests on Immigration Detainers

News article, April 15, 2013

Group also seeks to educate corrections officials on civil liberties concerns with immigration detainers

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ACLU hails passage of bill to reduce youth incarceration

News article, April 9, 2013

Keeps youth charged with minor offenses out of juvenile facilities

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Diverse Groups Continue Strong Stance against HB 153, Even As Amended

News article, April 7, 2013

HB 153-Office of the Public Defender-Representation at Bail Hearings-Provisional

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ACLU Decries Bill that Would Deny Public Defenders to Poor People

News article, April 2, 2013

Legislation has passed House; set for Senate Committee vote

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ACLU Heralds Passage of Historic Death Penalty Repeal Legislation

News article, March 15, 2013

Group Has Worked for Decades with Partners to End Capital Punishment

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Federal Court Rebukes Baltimore Police Lawyers for "Veritable Witch Hunt"

News article, March 8, 2013

$1,000 Fine Ordered Paid to Man Harassed for Recording Police Incident at Preakness

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ACLU Concerned About Cell Phone Tracking

News article, February 26, 2013

Testifies in Support of Bill Requiring Search Warrant

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ACLU Says Study Needed for "Prosecution for Profit" Companies

News article, February 21, 2013

Companies threaten criminal prosecution using prosecutors' official letterhead

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ACLU Testifies Against NDAA Detention

News article, February 21, 2013

Bill opposes Maryland involvement in civilian detentions

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ACLU Opposes Cell Phone Tracking Bill

News article, February 5, 2013

Legislation Would Set Too Low A Standard for Police Obtaining Personal Information

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ACLU Questions State's Attorneys About Authorizing Private Companies to Threaten Prosecution For Profit

News article, January 14, 2013

Details Sought About "Private Prosecution Programs"

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Private Prosecution Programs

Legal case, January 14, 2013

ACLU Questions State’s Attorneys About Authorizing Private Companies to Threaten Prosecution For Profit

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Maryland DNA collection of arrestees

Legal case, November 27, 2012

ACLU raises privacy, Fourth Amendment concerns about DNA collection without a warrant upon arrest

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ACLU Seeks Details on Automatic License Plate Readers in 
 Massive Nationwide Request

News article, July 30, 2012

Info Sought on How Cameras are Used by 
Police Agencies and How Data is Stored

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Automatic License Plate Readers

Legal case, July 30, 2012

ACLU Seeks Details on Automatic License Plate Readers in 
 Massive Nationwide Request

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Baltimore Police Department Fails To Comply with Illegal Arrests Settlement

News article, April 30, 2012

Independent Auditor Report Reveals Refusal to Provide Arrest Info and More

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2012 Legislative Priorities

News article, January 11, 2012

Issues Include Marriage Equality, Criminal Justice Reform, Social Media Privacy

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City shelter denying women overflow beds

News article, November 29, 2011

ACLU, Advocates for the Homeless Testify to Baltimore City Council About Lack of Beds for Women

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Lawyers for Homeless Persons, ACLU Decry Discriminatory Denial of Shelter Beds to Homeless Women

News article, October 25, 2011

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Princess Anne Community to Come Together for Memorial, Discussion on the 78th Anniversary of George Armwood Lynching

News article, October 22, 2011

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ACLU Sues Baltimore Police Over Man’s Wrongful Detention, Camera Seizure at Preakness

News article, August 31, 2011

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Baltimore Police May Face ACLU Lawsuit Over Man’s Wrongful Detention, Camera Seizure at Preakness

News article, August 4, 2011

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ACLU of Maryland to Testify Against Proposed Juvenile Curfew in Montgomery County

News article, July 26, 2011

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ACLU of Maryland stands up for youth and parent rights in Montgomery County juvenile curfew controversy

News article, July 22, 2011

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ACLU and Lambda Legal Laud Ruling in Support of Same-Sex Spouse’s Right to Equal Treatment

News article, June 23, 2011

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ACLU of Maryland Speaks Out in Support of Montgomery County Resolution Against Anti-Immigrant Program

News article, April 26, 2011

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