American Civil Liberties Union Criminal Law Reform Project

What is the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)?

MISSION STATEMENT: to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (a Democratic President) signing Executive Order 9066 in February of 1942 to intern all Japanese and Japanese American citizens after the bombing of Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941.)
Showing how the KKK’s Freedom of Speech is still defended under the First Amendment, and how the ALCU has even fought for that right, because it is a right guaranteed by the Constitution.
More recent social issues demonstrating the liberal aspect of the American Civil Liberties Union.
The ACLU’s homepage from election day (November 8, 2016) to approximately inauguration day (January 20, 2017) because of campaign promises and things he said in the debates that caused concern for the rights of others being violated.
Criminal Law Reform Project
New York City, NY

"The Criminal Law Reform Project seeks an end to excessively harsh crime policies that result in mass incarceration and criminalization and stand in the way of a just, equal, and humane society. To reduce the number of people entering the criminal justice system, CLRP focuses on preventing overincarceration and overcriminalization at the “front end” of the criminal justice system."

2.3 MILLION people

Population of New Mexico = 2.086 million Amount of violent vs. non-violent offenses
Disproportionality of blacks vs. whites in prisons
Crack and cocaine laws
Declaration of Independence – “All men are created equal”

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