News from the ACLU of LA
Support For Marijuana Reform Grows in Louisiana
A majority of Louisiana voters oppose long sentences for marijuana possession, according to a poll conducted on September 22-23, 2014 by Public Policy Polling.
City Of Abbeville Police Department Policy Violates First Amendment, Says ACLU
The ACLU of Louisiana has filed suit to invalidate a policy of the City of Abbeville Police Department prohibiting department employees from engaging in commentary on social media if the comments might give a “negative view towards” the police department, the City or its employees or residents.
ACLU of Louisiana Response to Metropolitan Crime Commission Report Concerning the Size of Orleans Parish Prison
On August 27, 2014, the Metropolitan Crime Commission (MCC) issued a report analyzing the composition of the inmate population at the Orleans Parish Prison (OPP). Using the numbers provided by the MCC report, the ACLU of Louisiana maintains that a jail of 1438 beds is more than adequate to meet the needs of Orleans Parish.
ACLU Secures Exemption for Rastafari Student's Hairstyle
Victory for John Doe and the First Amendment! The ACLU of Louisiana has reached a written agreement with the Plaquemines Parish School Board that our client, a Rastafari student who attends South Plaquemines High School, will be able to remain in classes.
Open Letter on Student Religious Rights
The ACLU of Louisiana has released an open letter to the Plaquemines Parish School Board and administration of South Plaquemines High School, regarding a Rastafari student who has been barred from attending classes because of his relgiously-mandated hairstyle.
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