Ensuring "We the People" Means All of Us

The spread of COVID-19 is a crisis, and it will take many of us working together to respond appropriately, effectively, and fairly. The ACLU of Maryland is monitoring the situation to ensure the government’s response is scientifically justified and no more intrusive upon civil liberties than absolutely necessary. In particular, we will provide guidance to our elected officials on crafting a response that protects the populations most vulnerable to harm, including immigrants and those caught in the legal justice system, as well as all Maryland voters.

Here you will find information about the ACLU’s response to COVID-19, including lawsuits, news updates, blog posts, letters to public officials and more. We will update this page as the situation develops. See below for more resources.


Tell Governor Hogan: We have vulnerable people in our prisons and jails, and children and immigrants detained, and we must protect them.

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Legal Cases

Petition for Extraordinary Writ: Court of Appeals Called on to Sound Alarm about Unfolding Crisis by Taking Quick Action to Ensure Compliance with CDC Guidance

Coreas v. Bounds: Immigrants' rights groups sue ICE to release Maryland detainees most at risk of COVID-19

Press Releases

Public Health Experts, Attorneys, and Families Urge Maryland High Court to Take “Extraordinary” Action to Prevent COVID-19 Spread in Places of Detention and Beyond (April 7, 2020)

Gov Hogan Response of Using At-Risk Prisoners to Make Protective Equipment for Others Shows Disregard for Their Lives (April 3, 2020)

Immigrant Rights Groups Sue ICE To Release Maryland Detainees Most at Risk of COVID-19 (March 24, 2020)

Groups Recommend Changes in Elections Procedures (March 18, 2020)

Coalition Urges Governor Hogan to Act to Prevent Public Health Crisis in Maryland Prisons and Jails (March 18, 2020)

Baltimore Immigration Judge Refuses to Postpone Court Dates in the Midst of the Coronavirus Pandemic (March 17, 2020)


Coronavirus: Give Everyone a Fighting Chance (April 1, 2020)

Compassion and the Coronavirus: 4 Reasons to Let People Out of Detention (March 27, 2020)


Thinking Freely: Uplifting Our Rights and Humanity During the COVID-19 Crisis (EP. 09) (April 2, 2020)


Seeking COVID-19 Compassion for Marylanders in Jails and Prisons (March 26, 2020)

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COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Further Information

Letter from Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh to Governor Hogan Regarding Expedited Commutation (April 3, 2020)

Letter from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, School of Nursing, and School of Medicine Experts Detailing Risks for Detained Populations and Calling for Reduced Incarceration (March 25, 2020)

Letter from Maryland Public Health Experts Detailing Risks for Detained Populations and Calling for Reduced Incarceration (March 19, 2020)