Connecticut ACLU

Recent Posts

‘Warrior of religious liberty’ Kavanaugh could shift church-state balance

WASHINGTON — There’s concern Judge Brett Kavanaugh, will speed the Supreme Court’s steady shift from a strict separation between government and religion and that his approach to religious liberty cases would determine the intensity of that trend for decades. Considered a “warrior of religious liberty” by some of his conservative admirers, Kavanaugh has defended the use of taxpayer money for religious schools and backed student-led prayers at high school football games. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

Dwindling oversight heightens concern over medical, mental health care for inmates

The recent birth of a baby in an inmate’s cell – as well as large budget cuts, a lack of outside oversight, and a history of complaints – have fueled concerns among some legislators and civil rights groups about the quality of medical and mental health care being provided to Connecticut’s inmates, most of whom eventually will be released. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

Malloy’s bail reform push makes for strange bedfellows

EAST LYME — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy stepped to a microphone in a prison waiting room to talk about bail reform Thursday. He glanced to at two unlikely allies, David McGuire of the American Civil Liberties Union and Suzanne Bates of the Yankee Institute for Public Policy, a conservative think tank. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , ,

ACLU praises CT prison reforms on solitary confinement

The national movement to limit the use of solitary confinement has come to Connecticut, where civil libertarians say they are on friendlier terrain than in many other states: Here they seek legislation that codifies in law reforms already adopted by the Department of Correction. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , ,

Op-Ed: Civil liberty should include freedom to decide on dying as well as living

Protecting civil liberties requires us to defend certain choices and an individual’s right to make them. Most of the choices we defend involve how people live. However, American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut and Compassion & Choices-Connecticut are allied in believing that people have a right to make informed decisions about the end of their lives as well. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , ,