News from the ACLU of LA
More Than 3200 Nationwide Serving Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses, Finds ACLU
In an in-depth study of people serving life without parole for nonviolent offenses in the United States, the ACLU found that at least 3,278 prisoners fit this category in federal and state prisons combined. Louisiana has the highest number in the nation, with 429 individuals serving life without parole.
Stewart Butler, Long-Time LGBT Leader and Rights Advocate, to Receive Award from ACLU of Louisiana
Long-time advocate Stewart Butler will receive the 38th Annual Ben Smith Award by the ACLU of Louisiana. This award honors people who have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of civil liberties in Louisiana.
Louisianans Support Ending Marijuana Prohibition, New Poll Finds
Fifty-three percent of Louisiana voters favor making marijuana legal for adults 21 and older and regulating its sales, according to a July 2013 poll conducted by Public Policy Polling.
Open Letter Regarding Lafourche Library and Prison Funding
The ACLU of Louisiana has released an open letter to the Lafourche Parish Council regarding its plans to take funding from the parish's public library as a means of funding a proposed new jail facility.
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