Lawmakers advance bill to ban shackling of pregnant incarcerated women

Medical practitioners, human rights organizations, women's groups and faith leaders applaud the release of the bill to stop inhumane practice in Massachusetts.

ACLU responds to decision to seek death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Massachusetts has repeatedly rejected the death penalty, and we must stay true to our values even—and especially—in a case like this.

Rights groups sue to stop dog searches of prison visitors

Prisoners' Legal Services and ACLU of Massachusetts sue to stop policy implemented without meeting a statutory requirement for public notification and opportunity for comment.

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court strikes down juvenile life without parole

The ACLU of Massachusetts commends the Court for recognizing the fundamental unfairness of mandatory death-in-prison sentences, which don't allow sentencers to consider the unique status of children and their potential for change.

Data suggests Boston police targeted South Boston, Roxbury, Mattapan and Dorchester with license plate readers

ACLU calls for Massachusetts moratorium and passage of the License Plate Privacy Act, to help ensure police do not inappropriately target communities based on race or economic status.