Press Releases

  • 05.03.11

    Columbus City Schools Must Stop Censorship of LGBT Websites, Says ACLU

    Filtering Software Unfairly Blocks Gay-Friendly Sites

    COLUMBUS – The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Ohio urged Columbus City School officials to stop censorship of web content geared toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities. The ACLU has sent similar letters to schools across the country as part of the organization’s national “Don’t Filter Me” initiative, which Read more…

    Free Speech, LGBT Rights, Student Rights
  • 05.02.11

    Bills Restricting Decisions on Pregnancy Are Unconstitutional, Says ACLU

    Passage of Legislation Will Lead to Costly Lawsuits

    COLUMBUS – The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio called on legislators today to shelve a group of bills restricting decision-making on pregnancies in order to avoid costly litigation. Ohio House Bill 125 would prohibit abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. This is often so early into a pregnancy, that it would be Read more…

    Reproductive Freedom
  • 04.28.11

    ACLU Urges School Superintendents to Address Bullying Proactively

    Training and Education Will Help Prevent Increased Incidents

    CLEVELAND – The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio sent a letter to school superintendents around the state today, urging them to adopt proactive bullying prevention plans. The ACLU’s letter comes after several months of increased incidents of students across Ohio and the nation bullied by others. In particular, the ACLU encouraged schools to implement Read more…

    LGBT Rights
  • 04.20.11

    ACLU Questions Judge on Debtors’ Prison

    People Who Cannot Afford Court Costs and Fines Are Imprisoned

    SANDUSKY, OH – The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio sent a letter today to Erie County Municipal Court Judge Paul Lux questioning recent reports that he has imprisoned people who are unable to pay court costs and fines. In an article in the Sandusky Register, Judge Lux admits he imprisons people who are unable Read more…

    Criminal Justice
  • 04.14.11

    Prisons for Profit Will Be Costly and Pose Safety Risks, Says ACLU

    Privitization Will Not Yield Long-Term Savings

    COLUMBUS – The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio released a new report today titled “Prisons for Profit: A look at private prisons” that explores the negative impacts prison privatization has brought to other states. The report is a compilation of scholarly studies, government reports, and stories from communities that have experienced the negative impact Read more…

    Criminal Justice
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