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Recent Activity

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

Governor O'Malley signs five ACLU priority bills into law

Issues: Free Speech Privacy & Technology Safe and Free Racial Justice Police Practices Due Process Juvenile Justice Criminal Justice Women's Rights Reproductive Freedom

Maryland Senate Gives Final Approval to Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Measure Will Be Sent to Gov. O'Malley For His Signature

Issues: Racial Justice Juvenile Justice Criminal Justice

House Approves Amended Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Bill would make possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil offense.

Issues: Criminal Justice

Bill to Curb the Shackling of Pregnant Inmates Passes

ACLU joins allies in heralding this bill to protect women from barbaric, dangerous, and dehumanizing treatment.

Issues: Prisoners' Rights Criminal Justice Women's Rights Reproductive Freedom

Maryland Committee Passes Amended Bill to Create a Marijuana Task Force

House Judiciary Committee failed to approve common sense proposal to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Issues: Racial Justice Police Practices Criminal Justice

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

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

Issues: Racial Justice Police Practices Due Process Juvenile Justice Criminal Justice

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

Ceremony at the Governor's Mansion in Annapolis

Issues: Education Reform Fair Housing Immigrants' Rights Free Speech LGBT Rights Privacy & Technology Safe and Free Education Funding School Facilities Student Achievement Racial Justice Disability Rights Police Practices Open Government Youth Rights Due Process Voting Rights and Elections Religious Liberty Prisoners' Rights Juvenile Justice Criminal Justice Women's Rights Reproductive Freedom School Climate

Judges Rules for Fees in Racial Profiling Records Case

Attorneys Should Be Compensated for Time Spent Ensuring Police Accountability

Issues: Racial Justice

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

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

Issues: Free Speech Police Practices Due Process

Maryland Senate Committee Approves Bill to Impose a Civil Fine for Marijuana Possession

Statements from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Maryland, the NAACP Maryland State Conference, and the Marijuana Policy Project

Issues: Criminal Justice

Fairness for All Marylanders Act clears crucial committee hurdle

Transgender rights in Maryland took a big step forward today when the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee voted to send the Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014 to the full Senate floor.

Issues: LGBT Rights

Thompson v. HUD notice to class members of fee settlement

See motion, notice, and approval of final settlement of attorneys fees for Thompson v. HUD.

Issues: Fair Housing

Campaign Launched to Regulate and Tax Marijuana Like Alcohol in Maryland

State lawmakers, state and national groups join together to support a legal marijuana market for adults

Issues: Racial Justice Police Practices Criminal Justice

Privacy Legislative Agenda Put Forward by Senators Raskin, Shank

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

Issues: Privacy & Technology Police Practices Due Process

Privacy Legislative Agenda, Introduced by Senators Raskin, Shank and More

Bills On Email Surveillance, Location Tracking, Drones and License Plate Readers

Issues: Privacy & Technology

ACLU of Maryland Announces 2014 Legislative Priorities

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.

Issues: Education Reform Immigrants' Rights Free Speech Privacy & Technology Safe and Free Education Funding School Facilities Student Achievement Racial Justice Police Practices Open Government Youth Rights Due Process Juvenile Justice Criminal Justice Women's Rights Reproductive Freedom School Climate

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

Group Asks that Families be Allowed to Spend the Holidays Together

Issues: Racial Justice Police Practices Due Process Criminal Justice

Settlement Reached in Ocean City Boardwalk Free Speech Case

Victory in ACLU case on behalf of violinist upholds First Amendment rights of performers

Issues: Free Speech

Report: Immigration Detainers Undermine Public Safety Through Unnecessary Enforcement

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

Issues: Immigrants' Rights Police Practices Due Process Prisoners' Rights Racial Justice

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

Group releases troubling BPD data on search results

Issues: Racial Justice Police Practices Due Process