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Recent Activity

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

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

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

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

City Council’s “mean-spirited” panhandling bill unconstitutional

A bill to further restrict panhandling in downtown Baltimore is both unconstitutional and a violation of a consent decree.

Issues: Free Speech

Free Speech Rights Significantly Expanded in Baltimore's Inner Harbor

Settlement completed in lawsuit brought on behalf of peace group, The Women In Black

Issues: Free Speech

Poll: Majority of Maryland Voters Support Regulating and Taxing Marijuana; Only 38% Opposed

More than 2/3 support removing criminal penalties for marijuana possession and replacing them with a civil fine

Issues: Criminal Justice

ACLU, CASA Urge Police to Change ICE Warrant Policies

Recent court ruling bans arrest by local law enforcement

Issues: Immigrants' Rights Police Practices Criminal Justice

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

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

Issues: Police Practices Open Government Due Process Juvenile Justice Criminal Justice

Civil Rights Groups to Testify about Mistreatment, Experimentation at Crownsville State Hospital

Hearing called by the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland

Issues: Racial Justice Disability Rights

Civil Rights Groups Call on State to Investigate, Memorialize African American Patients at Crownsville State Hospital

History, Accounting of Patient Mistreatment, Experimentation, and Deaths Long Overdue

Issues: Racial Justice Disability Rights