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January 27, 2015

Virginians are Facing Jail Time Without their Fundamental Right to an Attorney

BLOG: We’ve heard it over and over on TV and at the movies. When someone is arrested, they are read their rights, including that if they cannot afford an attorney one will be provided to them. Unfortunately, in Virginia this is not always the case. read more »

January 20, 2015

Rethinking Virginia’s Drug Policy?

BLOG: This General Assembly session we’ve seen the introduction of common sense legislation to reduce the number of drug overdose deaths. It’s an encouraging development. But, as we learned today during a press conference to announce a package of drug policy bills, unfortunately rhetoric and fear still guide much of the conversation during drug policy debates. read more »

January 20, 2015

ACLU of Virginia Applauds Governor’s Pardon of Man with Autism

PRESS RELEASE: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia praises today’s announcement by Governor Terry McAuliffe granting a conditional pardon for Reginald “Neli” Latson, a young man with autism and other disabilities who had been convicted for behavior related to his disabilities. read more »

January 16, 2015

It’s Simple – Asset Forfeiture Should Require a Criminal Conviction!

BLOG: Under Virginia law, law enforcement can pull you over, take your money, and then make you prove that you didn’t get it through ill means. They don’t even need to charge you with a crime. It’s unbelievable. read more »

January 13, 2015

Why Virginia Should Decriminalize Marijuana

BLOG: The 2015 Virginia General Assembly session begins tomorrow, and Senators and Delegates are not wasting any time. For its first hearing of the session, the Senate Courts of Justice committee has added SB 686 to its agenda. This bill would ensure a commonsense, responsible response to the use, possession, and sale of marijuana. read more »

January 12, 2015

Cameras aren’t the answer, Charlottesville

OP ED: The ACLU of Virginia greatly respects the work of Chief Timothy J. Longo and the Charlottesville Police Department, particularly the chief’s leadership in choosing to collect demographic data on police stops and to implement constitutional policing. read more »

January 09, 2015

City of Norfolk Settles Lawsuit Brought by ACLU of Virginia on Behalf of PETA Seeking Access to Text Messages

PRESS RELEASE: The ACLU of Virginia announced today that it has reached a settlement agreement on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) with the City of Norfolk in a lawsuit filed over the City’s refusal to treat texts of public officials as public records. read more »

January 09, 2015

In Memory of BJ Ostergren, a Great Civil Libertarian

BLOG: On Tuesday, Virginia lost one of its staunchest advocates for privacy and free speech. As one who was privileged to know and work with BJ Ostergren, I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on her accomplishments. read more »

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